Make February Half Term a Brave One

Edinburgh Castle by Mactographer via Wikipedia used under CC

Anyone with kids will probably know the 2012 Pixar production, Brave. Set in bonnie Scotland in the 15th Century, the film is a step away from the usual Disney Princess films, making it appealing to boys and girls (regardless of an errant tomboy nature). If they haven’t had enough of the film and all the merchandise that comes with it, why not take them to where it all began, with a half term break in Edinburgh and the Lothians this February?

With plenty of hotels in the centre of Edinburgh giving you access to the sights and sounds of a modern, charming city, plus ample opportunity to hit the road and explore further afield, stepping into Brave lands, you and your family can enjoy the best of both worlds this half term.

Be sure to check out the following snippets of Scotland for an honest look at what inspired the writers of this fantastic movie. From the sights and attractions to the museums and local history, it’s all here.

From the imposing castles to the culture-rich museums that hold plenty of inspiration to the Pixar movie makers, the area is jam packed with things to see and do on your Brave adventure. Explore the local heritage with a visit to The People’s Story Museum and The Scottish Storytelling Centre for a look into the country’s past.

The National Museum of Scotland and Our Dynamic Earth are equally impressive if you want to delve into the history of the country, from its earliest times to modern day.

Take a tour around the nearby castles by joining the Mary Queen of Scots Castle Trail which will take you via many of the important castles in the area. Landmarks include the beautiful Edinburgh Castle, sitting proudly atop Castle Rock, Tantallon Castle, Craigmillar Castle and Crichton Castle as well as Linlithgow Palace.


Built in the 15th century, Rosslyn Chapel is a symbol of medieval Scotland and would have been perfect for inspiring the moviemakers during the development of this fantastic Pixar film. Gaining worldwide fame due to intricate carvings and links to the Freemasons and Knights Templar, this beautiful chapel is an absolute must see.

Take a look at what city life would have been like, by heading underground, beneath the Royal Mile, to St Mary’s Close. Take a look at how people lived, worked and died during the 17th to 19th centuries.

Be inspired by the natural beauty of the area with the help of the local country parks and nature reserves. Find awe in the panoramas, just like Merida does. As for wildlife – you won’t find grizzly bears like Mor’du roaming the woodlands of Scotland, but you can see one at Five Sister Zoo if you wish.

Alternatively, if you want your adventure to continue further, there’s a whole host of itineraries available if you prefer to explore beyond the confines of the Lothians. As far as half term goes, you could have it sorted with hotels in the centre of Edinburgh, taking you one step closer to the film’s inspiration.