The Scottish Owl Centre

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  • Scottish Owl Centre © Ulrike Werner
  • Scottish Owl Centre
  • Scottish Owl Centre ©Ulrike Werner
  • Scottish Owl Centre
  • See Owls from all over the world and enjoy the daily all-weather flying displays and Prof Hoot’s Owl School. Also enjoy the Adventure Playground and Picnic area, all based in Polkemmet Country Park.

    Now you can meet face-to-face the birds that you’ve only heard as a distant Twit-Twoo. From the giant Siberian Eagle Owl to the tiny Scops Owl you can learn about their habits and habitats and how to help in their conservation. Let these awesome creatures inspire you to make a difference.

    Come and visit us and see:

    • An incredible selection of owls from all over the world!
    • Daily all-weather flying displays in the display area
    • Prof Hoot’s Owl School – where you can test your knowledge of the owls
    • The fantastic Adventure Playground & Picnic area

    Opening Hours

    April - August: 10.30am-5pm with Meet the Birds at 11.30am and Flying Displays at 1.30pm & 3.30pm

    September- October: 11.30am – 4pm with Flying Displays at 12.30pm & 2.30pm

    January & November weekends : 11.30am - 2pm with Flying Display at 12.30pm

    January and November midweek and all December: Booked groups and experiences only.

    Last entry 1 hour before closing

    Ticket Offers:
    Family Tickets(2+2): £24

    Find out more about our group offers here

  • By car: Leave the M8 at J4 and follow the yellow AA signs to the Scottish Owl Centre/Brown Signs to Polkemmet Country Park  (EH47 0AD). 
    You’ll find us on the B7066 halfway between Whitburn and Harthill.  Turn in when you see the Brown Sign to Polkemmet Country Park. 
    You can park in either of the carparks available, either directly beside the centre or in the overspill carpark.

    By bus: Local bus routes through Whitburn and Harthill directly pass the Park entrance.
    First Scotland East run a number of services that drop you off directly at the entrance to the Park:  The No. 22 (Edinburgh – Harthill service) goes via Livingston, from Bathgate get the No. 21 (Fauldhouse – Edinburgh service) and get off at Bathgate, from there get on the No. 701 (Livingston – Wishaw service) operated by Blue Bus. 
    From Linlithgow you can get the First Scotland East No. 34 (Broxburn – Bathgate service) and change at Bathgate, from there get the X14 (Bathgate – Glasgow service).

    To access the Owl Centre you head through the main archway and into reception.  The play area is on your left hand side.


Phone: 01501 228 184




The Scottish Owl Centre
Polkemmet Country Park
EH47 0AD


VisitScotland Rating


  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Children Welcome
  • Baby Changing
  • On Public Transport Route
  • All Payment Methods Accepted



Adult -  £7.50 (see ticket offers for family tickets)
Child - (age 3-15) £5.50 (under 3) FREE
Concession - £6.50

Opening Hours

Feb, March, Sept - Oct11.30am -4.00pm.

April - Aug: 10.30am - 5.00pm.  

Jan and Nov weekends: 11.30am-2pm   

December: Booked groups and experiences only


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