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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. 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.

  2. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Ballater

    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  3. Inverness Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Inverness

    Inverness Floral Hall is a sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Highlands with greenhouses, cactus house, landscaped gardens, tropical fish pond, sensory raised flower beds and cafe.

  4. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

  5. Castle Fraser

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    Castles

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    4 Castle

    Kemnay

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen is the stunning Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses.

  6. Palacerigg Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Palacerigg is a 300-hectare country park that provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including a thriving roe deer population.

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    Applecross

    Beautiful Applecross Peninsula and the Torridon mountains - Enjoy Sea Kayaking or Mountain activity and all year round adventure activities for all abilities. A local company, based here all year round, offering unique local knowledge.

  8. Wilton Lodge Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Hawick

    A variety of activities are available at beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, where you can enjoy gorgeous Scottish Borders scenery.

  9. Best Nevis Mountain Guiding

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    Guided Walks

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    Fort William

    Best Nevis Mountain Guiding offers guided walks on Ben Nevis and in areas including Knoydart, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Cairngorms with an experienced Mountain Guide and certified Summer and Winter Mountain Leader.

  10. Wynford Farm

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Aberdeen City and Shire

    Welcome to Wynford Farm

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