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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.


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.


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. Gradings

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    4 Visitor Attraction


    Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre lies on St Cuthbert’s Way, one of Scotland’s most popular long distance paths.

  2. Finlaystone Country Estate


    Country Estates


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    3 Visitor Attraction


    Finlaystone Country Estate is an attraction near Langbank which is managed by the Clan MacMillan family and offers a variety of activities.

  3. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  4. Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Blair Atholl

    Discover Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders

  5. Overtoun Estate


    Country Estates



    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  6. The View & Co


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Welcome to The View & Co overlooking Castle Stalker. Cafe & gift shop with panoramic views as well as our newly-opened wildlife hub where you can enjoy nest cameras and our highly-acclaimed Argyll wildlife film "In the View of Eagles"

  7. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises Ltd


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Passenger boat trip to the Isle of May

  8. Scottish Seabird Centre


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    North Berwick

    Get back to nature with a visit to this award-winning, all-weather attraction. Discovery Centre, gift shop, cafe and boat trips.

  9. James Hamilton Heritage Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    East Kilbride

    James Hamilton Heritage Park covers 32 acres in East Kilbride and includes a 16-acre loch with a water sports centre.

  10. Gradings


    Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at Monikie Country Park. Adventure play parks, family walks, BBQ hire, adventure activites, environmental walks and talks with the rangers and many more.


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