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  • A child stands on one of the ornate mortar cannons watched by his family in the sun at Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Close-up of tiger with white snow in the background
    A Siberian Tiger at home in the snow at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • The battlements at Stirling Castle lit up at night
    Stirling Castle by night
  • A dinghy sailing at the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Country Park at sunset
    Strathclyde Country Park

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. Isle Of Eigg

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Small Isles - Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Canna

    A lush island lying of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Eigg is sometimes described as ‘the emerald of the Inner Hebrides’.

  2. Strathaven Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Strathaven

    Strathaven Park is a traditional Edwardian public park, facilities at the park include a boating pond, two bowling greens, children's play areas, putting green, outdoor tennis courts, a café (seasonal) the highlight attraction, the miniature railway.

  3. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End and is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kilmarnock

    Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle, beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, pets corner, visitor centre, tearoom and shop.

  5. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  6. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  7. Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Melrose

    Priorwood Garden and Dried Flower Shop in Melrose is Scotland’s only dedicated dried flower garden and is overlooked by the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey.

  8. Kings Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Stirling's biggest and best used park has a good range of equipment.

  9. Cairngorms National Park

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    National Parks

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms National Park is a living, working landscape with wild land at its heart.

  10. Wild at Art

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Linlithgow

    Join us for unique creative art and craft holidays in stunning locations in Scotland, led by the most inspiring artists. Holiday packages include carefully selected tutors and accommodation, venues and much more.

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