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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. Pullar Memorial Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Bridge of Allan

    This well cared for park was donated to the community of Bridge of Allan by Edmund Pullar after the Great War.

  2. Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    East Linton

    Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School provides Bushcraft, Survival, Primitive Technology, Green Woodworking and Coppice Crafts Courses. Come and immerse yourself in nature in our woods while learning traditional woodsman skills.

  3. Glen Nant

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Taynuilt

    Glen Nant is a nature reserve located 3 miles south of Taynuilt, in Argyll, on the B845.

  4. Gargunnock House

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Gargunnock

    Five acres of mature gardens, featuring rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, flowering shrubs, woodland walks, a walled garden and an 18th century doocot.

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    Aberlour

    The clock tower on the site of the orphanage in the village of Aberlour is all that remains of the original building. To make this a place local people can be proud of, and tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created a memorial garden.

  6. Viewpark Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Uddingston

    Viewpark Gardens is a horticultural centre that incorporates several types of gardens and glasshouse displays.

  7. John Muir Trust, Isle Of Skye

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Broadford

    The John Muir Trust’s care for three estates on Skye: Torrin, Strathaird and Sconser.

  8. Invereshie & Inshriach

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Feshiebridge

    Invereshie & Inshriach Invereshie is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

  9. Scottish Owl Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    Whitburn

    Discover one of the largest collections of owls in the world from the giant Siberian Eagle Owl to the tiny Pygmy Owl. With awesome flying displays, a giant chute and an interactive education area, it's a great day out for all the family.

  10. Hoy Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

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