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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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  1. 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.

  2. Stanley Mills

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Perth

    Stanley Mills is a unique complex of water-powered cotton mills situated on a majestic bend in the River Tay.

  3. Castle Menzies

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    Castles

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon

    Welcome to Castle Menzies: visitor attraction, museum, clan centre and venue for weddings, concerts, corporate events and other hire. Full details are available on our website at www.castlemenzies.org

  4. Lochleven Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    • 3 Castle
    3 Castle

    Kinross

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

  5. Elcho Castle

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    Castles

    Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Bridge of Earn

    Elcho Castle is a handsome and complete 16th century fortified mansion with three projecting towers on the banks of the River Tay.

  6. Loch Leven RSPB

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kinross

    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.

  7. Scone Palace

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Perth

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

  8. Drummond Gardens

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    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.

  9. Museum of Abernethy

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    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Abernethy

    The Museum of Abernethy tells the local history of Abernethy, a historic settlement since Pictish times, and the inhabitants.

  10. Branklyn Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Perth

    Branklyn Garden is described as one of the finest two acres of private garden in Scotland. This oasis of peace and colour is a real urban haven.

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