A Guide To: The Scottish Deer Centre

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The Out About Scotland complete guide to The Scottish Deer Centre

What’s this attraction all about?

Set in 55 acres of stunning Fife countryside, The Scottish Deer Centre is an enormous park which holds 14 species of deer from around the world as well as wolves, otters and wildcats. The park can be easily walked around via the wheelchair-friendly paths and the deer will come bounding over if they think you’ve got food for them.

In fact, this is one of the few parks where you can get really up close and personal with the animals thanks to the bags of food pellets you can buy. As soon as the deer see you with the snacks they’ll come running over, although being semi-wild animals they can be a little skittish if you try to touch them. It’s quite an experience though and kids will love feeding these gentle creatures.



What can you do there?

The enclosures are very well-maintained and they’re a real pleasure to walk through, with deer taking up the majority of the site and bears, lynx, and wild cats living in the other enclosures. There are a few seating areas to stop and take a break during your walk round the park and once you’ve completed a circuit you can send the kids away to burn off some energy on the go-kart track and the indoor play park.

There’s a falconry section with a beautiful collection of birds of prey and the keepers put on daily shows where you’ll get to watch the birds up close. Also nearby is an enclosure with some playful otters and yet again there are regular feeding shows to watch.

Families will likely want to take a picnic along with them and there are a couple of outside eating areas along with a nice little courtyard cafe if you fancy something cooked on-site. There’s also a decent shop that sells everything from whisky to clothes and a really good selection of Scottish food.


What I liked about this attraction

  • It’s great fun feeding the deer
  • Kids will love this attraction
  • The falconry display is brilliant

What I didn’t like about this attraction

  • I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction

Getting there

The Scottish Deer Centre,
Bow of Fife,
KY15 4NQ

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Prices and opening times

Admission Fees: 

  • Adults £8.50
  • Children £5.70
  • Children Under 3 Free
  • Concessions £6.70
  • Family 2+2 £26.00
  • Family 2+3 £31.00

Opening Hours: Open every day (except Christmas and New Years Day)
1st July – 31st August: 10am – 5:30pm
1st Sept – 30th June: 10am – 4:30pm




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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he's knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.