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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.


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.


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. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Welcome to Kelburn Castle And Country Centre. One of Scotland's most beautiful woodlands combined with one of its most interesting castles.

  2. Isle of May


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  3. Frankie and Lolas


    Children's Attractions


    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre


    We are the North's premier children's Indoor play activity centre. We provide 6000 sq ft of Safari -themed fun with two stand-alone play frames, party rooms, on-site bistro and free Wi Fi. Come and rumble in the jungle with us! :)

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

  5. Chatelherault Country Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

  6. Balmakewan House Farm Shop


    Food & Drink Attraction


    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop


    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  7. Go Further Scotland


    Guided Walks



    Welcome to Go Further Scotland - personal, tailored guiding for individuals, families and small groups - a passion for Wester Ross, Skye and the North West Highlands - qualified, expert and local

  8. Craigower


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  9. Loch Ardinning


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Located a mile from the town of Strathblane in Stirlingshire, Loch Ardinning supports a 142 hectare wildlife reserve.

  10. The Tall Ship at Riverside


    Historic Ships & Boats


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Tall Ship is an independent museum committed to the preservation and interpretation of the Glenlee and the maritime history of the area for the benefit of local people and visitors to Glasgow.


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