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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. Palacerigg Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Palacerigg is a 300-hectare country park that provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including a thriving roe deer population.

  2. Inverness Floral Hall

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Inverness

    Inverness Floral Hall is a sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Highlands with greenhouses, cactus house, landscaped gardens, tropical fish pond, sensory raised flower beds and cafe.

  3. Auchlochan Garden Village

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    Parks & Gardens

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    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.

  4. Gradings

    Aberlour

    The clock tower on the site of the orphanage in the village of Aberlour is all that remains of the original building. To make this a place local people can be proud of, and tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created a memorial garden.

  5. Glen Affric

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Cannich

    A magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland.

  6. Inverewe Garden and Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Poolewe

    One of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Inverewe Garden is an oasis of exotic plants bursting with vibrant colour.

  7. Whitlaw Mosses

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Selkirk

    Enjoy wonderful scenery and a variety of wildlife to spot at Whitlaw Mosses in the Scottish Borders.

  8. Mellerstain House & Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Gordon

    Listed as one of Britain's ten best stately homes by The Telegraph, Mellerstain is a must-see. "A treasure, wonderful gardens and beautiful house!"

  9. Bowhill House & Country Estate

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Bowhill is a five star attraction with much to offer visitors, including: GUIDED HOUSE TOURS, THEATRE, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, WALKING TRAILS, RANGER LED ACTIVITIES & EVENTS, TEAROOM & GIFT SHOP SOFT PLAY

  10. Arduaine Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Oban

    Arduaine Garden is a beautiful green oasis, which lies 20 miles south of Oban in Argyll and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

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