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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.


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.


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. AboveWater/UnderWater Shetland


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Above the water AND below, get the best of both worlds! Join the most experienced Marine & Nature Guide team, Shetlander Alan Longmuir & Biologist Robbi ShoafEnge, on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss: seals, seabirds & spectacular sea life!

  2. Escape Glasgow


    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements



    Escape is a new, simple, fun yet challenging game in Glasgow City Centre. We lock you up in a mysterious room, and give you exactly 60 minutes to get out.

  3. Secret Garden @ Lime Orchid


    Parks & Gardens



    We will soon be able to introduce you to our very own secret garden so for more information on this or our services please get in touch today

  4. WildFox Events Ltd


    Cycle Routes



    WildFox Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company, pioneering some of the UK’s toughest outdoor challenges and helping to raise more than £30 million for charity causes, both here in the UK and internationally.

  5. Fyvie Castle




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    4 Castle


    Dating back to the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is found about a mile north of the village of Fyvie in Aberdeenshire.

  6. Glen Affric


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    A magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland.

  7. Gradings


    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

  8. Christies of Fochabers


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Garden Centre
    4 Garden Centre


    Visit Christies of Fochabers for a family day out. Everything you need for the Garden, Gifts, Lifestyle, Clothing, Personal Treats and our Restaurant offers everything from Snacks to Main Meals. Our home bakes are reputed to be the best.

  9. Traquair House


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House


    Visit the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and discover its fascinating history. This is a magical day out for all the family.

  10. Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Visit Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve for fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.


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