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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. 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.

  2. Nonavaar

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Shetland

    Enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers of this delightful country garden, Nonavaar.

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    Largs

    Welcome to Kelburn Castle And Country Centre.

  4. Logan House Garden

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    Garden Centres

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    Stranraer

    Welcome to Logan House Garden

  5. Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow West End

    Glasgow Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city’s West End by the River Kelvin and contains a variety of plant collections, woodland copses and riverside walks as well as the famous Kibble Palace.

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    Balfron

    Art4you Scotland offers you the opportunity to capture the stunning Scottish countryside or work in the studio and explore painting and drawing techniques or photography skills.

  7. Logan Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    5 Garden

    Portpatrick

    Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland and is unrivalled as the country's most exotic garden.

  8. Attadale Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Lochcarron

    Attadale Gardens are spectacular gardens with views of Skye and features an impressive collection of sculpture scattered throughout. Visitors can wander through the kitchen garden, the sunken garden, the geodesic dome filled with ferns.

  9. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Drumlanrig Castle Gardens are set on the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate and date from the 17th century.

  10. Plean Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Admission is free to this large country park, which is full of flowering meadows, ponds, streams and woodland walks.

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