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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. Mull Of Galloway Lighthouse

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Drummore

    Climb the 114 steps of Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse for some of the best view s in south west Scotland, and explore the lighthouse exhibition.

  2. Crombie Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Carnoustie

    Take a walking trail, enjoy scenic views, and look out for wildlife at Crombie Country Park, to the west of Arbroath in Angus.

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    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Machrie

    Welcome to Old Byre Showroom and Café Thyme

  4. RSPB Mersehead Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

    Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Mersehead Reserve is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

  5. Pitmuies Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Forfar

    Two semi-formal wall gardens adjoin 18th century house and shelter long borders of herbaceous perennials, superb delphiniums, old fashioned roses and pavings with violas and dianthus.

  6. St Kilda National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Outer Hebrides

    Remote, spectacular, and a designated World Heritage Site, the St Kilda National Nature Reserve archipelago lies 41 miles west of Benbecula.

  7. Dawyck Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 5 Garden
    5 Garden

    Stobo

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

  8. Greenbank Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 2 Garden
    2 Garden

    Clarkston

    Greenbank Garden is a tranquil celebration of the gardener’s art in the grounds of a Grade-A listed Georgian house.

  9. Castle Kennedy Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Stranraer

    These lavish gardens set in 75 acres of outstanding natural beauty on an isthmus between two lochs were laid out in 1730 around the ruins of Castle Kennedy.

  10. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

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