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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. Burg

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Mull

    Located on the Isle of Mull, the exposed location of Burg is open to the full force of the Atlantic weather.

  2. Gradings

    • 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.

  3. The Fun House

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    Children's Attractions

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    Aviemore

    Discover a world of excitement for all the family at the Fun House, with mini-golf, soft play and a video arcade.

  4. Traquair House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Innerleithen

    Visit the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and discover its fascinating history. This is a magical day out for all the family.

  5. Kielder Water & Forest Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    The Scottish Borders

    Kielder Water & Forest Park spans 250 square miles and is home to the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. This spectacular environment is the ideal place to enjoy the unique landscape.

  6. Gradings

    Aberlour

    Welcome to Aberlour Memorial Garden and Clock Tower

  7. Flanders Moss

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Doune

    The UK’s largest raised bog to remain in a near-natural state lies between the villages of Thornhill and Kippen in the Care of Stirling.

  8. Satrosphere

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    Science Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    Satrosphere Science Centre boats over 50 hands-on, interactive exhibits and live science shows.

  9. 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

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    Colintraive

    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

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