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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. Logan Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Portpatrick

    Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden.

  2. Hoy Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

  3. Overtoun Estate

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    Country Estates

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    Dumbarton

    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Lanark

    Welcome to Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve

  5. Leeming + Paterson Photography

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    Photography Tuition & Tours

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    Castle Douglas

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

  6. Knoydart

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Knoydart

    The Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest parts of Scotland.

  7. The Hirsel & Homestead Museum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Coldstream

    Part of the Hirsel Estate, The Hirsel & Homestead Museum is situated near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders

  8. Nonavaar

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    Enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers of this delightful country garden, Nonavaar.

  9. Glenwhan Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Glenluce

    Glenwhan has been cultivated over two decades from bog, rushes and gorse to win accolades as one of the best new gardens of recent times.

  10. Tweed Valley Osprey Watch

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Peebles

    The Tweed Valley Osprey Watch comprises of two osprey watch centres showing live images from an osprey nest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

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