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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. Strathaven Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Strathaven

    Strathaven Park is a traditional Edwardian public park, facilities at the park include a boating pond, two bowling greens, children's play areas, putting green, outdoor tennis courts, a café (seasonal) the highlight attraction, the miniature railway.

  2. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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    Edinburgh

    Just one mile from city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery.

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    Kingsbarns

    31 August - 5 September Welcome to Acrylic Painting ~ In the Footsteps of the Scottish Colourists. Plein air' painting on the beach, in the gardens, and within Cambo House. The Scottish Colourists of the 1920’s are our inspiration.

  4. Aldouran Wetland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stranraer

    Welcome to Aldouran Wetland Garden.

  5. Nevis Range Mountain Cable Car

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    Fort William

    Nevis Range in Fort William offer a unique mountain experience for people from all walks of life.

  6. Threave Garden And Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    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.

  7. Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (ionad Nibheis)

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout.

  8. Seabirds-and-Seals

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    4 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Shetland's award winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10am and 2pm.

  9. Dumbarnie Links

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Elie

    Dumbarnie Links Reserve is an area of dune grassland in the centre of Largo Bay on the south coast of Fife.

  10. Kirkconnell Flow

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This National Nature Reserve is a classic example of an ancient raised bog and is one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

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