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Things to do with kids around Sands of Luce

Published on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sands of Luce is an award-winning family holiday park in Dumfries and Galloway. Situated by stunning beaches and woodlands, the park and surrounding areas have plenty of children orientated activities.

An ideal place for all the family, at Sands of Luce your children can make new friends, get active, explore nature trails and much more. We have everything that you and your little ones need for the foundations of a fantastic family holiday. We know the best things to do with kids when you stay at our Dumfries holiday park – come rain or shine!

Visit The Maze at Dunskey Gardens

Get lost in the terrific maze gardens and spend a day playing hide and seek. The maze makes a perfect day out for the family, and parents can rest assured that there are ladders on-site to locate and rescue the little ones. The Maze at Dunskey Gardens holds exciting challenges and acts as a great family team building activity. Being just a mile from Portpatrick, you won’t have to go far to become engrossed in the tall green hedges at this leading family attraction.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 10 miles

What visitors are saying: “The hedges are high, so you can’t see where you are. Getting to the centre was good, getting out was hilarious.”

dunskey maze with kids

Photo credit: www.dunskey.com

Go crabbing in Portpatrick

Everybody loves the fun of dangling the crab line over the harbour wall and anticipating the crab catch. Portpatrick is home to the perfect crabbing location for some simple, summer family fun. Crabbing is an excellent way to introduce children to the marine ecology.

Remember, crabs like bait such as fish, chicken and bacon. You and the little ones will be more likely to succeed if you’ve got your essentials: bait, a bucket, and a weight heavy enough to keep the bait at the bottom. Portpatrick harbour is based in the heart of the village.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 9.8 miles

What visitors are saying: “This colourful village is absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day and people from the surrounding areas flock in for the beer, food and atmosphere.”

crabbing in portpatrick with kids

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Climb to the top of the lighthouse – Mull of Galloway

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s answer to the perfect day out. Climb the lighthouse with the children, reach Scotland’s most southerly coffee house, visit the nearby nature reserves and delicious food and drink. Lighthouse tours offer commanding views and are highly recommended if you would like to learn more about the history of this wonderful building.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 14.9 miles

What visitors are saying: “Great visit to this stunning area. The lighthouse is fantastic, climb to the top for panoramic views. The outdoor centre has decent coffee and food , with great views of the Irish sea.”

lighthouse climbing with kids

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Visit the Port Logan Fish Pond

The fish pond in Port Logan is the world’s oldest marine life centre and a fantastic family attraction. Offering the opportunity to view some of Scotland’s most stunning marine life, the pond contains over 50 different species in a unique and authentic setting. This location makes an exciting and educational day out for the entire family. With a beach close by, this is an ideal picnic spot.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 6.9 miles

What visitors are saying: “We were staying at Sands of Luce so paid a visit to logan’s pond, this is a must-see, the staff are very welcoming, and there was so much history about the place”

port logan fish pond with kids

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Go exploring at Castle Kennedy Gardens

As one of Scotland’s best-loved hidden treasures and described as one of the ‘showpieces of Galloway’, Castle Kennedy Gardens is a stunning, historical collection of rare species and beautiful trees. Revel in sculptured landscapes and magnificent panoramas. Dog owners are welcome, so feel free to take the pups for a run-around as well as the children. This picturesque spot is perfect for walking around, picnicking and ambling through the trails on a lovely sunny day.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 9.6 miles

What visitors are saying: “Friendly staff, a nice place to eat. Dog-friendly and a big garden with lots to see ranging from an excellent walled garden with secluded elements.”

take kids to castle kennedy gardens

Photo credit: http://www.scotlandsgardens.org/

Ryan Centre Swimming Pool and Flumes

For those rainy and wet days where outdoors may not seem so appealing to the children, this 25 metre pool with leisure facilities is perfect for a splash about. With flumes, a health suite, a games area and a cafe, this is the place to entertain all members of the family.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 9.6 miles

What visitors are saying: “Fabulous place for the small town of Stranraer. Great swimming pool, with flume and slides, kids and adults pool all connected, and jacuzzi pool. Has a health suite next to the main pool area with sauna, jacuzzi & steam room.”

Ryan centre swimming with kids

Photo credit: http://www.visitsouthwestscotland.com/

Jumping Jacks indoor soft play

A large children’s play area, Jumping Jacks makes a fun-filled day out for kids of all ages. An incredibly popular spot for birthday parties, this indoor facility is perfect to spend some quality family time on cold and rainy days.

Distance from Sands of Luce: 6.7 miles

What visitors are saying: “My two young boys love it here. Staff are lovely and place is kept spotless”

soft play with kids Scotland

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Staying at Sands of Luce Holiday Park

We are consistently improving Sands of Luce to ensure that it is the ultimate family holiday destination. Our award-winning facilities, live music schedule, on-site activities, quality restaurant and stunning surroundings all contribute to the much-loved ‘Sands of Luce Experience’. We are family run and pride ourselves in what we offer our guests.

Discover our holiday homes to rent and purchase. Alternatively, give us a call on 01776 830456 for further details.