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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. Colzium Estate and Gardens

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kilsyth

    Colzium Estate lies to the north-east of Kilsyth and features a mansion house, walled garden and ruined castle.

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    Colintraive

    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

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    Broxburn

    Self-Guided Walking Holidays across Scotland's most beautiful landscapes. Our professional service provides pre-booked accommodation, baggage transfers, maps, guidebooks and more. Visit our website for full details.

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    Fort William

    We offer Ben Nevis ascents in summer and winter. Winter skills courses. Introductory climbing/ abseiling for all the family. Guided mountain walks, low level explorative walks with local, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Open all year.

  5. Viewpark Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Uddingston

    Viewpark Gardens is a horticultural centre that incorporates several types of gardens and glasshouse displays.

  6. Venachar Lochside

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Callander

    Welcome to Venachar Lochside

  7. Drift

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    Arts & Crafts

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    The Kingdom of Fife

    Vision Mechanics' new production is inspired by Betty Mouat, a 61 year old crofter who in January 1886 drifted alone at sea from Shetland to Norway.

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    Explore 6 acres of woodland paths, ponds and natural wildlife which surround the visitor centre building.

  9. Queen's Park

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Glasgow South Side

    Queen's Park was laid out by the world-renowned Joseph Paxton and was dedicated to the memory of Mary Queen of Scots.

  10. Scottish Wildlife Trust

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    3 Wildlife Experience

    Grangemouth

    Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is a great place for family adventures. Try your hand at pond dipping, minibeast hunting, den building or a whole host of other free activities. Open all year and run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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