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  • A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre
    A youngster enjoys a day out at the Glasgow Science Centre

There are so many family days out to enjoy in Scotland. Get inspired by country parks offering adventurous activities, castles that spark imaginations, wildlife attractions for little explorers and fascinating science centres.

Children are really encouraged to take part and learn in a fun environment at most of Scotland’s attractions, many of which have dedicated areas designed to fire their imaginations and encourage their interest in history and science.

History

The Royal Apartment Palace Vaults at Stirling Castle have been created specifically for younger visitors, with a different theme in each room and plenty to see, touch, play with and even smell. Themes range from the musician’s vault, where you can recreate 16th century inspired sounds, to the Tailors Vault where you can try on elaborate period costumes.

Science

Astound children with visions of the future by taking a trip to one of Scotland’s science centres. Dundee Science Centre - Sensation is the only UK science centre based on the five senses and has over 80 hands-on exhibits including infrared imaging, a chance to practice key-hole surgery and spectacular live science shows.

Nature and wildlife

Animals are always a hit with the kids, so why not visit one of Scotland’s great wildlife attractions? Visit the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig to get up close to a variety of native species, from red squirrels to wildcats and pine martens, as well as more exotic creatures such as red pandas, reindeer and arctic foxes.

Scotland also has a large number of country parks as well as two National Parks where you can spend a day walking or cycling in the fresh air before enjoying a family picnic on one of Scotland’s beautiful beaches or in a play park. Popular play parks with plenty to do include Culzean Castle and Country Park, Strathclyde Country Park and Lochore Meadows Country Park.

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  1. Monikie Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Monifieth

    Developed around two former reservoirs, Monikie Country Park boasts beautiful woodland and parkland with a variety of things to see and do.

  2. RSPB Scotland Marwick Head nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dounby

    RSPB Scotland Marwick Head nature reserve is home to the largest cliff nesting seabird colony on the Orkney mainland.

  3. Balloch Castle Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Alexandria

    Loch Lomond’s only country park commands impressive views over its waters, spanning 200 acres which include walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks.

  4. Cumbernauld Glen

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Cumbernauld

    This reserve’s ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife and, in early summer, there are vast carpets of bluebells.

  5. Venture Mòr

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Applecross

    Welcome to Venture Mòr

  6. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  7. Mellerstain House & Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Gordon

    Listed as one of Britain's ten best stately homes by The Telegraph, Mellerstain is a must-see. "A treasure, wonderful gardens and beautiful house!"

  8. Pittencrieff Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunfermline

    This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist.

  9. The Carrick Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Maybole

    Visit the Café and Soft Play at The Carrick Centre for Fantastic Food, Great Kids Play, and a Friendly Welcome. Take time out, with exhibitions of local art, information on places to go and see, helped by our friendly volunteers and staff.

  10. Bongos soft play centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Glenrothes

    Welcome to Bongos

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