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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. Scottish Seabird Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    North Berwick

    Get back to nature with a visit to this award-winning, all-weather attraction. Discovery Centre, gift shop, cafe and boat trips.

  2. Callendar Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Falkirk

  3. Red Kite Trail

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Stirling Area

    Situated just north of Stirling, the Argaty Red Kites is Central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station with up to 30 birds to be seen.

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Anstruther

    Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden. It was restored by the famous Lorimer family.

  5. Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Garve

    Ben Wyvis is a mountain designated as a National Nature Reserve.

  6. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

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    Children's Attractions

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    Dumfries

    Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 5th April to 2nd November 2014 Dino Park re-opens April 2015

  7. Auchlochan Garden Village

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Lanark

    Escape to Auchlochan Garden Village to see our beautifully landscaped grounds, mature woodlands, spectacular gardens and expansive lochs. Take a tour of the gardens then enjoy a meal, light bite or coffee and cake in our Village Bistro.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banchory

    Crathes Castle is surrounded by woodland to the east of Banchory in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

  9. Cumbernauld Glen

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Cumbernauld

    This reserve’s ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife and, in early summer, there are vast carpets of bluebells.

  10. Gargunnock House

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Gargunnock

    Five acres of mature gardens, featuring rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, flowering shrubs, woodland walks, a walled garden and an 18th century doocot.

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