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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. Polkemmet Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    3 Visitor Attraction

    Whitburn

    Polkemmet Country Park is a popular 68 hectare (168 acre) Visitor Attraction near Whitburn. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian - also visit Almondell & Calderwood Country Park near Broxburn and Polkemmet Country Park near Whitburn.

  2. Bo'ness Motor Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Bo'ness

    Welcome to Bo'ness Motor Museum. Fully Licensed Cafe area serving light meals/snacks teas and coffee, open 7 days from 10 am with last admission at 4pm

  3. Fullarton Estate

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Troon

    A peaceful retreat on the outskirts of Troon, Fullarton Estate offers space to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  4. Walk Mull

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    Walks

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    Mull

    Welcome to Walk Mull

  5. Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Mey

    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

  6. Glasgow Green

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow East End

    Glasgow Green is by far the oldest of the city's parks and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.

  7. Noss National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Shetland

    Noss National Nature Reserve is a spectacular island reserve which is home to vast colonies of nesting seabirds.

  8. North Hill Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Papa Westray

    Welcome to North Hill Nature Reserve.

  9. The Helix

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Awaiting Grading

    Falkirk & Forth Valley

    The Helix is an exciting new parkland providing activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more. The Helix is also home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering.

  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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