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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. Chatelherault Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    5 Visitor Attraction

    Hamilton

    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

  2. Beveridge Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcaldy

    This Victorian park boasts attractive gardens, an animal centre and a lake with ducks and geese.

  3. Aberdour Castle

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    Castles

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    4 Castle

    Aberdour

    Built by the Douglas family, the 13th century fortified residence of Aberdour Castle was extended in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

  4. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  5. Mertoun Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    St Boswells

    Mertoun Gardens comprise of 26 acres in the grounds of Mertoun House.

  6. Manderston

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Duns

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

  7. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery have two large holiday barges that cruise the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen including Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery.

  8. World of Wings

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Welcome to World of Wings.

  9. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  10. Newhailes

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Musselburgh

    This fine historic house, set in a fascinating designed landscape, is something of a time-capsule.

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