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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. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

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    Children's Attractions

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    Dumfries

    Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 5th April to 2nd November 2014 Dino Park re-opens April 2015

  2. Castlehill Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Ayr

    With a countryside feel with extensive natural woodland areas, Castehill Estate is a small but popular park.

  3. Shian Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  4. Fossil Grove

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glasgow

  5. Staffa National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Mull

    Staffa is an island found 10 km west of the Isle of Mull.

  6. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery have two large holiday barges that cruise the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen including Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery.

  7. Bankhead Moss

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    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.

  8. Gradings

    Drymen

    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.

  9. Pollok Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok Country Park - Glasgow’s largest park and the only Country Park within the city - features the impressive Pollok House as well as the renowned Burrell Collection.

  10. Castle Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

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