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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. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  2. Rum

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Rum is an island of rugged mountains setting a dramatic stage for spectacular wildlife and archaeology.

  3. Aldouran Wetland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stranraer

    The wetland habitat and bird hide can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by the Aldouran Burn.

  4. Canna

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  5. John Muir Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    John Muir Country Park is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

  6. The Playbarn at Auchrannie

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    Children's Attractions

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    Brodick

    Welcome to The Playbarn. Check out our three tier indoor mega softplay, external play & picnic area, teen zone, internet area, big screen tv, library & wi -fi. Quality coffees, drinks and snacks also available.

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    St Andrews

    The Byre Theatre is a vibrant theatre, staging a wide variety of Shows, Conferences, Film and Cafe. A year round programme makes this twin auditoria space a great hub for events and arts. Visit www.byretheatre.com or phone 01334 475 000

  8. Asta Golf Club

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    Golf Courses

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    Shetland

    Welcome to Asta Golf Club

  9. Copinsay Nature Reserve - RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Orkney

    The RSPB nature reserve of Copinsay has a vast seabird colony that includes guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills.

  10. Lea Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    This remarkable 2 acre botanic garden, Lea Gardens, on the West Mainland of Shetland is home to an incredible array of native and exotic plants.

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