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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. Working Sheepdogs

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kincraig

    Participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs.

  2. The Art Engine

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Oban

    Jun 13th - 22nd Oban, West Scotland - Paint the highlands and islands, long summer daylight hours. Elegant Scottish manor house, ground transportation, terrific meals, accommodation inc, national museum visits, 10 days distraction free

  3. Seabirds-and-Seals

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Shetland

    Shetland's award winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10am and 2pm.

  4. Gradings

    Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park falls into four distinct parts: Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Breadalbane and Argyll Forest.

  5. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees.

  6. Duthie Park Winter Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    This 44 acre garden in Aberdeenshire was opened to the public in 1883.

  7. Beveridge Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcaldy

    This Victorian park boasts attractive gardens, an animal centre and a lake with ducks and geese.

  8. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Dalkeith

    Visit the world's longest running indoor butterfly house with hundreds of free flying exotic butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest. Daily animal handling and feeding sessions. Open all year, 7 days a week. Jungle Gift Shop. Free Parking.

  9. Leathad Ard

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Leathad Ard is a beautiful Hebridean garden located on the Isle of Lewis.

  10. Beinn Eighe

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinlochewe

    Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve.

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