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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. Action Zone (The Interactive Adventure)

    Type

    Children's Attractions

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    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Leven

    Action Zone is an indoor adventure play centre for children, which promotes healthy play.

  2. 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 is home to the UK’s only mountain gondola, transporting visitors to 650m on the mountain of Aonach Mor.

  3. Knockan Crag

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ullapool

    Knockan Crag is a series of cliffs designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  4. Moine Mhòr

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Crinan

    Moine Mhor is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome.

  5. Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    East Lochaber

    Creag Meagaidh at 1,128 m high is a Scottish Munro (a mountain over 3,000 ft or 914 m in height).

  6. Pirate Pete's

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 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.

  7. Skye Guides Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Broadford

    Expert local guiding and instruction is available for all mountaineering pursuits: Skye scrambles, Skye Munros, Cuillin Ridge Traverse, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Abseiling, Ice climbing, Alpine training courses. All safety equipment is provided.

  8. Gambado Edinburgh

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    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Gambado is the UK's ultimate soft play experience! 3 Level main frame, toddler frame, baby ring, 31 seat carousel and for the more adventurous our climbing wall.

  9. Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals amongst 27 acres of mixed woodland.

  10. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Snowgoose Mountain Centre based near the foot of Ben Nevis, in the West Highlands offers mountain and paddlesports holidays, instruction & guiding, along with canoe, kayak and mountain bike hire as well as half and full day activities.

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