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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. Haddo House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Pitmedden

    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.

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    Whithorn

    Claymoddie Garden was designed, landscaped and planted by the late owner and plantsman, Robin Nicholson, over a period of 50 years. This famous Wigtownshire garden has been described as “the most romantic in these parts”.

  3. John Muir Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunbar

    John Muir Country Park is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

  4. Galloway House Gardens Trust

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Garlieston

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  5. Loch Leven National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  6. Scottish Owl Centre

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms

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    Whitburn

    Discover one of the largest collections of owls in the world from the giant Siberian Eagle Owl to the tiny Pygmy Owl. With awesome flying displays, a giant chute and an interactive education area, it's a great day out for all the family.

  7. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

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    Historic Ships & Boats

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience one of the UK's Top 3 Attractions (TripAdvisor 2015). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

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    St Andrews

    The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent museum situated in a 17th century house in the heart of the town's old fisher quarter, a stone's throw from both the castle and the cathedral.

  9. Manderston

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Duns

    Manderston is an Edwardian mansion set in 56 acres of formal gardens, located just outside of Duns in the Scottish Borders.

  10. The Hirsel & Homestead Museum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Coldstream

    Part of the Hirsel Estate, The Hirsel & Homestead Museum is situated near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders

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