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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. Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ullapool

    Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984.

  2. Logan Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Portpatrick

    Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden.

  3. Crinan Hotel Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crinan

    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  4. Balmakewan House Farm Shop

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  5. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End by the River Kelvin and contains a variety of plant collections, woodland copses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.

  6. Brighouse Bay Leisure Club

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    Fitness & Leisure Centres

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Situated in a superb 1,200 acre coastal location, Brighouse Bay Leisure Club is an adventure seekers' paradise.

  7. Glen Affric

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Cannich

    A magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland.

  8. Scottish Wildlife Trust

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Welcome to Scottish Wildlife Trust

  9. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Killin

    Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime-rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate mean Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is home to a wide array of plants.

  10. Torridon Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    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.

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