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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. Cluny House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Aberfeldy

    Cluny House Gardens are a secluded, unique woodland garden situated in the heart of Scotland, overlooking the scenic Strathtay valley.

  2. Ariundle Oakwood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

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

  3. The Playbarn at Auchrannie

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    Children's Attractions

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    Brodick

    Welcome to The Playbarn. Check out our three tier indoor mega softplay, external play & picnic area, teen zone, internet area, big screen tv, library & wi -fi. Quality coffees, drinks and snacks also available.

  4. AboveWater/UnderWater Shetland

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Lerwick

    Above the water AND below, get the best of both worlds! Join the most experienced Marine & Nature Guide team, Shetlander Alan Longmuir & Biologist Robbi ShoafEnge, on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss: seals, seabirds & spectacular sea life!

  5. Threave Garden And Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Castle Douglas

    This garden for all seasons is renowned for its springtime daffodils, herbaceous beds ablaze with colour in summer and dense heather gardens in autumn.

  6. Claymoddie Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    Claymoddie Garden is a romantic garden with a backdrop of mature trees designed by the owner, an enthusiastic plantsman, and developed over the past 40 years.

  7. Loch Leven RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    Loch Leven RSPB is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

  8. Wild at Art

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Peebles

    Welcome to Wild at Art

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Garden Centre
    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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