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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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Mid May to mid September, North Ayrshire:

Displaying the history of the abbey and the town of Kilwinning, the museum is open Easter weekend and then from the middle of May to the middle of September.

April - September, Dumfries and Galloway

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

Easter - September, West Dumfries & Galloway

A growing mix of exhibits portray the natural and social history of Galloway.

Easter-September, Linlithgow:

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

May - September, Trossachs

This perfectly preserved cottage provides an insight into village life in Scotland in the 19th century.

April - September, Dumfries

Built in 1660, this is the oldest house in Dumfries.

May-September, Orkney Islands:

A water-powered meal mill and kiln built in 1873 and still in operation today.

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.


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