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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. Linn Botanic Gardens & Nursery

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Helensburgh

    "A horticultural treasure trove from around the globe, making every part an adventure to explore."

  2. Lochaber Geopark

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Welcome to the Lochaber Geopark, home to some of the most breath-taking and awe-inspiring scenery in the world.

  3. Gradings

    Colintraive

    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

  4. Cambo Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Crail

    This iconic Victorian walled garden with a modern twist offers woodland walks by a sparkling burn leading to the sea.

  5. Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Outer Hebrides

    Go on an adventure and visit the islands of Mingulay, Berneray and Pabbay in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Coiltie Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Drumnadrochit

    Coiltie Garden is a stunning Victorian walled garden.

  7. Colin Burt Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Killin

    A wildlife reserve where you can enjoy the outdoors and learn about the local wildlife living on the reserve. Enjoy walks through the woodland, over the wetland on a board walk or around the open field whilst enjoying the views.

  8. Chatelherault Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Hamilton

    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

  9. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  10. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

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