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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. 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.

  2. Nevis Range Snowsports

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    Ski Resorts

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    Fort William

    With skiing up to 1190 metres (3,900 feet) Nevis Range reaches high on to the mountain of Aonach Mor - Scotland's eighth highest - and offers skiing and boarding late into spring.

  3. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  4. Mike Briggs Sports

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Harris

    Something for everyone, whatever the weather. Go for a guided walk in the hills of Harris, play on the most remote tennis court in the UK, relax in the yoga studio or pump iron in the weights room - the choice is yours.

  5. War Memorial Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Kelso

    Formerly part of the Abbey grounds, the War Memorial Garden was gifted by the Duke of Roxburgh in 1921 for the Kelso War Memorial.

  6. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  7. Canna

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    The most westerly of the Small Isles, Canna is 5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide.

  8. Abriachan Nurseries And Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Loch Ness

    A beautiful woodland garden and family plant nursery on the shore of Loch Ness. Perfect for a day trip visit, short family walk and/or to find some unusual and hardy plants for your garden. Gorgeous views down Loch Ness.

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    Falkirk

    Welcome to John Muir Way Baggage Service

  10. Glentrool Visitor Centre & Café

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Explore the waymarked trails, cycle routes and picnic areas by bike amidst the highest hills of South Scotland.

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