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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. Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Rendall

    Welcome to Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve.

  2. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    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.

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    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  4. Activities at Raasay House

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    4 Activity Centre

    Inverarish

    Raasay is a spectacular location for holidays, day activities and special events. Enjoy adventure, fun, wildlife and tranquillity on one of Scotland's most beautiful islands.

  5. Bellahouston Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow South Side

    Bellahouston Park is the location of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, a variety of formal gardens and an impressive range of sporting facilities.

  6. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Inverurie

    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

  7. Pollok House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Historic House

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok House is a grand country house in Pollok Country Park and gives a real flavour of life in the 1930s as well as boasting an outstanding art collection.

  8. Coiltie Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Drumnadrochit

    Coiltie Garden is a stunning Victorian walled garden.

  9. Glenwhan Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Glenluce

    Glenwhan has been cultivated over two decades from bog, rushes and gorse to win accolades as one of the best new gardens of recent times Spring is the time for the Rhododendrons & azaleas and all the acid loving plants and is wonderfully colourful.

  10. The Scottish Dolphin Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    With free entry, a visit to the WDC, Scottish Dolphin Centre is a great day out and gives you the chance to meet the WDC team and find out how you can support their work to protect Scotland's whales and dolphins.

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