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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. Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Melrose

    Priorwood Garden and Dried Flower Shop in Melrose is Scotland’s only dedicated dried flower garden and is overlooked by the impressive ruins of Melrose Abbey.

  2. Palacerigg Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    3 Visitor Attraction

    Cumbernauld

    Palacerigg is a 300-hectare country park that provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including a thriving roe deer population.

  3. The Hermitage

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunkeld

    The Hermitage is a conifer and deciduous wooded gorge with natural features including the River Braan and Ossian’s Hall.

  4. The Edinburgh Dungeon

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    Exhibitions

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Exciting, scary and bloody funny – delve into Scotland’s murky history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Experience live actors, thrilling rides and special effects… are you ready for Edinburgh's must-see attraction?

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    Applecross

    Beautiful Applecross Peninsula and the Torridon mountains - Enjoy Sea Kayaking or Mountain activity and all year round adventure activities for all abilities. A local company, based here all year round, offering unique local knowledge.

  6. Dunmore Pineapple

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Airth

    An unusual shaped structure, Dunmore Pineapple was originally build as a garden retreat and now acts as a haven for various species of wildlife.

  7. Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace.

  8. St Andrews Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    St Andrews

    Explore 18 acres of beautifully landscape gardens and glasshouses containing exotic plants and flowers.

  9. Trumland Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Rousay

    Welcome to Trumland Nature Reserve.

  10. Broughton House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    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.

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