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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. Colzium Estate and Gardens

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kilsyth

    Colzium Estate lies to the north-east of Kilsyth and features a mansion house, walled garden and ruined castle.

  2. Inverewe Garden and Estate

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Poolewe

    One of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Inverewe Garden is an oasis of exotic plants bursting with vibrant colour.

  3. Carstramon Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  4. The Arran Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Lamlash

    Arran Outdoor Centre is a wonderful island retreat for everyone who loves the great outdoors, activities and spectacular scenery Bed & Breakfast or Dinner Bed & Breakfast is also available without activities

  5. The Scottish Dolphin Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    With free entry, a visit to the WDC, Scottish Dolphin Centre is a great day out and gives you the chance to meet the WDC team and find out how you can support their work to protect Scotland's whales and dolphins.

  6. Balgonie Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    Glenrothes

    Balgonie Castle is a Wedding Venue, tourist attraction and an educational site.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Maybole

    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

  8. Scottish Deer Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cupar

    See 14 species of deer from around the world at the Scottish Deer Centre, a unique wildlife park in Fife.

  9. Guiding on Skye

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Portree

    The Isle of Skye itself offers a wealth of coastal, fell and mountain walking, with the Cuillin Mountains being the hardest and most Alpine mountain range in the whole of Britain. It also contains some of the most difficult Munros.

  10. Ardkinglas House And Gardens

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Estate nestles at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll.

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