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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. Haddo House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Pitmedden

    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.

  2. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark

  3. Gradings

    Port Askaig

    Persabus Pottery and Ceramic Cafe. Pottery for sale, pottery painting sessions and classes, afternoon teas, coffee, home baked cakes and scones and freshly prepared sandwiches.

  4. Trumland Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Rousay

    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  5. The Fun House

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    Children's Attractions

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    Aviemore

    Discover a world of excitement for all the family at the Fun House, with mini-golf, soft play and a video arcade.

  6. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  7. Crarae Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Inveraray

    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  8. Bennachie Visitor Centre

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    Historic Sites

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    Inverurie

    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.

  9. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience the UK's No.1 Attraction (TripAdvisor 2014-15). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

  10. Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Montrose

    Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides.

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