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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. Shian Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    East Lochaber

    Shian Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland typical of the Atlantic coast of Scotland

  2. Broughton House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Kirkcudbright

    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

  3. Marwick Head Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Dounby

    The RSPB nature reserve of Marwick Head is home to the largest cliff nesting seabird colony on the Orkney mainland.

  4. Harmony Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Melrose

    Harmony Garden is a walled garden in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Textile Artwork with Linda Green 10 - 15 August 2014. Working in a small group, Linda gives individual attention to each participant. Fee includes 4 star accommodation in Edinburgh - Scotland’s capital, + much more.

  6. Peregrinations

    Type

    Kayaking

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Peregrinations is owned and run by Laura Bennitt, qualified Sea Kayak Coach and Guide, and Summer Mountain Leader. Laura offers sea kayak instruction and guiding for all levels across Scotland, hillwalking excursions and navigation classes.

  7. RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    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. Attadale Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Lochcarron

    Attadale Gardens are spectacular gardens with views of Skye and features an impressive collection of sculpture scattered throughout. Visitors can wander through the kitchen garden, the sunken garden, the geodesic dome filled with ferns.

  9. Gradings

    Balfron

    Art4you Scotland offers you the opportunity to capture the stunning Scottish countryside or work in the studio and explore painting and drawing techniques or photography skills.

  10. Eyemouth Harbour Trust

    Type

    Industrial

    Gradings

    Eyemouth

    Welcome to Eyemouth Harbour – a busy and industrious hub situated at the heart of the attractive cosmopolitan town of Eyemouth.

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