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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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Biggar Gasworks Museum (HS)

June - September, Lanarkshire:

For upwards of 130 years – from 1839 to 1973 – Biggar Gasworks made coal-gas for the town and surrounding district.

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April - September, Lanarkshire:

A fine example of a Scottish tower-house castle, Cardoness Castle was built in the later 15th century as the fortified residence of the McCullochs.

Corgarff  Castle (HS)

April - September, Aberdeenshire:

Set in a barren moorland, Corgarff’s medieval tower house, built in the mid-16th century, is surrounded by a distinctive star-shaped perimeter wall of 18th century date.

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April - September, Lanarkshire:

Craignethan, dating back to around 1530, is an important early artillery fortification with an exceptional residential tower and fine setting.

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.


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