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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. Dunskey Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Portpatrick

    The renovation of the Walled Garden has restored the Dunskey Estate to its original beauty and splendour.

  2. Knockshinnoch Lagoons

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Cumnock

    Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.

  3. Skye Guides Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Expert local guiding and instruction is available for all mountaineering pursuits: Skye scrambles, Skye Munros, Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Abseiling, Ice climbing, Alpine training courses. All safety equipment is provided.

  4. Loch Ardinning

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killearn

    Located a mile from the town of Strathblane in Stirlingshire, Loch Ardinning supports a 142 hectare wildlife reserve.

  5. The Carrick Centre

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Maybole

    Visit the Café and Soft Play at The Carrick Centre for Fantastic Food, Great Kids Play, and a Friendly Welcome. Take time out, with exhibitions of local art, information on places to go and see, helped by our friendly volunteers and staff.

  6. Formartine's Visitor Centre

    Type

    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Ellon

    Come and experience the best of Aberdeenshire. Delicious fine foods and local produce can be bought in our food hall or sampled in our eatery. Kids can have fun in our outdoor playground and the whole family can enjoy the fresh on our woodland walks

  7. The Pier Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centres

    Gradings

    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  8. Five Sisters Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    West Calder

    The role of Five Sisters Zoo is to support the welfare of all our animals and to encourage educational and fun days out for all ages - so for a day out with a difference come along and meet our fascinating collection!

  9. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Discover the wonderful world of animals at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee. Highlights include European brown bears, ring-tailed lemurs, otters, snowy owls and much more......

  10. RSPB Scotland Balranald nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Balranald RSPB is a beautiful Hebridean reserve which has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes.

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