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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. Dalkeith Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dalkeith

    Dalkeith Country Park is a very special place. Only 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Dalkeith Country Park is your great centre for a fun family day out.

  2. Boots N Paddles

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Boots N Paddles is a mobile outdoor adventure activity company offering fun days out and amazing outdoor experiences across Scotland.

  3. Christies of Fochabers

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre

    Fochabers

    Visit Christies of Fochabers for a family day out. Everything you need for the Garden, Gifts, Lifestyle, Clothing, Personal Treats and our Restaurant offers everything from Snacks to Main Meals. Our home bakes are reputed to be the best.

  4. Scottish Beaver Trial

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.

  5. Manderston

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Duns

    Manderston is an Edwardian mansion set in 56 acres of formal gardens, located just outside of Duns in the Scottish Borders.

  6. Can You Experience Co Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Balloch

    Can You Experience is an adventure sports provider in Balloch in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland's first National Park.

  7. Whitlaw Mosses

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Selkirk

    Enjoy wonderful scenery and a variety of wildlife to spot at Whitlaw Mosses in the Scottish Borders.

  8. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pennan

    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  9. Acharacle Community Company

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    We're delighted to be able to announce that our beautiful Forest Pavilion at Salen, Sgoil na Coille, is now available for weddings.

  10. Henderson Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

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