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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. Harmony Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Melrose

    Harmony Garden is a walled garden in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose.

  2. Go Country

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aberfoyle

    Welcome to Go Country

  3. Traquair House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Innerleithen

    Visit the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and discover its fascinating history. This is a magical day out for all the family.

  4. 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.

  5. The Walled Garden Nursery

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    Garden Centres

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    Dumfries

    Welcome to The Walled Garden Nursery

  6. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Orphir

    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  7. Knowetop Lochs

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    New Galloway

    This small but diverse upland reserve - known locally as the Lowes Lochs - boasts a wealth of wildlife.

  8. Taynish

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Tayvallich

    Taynish is an ancient deciduous woodland and is one of the largest in Britain.

  9. Bank Street Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Galashiels

    Explore Bank Street Gardens in Galashiels.

  10. The Hirsel & Homestead Museum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Coldstream

    Part of the Hirsel Estate, The Hirsel & Homestead Museum is situated near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders

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