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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. RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Osprey Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe a range of magnificent wildlife.

  2. West Coast Adventures

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Welcome to West Coast Adventures

  3. Malleny Gardens

    Type

    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.

  4. Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

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

  6. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm

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    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    • 3 Tourist Shop
    3 Tourist Shop

    Moray Firth

    The Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm shop opens from early June each year for the sale of asparagus, rhubarb and early season strawberries produced inside polytunnels.

  7. RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lochwinnoch

    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

  8. Ben Lui

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  9. 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

  10. Balloch Castle Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Alexandria

    Loch Lomond’s only country park commands impressive views over its waters, spanning 200 acres which include walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks.

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