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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.


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.


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. Velvet Hall Alpacas


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre


    At last, an opportunity to walk with an Alpaca in the beautiful Tweed Valley countryside.

  2. Carstramon Wood


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  3. Belleisle Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  4. RRS Discovery


    Historic Ships & Boats


    • 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. Secret Garden @ Lime Orchid


    Parks & Gardens



    We will soon be able to introduce you to our very own secret garden so for more information on this or our services please get in touch today

  6. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden


    Parks & Gardens



    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  7. RSPB Scotland Wood of Cree nature reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Newton Stewart

    For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.

  8. Heads Of Ayr Farm Park


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Whatever the weather, there is fun for all the family at Heads of Ayr Farm Park.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    The beautiful walled garden at Edzell is one of Scotland's unique sights, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604.

  10. Bucinch & Ceardach


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Two small uninhabited islands, between Luss and Balmaha, in Loch Lomond.


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