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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. Christies of Fochabers

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre

    Fochabers

    Visit Christies of Fochabers for a family day out. Everything you need for the Garden, Gifts, Lifestyle, Clothing, Personal Treats and our Restaurant offers everything from Snacks to Main Meals. Our home bakes are reputed to be the best.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Broxburn

    Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is a popular 88 hectare (220 acre) Visitor Attraction near Broxburn. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian - also visit Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow and Polkemmet Country Park near Whitburn.

  3. Cardenden Woods

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Cardenden

  4. Balranald - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Outer Hebrides

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

  5. Glenarn Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch with a Himalayan atmosphere, famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons.

  6. 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.

  7. Kielder Water & Forest Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    The Scottish Borders

    Kielder Water & Forest Park spans 250 square miles and is home to the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. This spectacular environment is the ideal place to enjoy the unique landscape.

  8. Broughton House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Kirkcudbright

    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

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    Kingsbarns

    31 August - 5 September Welcome to Acrylic Painting ~ In the Footsteps of the Scottish Colourists. Plein air' painting on the beach, in the gardens, and within Cambo House. The Scottish Colourists of the 1920’s are our inspiration.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

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