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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. Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    See Birds of Prey up close in magnificent surroundings. Learn about our rehabilitation work with the Scottish SPCA. Gain an insight into the secret world of Owls, and wonder at the power and grace of Birds of Prey.

  2. Mull Of Galloway Lighthouse

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Drummore

    Climb the 114 steps of Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse for some of the best view s in south west Scotland, and explore the lighthouse exhibition.

  3. Gradings

    Falkirk

    A public park with elevated hills which provides dramatic views across the canal, railway and the hills of Fife.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Anstruther

    Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden. It was restored by the famous Lorimer family.

  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.

  6. RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.

  7. Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Look out for seabirds and seals at the Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve islands in the Outer Hebrides.

  8. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  9. Colliston Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dalbeattie

    Colliston Park in Dalbeattie is great for strolling or enjoying a picnic overlooking the boating pond.

  10. Paxton House, Gallery And Country Park

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Paxton

    Paxton House was built in 1758 to the design of John and James Adam. Today it boasts many fantastic attractions for a great day out.

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