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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. Mount Stuart

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bute

    Mount Stuart is a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.

  2. RSPB Orkney Office

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Stromness

    Welcome to RSPB Orkney Office.

  3. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience one of the UK's Top 3 Attractions (TripAdvisor 2015). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

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    4 Castle

    Turriff

    Dating from about 1050, Delgatie is a uniquely Scottish Castle. It is the home of the late Captain and Mrs Hay of Delgatie, and is the Clan Hay Centre.

  5. Glen Roy

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

  6. Strathyre Outdoors

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Strathyre

    Strathyre Outdoors is a family run Activity and Events based Organisation focused on developing Strathyre's potential as a Tourist location and offering a boost to the local economy. Guided Walks, Canoe Safari, Bike Hire, Activity days plus much more

  7. Abriachan Nurseries And Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Loch Ness

    A beautiful woodland garden and family plant nursery on the shore of Loch Ness. Perfect for a day trip visit, short family walk and/or to find some unusual and hardy plants for your garden. Gorgeous views down Loch Ness.

  8. Dollar Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Falkirk

    A striking area of mature parkland offering horticulture features, tennis courts and a 18-hole putting green. The park is situated near Falkirk’s town centre.

  9. Auchlochan Garden Village

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Lanark

    Escape to Auchlochan Garden Village to see our beautifully landscaped grounds, mature woodlands, spectacular gardens and expansive lochs. Take a tour of the gardens then enjoy a meal, light bite or coffee and cake in our Village Bistro.

  10. Active Kids Adventure Park

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Stanley

    Active Kids Adventure Park is a great day out for all the family with outdoor activities, indoor soft play, coffee shop and toy shop.

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