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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. Palacerigg Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Palacerigg is a 300-hectare country park that provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including a thriving roe deer population.

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    Peebles

    Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park at Glentress.

  3. 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.

  4. Ardmaddy Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban

    Welcome to Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute

  5. Colstoun Cookery School

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    Cookery Schools

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    Haddington

    The award winning Colstoun Cookery School offers a range of Day and Week-long cookery courses for beginners through to experienced cooks.

  6. Kilmun Arboretum

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dunoon

    Kilmun Aboretum is a woodland circuit which is part of Argyll Forest Park near Dunoon in Argyll.

  7. Gradings

    Inverness

    Free admission. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more..

  8. Gradings

    St Andrews

    The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent museum situated in a 17th century house in the heart of the town's old fisher quarter, a stone's throw from both the castle and the cathedral.

  9. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Café & Bike Shop

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Newton Stewart

    Kirroughtree has a great restaraunt and bike shop so you can fill up on great food before hiring a bike or using your own on the world renowned 7stanes Kirroughtree trails. Fantastic forest walks and amazing wildlife there to be discovered.

  10. The Carrick Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Maybole

    Visit the Café and Soft Play at The Carrick Centre for Fantastic Food, Great Kids Play, and a Friendly Welcome. Take time out, with exhibitions of local art, information on places to go and see, helped by our friendly volunteers and staff.

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