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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. Geilston Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    A 200 year old garden with interesting features, including a 100 ft Wellingtonia that dominates the main lawn.

  2. Hill House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Helensburgh

    The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, this iconic house and gardens date back to 1902.

  3. Dalzell Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Motherwell

    Dalzell Estate was originally a royal hunting forest and was landscaped in the 18th century by Archibald Hamilton.

  4. RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Wigtown

    One of RSPB's newest reserves, with a superb view accross the Cree Estuary to the Galloway Hills. The return of geese and waders in winter really brings the merse and coast to life. Breeding skylark and lapwing are common in summer.

  5. Broughton House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Kirkcudbright

    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

  6. Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Mey

    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

  7. Torridon Activities

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Torridon

    Torridon Activities is located at foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon with some of the best walking, mountaineering and kayaking anywhere in the U.

  8. Ridgway Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Rhiconich

    The Ridgway family has run outstanding adventure courses and holidays for all ages at Ardmore since 1969. Sea kayaking and hillwalking holidays, family adventure holidays and summer camps for young people where the mountains meet the sea.

  9. Polkemmet Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Whitburn

    Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) Visitor Attraction near Whitburn. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian - also visit Almondell & Calderwood Country Park near Broxburn and Polkemmet Country Park near Whitburn.

  10. Lochalsh Woodland Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    The Lochalsh Woodland Garden is an attractively designed garden.

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