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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. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aboyne

    Glen Tanar provides a great opportunity to explore Scotland's classic Caledonian pine forest in search of its elusive wildlife.

  2. Aden Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mintlaw

    This 230 acre country park is found in the heart of Buchan, in Aberdeenshire.

  3. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  4. Gradings

    Stobo

    2-7 August 2015: Come and join us on one of these two unique craft vacations in Scotland: Stonecarving with Susheila Jamieson and Jewellery with Linda Lewin.

  5. Gradings

    Fort William

    We offer Ben Nevis ascents in summer and winter. Winter skills courses. Introductory climbing/ abseiling for all the family. Guided mountain walks, low level explorative walks with local, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Open all year.

  6. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery offers cruising holidays with activities on the Caledonian Canal based on our barges Fingal or Ros Crana.

  7. Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Innerleithen

    Visit Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve for fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  8. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Skye Serpentarium Reptile World is an award-winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre.

  9. Asta Golf Club

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    Golf Courses

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    Shetland

    Welcome to Asta Golf Club

  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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