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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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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    At Balmacara Estate, discover a traditional Scottish crofting estate and experience a mix of history, biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

  2. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  3. Haddo House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    4 Historic House

    Pitmedden

    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.

  4. Lochalsh Woodland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kyle of Lochalsh

    The Lochalsh Woodland Garden is an attractively designed garden.

  5. Broughton House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Kirkcudbright

    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

  6. Ardmaddy Castle Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Ardmaddy Castle Garden lies in the village of Ardmaddy, south of Oban on the Argyll coast, and boasts stunning views across to Mull.

  7. Aros Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Mull

    Aros Park is an area of woodland managed by the Forestry Commission on the outskirts of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

  8. Bankhead Moss

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    The Howe of Fife

    Bankhead Moss is a small raised bog near St Andrews and is one of the last surviving peatlands in the area.

  9. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

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

  10. Escape

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    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements

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    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Escape

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