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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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    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. Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Innerleithen

    Visit Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve for fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  3. Claymoddie Garden

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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.

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    Blair Atholl

    Disocver Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders

  5. Escape

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    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements

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    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Escape

  6. Dirleton Castle

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    Castles

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    Dirleton

    A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century.

  7. Beveridge Park

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    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcaldy

    This Victorian park boasts attractive gardens, an animal centre and a lake with ducks and geese.

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    Glasgow City Centre

    The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of Scotland's busiest performing arts venues, facilitating more than 500 performances every year in dance, drama, opera and music.

  9. Kielder Water & Forest Park

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    The Scottish Borders

    Kielder Water & Forest Park spans 250 square miles and is home to the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. This spectacular environment is the ideal place to enjoy the unique landscape.

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    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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