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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. Noss National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Shetland

    Noss National Nature Reserve is a spectacular island reserve which is home to vast colonies of nesting seabirds.

  2. 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.

  3. Glenarn Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch with a Himalayan atmosphere, famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons.

  4. Cairngorms National Park

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    National Parks

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms National Park is a living, working landscape with wild land at its heart.

  5. Willows Animal Sanctuary

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Mintlaw

    Willows Animal Sanctuary provides a lifetime home for over 300 rescued horses and other animals.

  6. Glasgow Science Centre

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    Science Centres

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Glasgow South Side

    Glasgow Science Centre is a great family attraction that presents science and technology in unique and inspiring ways.

  7. Nonavaar

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    Enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers of this delightful country garden, Nonavaar.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lochwinnoch

    Easily access to Great walking country plus wildlife watching of Hen Harriers by CCTV.

  9. Monteviot House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Jedburgh

    The river garden planted with herbaceous shrubs is only 1 of a few gardens to be visited on site. The pinetum is full of unusual trees and a nearby water garden is linked by bridges. Coach parties by arrangement.

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    Lewis

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