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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. Belleisle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ayr

    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  2. Easter Meikle Fardle

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Meikleour

    Easter Meikle Fardle is a delightful old-fashioned 2 acre garden in Meikleour.

  3. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  4. Chatelherault Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Hamilton

    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.

  5. RSPB Orkney Office

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Stromness

    Welcome to RSPB Orkney Office.

  6. Finlaystone Country Estate

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    Country Estates

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    Langbank

    Finlaystone Country Estate is an attraction near Langbank which is managed by the Clan MacMillan family and offers a variety of activities.

  7. Ochil Hills Woodland Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Alva

    Formerly a grand 17th century house, the former lordly estate now acts as an attractive woodland park that cuts through some of Stirlingshire’s finest scenery.

  8. Inwood

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Musselburgh

    With the backdrop of mature woodland the garden at Inwood, of which a fine Cornus contraversa variagata forms the centerpiece, sits snugly around the house.

  9. Colzium Estate and Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kilsyth

    Colzium Estate lies to the north-east of Kilsyth and features a mansion house, walled garden and ruined castle.

  10. Ridgway Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Rhiconich

    The Ridgway family has run outstanding adventure courses and holidays for all ages at Ardmore since 1969. Sea kayaking and hillwalking holidays, family adventure holidays and summer camps for young people where the mountains meet the sea.

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