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Family Fun in Scotland

Family days out in Scotland are easy to find with a whole range of attractions, with a variety of themes, catering for the diverse needs of all age groups. Traditionally, Scotland for children used to often mean a trip to the zoo, and this is still a popular choice, with places like Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park drawing large numbers of visitors. The wildlife park choice is further widened by aquariums and there are several options for a day out with children here, including Deep Sea World at North Queensferry.

The countryside for kids is a good place to let off steam, hence the development of a number of farm parks, often where adventure playgrounds are blended with just a hint of countryside education, for example at Cream o Galloway. The twin aims of environmental awareness as well as a fun day out are a special characteristic of a number of family attractions in Scotland, notably at Landmark, in Carrbridge.

Overall, the choice for families ranges from traditional funfairs, such as Codona’s Amusement Park, an all-year attraction in Aberdeen, to the very latest cutting-edge technology and science, on view at hands-on – and still fun – science centres, of which Sensation in Dundee is a good example.


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The Falcon run on the Watercoaster at Landmark

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Great sea stacks, deep caves, fossil sites, spectacular waterfalls, - just some of the rich options.

Nature Reserves in Scotland Nature Reserves in Scotland »

From ancient pine forests, to cliffs covered with gannets and marshland loud with the call of geese, Scotland's wildlife opportunities are many and varied.

Beaches »

From 'Blue Flag' award-winning beaches to secret, hidden rocky coves, discover Scotland's unspoilt coastline.

Cubbie Row's Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. Castles and Stately Homes in Scotland »

Early castle sites in Scotland take the form of ‘mottes’ - grass mounds once topped by wooden fortresses, now long gone. A small rectangular stone tower on the island of Wyre, Orkney, Cubbie Row’s Castle, as it is known today, is probably the earliest surviving stone fortress in Scotland, c. 1145.

Whithorn Priory © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. Abbeys, Churches and Cathedrals of Scotland »

Whithorn in Galloway is regarded as the site of the earliest stone church in Scotland, though the island of Iona, where an abbey still stands today, is also regarded as ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland.