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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. Scottish Wildlife Trust Headquarters

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Manages over 125 Wildlife reserves throughout Scotland.

  2. The Fun Factory

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Dundee City

    The Fun Factory. Come along or check our website for special deals throughout the week.

  3. Beinn Eighe

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

  4. Harlaw House Visitor Centre

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Balerno

    Find Harlaw House Visitor Centre in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

  5. Highland Wildlife Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincraig

    Experience Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.

  6. Forsinard Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    RSPB Nature Reserve at Forsinard in the Flow Country ~ wildlife trails and guided walks with birds, animals and flowers in these extensive peatlands.

  7. Castlehill Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Ayr

    With a countryside feel with extensive natural woodland areas, Castehill Estate is a small but popular park.

  8. Ibrox Stadium

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Tour
    4 Tour

    Glasgow

    Ibrox Stadium is the home of Rangers Football Club and enjoys UEFA’s coveted five star status.

  9. Ben Lui

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Ben Lui is a range of mountain peaks designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  10. Shian Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

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