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Scottish attractions

Scotland has many attractions to appeal to all tastes: from castles and stately homes to galleries and museums; from parks and gardens to exhibitions and theme parks. Whether it’s for mum and dad or just for kids; whether you prefer to watch wildlife and nature at work, or marvel at Scotland’s dramatic history and fine culture; whether you want to be outdoors or indoors … Scotland has something everyone. 

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Smailholm Tower (HS)

April - September, Scottish Borders:

Dating back to the fifteenth century, Smalholm Tower is associated with two notable Border families &ndash first the Pringles (Hoppringles) up to 1645 thereafter the Scotts of Harden, ancestors of Sir Walter Scott.

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April - September, Inverclyde:

Mainly associated with Patrick Maxwell, Newark Castle is a fine and well-preserved building dating back to the 15th century situated on the south bank of the river Clyde.

Edzell Castle & Garden (HS)

April - September, Angus:

There’s been a castle at Edzell since about 1100, when a wooden structure was erected on top of a motte by the Abbott family.

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April - September, Angus:

One of only three cameras obscura in Scotland (the others being in Edinburgh and Dumfries) the Camera on Kirrie Hill - as well as the cricket pavilion in which it sits - were gifted to the local community in 1930 by the author J M Barrie.

Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum (HS)

April - September, Angus:

Housed in a former schoolhouse which backs onto the graveyard where most of the collection was found, the museum at Meigle displays 26 pictish stones dating from the 8th to the late 10th centuries.

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April - September, Dumfries and Galloway:

Built in 1992, Carsphairn Heritage Centre features a permanent timespan display of the parish, plus an annual exhibition covering an aspect of Carsphairn’s varied history.

Crichton Castle (HS)

April - September, Midlothian:

Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian.

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April - September, Moray:

Situated some two miles north of Elgin, Spynie Palace was the residence of the bishops of Moray for five centuries, until 1686.

Balvenie Castle (HS)

April - September, Aberdeen & Grampian:

For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland.

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April - September, Royal Deeside:

Drum Castle features the oldest intact 13th-century tower in Scotland, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of the Victorian lairds, making it unique among Scottish castles.


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