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  • A child stands on one of the ornate mortar cannons watched by his family in the sun at Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Close-up of tiger with white snow in the background
    A Siberian Tiger at home in the snow at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • The battlements at Stirling Castle lit up at night
    Stirling Castle by night
  • A dinghy sailing at the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Country Park at sunset
    Strathclyde Country Park

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. Tinnisburn Plants

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    Garden Centres

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    Canonbie

    Welcome to Tinnisburn Plants

  2. The Hive Soft Play Ltd

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Bathgate

    The Hive Soft Play is a new soft play in Bathgate. The spectacular play frame at the Hive can be enjoyed by all the family. Aimed at children aged 0 -12 years with a pre school programme, after school and holiday fun - it’s a Hive of activity.

  3. Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Spean Bridge

    Achnacarry Sporting Estate offers a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife excursions, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, shooting, fishing and much more.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kyleakin

    Learn about the local and natural history of Kyleakin and Eilen Ban at the Bright Water Visitor Centre and discover the diverse wildlife that dwells there.

  5. The Art Engine

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Oban

    Jun 13th - 22nd Oban, West Scotland - Paint the highlands and islands, long summer daylight hours. Elegant Scottish manor house, ground transportation, terrific meals, accommodation inc, national museum visits, 10 days distraction free

  6. Castledykes Park & Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    Castledykes Park is a park in Dumfries and is near to another of the town’s green spaces, The Dock Park.

  7. Barguillean's "Angus Garden"

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Taynuilt

    Nine acre woodland garden around an eleven acre loch set in the Glen Lonan hills.

  8. Malleny Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Edinburgh

    This 1.2-ha (3-a) walled garden has a delightful collection of old-fashioned roses and fine herbaceous borders.

  9. Gradings

    Birsay

    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  10. Glenwhan Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Glenluce

    Glenwhan has been cultivated over two decades from bog, rushes and gorse to win accolades as one of the best new gardens of recent times.

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