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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. British School Of Falconry At Gleneagles

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Auchterarder

    Originally opened in 1982 as the first dedicated falconry school in the world, the facility is now based at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

  2. Gradings

    Birsay

    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  3. Wilton Lodge Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Hawick

    A variety of activities are available at beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, where you can enjoy gorgeous Scottish Borders scenery.

  4. RSPB Scotland Mersehead nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

    Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Scotland Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

  5. Achnacloich Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban

    Achnacloich Garden lies north of Oban in Argyll with spectacular views across Loch Etive.

  6. Castle Fraser

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Kemnay

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen is the stunning Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses.

  7. Bute Forest

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Bute

    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  8. Gradings

    Annan

    Welcome to The old rectory - Pottery

  9. Oakbank

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ardrishaig

    Oakbank is a private garden situated on a hillside in the small Argyll village of Ardrishaig.

  10. Guiding on Skye

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    Guided Walks

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    Portree

    The Isle of Skye itself offers a wealth of coastal, fell and mountain walking, with the Cuillin Mountains being the hardest and most Alpine mountain range in the whole of Britain. It also contains some of the most difficult Munros.

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