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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. Glenmore

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Glenmore is a National Nature Reserve run by Camping in the Forest, in partnership with the Forestry commission and encompasses Glenmore Forest Park.

  2. Mellerstain House & Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Gordon

    Listed as one of Britain's ten best stately homes by The Telegraph, Mellerstain is a must-see. "A treasure, wonderful gardens and beautiful house!"

  3. RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

  4. Aldouran Wetland Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    The wetland habitat and bird hide can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by the Aldouran Burn.

  5. RSPB Scotland Forsinard Flows nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    RSPB Scotland nature reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country ~ wildlife trails and guided walks with birds, animals and flowers in these extensive peatlands.

  6. Aden Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Mintlaw

    This 230 acre country park is found in the heart of Buchan, in Aberdeenshire.

  7. Five Sisters Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    West Calder

    The role of Five Sisters Zoo is to support the welfare of all our animals and to encourage educational and fun days out for all ages - so for a day out with a difference come along and meet our fascinating collection!

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Lanark

    Welcome to Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve

  9. An Cala

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Seil

    An Cala is a 1930s designed garden situated on the Isle of Seil, off the Argyll coast.

  10. Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of Scotland's busiest performing arts venues, facilitating more than 500 performances every year in dance, drama, opera and music.

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