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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. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 5th April to 2nd November 2014 Dino Park re-opens April 2015

  2. Colstoun Cookery School

    Type

    Cookery Schools

    Gradings

    Haddington

    The award winning Colstoun Cookery School offers a range of Day and Week-long cookery courses for beginners through to experienced cooks.

  3. Tinnisburn Plants

    Type

    Garden Centres

    Gradings

    Canonbie

    Tinnisburn Plants is a small, family run nursery situated 600ft above sea level in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. While the nursery business is new we have a lifelong passion for plants and have been developing our garden for 25 years.

  4. Bolfracks

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Bolfracks House has had an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century. The gardens are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants.

  5. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  6. Trumland House Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Orkney

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

  7. Ridgway Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    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.

  8. Loch Lomond Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Luss

    A loch famous the world over for its wooded shores. The reserve is also home to a varied range of wildlife.

  9. Glenmore Visitor Centre & Café

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    At the heart of Glenmore Forest Park, the visitor centre is an ideal place to start your visit.

  10. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stirling

    Set in 120 acres of beautiful woodland, Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park offers one of the best value family days out and is currently the only place in Scotland to see elephants and giraffes. A fun filled day for all ages.

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