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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. Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    Galloway Cycling Holidays, with 10 years experience, offer a flexible and personalised service to those looking for a cycling holiday in Scotland. We are based in Castle Douglas, a town with three bike shops in Dumfries and Galloway region.

  2. Vogrie Country Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    105 hectares of woods and Victorian parkland including a 1876 Victorian mansion - part of which is open to the public, a nine-hole golf course, adventure playground and an excellent cafeteria.

  3. RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

  4. The Edinburgh Dungeon




    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Edinburgh Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel.

  5. Scottish Seabird Centre


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    North Berwick

    Get back to nature with a visit to this award-winning, all-weather attraction. Discovery Centre, gift shop, cafe and boat trips.

  6. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding


    Guided Walks


    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  7. Bennachie Visitor Centre


    Historic Sites



    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.

  8. Belleisle Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  9. Mill Dam Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Mill Dam Nature Reserve.

  10. Venturing Out


    Multi-activity Centre


    East Lothian

    If you are holidaying in the Lothian’s and are looking for fun activities for all the family then you may wish to try kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, trail cycling, rock climbing, abseiling, bushcraft or hill walking.


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