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.
Weekends, September 2014, Scotland-wide:
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:
Discover Sanquhar’s world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel.
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.
April - September, Midlothian:
Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian.
April - September, Perthshire:
Elcho Castle is situated at Easter Elcho about 4 miles south-east of Perth.
St Serf’s Church stands in the heart of the village of Dunning.
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.