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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.


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.


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. Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre


    Marine Life Centres


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    3 Visitor Attraction


    At The Loch Lomond SEA LIFE centre, dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle, beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, pets corner, visitor centre, tearoom and shop.

  3. Colin Burt Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    A wildlife reserve where you can enjoy the outdoors and learn about the local wildlife living on the reserve. Enjoy walks through the woodland, over the wetland on a board walk or around the open field whilst enjoying the views.

  4. Glenesk Wildlife


    Landrover Safari



    Enjoy the ''Secrets of the Glens'' and embark on a wildlife tour/safari with Glenesk Wildlife. Encounter wildlife such as red and roe deer, birds of prey and plenty more.

  5. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  6. Mabie Farm Park


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Mabie Farm Park offers over 5,000 square feet of indoor play area and represents a fantastic day out for the whole family.

  7. Bute Forest


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  8. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  9. Leeming + Paterson Photography


    Photography Tuition & Tours


    Castle Douglas

    Learn how to capture that perfect shot during a workshop with talented photographers Morag Paterson and Ted Leeming.

  10. Portavadie Activities


    Multi-activity Centre



    For more information or to book please contact 01700 811075


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