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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. Cairnsmore of Fleet


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

  2. An Cala


    Parks & Gardens



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

  3. Ardchattan Priory


    Parks & Gardens



    Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    No visit to Arran is complete without exploring Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park - a perfect combination of heritage, nature and relaxation.

  5. Drumpellier Country Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Once a private estate, Drumpellier Country Park covers 500 acres and includes two natural lochs as well as attracting an abundance of wildlife.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    St Andrews

    The Byre Theatre is a vibrant theatre, staging a wide variety of Shows, Conferences, Film and Cafe. A year round programme makes this twin auditoria space a great hub for events and arts. Visit or phone 01334 475 000

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    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Blair Atholl

    Discover Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders

  8. The Arran Outdoor Centre


    Multi-activity Centre



    Arran Outdoor Centre is a wonderful island retreat for everyone who loves the great outdoors, activities and spectacular scenery Bed & Breakfast or Dinner Bed & Breakfast is also available without activities

  9. Trumland House Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    Trumland House Gardens on the island of Rousay are a draw for nature and garden lovers alike.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden


    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees. The Gruffalo Trail will capture the children's imagination.


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