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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. Gradings

    Fort William

    We offer Ben Nevis ascents in summer and winter. Winter skills courses. Introductory climbing/ abseiling for all the family. Guided mountain walks, low level explorative walks with local, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Open all year.

  2. Escape Glasgow

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    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Escape is a new, simple, fun yet challenging game in Glasgow City Centre. We lock you up in a mysterious room, and give you exactly 60 minutes to get out.

  3. Gradings

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    2 Museum

    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

  4. 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.

  5. Kailzie Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Peebles

    Situated 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre on the B7062, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders are open 7 days a week throughout the year.

  6. Nevis Range Mountain Cable Car

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    Nevis Range is home to the UK’s only mountain gondola, transporting visitors to 650m on the mountain of Aonach Mor.

  7. Claish Moss Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ardnamurchan

    Claish Moss is one of the best examples in Britain of a raised bog that has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

  8. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

  9. Onziebust Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Welcome to Onziebust Nature Reserve.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    At Balmacara Estate, discover a traditional Scottish crofting estate and experience a mix of history, biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

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