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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. Galloway House Gardens Trust

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Whithorn

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  2. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding

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    Guided Walks

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    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced Mountain Guide and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  3. Loch Maree Islands

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gairloch

    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  4. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  5. RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the Mull of Galloway RSPB Reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  6. Explorers Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    The Explorers Garden tells the stories of some of the men who risked their lives travelling the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and conservation.

  7. Drumpellier Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Coatbridge

    Once a private estate, Drumpellier Country Park covers 500 acres and includes two natural lochs as well as attracting an abundance of wildlife.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Lanark

    Welcome to Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve

  9. Gradings

    Balfron

    Art4you Scotland offers you the opportunity to capture the stunning Scottish countryside or work in the studio and explore painting and drawing techniques or photography skills.

  10. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dalkeith

    Visit the world's longest running indoor butterfly house with hundreds of free flying exotic butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest. Daily animal handling and feeding sessions. Open all year, 7 days a week. Jungle Gift Shop. Free Parking.

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