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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. Mike Briggs Sports

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Harris

    Something for everyone, whatever the weather. Go for a guided walk in the hills of Harris, play on the most remote tennis court in the UK, relax in the yoga studio or pump iron in the weights room - the choice is yours.

  2. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

  3. Townhill Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunfermline

    Situated just to the north of Dunfermline, this country park is surrounding by the village of Townhill.

  4. Ben Mor Coigach

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Achiltibuie

    Ben Mor Coigach is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

  5. Ridgway Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Rhiconich

    The Ridgway family has run outstanding adventure courses and holidays for all ages at Ardmore since 1969. Sea kayaking and hillwalking holidays, family adventure holidays and summer camps for young people where the mountains meet the sea.

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    Alloa

    Formed from the woodlands of Alva House Estate, the park provides a network of public footpaths and is suitable for many outdoor activities.

  7. Invereshie & Inshriach

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Feshiebridge

    Invereshie & Inshriach Invereshie is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

  8. Argaty Red Kites

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 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.

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees. The Gruffalo Trail will capture the children's imagination.

  10. Insh Marshes Bird Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kingussie

    The Inch Marches is a large wetland area designated as a RSPB Bird Reserve.

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