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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.


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.


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. Gradings

    Inverness City Centre

    Whin park is the largest outdoor play area in Inverness. There is a boating pond, miniature railway, large free outdoor play/picnic area and an ice cream/coffee shop.

  2. Gradings


    Welcome to Wild at Art

  3. Gradings


    The Dock Park is the oldest park in Dumfries and is located on the east bank of the River Nith.

  4. North West Highlands Geopark


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    North Highlands

    Explore deep-time, evoke a sense of place, encourage stewardship.

  5. Agnew Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction


    Agnew Park has a wide range of leisure facilities for all ages including a large boating lake with a range of boats, including canoes, skiffs and pedalos.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  7. RSPB Scotland Mersehead nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Scotland Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

  8. Tinnisburn Plants


    Garden Centres



    Tinnisburn Plants is a small, family run nursery situated 600ft above sea level in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. While the nursery business is new we have a lifelong passion for plants and have been developing our garden for 25 years.

  9. Cragbank Woods


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Cragbank Woods boast a beautiful mix of native trees that cloak the steep gorge slopes.

  10. Noah's Perth


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Noah's Ark Family Entertainment Centre is a soft play centre with a four lane bowling alley, ceramics studio, karting track and café.


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