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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. RSPB Scotland Birsay Moors nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Birsay

    In the summer, hen harriers, short-eared owls and Arctic skuas nest on the moorland of this RSPB Scotland nature reserve.

  2. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lairg

    Ferrycroft is a Tourist Information and Heritage Centre with café, shop and toilets. There are games, displays and experiences for all ages. Admission is free.

  3. Scottish Seabird Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 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.

  4. HM Frigate Unicorn

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 3 Historic Attraction
    3 Historic Attraction

    Dundee City

    Now 175 years old, the Frigate Unicorn is one of the world's most remarkable historic ships and Scotland's only example of a wooden warship.

  5. Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Outer Hebrides

    Go on an adventure and visit the islands of Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Overtoun Estate

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    Country Estates

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    Dumbarton

    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  7. Crawick Multiverse

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    Country Estates

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    Sanquhar

    Discover Dumfries and Galloway’s newest artland visitor attraction. Launching on 21 June and opening to the public on 10 July, this stunning new work of land art has transformed a former coal mine into an incredible outdoor space.

  8. Coiltie Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Drumnadrochit

    Coiltie Garden is a stunning Victorian walled garden.

  9. 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.

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    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    St Andrews

    The Byre Theatre is a vibrant theatre, staging a wide variety of Shows, Conferences, Film and Cafe. A year round programme makes this twin auditoria space a great hub for events and arts. Visit www.byretheatre.com or phone 01334 475 000

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