5 Tips for Planning Your Next Family Day Out in nature

With Spring just around the corner, excitement for those longer days and sunshine gives us something to look forward to and enjoy. Whether it be a long holiday somewhere hot or somewhere a bit closer to home, we all cannot wait to go out and about with our families. A family day out is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy work week. A family day can be a lot of fun and mean that you can all have a special time together; whether you are just going out with your partner or children, there is nothing better than spending time with your loved ones.

However, for people who have young kids or like to have everything planned out properly before embarking on an adventure, it can be a little bit of a stressful time ensuring everything goes smoothly.

Remember who you are going with and their interests when planning a day out. If you want to plan a fantastic day out with the family, then follow these 5 tips for planning the perfect day out:

1. Plan, but be flexible.

When planning what you’ll do with your kids during the next school break, start planning as soon as possible. We all know how unpredictable the weather is in Scotland. My plans often fail because of this. No one wants to climb to the top of the hill and fight with the gusty wind. This may definitely discourage most.

So always have a plan B; if it's raining or windy (or both), choose a wooded spot where the weather won't be as distracting as out in the open.

2. Discuss with your family.

As with any family, it's important to discuss with each person what they want to do. Different members of your family will have other ideas of what a fun family day is. 

Some might want to go hiking and build a sand castle on the beach. There are many different options to have a great day out, so discuss with your family what they want to do.

Everyone has different interests; some like going to a quiet garden, and others like a busier park. Some trips may depend on the weather or the time of year.

3. Research, research, research

There is no such thing as too much research when planning a family day. Before you go anywhere, the best thing you can do is search the internet.

Once you know where you want to go, it’ll be easy to research the area and figure out what you can do there. You might want to look for places to eat or take all the food and water with you. Look how you would get there, where the car park is. Every little detail will help make your trip so much better!

4. Check the weather

This tip is super important when it comes to planning a family adventure. There is no point in checking the water in advance. It will probably change. You should have a kind of idea of what the weather will be like depending on the season. You don’t need sunshine to have the best days out!

Rain does not limit the adventure; only your imagination can hold you back!

When it comes to the summer months, you can generally guarantee that there will be sunshine, but you should still come prepared. Just because there is sunshine in the morning doesn’t mean it won’t rain by the afternoon (and the opposite), so always come prepared!

When driving to your next family adventure, you can easily pack the car with all the essentials you need. So pack your waterproofs, wellies, and then also sunscreen—even a change of clothes, just in case. You never know when the weather might turn on you and ruin your day.

5. Have Fun!

With all this preparation and research, your day out will be perfect. The last thing to remember is to enjoy yourself when you are actually out and about. Don’t be annoyed if you get caught in traffic or the weather isn’t as good as you had hoped, you’re with your family and that’s all that matters.


We love hiking in nature.

There’s so much to see! 

If you’re an active family and love being out and about in nature, why not spend your time together in the countryside, on the beach or on a hike? It’s one of the most fun things to do in Scotland because we have the ideal landscapes for it, and there are almost unlimited options.

Beach location: Tyninghame Beach

Hill Location: Glen Vale