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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. Galloway Kite Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

  2. The Edinburgh Dungeon

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    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.

  3. Crinan Hotel Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crinan

    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  4. Strathyre Outdoors

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Strathyre

    Strathyre Outdoors is a family run Activity and Events based Organisation focused on developing Strathyre's potential as a Tourist location and offering a boost to the local economy. Guided Walks, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari, plus much more.

  5. Acharacle Community Company

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    We're delighted to be able to announce that our beautiful Forest Pavilion at Salen, Sgoil na Coille, is now available for weddings.

  6. Eyemouth Harbour Trust

    Type

    Industrial

    Gradings

    Eyemouth

    Welcome to Eyemouth Harbour – a busy and industrious hub situated at the heart of the attractive cosmopolitan town of Eyemouth.

  7. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

  8. Lanark Moor Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Lanark

    Lanark Loch is an ideal fun day out for all the family, there are lots of activities to keep all the family entertained.

  9. Lea Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    This remarkable 2 acre botanic garden, Lea Gardens, on the West Mainland of Shetland is home to an incredible array of native and exotic plants.

  10. Highland Titles Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Appin

    A beautiful range of walks around our new Nature Reserve. Woodland, moorland, and mountain, and Lochans to sit by, or try the new higher level walk for spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and beyond. There is also FREE WI-FI at the Reception cabin too!

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