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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. Glasdrum Wood

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Glasdrum Wood is a wild woodland on the shores of Loch Creran.

  2. Dunskey Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Portpatrick

    The renovation of the Walled Garden has restored the Dunskey Estate to its original beauty and splendour.

  3. Spey Bay

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Buckie

    Spey Bay is a popular area of shingle beach and river estuary and is part of the largest vegetated shingle complex in Scotland.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Connel and North Connel

    Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner.

  5. 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.

  6. Bird of Prey Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    The Trossachs

    Covering several top wildlife watching areas, the Bird of Prey Trail in the Trossachs is a great destination for wildlife watching and outdoor pursuits.

  7. Knoydart

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Knoydart

    The Knoydart peninsula is one of the wildest parts of Scotland.

  8. Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Blairgowrie and East Perthshire

    Welcome to Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

  9. Gradings

    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.

  10. The Pier Arts Centre

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    Arts Centres

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    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

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