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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. Cruisdale

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Shetland

    The garden is in a natural state with many willows, several ponds and a variety of colourful hardy plants that grow well in the Shetland climate.

  2. Alvie & Dalraddy Activities

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Kincraig

    Alvie Estate, located near Kincraig, covers 13,000 acres of fields, woodland and moors and has been owned by the Williamson family since 1927.

  3. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Mey

    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

  4. Soar at intu Braehead

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Renfrew

    Welcome to Soar at intu Braehead

  5. Cambo Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Crail

    This iconic Victorian walled garden with a modern twist offers woodland walks by a sparkling burn leading to the sea.

  6. Ailnack Gorge

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Tomintoul

    At 600 ft wide, 300 ft deep and 6 miles long, the Ailnack Gorge is Scotland's largest glacial melt water channel.

  7. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  8. Burg

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Mull

    Located on the Isle of Mull, the exposed location of Burg is open to the full force of the Atlantic weather.

  9. Galloway House Gardens Trust

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Whithorn

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  10. The Flows

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Melvich

    The Flows is a peat bog and National Nature Reserve managed by the RSPB.

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