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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. Gradings

    Drymen

    Visitor centre comprising exhibition on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, geology and Highland Boundary Fault.

  2. North West Highlands Geopark

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    North Highlands

    Explore deep-time, evoke a sense of place, encourage stewardship.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lochwinnoch

    Easily access to Great walking country plus wildlife watching of Hen Harriers by CCTV.

  4. Ariundle Oakwood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Ardnamurchan

    Ariundle Oakwood is an ancient mossy oakwood, typical of the woodlands which were once widespread along the Atlantic coast.

  5. Ardvorlich

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Lochearnhead

    A hill garden featuring hundreds of species of plants, located in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

  6. Cawdor Castle

    Type

    Castles

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    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Cawdor

    Discover the romantic Highland castle, the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor.

  7. Boots N Paddles

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Boots N Paddles is a mobile outdoor adventure activity company offering fun days out and amazing outdoor experiences across Scotland.

  8. Action Zone (The Interactive Adventure)

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Leven

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

  9. Spey Bay

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Buckie

    Spey Bay is a popular area of shingle beach and river estuary and is part of the largest vegetated shingle complex in Scotland.

  10. Malleny Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Edinburgh

    This 1.2-ha (3-a) walled garden has a delightful collection of old-fashioned roses and fine herbaceous borders.

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