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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. Branklyn Garden


    Parks & Gardens


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    Branklyn Garden is described as one of the finest two acres of private garden in Scotland. This oasis of peace and colour is a real urban haven.

  2. Scotland Glass Blowing


    Arts & Crafts



    Welcome to Elin Isaksson Glass blowing studio, here we make hand blown glass gifts and sculpture and we also teach the ancient art of glass blowing to beginners.

  3. Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Loch Fleet is a reserve on a stunning coastal location where a river flows through a tidal basin.

  4. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop


    Children's Attractions


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    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

  5. Fyvie Castle




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    Dating back to the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is found about a mile north of the village of Fyvie in Aberdeenshire.

  6. Eyemouth Rib Trips


    Power Boating



    Eyemouth Rib Trips are your key to exploring the stunning Berwickshire coastline of the Scottish Borders.

  7. Broughton House & Garden


    Historic Buildings & Homes


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    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

  8. Gradings

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    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  9. Gradings


    Welcome to Wild at Art

  10. The Hill House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


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    4 Historic House


    The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, this iconic house and gardens date back to 1902.


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