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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. Gradings

    Inverness

    Free admission. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more..

  2. Gradings

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    4 Garden Centre

    Cardross

    A restored walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde featuring a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom, which serves tasty home-made food and high quality produce

  3. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Orphir

    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  4. 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.

  5. The Fun House

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    Children's Attractions

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    Aviemore

    Discover a world of excitement for all the family at the Fun House, with mini-golf, soft play and a video arcade.

  6. 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.

  7. RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

  8. Ridgway Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Rhiconich

    The Ridgway family has run outstanding adventure courses and holidays for all ages at Ardmore since 1969. Sea kayaking and hillwalking holidays, family adventure holidays and summer camps for young people where the mountains meet the sea.

  9. Applecross Walled Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Applecross

    Applecross Walled Garden is a lovingly restored garden in the Scottish Highlands.

  10. Skye Guides Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Broadford

    Expert local guiding and instruction is available for all mountaineering pursuits: Skye scrambles, Skye Munros, Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Abseiling, Ice climbing, Alpine training courses. All safety equipment is provided.

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