The family-friendly museum near Glasgow where you can meet two baby Highland cows

Purebred baby Highland cows, Maisie and Ishbel have joined the herd at the Rural Museum
-Credit: (Image: Chris James)


With springtime ushering in the warmer weather, longer days and (whisper it) breaks from school, it's the best time to get the family outdoors for a wee day out to keep them entertained.

One museum not far from the city is ideal for wee ones who love farm animals, tractors or just fun days out in general.

The National Museum of Rural Life, in East Kilbride, is just over 20 minutes drive from the city centre. It offers not only the museum but also a working farm, where you can get up close and personal with their most recent arrivals, the adorable purebred baby Highland cows, Maisie and Ishbel.

Highland calves Maisie and Ishbel
Highland calves Maisie and Ishbel -Credit:Chris James

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The farm is also home to other farm favourites including Heilan coo mums Ceo and Airgead, dad Lewis, rare-breed Tamworth pigs, this year’s new lambs, hens and cockerel Russell, as well as Anna and Gina, the Museum’s two magnificent Clydesdale horses.

Alongside learning about life on the farm, you'll also be able to enjoy a tour and even get to enjoy watching the milking of the Ayrshire dairy herd at 3.15 pm each afternoon.

Open seven days a week, from 10 am until 5 pm, the top museum, farmhouse and historic working farm also features a play park, picnic and play area where children can have fun.

Not only that but their magnifying glass posts allow wee ones to inspect things like insects and plants up close to learn more about them.

They will also get then chance to see Scotland’s largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery.

You can also visit the Georgian farmhouse where Lanarkshire’s Reid family lived for 10 generations, with rooms decorated as they would have been in the 1950s.

While the museum building houses galleries that reveal the story of Scotland’s rural past.

Tickets are priced at £10 per adult (£9 for concessions) and £7 for children 5-15 (Under 5s go free) while family tickets are also available. Free for members of either National Museums or the National Trust for Scotland.

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