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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. Beecraigs Animal Attraction

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Linlithgow

    Welcome to Beecraigs Animal Attraction

  2. Forvie National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Ellon

    The beauty of the sand dunes at Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR) is complemented by the call of eider ducks, wafting across the Ythan estuary.

  3. Explorers Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    The Explorers Garden tells the stories of some of the men who risked their lives travelling the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and conservation.

  4. Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    See Birds of Prey up close in magnificent surroundings. Learn about our rehabilitation work with the Scottish SPCA. Gain an insight into the secret world of Owls, and wonder at the power and grace of Birds of Prey.

  5. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  6. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Drumlanrig Castle Gardens are set on the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate and date from the 17th century.

  7. Dundee Science Centre

    Type

    Science Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    With over 60 hands-on exhibits depicting the senses, visitors aged from 4 to 104 can experience the magic of science at Dundee Science Centre.

  8. Balranald - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Balranald RSPB is a beautiful Hebridean reserve which has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes.

  9. Formartine's Visitor Centre

    Type

    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Ellon

    Come and experience the best of Aberdeenshire. Delicious fine foods and local produce can be bought in our food hall or sampled in our eatery. Kids can have fun in our outdoor playground and the whole family can enjoy the fresh on our woodland walks

  10. Ardwell House Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Daffodils, spring flowers and rhododendrons are among the many attractions in the beautiful gardens at Ardwell House.

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