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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. Peregrinations

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    Kayaking

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    Edinburgh

    Peregrinations is owned and run by Laura Bennitt, qualified Sea Kayak Coach and Guide, and Summer Mountain Leader. Laura offers sea kayak instruction and guiding for all levels across Scotland, hillwalking excursions and navigation classes.

  2. An Cala

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Seil

    An Cala is a 1930s designed garden situated on the Isle of Seil, off the Argyll coast.

  3. Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stirling

    Scotland’s safari park is located between Stirling and Doune, and is the only place in the country where you can see elephants and giraffes.

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    • 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.

  5. Dundee Science Centre

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    Science Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    With over 60 hands-on exhibits depicting the senses, visitors aged from 4 to 104 can experience the magic of science at Dundee Science Centre.

  6. Kailzie Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Peebles

    Situated 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre on the B7062, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders are open 7 days a week throughout the year.

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Melrose

    Priorwood Garden and Dried Flower Shop in Melrose is Scotland’s only dedicated dried flower garden and is overlooked by the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey.

  8. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

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    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.

  9. Ardvorlich

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Lochearnhead

    A hill garden featuring hundreds of species of plants, located in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

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    Falkirk

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