Forget trudging round staring at untouchable dry old ancient treasures locked away in glass cases… history is now all about interactive activities and one way of exploring Scotland’s past, while having a family fun day out, is on a published Treasure Trail.

Treasure Trails are self-guided themed walks and there are 57 to choose from in this part of Scotland alone revealing hidden corners and stories in towns, city and villages.

Themed as Murder Mystery, Spy Mission or Treasure Hunt, they appeal to all ages and a description of length, time required and accessibility is included for each trail. Some are easy strolls, others can be more demanding rambles or cycle rides, as you follow mischievous clues to discover whodunit, the location of a buried treasure or attempt to crack the code.

Families staying at CLC Duchally Country Estate are superbly located for many of these trails, including those located in historic Edinburgh, a one-hour drive away. With patience, maps and some local knowledge, you could of course devise your own, if you only had the time!

You could choose to follow the Fife Coastal Path on the ‘Old Dysart to Ravenscraig Castle’ route, enjoy the picturesque delights of Aberdour or  those of Dunkeld and riverside Birnam. Falkirk and the Falkirk wheel trail covers three popular locations by cycle, or alternatively public transport or car.

And in Edinburgh on the Greyfriars Treasure Hunt you can unearth the mystery associated with Skye terrier ‘Bobby’, who for 14 years guarded the grave of his master, Constable John Grey, who was buried in Greyfriars in 1858.

Trails can be purchased on line at www.treasuretrails.co.uk for £6.99 each and instantly download, or from some local retail outlets. Alternatively, with a bit of pre-planning you can have a customer booklet, to include photos of your loved ones, posted out to you for £12.99.