Four Borders tourist attractions are being promoted across Scotland on a new tourist map designed to encourage families out and about by rail this summer.
ScotRail’s new child-friendly ‘Destination Decider’ map and app has pulled together a list of destinations scattered from Glasgow and Balloch to North Queensferry and Stirling all of which can be reached by train.
And amongst them, partly accessible from the Borders Railway, are Traquair House near Innerleithen, Go Ape treetop adventure park outside Peebles, Floors Castle in Kelso and Abbotsford House near Tweedbank. Up to two kids aged 5-15 can travel for free with a paying adult and additional discounts on entry are on offer at 25 attractions, simply by showing a train ticket from that day.
The Borders listings feature alongside attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo, Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, the Wallace Monument in Stirling and The Edinburgh Dungeon.
Graham Heald, Head of Customer Experience and Hospitality at ScotRail said: “We know the school holidays are an expensive time and trying to find ways to keep the kids entertained can be challenging, so we commissioned our survey to understand how we could support and help boost the summer fun with minimum prep for parents.
“As our survey shows, gaming is obviously really popular with kids in Scotland, but parents want them to spend more time outdoors. Our ‘Destination Decider’ puts the power of day plans in the kids’ hands, with parents not under pressure to cough up large entrance fees.
“Our Kids Go Free ticket entitles up to two children aged 5-15 to travel for free with an adult and we’ve got deals in place with 25 operators in Scotland to offer free or discounted entry, when showing your train ticket from that day.
“We’d encourage all parents to download the itinerary and challenge their kids to put the consoles down and embrace the real world and all that can be enjoyed and accessed by train.”
The ‘Destination Decider’ is free to download from the ScotRail blog: www.scotrail.co.uk/blog