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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. Gradings

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    Melrose

    Priorwood Garden and Dried Flower Shop in Melrose is Scotland’s only dedicated dried flower garden and is overlooked by the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey.

  2. The Nadurra Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Acharacle

    The Nàdurra Centre provides an introduction to the natural environment of Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland.

  3. Carstramon Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  4. Drummond Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Muthill

    Drummond Gardens are some of Scotland’s most important formal gardens and are among the finest in Europe.

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    Stobo

    2-7 August 2015: Come and join us on one of these two unique craft vacations in Scotland: Stonecarving with Susheila Jamieson and Jewellery with Linda Lewin.

  6. Burg

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Mull

    Located on the Isle of Mull, the exposed location of Burg is open to the full force of the Atlantic weather.

  7. Beinn Eighe

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  8. Inwood

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Musselburgh

    With the backdrop of mature woodland the garden at Inwood, of which a fine Cornus contraversa variagata forms the centerpiece, sits snugly around the house.

  9. Out in the Hills

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    Guided Walks

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Guided walks and wilderness camping trips in the Cairngorms and elsewhere in the Scottish Highlands.

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    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.

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