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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. Culross Palace, Townhouse & Study


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House


    Relive the domestic life of the 16th and 17th centuries amid the old buildings and cobbled streets of the fascinating Royal Burgh of Culross.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    North Ronaldsay

    Welcome to North Ronaldsay Lighthouse and Visitor Centre - the oldest intact lighthouse in Scotland.

  3. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

  4. Gradings


    The clock tower on the site of the orphanage in the village of Aberlour is all that remains of the original building. To make this a place local people can be proud of, and tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created a memorial garden.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Join us on a fishing or falconry day trip. We supply all transport, tackle, permits and tuition ,No experience needed. Half day trout fishing from £75pp or a Salmon fishing trip from £160pp . Check out our excellent Trip advisor reviews.

  6. Cairngorms National Park


    National Parks


    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms National Park is a living, working landscape with wild land at its heart.

  7. Beveridge Park


    Parks & Gardens


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    This Victorian park boasts attractive gardens, an animal centre and a lake with ducks and geese.

  8. Loch Leven Heritage Trail


    Parks & Gardens


    Kinross Area and Loch Leven

    Loch Leven (Kinross-shire) lies between Edinburgh (31 miles) and Perth (20 miles), in the east of Scotland’s Central Lowlands. The nearest town is Kinross.Trail goe around the Loch and is 21km (13 miles) in lenght

  9. Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Hobbister (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  10. Ardvorlich


    Parks & Gardens



    A hill garden featuring hundreds of species of plants, located in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.


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