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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. Mike Briggs Sports

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Harris

    Something for everyone, whatever the weather. Go for a guided walk in the hills of Harris, play on the most remote tennis court in the UK, relax in the yoga studio or pump iron in the weights room - the choice is yours.

  2. Isle of May

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Anstruther

    Anchored on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers.

  3. Plean Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Admission is free to this large country park, which is full of flowering meadows, ponds, streams and woodland walks.

  4. ArranOutdoor.Com

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Lamlash

    Welcome to ArranOutdoor.Com

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Edzell

    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  6. Fullarton Estate

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Troon

    A peaceful retreat on the outskirts of Troon, Fullarton Estate offers space to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  7. The Cairnie Mega Maze

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    The Howe of Fife

    Get lost in a remarkable maze designed entirely out of maize at Cairnie Fruit Farm.

  8. Balranald - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Balranald RSPB is a beautiful Hebridean reserve which has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes.

  9. Gradings

    Drymen

    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.

  10. Peregrinations

    Type

    Kayaking

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Peregrinations is owned and run by Laura Bennitt, qualified Sea Kayak Coach and Guide, and Summer Mountain Leader. Laura offers sea kayak instruction and guiding for all levels across Scotland, hillwalking excursions and navigation classes.

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