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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. Trumland House Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Trumland House Gardens on the island of Rousay are a draw for nature and garden lovers alike.

  2. Braco Castle

    Type

    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.

  3. Marwick Head Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Dounby

    The RSPB nature reserve of Marwick Head is home to the largest cliff nesting seabird colony on the Orkney mainland.

  4. Belleisle Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  5. Trumland Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Rousay

    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  6. Scottish Wildlife Trust Headquarters

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Manages over 125 Wildlife reserves throughout Scotland.

  7. Pansy Potters Ltd

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Forfar

    Welcome to Pansy Potters Ltd

  8. Scottish Deer Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cupar

    See 14 species of deer from around the world at the Scottish Deer Centre, a unique wildlife park in Fife.

  9. Dalscone Farm Fun

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dumfries

    With its fantastic purpose-built indoor play area for children up to 11 plus its excellent cafe, Dalscone Farm Fun offers a fun-packed day for all the family.

  10. Fairwinds

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Fairwinds is a beautiful medium sized garden situated on George Street in Dunoon.

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