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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. Bolfracks

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Bolfracks House has had an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century. The gardens are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants.

  2. Craigower

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  3. Monikie Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Carnoustie

    Developed around two former reservoirs, Monikie Country Park boasts beautiful woodland and parkland with a variety of things to see and do.

  4. Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Spean Bridge

    Achnacarry Sporting Estate offers a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife excursions, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, shooting, fishing and much more.

  5. Ardencraig Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Rothesay

    Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, originally formed part of a larger area designed for the owners of the nearby Ardencraig House.

  6. Balloch Castle Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Alexandria

    Loch Lomond’s only country park commands impressive views over its waters, spanning 200 acres which include walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks.

  7. Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie and East Perthshire

    Welcome to Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

  8. Seadrift Centre

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    Nestled on Dunnet Bay, the Seadrift Centre is the perfect place to discover and learn about the local wildlife of the Highlands.

  9. Gradings

    Aberlour

    Welcome to Aberlour Memorial Garden and Clock Tower

  10. Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glen Clova

    This breathtaking landscape is a haven for scarce arctic-alpine plants, birds and animals.

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