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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. Erraid Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Edinburgh

    Erraid Wood is a small woodland on the slopes of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

  2. Drift

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    Arts & Crafts

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    The Kingdom of Fife

    Vision Mechanics' new production is inspired by Betty Mouat, a 61 year old crofter who in January 1886 drifted alone at sea from Shetland to Norway.

  3. 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.

  4. Pirate Pete's

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Ayr

    Pirate Pete’s adventure play centre is a treasure trove full of fun putting the kids pirating skills to the ultimate test.

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    4 Activity Centre

    Newbridge

    The premier destination for arts and crafts for all ages in edinburgh.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. North Hill Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  9. St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    St Abbs

    Formed by an extinct volcano, the St Abb’s Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coast.

  10. The Helix

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.

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