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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. Fyvie Castle

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    Castles

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    Turriff

    Dating back to the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is found about a mile north of the village of Fyvie in Aberdeenshire.

  2. Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Ullapool

    Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984.

  3. Edinburgh Zoo

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland. Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas.

  4. Glen Roy

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Glen Spean and the Great Glen area

    Glen Roy is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

  5. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  6. Inverness Floral Hall

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Inverness

    Inverness Floral Hall is a sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Highlands with greenhouses, cactus house, landscaped gardens, tropical fish pond, sensory raised flower beds and cafe.

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Mey

    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

  8. Robertsons The Larder & Childrens Farm

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    Children's Attractions

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    Beauly and Strathglass area

    Welcome to Robertsons The Larder & Childrens Farm and experience life on a working farm.

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    Kirkcaldy

    Welcome to Fifeleisure - Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre

  10. Henderson Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

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