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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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    2 Museum

    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

  2. War Memorial Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kelso

    Formerly part of the Abbey grounds, the War Memorial Garden was gifted by the Duke of Roxburgh in 1921 for the Kelso War Memorial.

  3. Fairwinds

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    Fairwinds is a beautiful medium sized garden situated on George Street in Dunoon.

  4. Kinlochlaich Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Appin

    Kinlochlaich Gardens are set around Kinlochlaich House in Appin, around half way between Fort William and Oban.

  5. Geopark Shetland

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Shetland

    From exploring an extinct volcano to walking across shifting sands, experience the variety of geology in Geopark Shetland.

  6. Jupiter Artland

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Set within the picturesque 80 acre estate of Bonnington House, Jupiter Artland is the brainchild of Nicky and Robert Wilson.

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    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - where seeing is not believing! Welcome to Edinburgh's oldest visitor attraction, delighting visitors since 1835. Rated top Attraction in Scotland and #2 Attraction in UK in inaugural TripAdvisor awards 2013!

  8. Bolfracks

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Aberfeldy

    Bolfracks House has had an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century. The gardens are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants.

  9. Monteviot House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Jedburgh

    The river garden planted with herbaceous shrubs is only 1 of a few gardens to be visited on site. The pinetum is full of unusual trees and a nearby water garden is linked by bridges. Coach parties by arrangement.

  10. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Aviemore

    Visit Britain's only herd of free-ranging reindeer.

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