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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. Caledonian Discovery Ltd

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Caledonian Discovery have two large holiday barges that cruise the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen including Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery.

  2. Beecraigs Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Linlithgow

    Exciting 370 hectare Country Park located in the Bathgate Hills near historic Linlithgow town. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian, sister Parks are Almondell & Calderwood and Polkemmet Country Parks.

  3. Belleisle Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Belleisle Estate is one of the most popular family attractions within South Ayrshire.

  4. Ardmaddy Castle Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Ardmaddy Castle Garden lies in the village of Ardmaddy, south of Oban on the Argyll coast, and boasts stunning views across to Mull.

  5. Hoy Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

  6. Henderson Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Coldstream

    This park is situated in the centre of Coldstream and features extensive flowering borders and permanent planting.

  7. The Pier Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centres

    Gradings

    • 5 Arts Venue
    5 Arts Venue

    Stromness

    Admire one of the UK’s most impressive collections of 20th century British art at this art gallery in Stromness.

  8. Active Kids Adventure Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Stanley

    Active Kids Adventure Park is a great day out for all the family with outdoor activities, indoor soft play, coffee shop and toy shop.

  9. Agnew Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Agnew Park has a wide range of leisure facilities for all ages including a large boating lake with a range of boats, including canoes, skiffs and pedalos.

  10. Keen Of Hamar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Shetland

    Resembling a lunar landscape, explore this remarkable nature reserve on Unst, home to some of the rarest plants in Britain.

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