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The Scottish Owl Centre

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Open daily 11.30am - 2pm. Booking is available via website but not essential.

No owl handling experiences for now. Unfortunately no toilet facilities are currently available. Cafe takeaway only.

See Owls from all over the world and enjoy the daily all-weather flying displays and Prof Hoot’s Owl School. 

  • Overview
  • Key info
  • Getting There
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Children Welcome
  • Baby Changing
  • On Public Transport Route
  • All Payment Methods Accepted
  • Open

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

Currently open daily 11.30am - 2pm.

Last entry 1 hour before closing

Ticket Offers:
Family Tickets(2+2): £28

Find out more about our group offers here


The Scottish Owl Centre
Polkemmet Country Park
EH47 0AD

Tickets offers

  • Adults £8.50 (see ticket offers for family tickets)
  • Children (age 3-15) £6.50 (under 3) FREE
  • Concessions (Senior, Disabled, Student): £7.50

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

February, March, 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

By car: By car: Leave the M8 at J4A and follow the Brown Signs to the Scottish Owl Centre (EH47 0AD). You’ll find us on the B7066 halfway between Whitburn and Harthill. Turn in to Polkemmet Country Park when you see the Brown Sign to Scottish Owl Centre.

You can park in either of the car parks available, either directly beside the centre or in the overspill car park.


By bus: Local bus routes through Whitburn and Harthill directly pass the Park entrance.
From Livingston, you can take First Scotland East service 22 (Livingston– Harthill service).

From Bathgate, you can get the No. 21 (Fauldhouse – Edinburgh service) and change on to the No. 701 (Livingston – Wishaw service).

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

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