Illustrated Guide to Places to Visit in Scotland
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Here is a selection of around 200 places to visit in Scotland. Many of them are within a few hours drive of Edinburgh or Glasgow. All the selected locations have a description and at least one illustration - often a lot more than that!
- Arthur's Seat> - For magnificent views across the Capital.
- Craigmillar Castle - Another Edinburgh castle.
- Edinburgh Castle> - The centre of many of Scotland's great historical events.
- Edinburgh for the Family> - Where to take the family when you visit Edinburgh.
- Edinburgh Photo Library - 70 photos of tourist haunts. Note that this is a separate feature.
- Edinburgh - Renaissance City - where to go, what to see, where to stay and eat - and the the festival.
- Edinburgh Zoo - One of the top visitor attractions in Scotland.
- Fire Museum - Edinburgh's best kept secret museum of fire engines and fire-fighting not far from the city centre.
- Gladstone's Land> - A 17th century merchant's house in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
- Greyfriar's Churchyard> - Famous for the National Covenant - and Greyfriar's Bobby.
- Museum of Scotland> - Magnificent building housing many of Scotland's treasures. Now part of the National Museum of Scotland
- National Library of Scotland> - the world's leading archive for books and manuscripts on Scotland.
- National Portrait Gallery> - Scotland's national portrait collection.
- National War Museum - Located within Edinburgh Castle, exploring over 400 years of the Scottish military history.
- Ocean Terminal - and the Royal Yacht "Britannia".
- One O'Clock Gun> - The story of the gun which fires from the battlements of Edinburgh Castle.
- Palace of Holyroodhouse> - The Queen's official residence in Scotland.
- Princes Street> - With the best shops in Edinburgh and beautiful gardens and a castle too.
- Ramsay Gardens> - High above Princes Street, beside Edinburgh Castle.
- Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - 70 acres of colour and interest within a mile of central Edinburgh.
- Royal Mile> - Background to the buildings and people in Scotland's most historic street.
- Royal Museum of Scotland The original Victorian museum, now upgraded and part of the National Museum of Scotland
- Scott Monument> - The sugar-icing monument to Sir Walter Scott and the "Floral Clock" below.
- Scottish Parliament Controversial not just because of politics but its architecture too!
- St Giles Cathedral> - The "High Kirk" of Edinburgh.
- Scotch Whisky Experience - an exhibition on the history and development of whisky.
- Writer's Museum> - Dedicated to Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Burrell Collection> - A huge collection in a building in the sylvan setting of a country park.
- Fossil Grove, Victoria Park> - 300 million years old sandstone casts of Carboniferous age trees.
- Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow> - A deservedly popular gallery.
- Glasgow Cathedral> - Founded by St Mungo, Patron Saint of Glasgow.
- Glasgow City Chambers - imposing building with even more impressive interior.
- Glasgow Cuisine- The revolution in Glasgow's restaurants.
- Glasgow Piping Centre> - A museum of piping, a hotel and restaurant in a converted church building.
- Glasgow Photo Library - Over 70 views of Glasgow sights plus notes on each one.
- Glasgow Tower> - A birds-eye view of Glasgow from the top of the tallest building in Scotland.
- Greenbank Gardens, Clarkston - A wide range of flowers in a walled garden.
- Holmwood House> - By Alexander "Greek " Thomson, one of Scotland's most original architects.
- House for an Art Lover> - Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 and built 100 years later.
- Hunterian Museum, Art Gallery and Mackintosh House> - Something for everyone.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum> - A magnificent collection of arms and armour and paintings.
- Kelvinside Botanic Gardens - From flowers to ferns and twelve consrvatories, including the "Kibble Palace"
- Provand's Lordship> - The oldest house in Glasgow, built in 1471.
- Queen's Cross Church - The only church designed and built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Riverside Museum - - Magnificent new museum of transport on the banks of the river Clyde.
- Roman Antonine Wall - The World Heritage site and the Roman Wall across central Scotland.
- St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art> - Covers all the main religions, not just Christianity.
- Scotland Street School - Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and now a museum.
- Street Art in Glasgow - Many of the bare walls of buildings in the cente of Glasgow have been adorned with large professional art on a wide range of subjects.
- Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow> - A factory? But modelled after the Doge's Palace in Venice!
- Winter Gardens> - The Victorian iron and glass "Winter Gardens" in Glasgow's parks.
- Burns Heritage Trail, Alloway> - Burns Cottage and Museum, Tam O' Shanter, Brig O'Doon etc.
- Crossraguel Abbey, Ayrshire> - Not far from Culzean Castle.
- Culzean Castle and Country Park> - The most popular properties of the National Trust for Scotland.
- Dean Castle and Country Park, Kilmarnock> - A well preserved 14th century keep in a country park.
- Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire> - Built by the Stewart family in the 13th century.
- Kelburn Castle and Country Park, Ayrshire> - A historic castle in a lovely country park.
- Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine - historic ships and boats and an excellent café as well.
- Skelmorlie Aisle, Largs - Italian marble memorial built in 1636 as a shrine by a Scottish knight in memory of his wife
In Dumfries, Galloway and the Scottish Borders
- Tour of the Scottish Borders - History, Borders Towns, Country Mansions, Great Outdoors
- Abbotsford Sir Walter Scott's baronial mansion and garden near Melrose.
- Bowhill House and Estate -the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry full of paintings and treasures with an extensive estate, gardens, ruined castle and children's adventure playground.
- Branxholme Castle - the Scott family moved to Branxholme from Buccleuch castle in 1420, supposedly to be nearer the English cattle to steal! The Duke of Buccleuch still own the castle.
- Caerlaverock Castle> - An imposing, historic castle, in a lovely setting, surrounded by a moat.
- Drumlanrig Castle and Estate - Home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry with gardens and wooded estate
- Dryhope Tower, Scottish Borders - A ruin but restoration work included a new metal spiral staircase to the roof for great views of the countryside.
- Dryburgh Abbey> - Its tranquil, serene setting makes it most attractive.
- Floors Castle, Kelso> - The largest inhabited castle in Scotland.
- Jedburgh Abbey> - King David I founded the Augustinian priory in 1138.
- Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles - a large walled garden and a 15 acre estate with great views of the Southern Uplands.
- Kelso Abbey> - Sir Walter Scott described the abbey at Kelso as the most beautiful in Scotland.
- Castle MacLellan> - Not a fortified castle but as a house on a grand scale.
- Mary Queen of Scots' House> - The link with Mary makes this 16th century house interesting.
- Melrose Abbey> - Soaring arches, vaulted ceilings, elegant tracery - and Robert the Bruce's heart.
- Mull of Galloway - the most southerly point in Scotland.
- Newark Castle - Within the Duke of Buccleuch's Bowhill estate and associated with Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch and Sir Walter Scott's "Lay of the Last Minstrel".
- Ruthwell Cross - One of the oldest preaching crosses in Europe, from the 7th century.
- Scott's View - A view of the Eildon Hills and the river Tweed much admired by Sir Walter Scott.
- Scottish Borders Homes of Sir Walter Scott - Sir Walter Scott, novelist and lawyer, lived in a number of Scottish Border locations before settling at Abbotsford.
- Sir Walter Scott Statue and Courtroom, Selkirk - The courtroom where Sir Walter Scott worked as as Sheriff- depute of Selkirkshire for 30 years is now a museum dedicated to his career in Selkirk with an impressive statue of the author outside.
- Smailholm Tower> - Sir Walter Scott described it as "standing stark and upright like a warden".
- Sweetheart Abbey> - Founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla in memory of her late husband.
- Thirlstane Castle> - Owned by the Earl of Lauderdale when he was Secretary of State for Scotland.
- Threave Castle> - Visitors ring a ship's bell for the boat to take them across the river to the castle.
- Threave Gardens> - Extensive, full of beautiful trees, shrubs and plants.
- Baldernock Parish Countryside - a typical area of Lowland Scotland which is also within easy reach of Glasgow.
- Balloch Country Park and Castle> - Home of the "Maid of the Loch" and cruises on Loch Lomond.
- Dumbarton Castle> - A recorded history as a stronghold longer than any other fortification in Britain.
