Day trip ideas for the Thistle Awards
Our Thistle Awards not only provide the perfect chance to delve into Scottish culture and heritage with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts but also offer plenty of opportunities for getting out and about and exploring.
One of the Thistle Awards tasks for all Sections is to visit a Scottish landmark or heritage site, so we’ve teamed up with the National Trust for Scotland to recommend five places that connect your Scouts to some Scottish history, while unleashing everyone’s inner adventurer.
Culzean Castle & Country Park
Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8 LE
Culzean is the Trust’s most visited property. You’ll find a huge 260-acre estate to explore, so a visit here makes for the perfect day out for Scouts of all ages. The castle is perched on a clifftop, and you can enjoy woods to play in, beaches to run along, a swan pond to relax at, gorgeous gardens to explore, a deer park and much more.
A highlight for younger children is Adventure Cove - a wonderland of sand and wood, designed to spark the imagination of mini-explorers. Adventurers can slide from the castle turrets, hide in the smugglers’ caves, play in the beach boats and even let their imaginations roam free in Archibald the Wicked’s dungeon!
The Battle of Bannockburn experience
Glasgow Road, Stirling, FK7 0LJ
Stand shoulder to shoulder with life-sized 3D warriors and experience medieval warfare like never before. Learn hints and tips at our character stations and then lead your own troops on our 3D battle table. You can take a walk out to the statue of Robert the Bruce. You might also get the chance to try on chainmail and helmets.
Main Road, Cardross, Dumbarton, G82 5HD
Geilston is the perfect place for an adventurous day out. Scouts of all ages will have fun at the new Hobbit hole play area, enjoy a picnic in one of our many magical spots, discover the new floral mini-maze, play Poohsticks from the bridges over Geilston Burn and find out for themselves how fruit and vegetables are grown.
Hill of Tarvit Mansion
Cupar, Fife, KY15 5PB
Step back to the early 1900s and enjoy a grand day out, Edwardian-style! Play our hickory lawn games and a spot of croquet, try your hand at billiards, outwit your chums in fun parlour games and more. Surrounding Hill of Tarvit are gardens, woods, open heath and parkland to explore.
One of the property’s major attractions is the original 9-hole hickory club golf course, which is now completely restored, giving golfers a rare opportunity to turn back the clock and enjoy the game as it was played in Edwardian times.
Forres, IV36 2TE
Explore the rooms, passageways and towers of the castle or have fresh-air fun in the grounds - we have landscaped gardens, a large pond, a walled garden, a woodland walk, an adventure playground and a nature trail with observation hides for watching wildlife.
The Thistle Awards were launched in February 2016.