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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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Brough of Birsay (HS)

Mid June - September, Birsay

Birsay is a tidal island with Pictish and Viking settlements which include some of the finest examples of Norse hall-houses so far found in Scotland.

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April - September, Dumfries

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

Newark Castle (HS)

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.

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May - September, Lanarkshire:

A seventeenth century house which was rebuilt and furnished in 1975.

Leadhills Miners Library

May - September, Lanarkshire:

The Leadhills Miners Library was formed in 1741 and is the oldest subscription library in Great Britain.

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May - September, Westray:

A small, children-friendly museum.

Böd of Gremista

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.

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Easter-September, Linlithgow:

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

Unst Boat Haven

May-September, Shetland Isles:

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

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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.


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