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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.


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.


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. Gorgie City Farm


    Parks & Gardens



    Gorgie City Farm is Edinburgh's working small holding in the city. With a range of farm animals and pets, as well as a variety of gardens, it's a fun place to visit and learn. Entry is free- though we appreciate donations very much!!

  2. Gradings

    Fort William

    We offer Ben Nevis ascents in summer and winter. Winter skills courses. Introductory climbing/ abseiling for all the family. Guided mountain walks, low level explorative walks with local, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Open all year.

  3. Threave Garden And Estate


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Castle Douglas

    This garden for all seasons is renowned for its springtime daffodils, herbaceous beds ablaze with colour in summer and dense heather gardens in autumn.

  4. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


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

  6. Claish Moss Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Claish Moss is one of the best examples in Britain of a raised bog that has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

  7. Beveridge Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


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

  8. Blawhorn Moss


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    West Lothian

    An oasis of open windswept moors hidden in the lowlands, Blawhorn is a site full of secrets.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    Dating from about 1050, Delgatie is a uniquely Scottish Castle. It is the home of the late Captain and Mrs Hay of Delgatie, and is the Clan Hay Centre.

  10. Colliston Park


    Parks & Gardens



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


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