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Tayside and Central Scotland has wonderful attractions which are well worth a visit. For a comprehensive list of attractions please follow the links below:

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We've picked out some top attractions in the region and also grouped them by location.

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Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey is famously associated with the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320, which asserted Scotland's independence from England.

  • Location: Abbey Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1EG
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Opening Times

  • 1 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 09:30 - 17:30
  • 1 Oct 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
  • Monday to Sunday: 09:30 - 16:30

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum is located in an elegant complex of regency buildings which, until 1955, housed the shore station and family living quarters for the light keepers of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

  • Location: Signal Tower Ladyloan, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1PU
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Opening Times

  • 1 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday: Closed

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

700 years after the legendary battle, the new Battle of Bannockburn experience puts you right at the heart of the action. Using cutting edge 3D technology you can learn about this crucial event in Scottish history and experience medieval combat like never before. You'll even be able to take command of the knights and soldiers who fought in 1314, pitting your wits against fellow visitors on the virtual battlefield. The experience is as authentic as it is breathtaking.

  • Location: Glasgow Road Whins of Milton, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK7 0LJ
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Opening Times

  • 1 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • 1 Apr to 30 September
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • 1 to 31 Oct
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Blair Castle and Gardens

Discover Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. More than 30 rooms are on display, full of Scottish cultural history, architectural design, period furnishings, family portraits, landscape paintings and a colourful military past.

  • Location: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL
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Opening Times

  • 1 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 9:30 - 17:30

Blair Drummond Safari Park and Adventure Park

Scotland’s safari park is located between Stirling and Doune, and is the only place in the country where you can see elephants and giraffes. Voted the 2010 Scottish Thistle Awards Winner for the "Perfect Kid's Day Out", Blair Drummond lets you come face to face with spectacular exotic animals.

  • Location: Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire, FK9 4UR
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Opening Times

  • From 21st March 2015
  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:30

Camperdown Country Park - Wildlife Centre

Camperdown Country Park is Dundee's largest public park, covering over 400 acres and with no fewer than 190 species of tree. Fancy a fun family out with lots of amazing animals? Then you are in the right place ... Camperdown Wildlife Centre is open all year round and we have lots of happy animals that are looking forward to your visit. So come and explore Camperdown Wildlife Centre with us!

  • Location: Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, Angus, DD2 4TF
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Opening Times

  • March - September
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30
  • Last admission 3.45pm
  • October - February
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 15:30
  • Last admission 2.45pm

Carnoustie Golf Course

There are many who believe that the Championship Course at Carnoustie is the finest test of championship golf to be found anywhere the game is played.

  • Location: 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 7JF
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Opening Times

  • 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  • Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 12:20 and 13:10 - 15:50
  • Saturday: After 14:00
  • Sunday: After 11:30

Dundee Science Centre

With over 60 hands-on exhibits depicting the senses, visitors aged from 4 to 104 can experience the magic of science at Dundee Science Centre.

  • Location: Greenmarket, Dundee, Angus, DD1 4QB
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Opening Times

  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Famous Grouse

The Glenturret Distillery is a hidden gem, set on the banks of the river Turret in the beautiful town of Crieff and only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Novices and whisky enthusiasts alike will enjoy the distillery tours, with a chance to see the Guinness World Record for the largest bottle of whisky!

  • Location: The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4HA
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Opening Times

  • 10:00 - 18:00 (Nov-Feb: 10:00 - 17:00)
  • Last tour 90 minutes before closing.
  • Closed: 25-26 December & 1 January

Glamis Castle

The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.

  • Location: Glamis, by Forfar, Angus, DD8 1RJ
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Opening Times

  • 1 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2015: 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • 1 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015: 10:30 - 16:30 (last admission 15:00)
  • 31 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2015: Group bookings are available by appointment.

The Gleneagles Hotel – Golf

For those who are addicted to the game of golf, Gleneagles offers the chance to play on the world's finest courses. As well as the challenge of the King's, the secluded charms of the Queen's, or the nine hole Wee Course, there is now the exceptional PGA Centenary Course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

  • Location: Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1NF
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Opening Times

Open all year


The Hermitage

The Hermitage is a conifer and deciduous wooded gorge with natural features including the River Braan and Ossian’s Hall.

