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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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    Balfron

    Woodland workshops in crafts, bushcraft & green woodworking around a campfire for people of all ages. Forest schools, team building & Birthday parties too!

  2. Druimneil House

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Port Appin

    The Victorian Druimneil House in Port Appin in Argyll features a beautiful large garden which overlooks Loch Linnhe.

  3. Ben Lui

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

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    Fort William

    Offering a friendly, professional and safe guiding service that will make your visit to the Highlands exhilarating and memorable, whatever your experience or ability. All technical equipment provided.

  5. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Drumlanrig Castle Gardens are set on the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate and date from the 17th century.

  6. Cragbank Woods

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Hawick

    Cragbank Woods boast a beautiful mix of native trees that cloak the steep gorge slopes.

  7. Wiston Lodge

    Type

    Canoeing

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    Biggar

    Welcome to Wiston Lodge

  8. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

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

  9. Bongos

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Glenrothes

    Welcome to Bongos

  10. Callendar Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Falkirk

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