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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. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End and is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace.

  2. Hermaness National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Overlooking Muckle Flugga, Britain's most northerly point, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve provides a haven for thousands of seabirds.

  3. The Flows

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Melvich

    The Flows is a peat bog and National Nature Reserve managed by the RSPB.

  4. The Lodge, Forest Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberfoyle

    Welcome to The Lodge, Forest Visitor Centre

  5. Dumbarnie Links

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Elie

    Dumbarnie Links Reserve is an area of dune grassland in the centre of Largo Bay on the south coast of Fife.

  6. Leith Hall Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Glasdrum Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Glasdrum Wood is a wild woodland on the shores of Loch Creran.

  9. The Art Engine

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    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Oban

    Jun 13th - 22nd Oban, West Scotland - Paint the highlands and islands, long summer daylight hours. Elegant Scottish manor house, ground transportation, terrific meals, accommodation inc, national museum visits, 10 days distraction free

  10. Nevis Range Mountain Cable Car

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    Nevis Range in Fort William offer a unique mountain experience for people from all walks of life.

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