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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. Seadrift Centre




    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Nestled on Dunnet Bay, the Seadrift Centre is the perfect place to discover and learn about the local wildlife of the Highlands.

  2. Newliston


    Parks & Gardens



    18th century designed landscape with good rhododendrons and azaleas.

  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Join us on a fishing or falconry day trip. We supply all transport, tackle, permits and tuition ,No experience needed. Half day trout fishing from £75pp or a Salmon fishing trip from £160pp . Check out our excellent Trip advisor reviews.

  4. Beveridge Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


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

  5. Scottish Deer Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    See 14 species of deer from around the world at the Scottish Deer Centre, a unique wildlife park in Fife.

  6. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding


    Guided Walks


    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  7. Kool Kidz Play Centre


    Children's Attractions



    Welcome to Kool Kidz Play Centre

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - where seeing is not believing! Welcome to Edinburgh's oldest visitor attraction, delighting visitors since 1835. Rated top Attraction in Scotland and #2 Attraction in UK in inaugural TripAdvisor awards 2013!

  9. The Experience


    Events Venue


    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Glasgow South Side

    Welcome to The Experience! The Experience is a 5 star themed entertainment and events venue housing Scotland's only indoor electric Go-karting Arena and Laser Experience.

  10. Knoydart


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    The Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest parts of Scotland.


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