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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.


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.


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. Action Zone (The Interactive Adventure)


    Children's Attractions


    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre


    Action Zone is an indoor adventure play centre for children, which promotes healthy play.

  2. Loch Leven Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  3. Frankie and Lolas


    Children's Attractions


    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre


    We are the North's premier children's Indoor play activity centre. We provide 6000 sq ft of Safari -themed fun with two stand-alone play frames, party rooms, on-site bistro and free Wi Fi. Come and rumble in the jungle with us! :)

  4. Adventure Carrick


    Multi-activity Centre



    Adventure Carrick is a mobile adventure company offering a broad range of adventure activities across the South west of Scotland.

  5. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  6. Bank Street Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



    Explore Bank Street Gardens in Galashiels. The gardens are a magnificent sight in springtime when the cherry trees blossom.

  7. Gradings


    North East Mountaineering is a professional adventure activity provider owned and operated by Duncan Paterson.

  8. Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    Watch salmon swim upriver to spawn at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre.

  9. Gleniffer Braes Country Park


    Horse Riding Routes & Trails



    To the south of Paisley, the park offers an area of some 1,300 acres.

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Blair Atholl

    Discover Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders


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