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  • A child stands on one of the ornate mortar cannons watched by his family in the sun at Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Close-up of tiger with white snow in the background
    A Siberian Tiger at home in the snow at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • The battlements at Stirling Castle lit up at night
    Stirling Castle by night
  • A dinghy sailing at the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Country Park at sunset
    Strathclyde Country Park

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. Ardmaddy Castle Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Ardmaddy Castle Garden lies in the village of Ardmaddy, south of Oban on the Argyll coast, and boasts stunning views across to Mull.

  2. The Mousa Boat

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Welcome to The Mousa Boat

  3. Shepherd House

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Musselburgh

    Shepherd House and its one-acre garden form a walled triangle in the middle of the 18th century village of Inveresk.

  4. RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the Mull of Galloway RSPB Reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  5. The Aros Experience

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Portree

    Located on the outskirts of Portree, Aros has a fascinating combination of music, wildlife, film and exhibitions.

  6. St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    St Abbs

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

  7. The Maid of the Loch

    Type

    Historic Ships & Boats

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    Welcome to The Maid of the Loch

  8. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killin

    Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime-rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate mean Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is home to a wide array of plants.

  9. Loch Of Lintrathen

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kirriemuir

    This stunning inland loch is set among the foothills of the Braes of Angus and close to the fertile farmlands of Strathmore.

  10. Mount Stuart

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bute

    Mount Stuart is a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.

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