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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. Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Montrose

    Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides.

  2. Pitmedden Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Pitmedden

    Enjoy the spectacle of the Great Garden, with over 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer months.

  3. RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Castle Douglas

    A peaceful site with plenty to see at any time of year and a real treat for nature lovers.Look out for rare Greenland white-fronted geese in winter or take a stroll to our hides for a close hand views of red squirrels, ducks and other birds.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    East Kilbride

    Calderglen Country Park has a children's zoo, tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure & toddler Play areas, Gift shop, Cafe, exhibition gallery, Golf Course and a whole lot more.

  5. Scottish Beaver Trial

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lochgilphead

    The Scottish Beaver Trial has been responsible for reintroducing beavers 400 years after being hunted to extinction.

  6. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lairg

    Welcome to Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

  7. Mugdock Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Milngavie

    Mugdock Country Park is 10 miles north of Glasgow and covers 260 hectares which offer a range of activities.

  8. Arduaine Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Oban

    Arduaine Garden is a beautiful green oasis, which lies 20 miles south of Oban in Argyll and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  9. Geopark Shetland

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Shetland

    From exploring an extinct volcano to walking across shifting sands, experience the variety of geology in Geopark Shetland.

  10. World Horse Welfare's Belwade Farm

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincardine O'Neil

    Join one of our guided tours and learn all about World Horse Welfare's work at Belwade Farm.

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