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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. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  2. Gradings

    Stobo

    2-7 August 2015: Come and join us on one of these two unique craft vacations in Scotland: Stonecarving with Susheila Jamieson and Jewellery with Linda Lewin.

  3. Isle Of Eigg

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Small Isles - Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Canna

    A lush island lying of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Eigg is sometimes described as ‘the emerald of the Inner Hebrides’.

  4. Scottish Wildlife Trust

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is a great place for family adventures. Try your hand at pond dipping, minibeast hunting, den building or a whole host of other free activities. Open all year and run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

  5. The Nadurra Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Acharacle

    The Nàdurra Centre provides an introduction to the natural environment of Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland.

  6. Wild Rose Escapes

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Cannich

    Come and join us in Crochail woods for a day, a weekend or a week and sample one of our workshops, retreats or holidays. Traditional crafts, yoga, walking, outdoor cookery and much more...

  7. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark

  8. Gradings

    Balfron

    Art4you Scotland offers you the opportunity to capture the stunning Scottish countryside or work in the studio and explore painting and drawing techniques or photography skills.

  9. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  10. Fullarton Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Troon

    A peaceful retreat on the outskirts of Troon, Fullarton Estate offers space to get away from the hustle and bustle.

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