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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. The Pier Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centres

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    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  2. BakeCraft

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Troon

    We sell bakeware, kitchen textiles and cake craft supplies. After school, weekend and school holiday cupcake and cookie decorating classes, Also host children's cupcake decorating birthday parties.

  3. RSPB Scotland Troup Head nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pennan

    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  4. Kushi Adventures

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Inverness based, small group adventures for all ages in Scotland; offering guided mountain walks, kayak and canoe trips, rock climbing and abseiling .Also canoe and kayak hire,

  5. RSPB Scotland Sumburgh Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    South Mainland

    Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of mainland Shetland with the majestic 100 metre cliffs offering a fantastic, unobstructed view of the seabird colonies and marine life surrounding it.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Connel and North Connel

    Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner.

  7. Braco Castle

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Perthshire

    Braco Castle has a 19th century landscaped garden with woodland and meadow walks, spring flowering bulbs, mature specimen trees and shrubs, and new planting.

  8. Balmoral Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Balmoral

  9. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Discover the wonderful world of animals at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee. Highlights include European brown bears, ring-tailed lemurs, otters, snowy owls and much more......

  10. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 5th April to 2nd November 2014 Dino Park re-opens April 2015

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