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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. Overtoun Estate

    Type

    Country Estates

    Gradings

    Dumbarton

    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  2. Rum

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Rum is an island of rugged mountains setting a dramatic stage for spectacular wildlife and archaeology.

  3. Drumpellier Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Coatbridge

    Once a private estate, Drumpellier Country Park covers 500 acres and includes two natural lochs as well as attracting an abundance of wildlife.

  4. Wynford Farm

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    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Aberdeen City and Shire

    Welcome to Wynford Farm

  5. Duthie Park Winter Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    This 44 acre garden in Aberdeenshire was opened to the public in 1883.

  6. John Muir Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    John Muir Country Park is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

  7. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  8. 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.

  9. House Of Dun And Garden

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Montrose

    This handsome Georgian house boasts stunning interiors and outside, visitors can explore the garden and woodland walk.

  10. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killin

    Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime-rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate mean Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is home to a wide array of plants.

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