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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. Pollok House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Glasgow South Side

    Pollok House is a grand country house in Pollok Country Park and gives a real flavour of life in the 1930s as well as boasting an outstanding art collection.

  2. Working Sheepdogs

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Kincraig

    Participate in the working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs.

  3. Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Montrose

    Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides.

  4. Scottish Wildlife Trust

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Welcome to Scottish Wildlife Trust

  5. Viewpark Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Uddingston

    Viewpark Gardens is a horticultural centre that incorporates several types of gardens and glasshouse displays.

  6. Kailzie Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden

    Peebles

    Situated 2.5 miles from Peebles town centre on the B7062, Kailzie Gardens in the Scottish Borders are open 7 days a week throughout the year.

  7. Traquair House

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Innerleithen

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

  8. Fullarton Estate

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Troon

    A peaceful retreat on the outskirts of Troon, Fullarton Estate offers space to get away from the hustle and bustle.

  9. Cruisdale

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Shetland

    The garden is in a natural state with many willows, several ponds and a variety of colourful hardy plants that grow well in the Shetland climate.

  10. Nevis Range Mountain Cable Car

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    Nevis Range is home to the UK’s only mountain gondola, transporting visitors to 650m on the mountain of Aonach Mor.

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