- Dunbartonshire Pictorial Tourist Guide Slide show of 100 pictures of East and West Dunbartonshire Tourist Attractions
- Loch Lomond Seaplanes - see Scotland from the air.
- Mugdock Castle Country Park, Milngavie> - Home to the Grahams since the 13th century.
- Aberdour Castle and St Fillan's Church> - The castle and church both originated in the 12th century.
- Balgonie Castle - Still occupied.
- Culross> - Many of the houses in this Fife village have been preserved from the 17th/18th century.
- Deep Sea World> - See sharks and other sea creatures as you walk through the aquarium.
- Dunfermline Abbey and Palace> - Founded in the 11th century and burial place of Robert the Bruce.
- Falkland Palace> - Made into a sophisticated Renaissance palace by King James V.
- Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Scotstarvit Tower - An attractive house filed with treasures.
- Kellie Castle> - A 12th century castle - with a rocking horse in the children's nursery.
- Kilconquhar Castle - Now holiday "time-share" apartments.
- Kingdom of Fife> - A virtual guide to the home of golf and Andrew Carnegie.
- Ravenscraig Castle - One of the first castles in Scotland built to withstand cannon fire.
- St Andrews Castle - Perched on top of a cliff.
- St Andrews Cathedral> - The longest and greatest cathedral in Scotland, consecrated in the presence of Robert the Bruce.
In the Highlands and Islands
- Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Argyll> - One of the most magnificent woodland gardens in Britain.
- Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountains - In the heart of the Highlands.
- Calanais Standing Stones - built 5,000 years ago by the prehistoric residents of Lewis.
- Caledonian Canal by Barge - an appetising, inspiring, exciting boating experience.
- Carnasserie Castle, Argyll> - A 16th century Campbell castle on the road north to Oban.
- Castle Menzies - Restored home of the Menzies clan chief.
- Drambuie Trail - follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- Dun Carloway Broch - Iron Age drystone tower on Lewis
- Dunstaffnage Castle, Argyll> - A Campbell stronghold, on the shores of the Firth of Lorne.
- Dunvegan Castle, Skye> - Continuously occupied by chiefs of the clan MacLeod since at least 1270.
- Eilean Donan Castle, Wester Ross> - Said to be the most photographed castle in Scotland.
- Fortingall Yew - the oldest living organism in Britain and possibly the world.
- Geilston Gardens, Cardross, Argyll> - A new National Trust Garden on the way to Helensburgh.
- Glencoe, Argyll> - The scene of the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds in 1692.
- Hill House, Helensburgh - a mansion designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Inveraray Castle, Argyll> - The home of the chief of the Clan Campbell.
- Inverewe Gardens, Wester Ross> - Inverewe is by far the most popular garden in Scotland.
- Islay Flying Visit A day trip flying from Glasgow to tour round Islay and its distilleries.
- Isle of Lewis - including standing stones of Calanais, Dun Carloway broch, black houses, Lews castle and Stornoway
- Kilmartin and Fort Dunadd, Argyll> - Ancient standing stones, stone circles, burial cairns.
- Loch Lomond> - The "Bonnie Banks" have a well deserved reputation.
- Noble Cruise Around Scottish Islands - To Orkney, Staffa, Gigha, Skye, Inverewe
- The Outer Hebrides> - Information about the main islands in the group and illustrations of many.
- Rothesay Castle - travel on the ferry to the Isle of Bute.
- Royal Deeside - scenery fit for a monarch and loads of castles too.
- Skiing in Scotland - Where to ski in Scotland.
- Skye> - Travel writer Vivien Devlin takes you on a journey round this lovely island.
- Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness> - One of the most popular Scottish castles, on the shores of Loch Ness.
- Voyage to the Hebrides and St Kilda. - stunning scenery, golden sunsets, wildlife encounters, exemplary hospitality.
In North and South Lanarkshire
- Bothwell Castle> - Frequently lost to the English invaders - and recaptured.
- Châtelherault Country Park> - Described unfairly as the "dog kennels at Hamilton".
- Craignethan Castle> - Linked to "Tillietudlem Castle" in Walter Scott's "Old Mortality".
