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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. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    New Abbey

    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  2. Moine Mhòr

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Crinan

    Moine Mhor is a nature reserve with a mixture of mossy hummocks and open pools rising in a shallow, peaty dome.

  3. Trossachs Wilderness Treks

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Callander

    Welcome to Trossachs Wilderness Treks

  4. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Kinross

    Loch Leven National Nature Reserve features a large expanse of open water which is the ideal home for a variety of birds.

  5. Floors Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Kelso

    Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland is one of the leading visitor attractions in the Scottish Borders and home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family.

  6. Bughtrig

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Coldstream

    Bughtrig is a delightful garden in the heart of the Scottish Borders

  7. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Annan

    This attraction provides an informative and entertaining day out for all the family. It pays tribute to the role of munitions workers particularly in the First World War, to the changing role of women and to urban planning in Scotland.

  8. Overtoun Estate

    Type

    Country Estates

    Gradings

    Dumbarton

    Built in 1862, Overtoun House in West Dunbartonshire boasts historic gardens, picnic areas, Victorian architecture and wonderful wildlife.

  9. About Bute

    Type

    Guided Walks

    Gradings

    Port Bannatyne

    Welcome to About Bute

  10. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Welcome to Dino Park located at Hetland Garden Centre.

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