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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. Underwater Shetland Ltd

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Lerwick

    Welcome to Underwater Shetland. UnderWater Shetland Ltd offers underwater marine life tours on a relaxing and comfortable boat, the Galathea.

  2. Torridon Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Torridon

    Torridon Activities is located at foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon with some of the best walking, mountaineering and kayaking anywhere in the U.

  3. Beinn Eighe

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  4. The Edinburgh Dungeon

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Exciting, scary and bloody funny – delve into Scotland’s murky history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Experience live actors, thrilling rides and special effects… are you ready for Edinburgh's must-see attraction?

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Edzell

    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  6. Ochil Hills Woodland Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Alva

    Formerly a grand 17th century house, the former lordly estate now acts as an attractive woodland park that cuts through some of Stirlingshire’s finest scenery.

  7. Gradings

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  8. Tentsmuir Point

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Cupar

    This large area of sand dunes and beach at the mouth of the Tay estuary forms an important roosting and feeding area for huge gatherings of seaducks, waders and wildfowl.

  9. Malleny Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Edinburgh

    This 1.2-ha (3-a) walled garden has a delightful collection of old-fashioned roses and fine herbaceous borders.

  10. Gradings

    Broxburn

    Self-Guided Walking Holidays across Scotland's most beautiful landscapes. Our professional service provides pre-booked accommodation, baggage transfers, maps, guidebooks and more. Visit our website for full details.

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