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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. War Memorial Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Kelso

    Formerly part of the Abbey grounds, the War Memorial Garden was gifted by the Duke of Roxburgh in 1921 for the Kelso War Memorial.

  2. 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.

  3. British School Of Falconry At Gleneagles

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Auchterarder

    Originally opened in 1982 as the first dedicated falconry school in the world, the facility is now based at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

  4. Gradings

    Dumfries

    The Dock Park is the oldest park in Dumfries and is located on the east bank of the River Nith.

  5. 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.

  6. Achnacloich Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

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    Oban

    Achnacloich Garden lies north of Oban in Argyll with spectacular views across Loch Etive.

  7. Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is one of Scotland's busiest performing arts venues, facilitating more than 500 performances every year in dance, drama, opera and music.

  8. Cairnsmore of Fleet

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    Inverness

    Free admission. An interactive and evolving museum in Inverness with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more..

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