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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. Kielder Water & Forest Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    The Scottish Borders

    Kielder Water & Forest Park spans 250 square miles and is home to the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. This spectacular environment is the ideal place to enjoy the unique landscape.

  2. Edinburgh Zoo

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Edinburgh

    The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland. Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas.

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kyleakin

    Learn about the local and natural history of Kyleakin and Eilen Ban at the Bright Water Visitor Centre and discover the diverse wildlife that dwells there.

  4. Ardwell House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stranraer

    Daffodils, spring flowers and rhododendrons are among the many attractions in the beautiful gardens at Ardwell House.

  5. Elmlea Plants

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    This family-run nursery in charming Old Minnigaff specialises in herbaceous perennials and grasses.

  6. Glasdrum Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Glasdrum Wood is a wild woodland on the shores of Loch Creran.

  7. Duthie Park Winter Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Aberdeen

    This 44 acre garden in Aberdeenshire was opened to the public in 1883.

  8. World of Wings

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Welcome to World of Wings.

  9. Arduaine Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Oban

    Arduaine Garden is a beautiful green oasis, which lies 20 miles south of Oban in Argyll and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  10. Bellahouston Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow South Side

    Bellahouston Park is the location of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, a variety of formal gardens and an impressive range of sporting facilities.

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