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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. HM Frigate Unicorn

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 3 Historic Attraction
    3 Historic Attraction

    Dundee City

    Now 175 years old, the Frigate Unicorn is one of the world's most remarkable historic ships and Scotland's only example of a wooden warship.

  2. Glen Nant

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Taynuilt

    Glen Nant is a nature reserve located 3 miles south of Taynuilt, in Argyll, on the B845.

  3. Hermitage Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Helensburgh

    Located in Helensburgh, Hermitage Park is a set of formal gardens containing attractive fields, shrubbery and a fascinating old mill.

  4. Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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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.

  5. Isle Of Eigg

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Small Isles - Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Canna

    A lush island lying of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Eigg is sometimes described as ‘the emerald of the Inner Hebrides’.

  6. Gradings

    Fochabers

    Welcome to Alyson Reynolds - Cold Porcelain Flowers Based in Scotland on the edge of the Moray Firth and at the mouth of the River Spey, surrounded by beautiful countryside, fishing, wildlife, famous whisky distilleries, and well known golf courses.

  7. Ben Lui

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

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

  8. Inveresk Lodge Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Musselburgh

    This inviting terraced garden in the historic village of Inveresk entices visitors with its colourful herbaceous beds, a variety of attractive shrubs and a collection of old roses selected by Graham Stuart Thomas.

  9. Logie Steading Visitor Centre

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    Country Estates

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Forres

    Welcome to Logie Steading Visitor Centre. The stone farm buildings are home to a shopping village, café and heritage centre. Walk around the Logie House garden or along the dramatic River Findhorn to complete your visit.

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    Moffat

    Welcome to the Pottery & Photo Studio @ The Green Frog

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