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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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    Ullapool

    Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls Of Measach are a spectacular mile-long gorge and waterfall.

  2. Our Dynamic Earth

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    Science Centres

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Our Dynamic Earth - it's the Mother Earth of all adventures! Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's spectacular Salisbury Crags.

  3. Bo'ness Motor Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bo'ness

    Welcome to Bo'ness Motor Museum. Fully Licensed Cafe area serving light meals/snacks teas and coffee, open 7 days from 10 am with last admission at 4pm

  4. Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    South Mainland

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

  5. Pittencrieff Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunfermline

    This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist.

  6. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  7. Crarae Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Inveraray

    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Anstruther

    Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden. It was restored by the famous Lorimer family.

  9. Dawyck Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Stobo

    In the depths of the Scottish Borders countryside, Dawyck Botanic Garden has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs.

  10. Hermaness National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain's most northerly point, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve provides a haven for thousands of seabirds.

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