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Scottish Owl Centre in West Lothian

We have known about the Scottish Owl Centre for a long time, but we just never got around to going. Its only a few miles from our house so you would think we would go more often. However, we decided one day to check it out and we are glad we did. Okay you probably can’t spend all day there but you can split your time between there and Polkemmet Country Park then you will have a great time with the kids. We spent an hour or so looking around before heading for some lunch and then headed back in again to see a display show. Our eldest son loved it and we plan on going back again soon.

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

All About The Scottish Owl Centre

Ticket Prices

The Scottish Owl Centre is open from February to November (January and December are for booked groups and experiences only) Make sure you check out the times on their website as there are certain timings for certain months. Ticket prices may have changed but when we visited it was £7.50 per adult and Children aged 3 to 15 were £5.50. It isn’t a big place but its a decent price for an attraction and for learning about all the different birds.

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Parking

There is quite a large car park near the main buildings although there are other parking areas but further away. No charge for parking which is an added bonus. (I always hate having to pay for parking on top of ticket prices!)

Inside the Scottish Owl Centre

There a over 100 owls from about 40 different species from around the world. They have many breeding pairs in enclosures that have been designed specially for them. Its great to see them in enclosures which exhibit their natural habitats (or as close as possible) There is also a large flying display team of about 20 owls which is why when you go to see the shows you always get to see different owls. There is so much to learn about each of the owls and it feels like it has been well thought out. Inside there is also an education centre which our eldest loved playing with and learning about the different owls. There is also a little play area although Polkemmet Country Park has the larger play area if this one is busy.

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at at Scottish Owl Centre

Owl at Scottish Owl Centre

Food & Drinks

There is a cafe onsite which serves hot and cold food and drinks, the cafe is family run and unrelated to the Scottish Owl Centre. There is a good selection of food available and we found the food tasty. Although when we visited it hadn’t been long open and the customer service was lacking; the young girl just ignored us when we were standing at the till waiting to pay and leave (10 mins we waited), where as it would have been nice if she had went to find someone if she couldn’t help us. But apart from that it was a nice place and we would go back again.

Play park at Scottish Owl Centre

Slide at Scottish Owl Centre

Overall

The Scottish Owl Centre is an interesting place to visit with your children. Who knew there were so many species of owls and all in one place. The shows are very interesting and informative and each showing is different with different birds been used which means you can see all the showings on the day and not get the same information and birds. The added bonus of having Polkemmet Country Park at the same place is great if its a nice day and you fancy a walk or you want to let the kids run about for a bit.

* Reviews are our own opinion. We haven’t been paid in anyway for writing this.

Scottish Owl Centre

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I have always had an interest in travel and now we have our two boys we want them to see more than just the UK. We hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children. You can also read about our holidays and the places we have visited while away.
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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for your nice review, we’re glad you enjoyed your visit. We are always aiming to improve the facilities with new features, displays, aviaries and birds (and the endless painting!) as time goes on, so we hope you do visit again and we look forward to seeing you! (P.S. Sorry about your experience with the cafe. They are a separate business from us that lease from the Council, so all we can do is apologise and hope things go better for you next time).

    1. Thank you for commenting, we will definitely be back again. I have updated the section on food as we hadn’t made it clear they were a separate business. Hopefully we will visit again soon

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