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Scottish Owl Centre

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Bathgate
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Attraction Information

The Scottish Owl Centre has one of the largest collections of owls in the world, as well as a great adventure playground! With educational, physical and fascinating features it ticks all the boxes for a great day out with kids!

Top spot for the cuties is the Wee Owl World: even people who've always found them creepy will learn to love them here, with the smallest and prettiest varieties all housed together for maximum “awww!”

The Boreal Forest, Owl of North and North Pole exhibits introduce you to the more majestic snowbirds and their environment: try spotting a white owl on an iceberg! There are also woodland walks and flying displays available, so plan your time wisely with so much to see!

The Fishing Owl Focus and Rainforest Realm introduce two more types of this wonderful bird, emphasising how vastly different an environment they prefer. You can also get closer to home with the Best of British gallery, with the known and loved owls of the UK. There are daily flying demonstrations timetabled seasonally, and there's even a mock up nest box you can crawl into and learn to speak Barn Owl! That's a head turner, eh…

When you've learned all things Owl you can test yourselves in Professor Hoot's Owl School interactive education area! If you do well and deserve it (or even if not) reward yourselves with a whizz down Shortie's Chute, the super slide in the centre of the adventure playground!

Opening hours

Saturday to Sunday 11:30 - 14:00

February - March
Monday to Sunday 11:30 - 16:00

April - August
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 17:00

September - October
Monday to Sunday 11:30 - 16:00

Saturday to Sunday 11:30 - 14:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults: £7.50
Kids (3-15): £5.50
Concessions: £6.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £24.00

Travel & Contact Information


Polkemmet Country Park, Bathgate, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH47 0AD, Scotland

Phone number

01501 228184



Click here to visit Scottish Owl Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Scottish Owl Centre is wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Scottish Owl Centre have stated they are pushchair friendly.

No dogs allowed


Great day out 5 out of 5 stars

Myself and 4 year old son went to visit and had a great day. Its not very big but if you time it right to catch the displays and chick feeding you can spend a good 2 - 3 hours happily here. We cafe across the courtyard and a playground too. Weather permitting you can spend the day in the park. The owl centre permits you to come and go all day. Staff very friendly and helpful, reasonable prices and small gift shop.

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