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.
May-September, Orkney Islands:
A water-powered meal mill and kiln built in 1873 and still in operation today.
April - September, Kirkwall:
Two of Scotland’s finest examples of architecture, and highlighting Orkney’s close Norse and ecclesiastical links, the palaces are located near St Magnus cathedral.
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.
April - September, Dumfries
Built in 1660, this is the oldest house in Dumfries.
April to September, Burray
Displays of local and worldwide fossils and glow in the dark minerals, vintage exhibits and old joinery tools.
A fascinating collection tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime communications in Orkney.
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.
An awesome, eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot, Hermitage Castle was one of the major strongholds in the Borders from the 14th century to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.
May - September, Lanarkshire:
A seventeenth century house which was rebuilt and furnished in 1975.
April - September, Lanarkshire:
The Leadhills Miners Library was formed in 1741 and is the oldest subscription library in Great Britain.