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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. Bellahouston Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow South Side

    Bellahouston Park is the location of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, a variety of formal gardens and an impressive range of sporting facilities.

  2. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  3. Acharacle Community Company

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Acharacle

    We're delighted to be able to announce that our beautiful Forest Pavilion at Salen, Sgoil na Coille, is now available for weddings.

  4. Mertoun Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    St Boswells

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

  5. Knockshinnoch Lagoons

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    New Cumnock

    Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.

  6. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  7. 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.

  8. Explorers Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Pitlochry

    The Explorers Garden tells the stories of some of the men who risked their lives travelling the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and conservation.

  9. Easter Meikle Fardle

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Meikleour

    Easter Meikle Fardle is a delightful old-fashioned 2 acre garden in Meikleour.

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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

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