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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. Kinlochlaich Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Appin

    Kinlochlaich Gardens are set around Kinlochlaich House in Appin, around half way between Fort William and Oban.

  2. Dollar Park

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Falkirk

    A striking area of mature parkland offering horticulture features, tennis courts and a 18-hole putting green. The park is situated near Falkirk’s town centre.

  3. Whitehouse Studio

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Whitehouse Studio - Art & Design Courses for all levels of ability

  4. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dalkeith

    Visit the world's longest running indoor butterfly house with hundreds of free flying exotic butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest. Daily animal handling and feeding sessions. Open all year, 7 days a week. Jungle Gift Shop. Free Parking.

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Dundee City

    "Step aboard a buccaneer experience at Pirate’s Island Adventure Play Centre in Dundee."

  6. Loch Lomond Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Luss

    A loch famous the world over for its wooded shores. The reserve is also home to a varied range of wildlife.

  7. Ochil Hills Woodland Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Alva

    Formerly a grand 17th century house, the former lordly estate now acts as an attractive woodland park that cuts through some of Stirlingshire’s finest scenery.

  8. RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the Mull of Galloway RSPB Reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  9. Ardencraig Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Rothesay

    Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, originally formed part of a larger area designed for the owners of the nearby Ardencraig House.

  10. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Visit Britain's only herd of free-ranging reindeer.

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