- David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre - Created at the birthplace of the missionary/explorer.
- Drumpellier Country Park - lots of visitors have found "North Lanarkshire's Best Kept Secret"!
- The National Museum of Scottish Rural Life, Kittochside - with a farm left in a 50-year-old time warp.
- New Lanark World Heritage Centre> - A village of cotton mills and homes of the former workers.
- Palacerigg Country Park - with lots of animals - both tame and wild.
- Summerlee Heritage Park, Coatbridge -- delights in its reputation as the country's "noisiest museum" (because it features large items of working machinery). Many interactive exhibits, many of which make a further contribution to the level of noise in the building.
- Tower of Hallbar> - A 16th century tower house now available as a holiday/vacation home.
In East, West and Mid Lothian
- Almond Valley Heritage Centre - aims to preserve and interpret the history and environment of West Lothian.
- Borthwick Castle> - Stay in an ancient castle with Mary Queen of Scots associations.
- Cairnpapple Hill - 5,000 years old henge and burial ground, with views for miles around.
- Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World - Where else do you get butterflies on your head?
- Crichton Castle> - Unique stonework and and a bleak moorland setting.
- Dalkeith Palace and Country Park - An original castle was turned into a palace by Anne Scott, widow of the first Duke of Buccleuch in the early 18th century.
- Dirleton Castle & Gardens> - A historic castle and beautiful gardens.
- Five Sisters Zoo - in West Calder, south of Edinburgh, with a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles.
- Hopetoun House> - Hopetoun House is full of marvellouse furniture, paintings and decorations.
- House of the Binns> - An imposing mansion house.
- Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian> - A royal palace founded in the 12th century.
- Museum of Flight, East Lothian - Scotland's major aircraft museum.
- Rosslyn Chapel & Castle> - Ornately carved 15th century chapel and nearby castle.
- Scottish Seabird Centre - with videocam close-ups of the Bass Rock
- Tantallon Castle> - A Douglas castle on the cliffs overlooking the Bass Rock.
In Perth, Kinross and Angus
- Aberlemno Pictish Stones - Carved in the 7th to 9th centuries.
- Abernethy Round Tower> - This pencil slim round tower was probably built in the 11th century.
- Arbroath Abbey, Angus - founded by King William the Lion in 1178.
- Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre - wild animals, woodland walks, adventure playground, Perthshire countryside.
- Barrie's Birthplace, Kirriemuir> - The birthplace of the author of "Peter Pan" is full of surprises!
- Blair Castle, Glen Garry - understandably the most visited private house in Scotland.
- Branklyn Gardens, Perth> - The beautiful National Trust property on the banks of the river Tay.
- Breadalbane and Loch Tay - a scenic gem.
- Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower - the unique tower dates from 1000 AD.
- Burleigh Castle, Perth and Kinross> - An oddly shaped castle.
- Bell's Cherrybank Garden, Perth> - A National Heather Centre but with other attractions too.
- Castle Menzies - being restored to its former glory by the Clan Menzies Society
- Claypotts Castle - a well preserved and oddly shaped fortification.
- Drummond Castle Gardens> - First established 500 years ago, now restored to a 17th century style.
- Discovery Point, Dundee> - SS "Discovery" took Robert Falcon Scott to Antarctica.
- Dunkeld Cathedral - King Kenneth mac-Alpin located his capital in Dunkeld in 849AD.
- Edzell Castle - with a unique walled garden attached.
- Elcho Castle, Perthshire> - A well preserved castle overlooking the river Tay.
- Glamis Castle, Angus> - A 600+ years history and where the Queen Mother grew up.
- Glendoick Gardens Four gardens rolled into one.
- Huntingtower, Perthshire> - See the "Maiden's Leap" across the space between the battlements.
- Kinross House and Gardens The garden sweeps down to Loch Leven and its castle.
- Loch Leven Castle, Kinross> - Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here on an island in the loch.
- Meigle Museum - With over 30 carved Pictish stones.
- Muthill Parish Church, Perthshire> - A 12th century church tower and fascinating graveyard.
