Wellness is the hot trend on everyone’s lips and the classic interpretation found in the relaxing hot stone massages and warm saunas at Scotland’s spa hotels is an easy-sell for parents. But wellness is also about taking time out for authentic experiences, creating lifelong memories and developing new hobbies, and this is something the whole family can get on board with.

VisitScotland have come up with some sensationally exciting, invigorating and fun activities to fit any style of family wellness break.

As an added bonus, they’re all guaranteed to ease kids effortlessly off devices and into the great outdoors, since a digital detox is what everybody needs these days, whatever age they are.

Take some time to get back to nature and let your family rediscover their sense of wellbeing.

South of Scotland (Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway)

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The south of Scotland is made for mountain biking. It has masses of rugged countryside, hills, huge forests, heaps of coast, and it also has the 7stanes Mountain Biking Trails, making it incredibly easy for families to choose the right adventure to match kids’ ages and stages.

You’ll find all sorts of gentle trails within easy reach of Edinburgh: downhill challenges close to Dumfries, woodland rides through Galloway Forest Park, technical trails at Newcastleton, and plenty others in between. All routes are well-marked and graded in order of difficulty, from easy-going green to tough black. And if you're looking for advice and tips or somewhere to practice core skills, that’s what the 7stanes Mountain Biking Centres do best.

Lowdown on 7stanes Mountain Biking Centres


  • Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Galloway Forest Park, Newton Stewart
  • Glentrool Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart
  • Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Mabie Forest, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Forest of Ae, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Newcastleton Forest, Liddesdale, Scottish Borders
  • Innerleithen, Tweeddale, Scottish Borders
  • Glentress Forest, Peebles, Scottish Borders

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Find out more about 7stanes Mountain Biking Centres for feel-good family fun