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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. Fairwinds

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Fairwinds is a beautiful medium sized garden situated on George Street in Dunoon.

  2. Loch a’ Mhuilinn

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    The most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain survives on this reserve.

  3. Wild Rose Escapes

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Cannich

    Come and join us in Crochail woods for a day, a weekend or a week and sample one of our workshops, retreats or holidays. Traditional crafts, yoga, walking, outdoor cookery and much more...

  4. The Cocoa Bean Company

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Twynholm

    The Cocoabean Company is a family-run chocolate factory where expert chocolatiers make and decorate exquisite treats and you can sample them for yourself.

  5. Auchlochan Garden Village

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Escape to Auchlochan Garden Village to see our beautifully landscaped grounds, mature woodlands, spectacular gardens and expansive lochs. Take a tour of the gardens then enjoy a meal, light bite or coffee and cake in our Village Bistro.

  6. Harvey Maps

    Type

    Walks

    Gradings

    Doune

    Welcome to Harvey Maps

  7. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 5th April to 2nd November 2014 Dino Park re-opens April 2015

  8. Erraid Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Erraid Wood is a small woodland on the slopes of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

  9. Noah's Perth

    Type

    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Perth

    Noah's Ark Family Entertainment Centre is a soft play centre with a four lane bowling alley, ceramics studio, karting track and café.

  10. Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    At The Loch Lomond SEA LIFE centre, dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep.

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