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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. Abriachan Nurseries And Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Loch Ness

    A beautiful woodland garden and family plant nursery on the shore of Loch Ness. Perfect for a day trip visit, short family walk and/or to find some unusual and hardy plants for your garden. Gorgeous views down Loch Ness.

  2. Staffa National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Mull

    Staffa is an island found 10 km west of the Isle of Mull.

  3. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery offers cruising holidays with activities on the Caledonian Canal based on our barges Fingal or Ros Crana.

  4. Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lewis

    Look out for seabirds and seals at the Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve islands in the Outer Hebrides.

  5. 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.

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    Alloa

    Formed from the woodlands of Alva House Estate, the park provides a network of public footpaths and is suitable for many outdoor activities.

  7. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  8. Gradings

    Inverness

    Free admission. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more..

  9. 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.

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    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre

    Cardross

    A restored walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde featuring a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom, which serves tasty home-made food and high quality produce

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