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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. Bolfracks

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Aberfeldy

    Bolfracks House has had an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century. The gardens are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants.

  2. Linn Botanic Gardens & Nursery

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Helensburgh

    "A horticultural treasure trove from around the globe, making every part an adventure to explore."

  3. Braco Castle

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Perthshire

    Braco Castle has a 19th century landscaped garden with woodland and meadow walks, spring flowering bulbs, mature specimen trees and shrubs, and new planting.

  4. World of Wings

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Welcome to World of Wings.

  5. Wiston Lodge

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    Canoeing

    Gradings

    Biggar

    Welcome to Wiston Lodge

  6. Brighouse Bay Leisure Club

    Type

    Fitness & Leisure Centres

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Situated in a superb 1,200 acre coastal location, Brighouse Bay Leisure Club is an adventure seekers' paradise.

  7. Malleny Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Edinburgh

    This 1.2-ha (3-a) walled garden has a delightful collection of old-fashioned roses and fine herbaceous borders.

  8. Pitmuies Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Forfar

    Two semi-formal wall gardens adjoin 18th century house and shelter long borders of herbaceous perennials, superb delphiniums, old fashioned roses and pavings with violas and dianthus.

  9. Gradings

    Falkirk

    Welcome to John Muir Way Baggage Service

  10. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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    Historic Ships & Boats

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

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