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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. Achnacloich Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Oban

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

  2. Pirate Pete's

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Ayr

    Pirate Pete’s adventure play centre is a treasure trove full of fun putting the kids pirating skills to the ultimate test.

  3. Dawyck Botanic Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Stobo

    In the depths of the Scottish Borders countryside, Dawyck Botanic Garden has a stunning collection of trees and shrubs.

  4. Balmakewan House Farm Shop

    Type

    Food & Drink Attraction

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  5. Levengrove Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dumbarton

    A beautiful, open park offering many play areas for children, making the Dumbarton-based Levengrove an ideal day out for the entire family.

  6. Loch Maree Islands

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  7. RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.

  8. Trossachs Wilderness Treks

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Callander

    Welcome to Trossachs Wilderness Treks

  9. Forvie National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Ellon

    The beauty of the sand dunes at Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR) is complemented by the call of eider ducks, wafting across the Ythan estuary.

  10. Aberdour Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Aberdour

    Built by the Douglas family, the 13th century fortified residence of Aberdour Castle was extended in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

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