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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. Argaty Red Kites

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  2. Logan Botanic Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Portpatrick

    Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden.

  3. Scottish Seabird Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    North Berwick

    Get back to nature with a visit to this award-winning, all-weather attraction. Discovery Centre, gift shop, cafe and boat trips.

  4. Castle Fraser

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Kemnay

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen is the stunning Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses.

  5. Brighouse Bay Leisure Club

    Type

    Fitness & Leisure Centres

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Situated in a superb 1,200 acre coastal location, Brighouse Bay Leisure Club is an adventure seekers' paradise.

  6. Viewpark Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Uddingston

    Viewpark Gardens is a horticultural centre that incorporates several types of gardens and glasshouse displays.

  7. Gorgie City Farm

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Gorgie City Farm is Edinburgh's working small holding in the city. With a range of farm animals and pets, as well as a variety of gardens, it's a fun place to visit and learn. Entry is free- though we appreciate donations very much!!

  8. Bughtrig

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Coldstream

    Bughtrig is a delightful garden in the heart of the Scottish Borders

  9. Galloway Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

  10. Dalzell Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Motherwell

    Dalzell Estate was originally a royal hunting forest and was landscaped in the 18th century by Archibald Hamilton.

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