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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. Rum

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Rum is an island of rugged mountains setting a dramatic stage for spectacular wildlife and archaeology.

  2. Hermitage Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Helensburgh

    Located in Helensburgh, Hermitage Park is a set of formal gardens containing attractive fields, shrubbery and a fascinating old mill.

  3. Red Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Stirling Area

    Situated just north of Stirling, the Argaty Red Kites is Central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station with up to 30 birds to be seen.

  4. 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.

  5. Gartmorn Dam Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Alloa

    From industrial beginnings, Gartmorn Dam Country Park has become a haven for wildlife and a place of peaceful recreation for many people.

  6. Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum is a Victorian woodland garden, planted in 1870 and restored in 1984.

  7. Skye Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Portree

    The Isle of Skye contains some of the most beautiful land, water and seascapes in the world. We love exploring all these environments and guiding people through them as well. Get in touch for your adventure.

  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. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    East Kilbride

    Calderglen Country Park has a children's zoo, tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure & toddler Play areas, Gift shop, Cafe, exhibition gallery, Golf Course and a whole lot more.

  10. RRS Discovery

    Type

    Historic Ships & Boats

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Dundee City

    Experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point. Uncover the tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

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