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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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Dundrennan Abbey (HS)

April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

Built in the latter half of the 12th century, Dundrennan Abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks.

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April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

Founded around 1192, Glenluce is situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley.

Hackness Martello Tower & Battery (HS)

April - September, Orkney Islands:

Part of the extensive military remains on the island of Hoy, the battery and martello tower were built between 1813 and 1815 to provide defence against French and American privateers.

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April - September, Aberdeenshire:

The great castle of Kildrummy was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar.

MacLellan's Castle (HS)

April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

The remains of this late 16th century noble residence demonstrate how architecture evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic, if grand, scale.

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April - September, Aberdeenshire:

Aberdeenshire is graced by many historic castles, but Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque.

World Porridge Making Championship

4th October 2014, Highlands:

Porridge fans across the world are invited to join in the 21st annual World Porridge Making Championships.

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May - beginning October, Highlands:

Still home to the Cawdor family to this day, Cawdor Castle dates from the 14th century and is romantically linked with Macbeth by Shakespeare.

Cul Lodair War Games Event

11th October 2014, Inverness:

War gamers and modelling societies will again march upon Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre as the Centre hosts its third Cuil Lodair War Games fair.

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1st April - 15th October 2014, Skye:

Lying 22 miles west of Portree, Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years.


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