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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. Geilston Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    A 200 year old garden with interesting features, including a 100 ft Wellingtonia that dominates the main lawn.

  2. Overtoun Estate

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    Country Estates

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    Dumbarton

    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  3. The Style Academy

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Ballater

    Beautiful Art and Crafts house in its own 14000 acres of ground for guests to explore. We can custom build a package of activities together with first class catering using locally sourced ingredients. Accommodation available to enhance your stay.

  4. Gradings

    Dumfries

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

  5. Potter About Ltd

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    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Burntisland

  6. 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.

  7. Knockshinnoch Lagoons

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Cumnock

    Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.

  8. Aldouran Wetland Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Stranraer

    The wetland habitat and bird hide can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by the Aldouran Burn.

  9. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

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