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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. Gradings


    The clock tower on the site of the orphanage in the village of Aberlour is all that remains of the original building. To make this a place local people can be proud of, and tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created a memorial garden.

  2. Skye Adventure


    Multi-activity Centre



    The Isle of Skye contains some of the most beautiful land, water and seascapes in the world. We love exploring all these environments and guiding people through them as well. Get in touch for your adventure.

  3. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Café & Bike Shop


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    Newton Stewart

    Kirroughtree has a great restaraunt and bike shop so you can fill up on great food before hiring a bike or using your own on the world renowned 7stanes Kirroughtree trails. Fantastic forest walks and amazing wildlife there to be discovered.

  4. The Owl And Pussycat Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    ** MEET THE STARS ** MEET THE STARS ** We are privileged to announce the arrival of two famous residents. HARRY POTTER STARS Hedwig and Eral are now resident at the Centre and are looking forward to meeting all our visitors.

  5. John Muir Country Park


    Parks & Gardens



    John Muir Country Park is located on a beautiful stretch of coastline.

  6. Mount Stuart


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Mount Stuart is a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens on the Isle of Bute.

  7. Ardchattan Priory


    Parks & Gardens



    Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive.

  8. Geilston Gardens


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    A 200 year old garden with interesting features, including a 100 ft Wellingtonia that dominates the main lawn.

  9. Colin Burt Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    A wildlife reserve where you can enjoy the outdoors and learn about the local wildlife living on the reserve. Enjoy walks through the woodland, over the wetland on a board walk or around the open field whilst enjoying the views.

  10. Mertoun Gardens


    Parks & Gardens


    St Boswells

    Mertoun Gardens comprise of 26 acres in the grounds of Mertoun House.


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