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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. Kelvingrove Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow West End

    Kelvingrove Park is a classic Victorian park by the River Kelvin and has a range of sporting facilities as well as being next to the renowned Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

  2. The Playbarn at Auchrannie

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    Children's Attractions

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    Brodick

    Welcome to The Playbarn. Check out our three tier indoor mega softplay, external play & picnic area, teen zone, internet area, big screen tv, library & wi -fi. Quality coffees, drinks and snacks also available.

  3. Noss National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Shetland

    Noss National Nature Reserve is a spectacular island reserve which is home to vast colonies of nesting seabirds.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    Satrosphere Science Centre boats over 50 hands-on exhibits, live science demonstrations and planetarium shows.

  5. Dunskey Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Portpatrick

    The renovation of the Walled Garden has restored the Dunskey Estate to its original beauty and splendour.

  6. Lea Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    This remarkable 2 acre botanic garden, Lea Gardens, on the West Mainland of Shetland is home to an incredible array of native and exotic plants.

  7. Out in the Hills

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    Guided Walks

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Guided walks and wilderness camping trips in the Cairngorms and elsewhere in the Scottish Highlands.

  8. Strathaven Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Strathaven

    Strathaven Park is a traditional Edwardian public park, facilities at the park include a boating pond, two bowling greens, children's play areas, putting green, outdoor tennis courts, a café (seasonal) the highlight attraction, the miniature railway.

  9. Inveresk Lodge Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Musselburgh

    This inviting terraced garden in the historic village of Inveresk entices visitors with its colourful herbaceous beds, a variety of attractive shrubs and a collection of old roses selected by Graham Stuart Thomas.

  10. The Hirsel & Homestead Museum

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Coldstream

    Part of the Hirsel Estate, The Hirsel & Homestead Museum is situated near Coldstream in the Scottish Borders

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