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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. 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.

  2. Craigower

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  3. Loch a’ Mhuilinn

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Caithness and North Coast Sutherland area

    The most northern remnant of native oak woodland in Britain survives on this reserve.

  4. Wilton Lodge Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Hawick

    A variety of activities are available at beautiful Wilton Lodge Park, where you can enjoy gorgeous Scottish Borders scenery.

  5. Bowhill House & Country Estate

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Selkirk

    Bowhill is a five star attraction with much to offer visitors, including: GUIDED HOUSE TOURS, THEATRE, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, WALKING TRAILS, RANGER LED ACTIVITIES & EVENTS, TEAROOM & GIFT SHOP SOFT PLAY

  6. Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Garve

    Ben Wyvis is a mountain designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Edzell

    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  8. The Maid of the Loch

    Type

    Historic Ships & Boats

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Balloch

    Welcome to The Maid of the Loch

  9. Burg

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Mull

    Located on the Isle of Mull, the exposed location of Burg is open to the full force of the Atlantic weather.

  10. John Muir Trust, Isle Of Skye

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Broadford

    The John Muir Trust’s care for three estates on Skye: Torrin, Strathaird and Sconser.

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