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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. Argaty Red Kites

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  2. Levengrove Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumbarton

    A beautiful, open park offering many play areas for children, making the Dumbarton-based Levengrove an ideal day out for the entire family.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    At Balmacara Estate, discover a traditional Scottish crofting estate and experience a mix of history, biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

  4. Lochaber Geopark

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Welcome to the Lochaber Geopark, home to some of the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring scenery in the world.

  5. Gradings

    Montrose

    Dunninald Castle is a family home with an acclaimed walled garden, set in a planned landscape of woods and wild garden, .

  6. RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve

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    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.

  7. Almond Valley Heritage Centre

    Type

    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Livingston

    Friendly farm animals, play areas, green spaces and an innovative museum packed full of things to prod, sniff, shake and discover.

  8. Eglinton Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Irvine

    Set over 400 hectares Eglinton Country Park gives you the space and freedom to enjoy a wide range of pursuits.

  9. Galloway House Gardens Trust

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Whithorn

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  10. 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.

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