It’s as Easter custom that has delighted Scots for decades. So ahead of Sunday’s celebrations, VisitScotland is offering some inspiration for finding the perfect spot to let the good times roll this Easter.
Probably one of the country’s most famous egg-rolling locations. Every year, families from across the capital converge on Holyrood Park to climb the ancient volcano as part of their Easter Sunday tradition. On a clear day the views from the top are breath-taking and for those with an interest in history there is even a well-preserved fort and a 15th century medieval chapel to discover.
If you want an epic backdrop for your egg roll then head to the Kings Knot in Stirling. In the shadow of Stirling Castle, the King’s Knot is a grassy parkland which features a knot-shaped earthwork said to resemble a cup and saucer. Once the playground of kings, it is now a great spot for a picnic. Further up the road, the larger Kings Park, which was a royal hunting ground, is great for a walk, has open playing fields, tennis courts, outdoor gym equipment and a fantastic play park.
Duthie Park is located to the south of Aberdeen city centre. Donated by Miss Duthie in 1880, Duthie Park is Scotland's third most visited gardens, famous for its wide range of exotic plants, family play areas, boating ponds, sports fields and recently restored Victorian design features. The park also features the David Welch Winter Gardens which is one of the largest indoor gardens in Europe. Its small hills make it a great place for little ones to have their first egg-rolling egg-perience.
Located in the grounds of Scone Palace lies the historic Moot Hill, once the crowning place of the King of Scots and one of Perthshire’s top picks for rolling Easter eggs. Moot Hill is located right in front of the Palace and is crowned by a tiny chapel. This year’s Easter celebrations include a Pirate Fun Day.
Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton, the restored buildings now house a Visitor Centre; the West Lodge comprising of the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments; Exhibition Gallery and Displays; Gift Shop and Café. Outside, visitors can explore 10 miles of walks along the scenic River Avon and through ancient woodland. The banking in the front of the Hunting Lodge is widely regarded as a prime egg rolling spot and if you are lucky you may even be joined by the Easter Bunny!
Dating back to the 14th Century, Callendar House has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie, not to mention countless excited children ready to roll their Easter Eggs.The House's permanent displays are The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to the 19th centuries, The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, tells how the local area was transformed during the first century of the industrial era. This Easter meet the Callendar House Easter Bunny who will give you one of his eggs to decorate and when you are finished head to the top of the hill and get ready to roll.
Castle Kennedy Gardens are among the most famous and the most child friendly in Scotland. 75 acres of spectacularly designed loch-side landscape, create a romantic garden paradise with quite literally something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of age. The Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland. But do you have what it takes to win the Easter Egg Rolling Competition on Sunday 16 April? Visitors will be challenged to roll or throw the farthest egg - hard boiled of course, within the launch zone. With different age groups open to win prizes this is a new twist on the old tradition of egg rolling down the hills at the Castle Kennedy Gardens.
Nevis Range in Fort William, home to the UK’s only mountain gondola; is the mountain experience for all seasons. You'll find a range of activities for all ages, both on the mountain, and around the gondola base station. It’s also an egg-cellent place to engage in some Easter fun! Roll up at the Snowgoose restaurant & bar, collect your free hard-boiled egg, colour it, then see how far you can roll it down the slopes of Aonach Mor.
Egg rolling is a collective custom at Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited Castle and one of the leading visitor attractions in the Scottish Borders. Explore the collection of fine art, porcelain, newly restored tapestries and grand rooms or enjoy superb views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills. Built by leading architect William Adam in 1721 for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, the castle has undergone periodic changes to create the dramatic building you see today. On Easter Sunday visitors are invited to take part in a big egg roll down the castle mound.
Pollok Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park and the only country park within the city. Its extensive woodlands and gardens are home to a vast array of wildlife and offer a great day out for visitors. The park is rich in rural history formerly being part of the Old Pollok Estate and ancestral home to the Maxwell family. The park is also home to the world famous Burrell Collection. After you’ve rolled your eggs, let the children indulge their inner artist with some eggs-tra special Easter crafts delivered with the help of the Countryside Ranger.
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