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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. Colliston Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dalbeattie

    Colliston Park in Dalbeattie is great for strolling or enjoying a picnic overlooking the boating pond.

  2. Dawyck Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Stobo

    In the depths of the Scottish Borders countryside, Dawyck Botanic Garden has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs.

  3. James Hamilton Heritage Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    East Kilbride

    James Hamilton Heritage Park covers 32 acres in East Kilbride and includes a 16-acre loch with a water sports centre.

  4. Tinnisburn Plants

    Type

    Garden Centres

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    Canonbie

    Tinnisburn Plants is a small, family run nursery situated 600ft above sea level in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. While the nursery business is new we have a lifelong passion for plants and have been developing our garden for 25 years.

  5. Elmlea Plants

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    This family-run nursery in charming Old Minnigaff specialises in herbaceous perennials and grasses.

  6. Tentsmuir Point

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Cupar

    This large area of sand dunes and beach at the mouth of the Tay estuary forms an important roosting and feeding area for huge gatherings of seaducks, waders and wildfowl.

  7. Gradings

    Ullapool

    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

  8. Ardchattan Priory

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban

    Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive.

  9. Venture Mòr

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Applecross

    Welcome to Venture Mòr

  10. Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Garve

    Ben Wyvis is a mountain designated as a National Nature Reserve.

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