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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. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  2. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  3. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  4. Gradings

    Moffat

    Welcome to the Pottery & Photo Studio @ The Green Frog

  5. Bird of Prey Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    The Trossachs

    Covering several top wildlife watching areas, the Bird of Prey Trail in the Trossachs is a great destination for wildlife watching and outdoor pursuits.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre

    Cardross

    A restored walled garden on the banks of the River Clyde featuring a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom, which serves tasty home-made food and high quality produce

  7. Whitehouse Studio

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Whitehouse Studio - Art & Design Courses for all levels of ability

  8. Cawdor Castle

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    Castles

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    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Cawdor

    Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor.

  9. Galloway House Gardens Trust

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Whithorn

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  10. Loch Leven RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    Loch Leven RSPB is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

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