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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. RSPB Scotland Loch Garten Osprey Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe a range of magnificent wildlife.

  2. The Loft Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Forres

    Friendly, fun, family run activity center with lots to do and food and refreshments on site.

  3. 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.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Broxburn

    Almondell & Calderwood Country Park is a popular 88 hectare (220 acre) Visitor Attraction near Broxburn. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian - also visit Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow and Polkemmet Country Park near Whitburn.

  5. Glenbeich

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Lochearnhead

    A two acre garden overlooking Loch Earn and sitting on the edges of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

  6. Dunmore Pineapple

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Airth

    An unusual shaped structure, Dunmore Pineapple was originally build as a garden retreat and now acts as a haven for various species of wildlife.

  7. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  8. RollerStop Roller Rink

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Roller discos and skating lessons at Scotland's only roller rink. Onsite cafe too!

  9. Glenarn Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch with a Himalayan atmosphere, famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons.

  10. Staffa National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Mull

    Staffa is an island found 10 km west of the Isle of Mull.

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