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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. Vogrie Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    3 Visitor Attraction

    Pathhead

    105 hectares of woods and Victorian parkland including a 1876 Victorian mansion - part of which is open to the public, a nine-hole golf course, adventure playground and an excellent cafeteria.

  2. Potter About Ltd

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Burntisland

  3. Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Glen Clova

    This breathtaking landscape is a haven for scarce arctic-alpine plants, birds and animals.

  4. Inverewe Garden and Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Poolewe

    One of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Inverewe Garden is an oasis of exotic plants bursting with vibrant colour.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Oban

    Visit this small ruin perched on a hill near Oban which was once a formidable stronghold of Clan MacDougall.

  6. Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    See Birds of Prey up close in magnificent surroundings. Learn about our rehabilitation work with the Scottish SPCA. Gain an insight into the secret world of Owls, and wonder at the power and grace of Birds of Prey.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banchory

    Crathes Castle is surrounded by woodland to the east of Banchory in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

  8. 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.

  9. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 3 Tourist Shop
    3 Tourist Shop

    Moray Firth

    The Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm shop opens from early June each year for the sale of asparagus, rhubarb and early season strawberries produced inside polytunnels.

  10. Glasgow Green

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow East End

    Glasgow Green is by far the oldest of the city's parks and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.

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