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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. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  2. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  3. The Art Engine

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Oban

    Jun 13th - 22nd Oban, West Scotland - Paint the highlands and islands, long summer daylight hours. Elegant Scottish manor house, ground transportation, terrific meals, accommodation inc, national museum visits, 10 days distraction free

  4. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises Ltd

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Anstruther

    Passenger boat trip to the Isle of May

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Textile Artwork with Linda Green 10 - 15 August 2014. Working in a small group, Linda gives individual attention to each participant. Fee includes 4 star accommodation in Edinburgh - Scotland’s capital, + much more.

  6. The Loft Activites

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Forres

    Friendly, fun, family run activity center with lots to do and food and refreshments on site.

  7. Belleisle Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ayr

    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  8. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees.

  9. Argaty Red Kites

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  10. Leith Hall Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Rhynie

    Leith Hall and Garden features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and primulas in the rock garden.

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