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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. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Edinburgh

    Just one mile from city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery.

  2. Elmlea Plants

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    This family-run nursery in charming Old Minnigaff specialises in herbaceous perennials and grasses.

  3. Nevis Range Snowsports

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    Ski Resorts

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    Fort William

    With skiing up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet) Nevis Range reaches high on to the mountain of Aonach Mor - Scotland's eighth highest - and offers skiing and boarding late into spring.

  4. Go Further Scotland

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    Guided Walks

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    Gairloch

    Welcome to Go Further Scotland - personal, tailored guiding for individuals, families and small groups - a passion for Wester Ross, Skye and the North West Highlands - qualified, expert and local

  5. Ocean Explorer Centre

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    Marine Life Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Oban

    Welcome to the new Ocean Explorer Centre! Let us take you on a journey of discovery into the sea to explore why author Arthur C Clark once said: 'How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.'

  6. Soar at intu Braehead

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Renfrew

    Welcome to Soar at intu Braehead

  7. Eglinton Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Irvine

    Set over 400 hectares Eglinton Country Park gives you the space and freedom to enjoy a wide range of pursuits.

  8. Barguillean's "Angus Garden"

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Taynuilt

    Nine acre woodland garden around an eleven acre loch set in the Glen Lonan hills.

  9. Branklyn Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Perth

    Branklyn Garden is described as one of the finest two acres of private garden in Scotland. This oasis of peace and colour is a real urban haven.

  10. Bughtrig Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    Welcome to Bughtrig Garden

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