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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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Doors Open Days

Weekends, September 2014, Scotland-wide:

Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland.

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April - September, Aberdeen & Grampian:

For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland.

Craigievar Castle (NTS)

April - September, Aberdeen and Grampian:

Home to a fine collection of family portraits, original plaster ceilings, much original Jacobean woodwork and some beautiful furniture, this fairytale castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture with a great tower standing just as it did when completed in 1626.

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April - September, Royal Deeside:

Drum Castle features the oldest intact 13th-century tower in Scotland, a Jacobean mansion house and the additions of the Victorian lairds, making it unique among Scottish castles.

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

Discover Sanquhar’s world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel.

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April - September, Dumfries and Galloway:

Built in 1992, Carsphairn Heritage Centre features a permanent timespan display of the parish, plus an annual exhibition covering an aspect of Carsphairn’s varied history.

Crichton Castle

April - September, Midlothian:

Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian.

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April - September, Perthshire:

Elcho Castle is situated at Easter Elcho about 4 miles south-east of Perth.

St Serf's Church & Dupplin Cross (HS)

April - September, Perthshire:

St Serf’s Church stands in the heart of the village of Dunning.

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April - September, Fife:

Accessed by an underground tunnel, the cave was used as a place of prayer over 900 years ago by Margaret, a Saxon princess who became Queen of Scotland when she married King Malcolm Canmore around 1070.


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