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  • A group relax on the bridge in the grounds of Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
    Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
  • A family of three admire the Meigle Pictish Stones at the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Perthshire
    Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Perthshire
  • Looking towards Scone Palace, a 19th century castellated mansion located north of Perth across the River Tay
    Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings
  • Traditional cooking techniques at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Perthshire
    Traditional cooking techniques at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Perthshire

Perthshire is the perfect location for a great family day out with a range of activities which promise to engage and entertain both children and adults alike for hours. From castles and palaces, luscious gardens, museums and much more, Perthshire offers something for everyone.

If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in Scotland during the Iron Age, visit the Scottish Crannog Centre on the banks of Loch Tay at Kenmore. The history of the time is brought to life through a fascinating series of interactive exhibitions and special events.

Another slice of history for the whole family to enjoy can be found at the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, just east of Blairgowrie. The impressive collection of stone carvings dates back to Pictish times and is said to be one of the most important collections of its kind in western Europe.

Perthshire is also home to several castles and one of its most distinctive is Blair Castle in Blair Atholl. Enjoy a tour of the castle where the kids will love the special detective's challenge before exploring the beautiful gardens and grounds which include a woodland adventure playground.

Further south on the outskirts of Perth, stop off at Scone Palace and Gardens for a great family day out. One of the highlights has to be the Murray Star Maze which features 2,000 trees that have been planted to give a unique tartan effect. Are you up for the challenge?

There's plenty family-friendly activities and attractions to enjoy across Perthshire, so make sure you make the most of your visit to the area affectionately known as 'Big Tree Country'.

Browse the listings below for more ideas for great family days out in Perthshire.

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    Blair Atholl

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

  2. Loch Leven Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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

  3. Active Kids Adventure Park

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    Children's Attractions

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    Stanley

    Active Kids Adventure Park is a great day out for all the family with outdoor activities, indoor soft play, coffee shop and toy shop.

  4. Scone Palace

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Perth

    Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned.

  5. Loch Leven RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Loch Leven RSPB is part of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. The loch is famous for its connections to Mary Queen of Scots and as Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch.

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    Dunning

    St Serf’s Church is a picturesque parish church which houses the 9th century Dupplin Cross, a masterpiece of Pictish sculpture.

  7. Craigower

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  8. Lochleven Castle

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    Castles

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    Lochleven Castle is a late 14th or early 15th century tower where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567.

  9. Drummond Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    4 Garden

    Muthill

    Drummond Gardens are some of Scotland’s most important formal gardens and are among the finest in Europe.

  10. Atholl Palace Museum

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    Museums

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    3 Museum

    Pitlochry

    The Atholl Palace Museum tells the stories of the people who built, worked and visited the Atholl Palace from when building began in 1874 until today.

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