- Norie-Miller Park, Rodney Gardens, Bellwood Riverside Park, Perth - sculpture by the Tay.
- Perth - The Fair City has lots of attractions both within the boundary and close by.
- Perth Slide Show - YouTube pictorial guide to the Fair City of Perth
- Perthshire Slide Show - YouTube pictorial guide to Perthshire tourist attractions
- Pictavia Visitor Centre - Find out all about Scotland's ancient tribe, the Picts.
- Scone Palace, Perthshire> - In addition to the palace there are extensive gardens and woodland walks.
- Scottish Plant Hunters Garden, Pitlochry - a series of gardens, illustrating the contribution that eighteen Scottish plant hunters have made over the centuries.
In Renfrewshire / Inverclyde
- Clyde Muirsheil Regional Park A moorland wilderness - fifteen miles from Glasgow.
- Clyde View Park, Renfrew The first new park to be built in the West of Scotland for many years.
- Finlaystone Country Estate> - Lovely gardens and an adventure playground for kids (kept well apart).
- Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve - one of the largest remaining wetlands in the west of Scotland.
- Newark Castle, Port Glasgow> - Built by the Maxwell family who were Lords of Newark until 1694.
- Paisley, Renfrewshire - 39 snapshots from the centre of Paisley, administrative centre for Renfrewshire
- Paisley Abbey> - The FitzAlans, (ancestors of the Stewart dynasty) have a strong connection here.
- Paisley Abbey Slideshow - 25 pictures of the abbey in slide-show format
- Renfrewshire Pictorial Tourist Guide Slide show of 100 pictures of Inverclyde, Renfrew, Paisley and East Renfrewshire, Tourist Attractions
- Whitelee Wind Farm - currently largest in Europe - and encourages visitors.
In Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire
- Alloa Tower, Clackmannanshire - In land owned by the Erskines since the 14th century.
- Argyll's Lodgings> - The finest and most complete example in Scotland of a 17th century home.
- Bannockurn Heritage Centre> - Site of Robert the Bruce's victory over King Edward II in 1314.
- Blackness Castle, Falkirk> - A 15th century castle on the Firth of Forth, not far from Edinburgh.
- Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park - Scotland's First and Only African Safari Park
- Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling> - An Augustinian Abbey founded by King David I in 1147.
- Castle Campbell> - Between the Burns of Care and Sorrow, it used to be called Castle Gloom.
- Doune Castle, Stirlingshire> - Used in the filming of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
- Dunblane, Stirlingshire - With magnificent cathedral, a museum - and tennis champion Andy Murray's birthplace!.
- Dunmore "Pineapple" and Airth Castle, Falkirk> - Described as the "most bizarre building in Scotland".
- Falkirk Wheel This Millennium project created a unique boat lift to reconnect two canals
- Inchmahome Priory - On an island in the middle of Lake of Menteith.
- Kelpies - giant equine sculptures - The largest equine sculptures in the world and the largst public artworks in Scotland.
- Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire> - Made popular by Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake".
- Memorial to Sir David Stirling - Founder of the Special Air Service (SAS)
- Stirling Pictorial Tourist Guide Slide show of 100 pictures of Stirling City and Stirlingshire Tourist Attractions
- Stirling Castle> - One of the most visited castles in Scotland.
- Stirling Heads - Over 30 carved and colourfully painted heads on the ceiling of the King's Inner Hall in the Palace at Stirling Castle
- Stirling Old Town Jail - Experience life in a Victorian prison (it's lots of fun!)
- The Trossachs, Stirlingshire> - Strongly associated with Rob Roy MacGregor.
- Wallace Monument, Stirling> - Overlooks the site of one of the famous "Braveheart" victories.
- 5-Star Tourist Attractions> - The Scottish Tourist Board awards "5-Star" status to only a small percentage of their accredited attractions. Here are all these top-class establishments.
- Castle Photo Library - 80 Scottish Castles
- Cultural Legacy of Andrew Carnegie - In Pittsburgh USA
- Heart of Scotland Tours - 4-star Tours in a "Wee Red Bus".
- Virtual Tour of Scottish Golf Courses - On-line golf courses across the country.
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