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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. Knowetop Lochs

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Galloway

    This small but diverse upland reserve - known locally as the Lowes Lochs - boasts a wealth of wildlife.

  2. Glenarn Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch with a Himalayan atmosphere, famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons.

  3. Black Isle Wildlife And Country Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    North Kessock

    Meet the animals at the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park.

  4. RRS Discovery

    Type

    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point. Uncover the tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

  5. Galloway Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

  6. Loch Druidibeg

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Lochmaddy

    Uncover stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife at Loch Druidibeg, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on South Uist.

  7. Pollok Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok Country Park - Glasgow’s largest park and the only Country Park within the city - features the impressive Pollok House as well as the renowned Burrell Collection.

  8. Rum

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Rum is an island of rugged mountains setting a dramatic stage for spectacular wildlife and archaeology.

  9. The Cairnie Mega Maze

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    The Howe of Fife

    Get lost in a remarkable maze designed entirely out of maize at Cairnie Fruit Farm.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Maybole

    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

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