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  • A child stands on one of the ornate mortar cannons watched by his family in the sun at Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Close-up of tiger with white snow in the background
    A Siberian Tiger at home in the snow at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • The battlements at Stirling Castle lit up at night
    Stirling Castle by night
  • A dinghy sailing at the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Country Park at sunset
    Strathclyde Country Park

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. Cumbernauld Glen

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Cumbernauld

    This reserve’s ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife and, in early summer, there are vast carpets of bluebells.

  2. 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.

  3. Torridon Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Torridon

    Torridon Activities is located at foot of Liathach and the shores of Loch Torridon with some of the best walking, mountaineering and kayaking anywhere in the U.

  4. Edinburgh Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    EDINBURGH ZOO The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland, this leading Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world.

  5. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  6. Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Skye Serpentarium Reptile World is an award-winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre.

  7. Harvey Maps

    Type

    Walks

    Gradings

    Doune

    Welcome to Harvey Maps

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Machrie

    Welcome to Old Byre Showroom and Café Thyme

  9. Highland Safaris

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Winner of the 'Best Visitor Experience' in Scotland combining exciting Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. Indulge in our award-winning café and shop

  10. Glendoick

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Perth

    Glendoick garden, garden centre, restaurant and food hall boasts a unique collection of plants collected by three generations of the Cox family from their plant-hunting expeditions in China and the Himalayas.

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