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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. The Art Engine

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Oban

    Jun 13th - 22nd Oban, West Scotland - Paint the highlands and islands, long summer daylight hours. Elegant Scottish manor house, ground transportation, terrific meals, accommodation inc, national museum visits, 10 days distraction free

  2. Harvey Maps

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    Walks

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    Doune

    Welcome to Harvey Maps

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    Applecross

    Beautiful Applecross Peninsula and the Torridon mountains - Enjoy Sea Kayaking or Mountain activity and all year round adventure activities for all abilities. A local company, based here all year round, offering unique local knowledge.

  4. The Fair Maid's House

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    Science Centres

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    Perth Area

    Welcome to The Fair Maid's House

  5. Scottish Wildlife Trust Headquarters

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Edinburgh

    Manages over 125 Wildlife reserves throughout Scotland.

  6. Kings Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Stirling's biggest and best used park has a good range of equipment.

  7. Plean Country Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Stirling

    Admission is free to this large country park, which is full of flowering meadows, ponds, streams and woodland walks.

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    Montrose

    Dunninald Castle is a family home with an acclaimed walled garden, set in a planned landscape of woods and wild garden, .

  9. Castle Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  10. Davy Brown Art Escapes

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Kirkcudbright

    Visit the beautiful region of Galloway in Scotland's hidden corner and enjoy an all-inclusive art holiday hosted by one of Scotland's best known artists.

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