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  • A child stands on one of the ornate mortar cannons watched by his family in the sun at Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  • Close-up of tiger with white snow in the background
    A Siberian Tiger at home in the snow at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
  • The battlements at Stirling Castle lit up at night
    Stirling Castle by night
  • A dinghy sailing at the Watersports Centre at Strathclyde Country Park at sunset
    Strathclyde Country Park

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. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  2. Drumpellier Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Coatbridge

    Once a private estate, Drumpellier Country Park covers 500 acres and includes two natural lochs as well as attracting an abundance of wildlife.

  3. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 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.

  4. Achnacloich Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Oban

    Achnacloich Garden lies north of Oban in Argyll with spectacular views across Loch Etive.

  5. Briarlands Farm

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stirling

    A working mixed farm, featuring a shop selling regional produce, a kitchen serving a selection of home baking and an outdoor maze.

  6. Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Rendall

    Welcome to Cottascarth & Rendall Moss Nature Reserve.

  7. The Edinburgh Dungeon

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Exciting, scary and bloody funny – delve into Scotland’s murky history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Experience live actors, thrilling rides and special effects… are you ready for Edinburgh's must-see attraction?

  8. Asta Golf Club

    Type

    Golf Courses

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Welcome to Asta Golf Club

  9. Landmark Forest Adventure Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Carrbridge

    Set in 30 acres of native pinewood, Landmark offers a host of adventurous activities and fun things to see and do for all ages.

  10. Leith Hall Garden

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Rhynie

    Leith Hall and Garden features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and primulas in the rock garden.

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