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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. The Helix

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.

  2. Mount Stuart

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bute

    Mount Stuart is a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.

  3. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  4. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 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.

  5. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End by the River Kelvin and contains a variety of plant collections, woodland copses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.

  6. Castledykes Park & Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    Castledykes Park is a park in Dumfries and is near to another of the town’s green spaces, The Dock Park.

  7. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

  8. Ardencraig Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Rothesay

    Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, originally formed part of a larger area designed for the owners of the nearby Ardencraig House.

  9. Blairadam

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kelty

    Welcome to Blairadam

  10. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Inverurie

    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

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