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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. Glen Affric

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Cannich

    A magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland.

  2. Paxton House, Gallery And Country Park

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Paxton

    Paxton House was built in 1758 to the design of John and James Adam. Today it boasts many fantastic attractions for a great day out.

  3. Monteviot House Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Jedburgh

    The river garden planted with herbaceous shrubs is only 1 of a few gardens to be visited on site. The pinetum is full of unusual trees and a nearby water garden is linked by bridges. Coach parties by arrangement.

  4. Hoy Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Hoy

    Welcome to Hoy Nature Reserve.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Maybole

    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

  6. Gambado Edinburgh

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Gambado is the UK's ultimate soft play experience! 3 Level main frame, toddler frame, baby ring, 31 seat carousel and for the more adventurous our climbing wall.

  7. Isle Of Eigg

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Small Isles - Eigg, Rhum, Muck, Canna

    A lush island lying of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, Eigg is sometimes described as ‘the emerald of the Inner Hebrides’.

  8. Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    East Linton

    Tree-ditions Woodland Crafts School provides Bushcraft, Survival, Primitive Technology, Green Woodworking and Coppice Crafts Courses. Come and immerse yourself in nature in our woods while learning traditional woodsman skills.

  9. Brodgar Nature Reserve - RSPB

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Harray

    This RSPB nature reserve beside the iconic Ring of Brodgar draws curlews, lapwings, redshanks, oystercatchers and various other birdlife.

  10. Chatelherault Country Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Hamilton

    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

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