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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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Hermitage Castle (HS)

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.

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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.

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace (NTS)

April - September, Dumfries and Galloway

The humble birthplace of this great social historian contains many of Carlyle’s personal possessions.

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May - September, Trossachs

This perfectly preserved cottage provides an insight into village life in Scotland in the 19th century.

Broch of Gurness (HS)

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.

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May-September, Orkney Islands:

A water-powered meal mill and kiln built in 1873 and still in operation today.

Bishop's and Earl's Palaces (HS)

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.

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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.

Old Bridge House Museum

April - September, Dumfries

Built in 1660, this is the oldest house in Dumfries.

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April to September, Burray

Displays of local and worldwide fossils and glow in the dark minerals, vintage exhibits and old joinery tools.


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