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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. Fifeleisure - Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

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    Children's Attractions

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    Kirkcaldy

    Welcome to Fifeleisure - Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

  2. Mellerstain House & Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Gordon

    Robert Adam's masterpiece. "The perfect garden and most wonderful house!"

  3. Camperdown Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Camperdown Country Park is Dundee's largest public park, covering over 400 acres and with no fewer than 190 species of tree.

  4. Wilton Lodge Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Hawick

    A variety of activities are available at beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, where you can enjoy gorgeous Scottish Borders scenery.

  5. Cairnsmore of Fleet

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

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    Ullapool

    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

  7. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  8. Dumbarnie Links

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Elie

    Dumbarnie Links Reserve is an area of dune grassland in the centre of Largo Bay on the south coast of Fife.

  9. Underwater Shetland Ltd

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Lerwick

    Welcome to Underwater Shetland

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    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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