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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. Trumland Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  2. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

  3. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  4. Colstoun Cookery School


    Cookery Schools



    The award winning Colstoun Cookery School offers a range of Day and Week-long cookery courses for beginners through to experienced cooks.

  5. Five Sisters Zoo


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    West Calder

    The role of Five Sisters Zoo is to support the welfare of all our animals and to encourage educational and fun days out for all ages - so for a day out with a difference come along and meet our fascinating collection!

  6. Gleniffer Braes Country Park


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



    To the south of Paisley, the park offers an area of some 1,300 acres.

  7. The Falkirk Wheel




    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    Discover the remarkable wartime story of the greatest munitions factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the people who worked there. Through objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life our secret wartime history.

  9. Acharacle Community Company


    Parks & Gardens



    We're delighted to be able to announce that our beautiful Forest Pavilion at Salen, Sgoil na Coille, is now available for weddings.

  10. Pollok House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok House is a grand country house in Pollok Country Park and gives a real flavour of life in the 1930s as well as boasting an outstanding art collection.


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