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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

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    4 Historic Attraction


    The Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum displays 26 Pictish carved stones dating from the late 8th century to the late 10th century.

  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. The Fair Maid's House


    Science Centres


    Perth Area

    The Royal Scottish Geographical Society's visitor and education centre in the Fair Maid's House is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth.

  4. Cultybraggan Camp 21


    Historic Sites



    Cultybraggan Camp, near Comrie, Perthshire is the last remaining WWII high security Prisoner of War (POW) Camp in the UK. Named PoW Camp No 21, it was built in 1941 to house 4,000 Category A prisoners.

  5. Noah's Perth


    Children's Attractions


    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre


    Noah's Ark Family Entertainment Centre is a soft play centre with a four lane bowling alley, ceramics studio, karting track and café.

  6. Lochleven Castle




    • 3 Castle
    3 Castle


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

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Museum
    5 Museum


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

  8. Museum of Abernethy




    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


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

  9. Bolfracks


    Parks & Gardens



    Bolfracks House has had an ornamental garden since the mid 18th century. The gardens are renowned for their impressive collections of rare and unusual plants.

  10. British School Of Falconry At Gleneagles


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms



    Originally opened in 1982 as the first dedicated falconry school in the world, the facility is now based at Gleneagles in Perthshire.


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