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.
April - September, Scottish Borders:
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.
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.
April - September, Dumfries and Galloway
The humble birthplace of this great social historian contains many of Carlyle’s personal possessions.
May - September, Trossachs
This perfectly preserved cottage provides an insight into village life in Scotland in the 19th century.
April - September, Orkney
Strikingly positioned beside Eynhallow Sound with views across to the island of Rousay, the Broch of Gurness (Aikerness Broch) is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric (Iron-Age) settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.
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.