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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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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Largs

    Welcome to Kelburn Castle And Country Centre.

  2. Archerfield Walled Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dirleton

    Archerfield Walled Garden is set on the site of a former Victorian kitchen garden, you can also visit our deli/farm shop - open seven days a week.

  3. Carstramon Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  4. About Bute

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    Guided Walks

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    Port Bannatyne

    Welcome to About Bute

  5. Scone Palace

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Perth

    Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned.

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    Whithorn

    Claymoddie Garden was designed, landscaped and planted by the late owner and plantsman, Robin Nicholson, over a period of 50 years. This famous Wigtownshire garden has been described as “the most romantic in these parts”.

  7. Balgonie Castle

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    Castles

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    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Glenrothes

    Balgonie Castle is a Wedding Venue, tourist attraction and an educational site.

  8. Plean Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Admission is free to this large country park, which is full of flowering meadows, ponds, streams and woodland walks.

  9. Explorers Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Pitlochry

    The Explorers Garden tells the stories of some of the men who risked their lives travelling the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and conservation.

  10. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

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

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