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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. Lochalsh Woodland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kyle of Lochalsh

    The Lochalsh Woodland Garden is an attractively designed garden.

  2. Canna

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  3. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

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    Children's Attractions

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    Dumfries

    Welcome to Dino Park located at Hetland Garden Centre.

  4. Drumpellier Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Coatbridge

    Once a private estate, Drumpellier Country Park covers 500 acres and includes two natural lochs as well as attracting an abundance of wildlife.

  5. St Andrews Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    St Andrews

    Explore 18 acres of beautifully landscape gardens and glasshouses containing exotic plants and flowers.

  6. Almond Valley Heritage Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Livingston

    Friendly farm animals, play areas, green spaces and an innovative museum packed full of things to prod, sniff, shake and discover.

  7. Balmakewan House Farm Shop

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  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. Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Spean Bridge

    Achnacarry Sporting Estate offers a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife excursions, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, shooting, fishing and much more.

  10. Fingask Castle

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Perth Area

    The magical grounds of Fingask Castle are filled with statues, gargoyles, a large collection of topiary and more.

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