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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. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Parks & Gardens

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    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  2. Levengrove Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dumbarton

    A beautiful, open park offering many play areas for children, making the Dumbarton-based Levengrove an ideal day out for the entire family.

  3. Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Lairg

    Welcome to Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

  4. Aros

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Portree

    Exhibition, Cinema, Music, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Visual Arts, Galleries, Workshops, Restaurant, Shop, Play...

  5. Bute Forest

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Bute

    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  6. RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch nature reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lochwinnoch

    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

  7. AboveWater/UnderWater Shetland

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Lerwick

    Above the water AND below, get the best of both worlds! Join the most experienced Marine & Nature Guide team, Shetlander Alan Longmuir & Biologist Robbi ShoafEnge, on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss: seals, seabirds & spectacular sea life!

  8. Hill Of Tarvit Mansion House & Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Cupar

    Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse is one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian mansionhouses, and is home to an amazing collection of furniture, antiques and paintings.

  9. Bennachie Visitor Centre

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    Historic Sites

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    Inverurie

    Welcome to the Bennachie Centre, we hope you enjoy your visit. Hear tales of giants, learn more about the forest and the hill or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea.

  10. New Caledonian Woodlands

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Welcome to New Caledonian Woodlands, an Edinburgh based environmental charity and social enterprise aimed at reconnecting people with the great outdoors. Whether it's carving a spoon or planting a tree, be prepared to feel great doing it.

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