Wild Spring FestivalWITH the Easter holidays nearly upon us and chocolate eggs becoming ever-more tempting, any families in need of a quick break with activities to keep the children entertained should look to Scotland for some fantastic events only a ferry ride away.

Whether you’re interested in cheering on teams at the World Curling Championships, staying on a farm to watch the lambs being born, or taking a steam train ride dressed in Easter bonnets, Scotland has lots to offer Northern Ireland families this Easter.

Here are some of the top-picks and ideas during Homecoming Scotland 2014:

World Curling Federation Senior & Mixed Doubles World Championships (23 – 30 April) – Dumfries

Following Team GB’s success at the Winter Olympics, why not head to Dumfries to watch the world championships?

Easter Egg Special Steam Trains (18 – 21 April) Lothian

Hop aboard the Easter Steam Train in Bo’ness. Children wearing a traditional Easter bonnet on board the train will be in with the chance to win a prize, followed by an Easter egg hunt in the Scotland’s largest railway museum.

Wild Spring Festival: Easter Eggstravaganza (20 April) – Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8AH

Join this Easter egg hunt around the nature reserve, whilst hunting keep your eyes peeled for frogs, fishtails, badgers, red deer bats and squirrels. The hunt is part of the Wild Spring Festival which is taking place throughout Dumfries & Galloway and features more than 100 wildlife events, many free and hosted by local wildlife experts.

Neuk Farm Holiday Cottages

The Neuk, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, TD13 5YH

Experience Spring on the farm in these beautiful self-catering cottages. The farm’s location is ideal for exploring east Lothian and is also only five minutes from the beach.

These Easter experiences are just a short ferry ride away, with routes from Belfast to Cairnryan and Larne to Troon and Cairnryan. For more information, visit

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