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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. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  2. Copinsay Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Orkney

    The RSPB nature reserve of Copinsay has a vast seabird colony that includes guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills.

  3. Carstramon Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  4. Vogrie Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Pathhead

    105 hectares of woods and Victorian parkland including a 1876 Victorian mansion - part of which is open to the public, a nine-hole golf course, adventure playground and an excellent cafeteria.

  5. Gambado Edinburgh

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Gambado is the UK's ultimate soft play experience! 3 Level main frame, toddler frame, baby ring, 31 seat carousel and for the more adventurous our climbing wall.

  6. Scottish Wildlife Trust

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is a great place for family adventures. Try your hand at pond dipping, minibeast hunting, den building or a whole host of other free activities. Open all year and run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

  7. Cluny House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Aberfeldy

    Cluny House Gardens are a secluded, unique woodland garden situated in the heart of Scotland, overlooking the scenic Strathtay valley.

  8. Harvey Maps

    Type

    Walks

    Gradings

    Doune

    Welcome to Harvey Maps

  9. Mount Stuart

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bute

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

  10. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Skye Serpentarium Reptile World is an award-winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre.

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