Five attractions for cat lovers in Scotland
We've come up with a round-up of five amazing places for cat lovers to visit in Scotland!
1. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Founded in 1847, The Stirling Smith contains over 40,000 objects, artworks and photographs presenting Stirling to the world — plus one very special resident cat! Black and white moggy Oswald specialises in meet and greets, guided tours and museum security, and has been officially recorded as the Smith’s Public Cat.
For those wanting a cat-themed souvenir, you can even pick up an Oswald knitting pattern from the museum shop!
Location: Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ
Contact: Visit www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk or tel. 01786 471917.
2. RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
Visit Tiger Tracks, an exciting new enclosure at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, to meet a pair of critically-endangered Sumatran tigers, Jambi and Baginda.
A large, glass viewing tunnel allows visitors to come face-to-face with these magnificent big cats, while visitors to the zoo can also see Asiatic lions, Scottish wildcats and margays.
Location: 34 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS
Contact: Visit www.edinburghzoo.org.uk or tel. 0131 334 9171.
3. Kirktown Garden Centre
Family-run Kirktown Garden Centre is sat atop the idyllic coastal town Stonehaven. The garden centre caters for all gardening needs and customers can relax in the restaurant whilst being treated to great views.
Lucky visitors may also resident kitty Kirk, who enjoys lounging on garden furniture and soaking up the sun on the plant benches!
Location: Kirktown of Fetteresso, Stonehaven AB39 3UP
Contact: Visit www.kirktowngardencentre.co.uk or tel. 01569 766887.
4. RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Set in the beautiful Cairngorms mountains, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is a must-visit for cat lovers.
The Park is home to Amur tigers, Scottish wildcats, lynx and a breeding pair of snow leopards — and you can get even closer to the big cats with a ‘Keeper for a Day’ experience, where you’ll get to feed the Amur tigers!
Location: Kincraig, Kingussie, Inverness-shire PH21 1NL
Contact: Visit www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk or tel. 01540 651270.
5. Maison de Moggy
Maison de Moggy is Scotland’s first cat cafe. It is home to some beautiful cats who have been reared from kittens by owner Laura O’Neill and are now cared for by a team of ‘cat nannies’.
The cafe sells loose leaf teas and cakes from local suppliers — although the focus is definitely on the cats! The cafe is a wonderland of climbing frames, rope bridges, catsized bird boxes, hideyholes, trees and beds, as well as a day bedroom out of reach from customers. The cafe also supports local animal welfare charities by fundraising and advertising cats in need of loving homes.
Location: 17 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2JA
Contact: Visit maisondemoggy.com or tel. 0131 629 5530.