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.
June - September, Lanarkshire:
For upwards of 130 years – from 1839 to 1973 – Biggar Gasworks made coal-gas for the town and surrounding district.
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.
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.
Craignethan, dating back to around 1530, is an important early artillery fortification with an exceptional residential tower and fine setting.
April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:
Built in the latter half of the 12th century, Dundrennan Abbey was home to a community of Cistercian monks.
Founded around 1192, Glenluce is situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley.
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.
The great castle of Kildrummy was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar.
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.
Aberdeenshire is graced by many historic castles, but Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque.