Family Story: A day trip to Edinburgh

As well as providing short breaks, we work with a range of partners to provide days out for families across the UK. Here is one family’s story of a day out through the ScotSpirit Breaks programme in partnership with VisitScotland.

Life was just about doing the usual, everyday things, like going across the road to the park, nothing exciting. I never took trips with my son, and we’d never been away together anywhere.

When I found out about the trip to Edinburgh Castle I was a bit nervous but I wanted to do it for Alexander. His excitement about going away somewhere with his pals rubbed off on me, I felt excited for him.

There were a lot of tourists at the Castle that day, and it was really windy. Alexander loved it, especially the 1 o’clock gun going off. I remember seeing his face as he listened to the different languages the people round about him were speaking – that was a totally new experience for him.

We were so tired at the end of the day, but it was a good tired, because you felt you’d done something with your day, and enjoyed it – not the kind of tired where you’re stressed out all the time. It was a brilliant day out for him and me.

Knowing what’s out there has changed our future - we’ve got much bigger dreams than the park across the road!

I did feel a bit more confident after the trip, just knowing that I could do it, that I could jump on a train with Alexander and go somewhere like that, it was satisfying thinking that. I remember my sister phoned afterwards to hear about it, and I think she was expecting bad news,

so it was really good to be able to tell her it was all great – there was really nothing negative to tell her.

Alexander told all his classmates about it, which was quite something for him, as he’s normally so shy. It’s been good to sit and talk about it with him – he still remembers the trip, and asks me when we can go again.

Knowing what’s out there, what Alex enjoys, it has changed the way we think about the future – we’ve got much bigger dreams than the park across the road!

I’m definitely more likely to take my son on a break somewhere after going on the day trip to Edinburgh - I could maybe go and visit my sister in Dunfermline. I’d tell other families thinking about a ScotSpirit break to just do it – it’s amazing what stuff like this can do for your confidence.

This case study is part of a series of family stories created as a legacy of the Year of Young People (Scotland)




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