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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. Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Ben Wyvis is a mountain designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  2. Gradings

    Stirling Area

    Welcome to C-N-Do Scotland Walking Holidays

  3. Craigmillar Castle




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    The castle of Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland.

  4. Loch Lomond Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    A loch famous the world over for its wooded shores. The reserve is also home to a varied range of wildlife.

  5. Galloway House Gardens Trust


    Parks & Gardens



    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.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    Discover the remarkable wartime story of the greatest munitions factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the people who worked there. Through objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life our secret wartime history.

  7. Ariundle Oakwood


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Ariundle Oakwood is an ancient mossy oakwood, typical of the woodlands which were once widespread along the Atlantic coast.

  8. Hill Of Tarvit Mansion & Garden


    Historic Buildings & Homes


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    4 Historic House


    Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse is one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian mansionhouses, and is home to an amazing collection of furniture, antiques and paintings.

  9. Mertoun Gardens


    Parks & Gardens


    St Boswells

    Mertoun Gardens comprise of 26 acres in the grounds of Mertoun House.

  10. Velvet Hall Alpacas


    Nature Centres & Reserves


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    3 Activity Centre


    At last, an opportunity to walk with an Alpaca in the beautiful Tweed Valley countryside.


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