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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.


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.


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

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
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    Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle, beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, pets corner, visitor centre, tearoom and shop.

  2. Ardencraig Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, originally formed part of a larger area designed for the owners of the nearby Ardencraig House.

  3. John Muir Country Park


    Parks & Gardens



    John Muir Country Park is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

  4. Aldouran Wetland Garden


    Parks & Gardens



    The wetland habitat and bird hide can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by the Aldouran Burn.

  5. British School Of Falconry At Gleneagles


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Originally opened in 1982 as the first dedicated falconry school in the world, the facility is now based at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

  6. Lip na Cloiche Garden & Nursery


    Parks & Gardens



    Garden and Nursery Garden on the northwest coast of the Isle of Mull.

  7. Floors Castle





  8. Gradings


    Woodland workshops in crafts, bushcraft & green woodworking around a campfire for people of all ages. Forest schools, team building & Birthday parties too!

  9. Abernethy


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Grantown on Spey

    Abernethy Forest is a remnant of the Caledonian Forest in Strathspey.

  10. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    East Lochaber

    Creag Meagaidh at 1,128 m high is a Scottish Munro (a mountain over 3,000 ft or 914 m in height).


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