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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. Knockshinnoch Lagoons

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    New Cumnock

    Transformed from an industrial site, Knockshinnoch Lagoons is now an ideal spot for nature lovers.

  2. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  3. Hermitage Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Helensburgh

    Located in Helensburgh, Hermitage Park is a set of formal gardens containing attractive fields, shrubbery and a fascinating old mill.

  4. Inveraray Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Inveraray

    Inverarary Castle lies on the western edge of Loch Fyne in Argyll.

  5. Gorgie City Farm

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Edinburgh

    Gorgie City Farm is Edinburgh's working small holding in the city. With a range of farm animals and pets, as well as a variety of gardens, it's a fun place to visit and learn. Entry is free- though we appreciate donations very much!!

  6. Islay House Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 2 Garden
    2 Garden

    Islay

    Welcome to Islay House Garden

  7. Monteviot House Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Jedburgh

    The river garden planted with herbaceous shrubs is only 1 of a few gardens to be visited on site. The pinetum is full of unusual trees and a nearby water garden is linked by bridges. Coach parties by arrangement.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

  9. Pullar Memorial Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Bridge of Allan

    This well cared for park was donated to the community of Bridge of Allan by Edmund Pullar after the Great War.

  10. Drummond Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Muthill

    Drummond Gardens are some of Scotland’s most important formal gardens and are among the finest in Europe.

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