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Galleries and museums in Scotland

You can’t beat a museum or gallery for a great day out - and you’ll find plenty of them to amuse you in Scotland’s towns and cities. With collections to interest anyone and everyone, you won’t be disappointed. And most are free. Not bad for a small country!

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April - September, Aberdeenshire:

Long famed for high quality Aberdeen Angus cattle, the North East contains a quarter of Scotland’s arable land and consequently farming is an essential feature of rural life.

May - September, Perthshire

Alyth Museum overlooks the countryside of Strathmore, an area rich in farming which is an inspiration and resource for the displays you will find here.

Mid May - September, Abernethy:

The Museum of Abernethy was opened in May 2000.

Easter to September, Perthshire

Situated in the former village school, the museum explores the heritage created by previous generations.

May - September 2011, Lerwick:

A restored 18th century fishing Böd on the outskirts of Lerwick, famous as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, co-founder of the company P&O.

Easter - September, Isle of Skye:

Formerly part of the residence of Gavin Maxwell, naturalist and author, the museum contains interesting artefacts related to his life and work.

May-September, Shetland Isles:

Part of the Unst Heritage Trust, the museum is dedicated to the maritime history of Shetland boats.

May-September, Island of Unst:

At the top end of Unst, the Unst Heritage Centre concentrates on all things unique to Unst and is a permanent link to the rich history of the island.

Easter-September, Linlithgow:

The Museum is part of the Canal Centre which is administered by the Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS).

April - September, Dumfries and Galloway

The humble birthplace of this great social historian contains many of Carlyle’s personal possessions.


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