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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?

Head to Highland Safaris near Aberfeldy and discover the thrill of roaming the hills and forests in a 4x4. At the visitor and trail centre, pan for gold, get up close to red deer, practice mountain bike skills, try pond dipping in the Discovery Garden, or simply have some fun in the play area.

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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  1. Gradings

    Dunning

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

  2. Gradings

    Kinross

  3. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum

    Perth

    The Black Watch Castle & Museum tells the story of Scotland's elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries.

  4. Dunkeld Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    Every year thousands of visitors enjoy the picturesque setting of Dunkeld Cathedral and take in its religious history.

  5. RSPB Scotland Loch Leven nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    RSPB Scotland Loch Leven 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.

  6. Explorers Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    The Explorers Garden tells the stories of some of the men who risked their lives travelling the globe to find new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and conservation.

  7. Drummond Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Muthill

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

  8. Queen's View Visitor Centre, Café & Shop

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866.

  9. The Hermitage

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    The Hermitage is a conifer and deciduous wooded gorge with natural features including the River Braan and Ossian’s Hall.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Perth

    Perth Museum and Art Gallery has a fantastic collection of objects which reflect the history of the area and a changing programme of exhibitions and events.

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