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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. Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ullapool

    Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984.

  2. Wynford Farm

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    Children's Attractions

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    4 Activity Centre

    Aberdeen City and Shire

    Welcome to Wynford Farm

  3. Dirleton Castle

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    Castles

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    Dirleton

    A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century.

  4. Kirkconnell Flow

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This National Nature Reserve is a classic example of an ancient raised bog and is one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

  5. 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.

  6. Action Zone (The Interactive Adventure)

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Leven

    Action Zone is an indoor adventure play centre for children, which promotes healthy play.

  7. Castle Kennedy Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Stranraer

    Magnificent Castle Kennedy Gardens are among the most famous and the most child friendly in Scotland

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    4 Castle

    Connel and North Connel

    Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner.

  9. West Coast Adventures

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Glasgow

    Welcome to West Coast Adventures

  10. Kings Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Stirling's biggest and best used park has a good range of equipment.

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