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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. Pittencrieff Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunfermline

    This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist.

  2. Blairadam

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Kelty

    Welcome to Blairadam

  3. Newtonairds Hostas & Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumfries

    The garden at Newtonairds is a beautiful setting for the National Collection (plant Heritage) of Hosta plantaginea hybrids and cultivars, all of which have fragrant flowers. Garden Opens limited days, Groups and private bookings welcome.

  4. Woodfall Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Newton Stewart

    Woodfall is a wonderful, 3 acre, triple walled garden originally built in the 18th century. It lies hidden behind Glasserton Church and can only be accessed through a small arched door.

  5. Ridgway Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Rhiconich

    The Ridgway family has run outstanding adventure courses and holidays for all ages at Ardmore since 1969. Sea kayaking and hillwalking holidays, family adventure holidays and summer camps for young people where the mountains meet the sea.

  6. Hunter Mountaineering

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Fort William & Lochaber

    Mountain Guiding, Instruction and Coaching in all aspects of British Walking, Mountaineering and Climbing. Summer and Winter Private Guiding and Courses. From Walking up Ben Nevis to Climbing in Glencoe. Based in Fort William.

  7. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  8. Strathyre Outdoors

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Strathyre

    Strathyre Outdoors is a family run Activity and Events based Organisation focused on developing Strathyre's potential as a Tourist location and offering a boost to the local economy. Guided Walks, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari, plus much more.

  9. Haddo House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Pitmedden

    Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, and refurbished in the 1880s.

  10. WildFox Events Ltd

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    Cycle Routes

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    Aberfeldy

    WildFox Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company, pioneering some of the UK’s toughest outdoor challenges and helping to raise more than £30 million for charity causes, both here in the UK and internationally.

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