  • Location: The Ell House, The Cross, Denkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0AN
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Opening Times

  • 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

House of Dun and Garden

This handsome Georgian house boasts stunning interiors and outside, visitors can explore the garden and woodland walk. House of Dun is a Georgian building overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun.

  • Location: Montrose, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9LQ
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Opening Times

  • 31 Mar 2015 - 30 Jun 2015: House Open
  • Wednesday to Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00
  • 1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015: House Open
  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 17:00
  • 1 Sep 2015 - 28 Oct 2015: House Open
  • Wednesday to Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

  • Gardens open all year.

JM Barrie's Birthplace

Visit the birthplace of author and playwright JM Barrie, the creator of the much loved Peter Pan. In this two-storied house JM Barrie (1860 - 1937), the creator of Peter Pan, was born. The upper floors are furnished as they may have been when Barrie lived there. The adjacent house, No 11, contains an exhibition The Genius of JM Barrie which presents Barrie’s literary and theatrical works. The outside wash-house is said to have been his first theatre.

  • Location: 9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4BX
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Opening Times

  • 31 Mar 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
  • Saturday to Wednesday: 12:00 - 17:00
  • 1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
  • 1 Sep 2015 - 28 Oct 2015
  • Saturday to Wednesday: 12:00 - 17:00


Jute Museum @ Verdant Works

For thousands in the 19th century, Dundee was a city of long working hours, poor pay and ill health. For the privileged few it was a city of opportunity and wealth. At Scotland's Jute Museum @ Verdant Works the rattle and the roar of the original restored machinery, the Juteopolis film show and computer displays transport you back over 100 years to an era when jute was king and Dundee was its realm.

  • Location: West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee, Angus, DD1 5BT
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Opening Times

  • November - March
  • Wednesday to Saturday: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Sunday: 11:00 - 16:30
  • Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
  • April - October
  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
  • Closed: 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January
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  • Last admission is 1 hour prior to closing

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

Covering 750 hectares, Montrose Basin is home to over 50,000 migratory birds including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers. The four- star visitor center offers a great day out for all the family in Angus.

  • Location: Rossie Braes, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9TJ
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Opening Times

  • 1 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  • Monday to Thursday: Closed
  • Friday to Sunday: 10:30 - 16:00

Perth Concert Hall

Perth Concert Hall is a new building that is home to an exciting programme of music, new media arts, community events and conferences.

  • Location: Mill Street, Horsecross, Perth, Perthshire, PH1 5HZ
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Opening Times

  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Closed Sunday

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Scotland’s ‘Theatre in the Hills’ offers an exciting year round programme of theatre, touring companies and music. The theatre restaurant offers tailored menus providing tasty, unpretentious and contemporary food for lunch and pre-theatre dinners.

  • Location: Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5DR
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Opening Times

  • 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

RRS Discovery

Experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point. Uncover the tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

  • Location: Discovery Quay, Dundee, Angus, DD1 4XA
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Opening Times

  • April - October
  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
  • November - March
  • Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
  • Closed: 25th-26th December and 1st & 2nd January
  • NB. last admission 1 hour prior to closing

Scone Palace

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

  • Location: Scone, Perth, Perthshire, PH2 6BD
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Opening Times

  • 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00
  • 1 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 9:30 - 17:00

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.

  • Location: Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ
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Opening Times

  • Winter Opening Times: 1 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
  • Summer Opening Times: 1 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2015

Stirling Smith Gallery and Museum

Welcome to Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, we are a free attraction with 2 exhibition galleries, museum cafe and our own garden perfect for picnics and playing. Also home to Oswald the Museum Cat!

  • Location: Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 2RQ
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Opening Times

  • 3 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
  • Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 - 17:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Closed: Monday

Wallace Monument

One of the most distinctive landmarks on the Stirling skyline - The National Wallace Monument commemorates the Scottish patriot and martyr who triumphed over King Edward's army at The Battle of Stirling Bridge.

  • Location: Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK9 5LF
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Opening Times

  • 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:30 - 16:00
  • 1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
  • Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00