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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

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Great for Cultural

Aberfeldy

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Aberfeldy is a small town in Perthshire where you can find a working water mill in the with demonstrations of oatmeal milling. You can visit the stunning Loch Tay where it is possible to take part in many water-based activities.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Archaeological Islands

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Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre and Eynhallow are all very rich in archaeological history. These isles have more than 160 sites to explore! Rousay boastssome of the best preserved monuments in Scotland, earning a reputation as the 'Egypt of the North'. The distinctive hilly scenery on the isle was carved out when glaciers spread across the land. The smaller neighbouring isles are also intriguing. Egilsay houses a round-towered church in memory of St Magnus, on Wyre you can see a Viking chieftain's stronghold and Eynhallow was once a holy isle with evidence of a 12th-century monastic settlement.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Argyll's Lodging

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The guided tours of Argyll's lodging (free when you visit Stirling Castle) just outside the castle show you the partial restoration of this impressive town house and give you a sense of how it would have looked during the 1600s.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Armadale Castle

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If you took the ferry from Mallaig, then you'll arrive at Armadale, where you'll find Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens which lead out on to some stunning views of the Cuillin Hills and the Sleat Peninsula. Within the same estate, you'll also find the Museum of the Isles which traces the history of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of the McDonald Clan.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Balloch

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Balloch on the southern shore of the loch was a former Victorian resort town which used to lure day trippers from Glasgow who would descend on the town as the interchange point between train and the loch steamers. Today the town is still easily accessed from Glasgow by rail and is the main base for Sweeney Cruises who have been operating on Loch Lomond for over 120 years and operate both daily cruises and private charters. Balloch Castle Country Park, just outside the town offers woodland and lochside walks, nature trails and of course a castle. Close to Balloch is the Loch Lomand Bird of Prey Centre which is a rescue, conservation and educational facility with over 28 species of bird.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Balmaha

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Balmaha is a village on the eastern shore of the loch. Here you can hire a rowing boat and take part in numerous water sports. Just a bit further north from Balmaha is the village of Rowardennan (the furthest north you can take a vehicle) from where you can begin an ascent of Ben Lomond the most southerly of the Munro mountains.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Bannockburn Heritage Centre

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The Bannockburn Heritage Centre will give you a great insight into Robert the Bruce's famous defeat of Edward II's English army (which was 10 times the size of the Scots) at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, through a fascinating exhibition and audiovisual display.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Ben Nevis

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Climbing Ben Nevis is not for the faint hearted. The mountain at 4406 ft (1344 meters) does however offer spectacular views weather permitting. Even on a hot summer day there will be snow at the top! For the less energetic, you drive or walk into Glen Nevis which will provide dramatic views of the mountain. The gorge at the east end of the Glen gives access to the 100ft high waterfall at Steall Meadows.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Black Watch Castle & Museum

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The Black Watch Museum is housed in the dramatic Balhousie Castle which is set in beautiful grounds. The museum displays a variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Black Watch, Scotland's oldest Highland regiment.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Blair Athol Whisky Distillery

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Located near Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. The distillery offers guided tours all year round.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Boat Trip

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The Skye's coastline provides many water sports opportunities with Sea Kayaking being particularly popular. You can also take one of the many boat trips where you can get close to and learn about the marine life in the area.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports, History

British Golf Museum

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A visit to the brand new, award-winning British Golf Museum is not to be missed for any golf enthusiast! Situated just near the Old Course, the museum hosts some fascinating exhibitions, hands-on activities and stunning multimedia displays, which bring to life over 500 years of golfing history.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cairngorms National Park

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The Cairngorms National Park is Britain's highest and most massive mountain range. It captures all the beauty of Scotland's best landscapes – you will find rivers and lochs with clear water, native mountains and exceptional wildlife. The history and heritage of this part of Scotland is well preserved, you will still find remains from prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish times.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Caledonian Canal Cruises

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Sail through the Great Glen along the world famous Caledonian Canal for an unforgettable experience of Scotland's mountains, lochs and glens.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Callander

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West of Doune, the town of Callander is set against a beautiful highland backdrop serves as one of the gateways to the Trossachs. The town has many craft and woolen shops as well as the Rob Roy Centre which has an exhibition and film about the legendary local outlaw.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Cawdor Castle

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The fairytale Castle of Cawdor dates from the 1300s and includes some interesting artefacts and outstanding tapestries. As well as three gardens and a big wood, there is a 9-hole golf course and there's also the chance to do some salmon fishing on the river Findhorn amidst some stunning highland scenery.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Clava Cairns

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Clava Cairns is the site of some well-preserved prehistoric burial cairns from about 4,000 years ago.
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Great for Essential

Craignure

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At Craignure is where most visitors arrive on the island from the town of Oban on the mainland. The Mull Rail steam train runs 1.5 miles to Torosay Castle which occupies a beautifully sheltered south-facing location on the north-west side of Mull's Duart Bay. Kids will also enjoy clambering over the battlements of Duart Castle, perched on top of a rocky outcrop at the end of a peninsula near the easternmost corner of Mull.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cuillin Hills

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The spectacular Cuillin Hills present an array of opportunities for adventure seekers with some challenging hiking or rock climbing. It's also possible for the less adventurous to enjoy the fabulous scenery with plenty of lower level trails which still give a great impression of one of Britain's best mountain ranges.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Culloden Battlefield

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At Culloden Battlefield (5 miles east of Inverness) you can explore the moorland battlefield where the last battle on mainland British soil took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and his supporters and the government troops and supporters in 1746.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Christian

David Livingstone Centre

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The David Livingstone Centre can be found in nearby Blantyre – the birthplace of the Victorian missionary explorer. The museum tells the story of the explorer's life, including his 30 years of travel (mostly on foot!) through Central Africa.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Dervaig

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At Dervaig in the west of the island you can take sightseeing cruises to Fingal's cave on Staffa which is a haven for seabirds. Just outside Dervaig, Old Byre Heritage Centre relates the history and traditions of Mull, while the picturesque church, with its pencil steeple, has superb stained-glass windows. Further west Calgary has one of Scotland's finest beaches in a secluded bay.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Discovery Point

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At Discovery Point climb aboard Captain Scott's ship RRS Discovery where you'll follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived and witness their hardships and triumphs in one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Doune Castle

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Built at the end of the 14th century, Doune Castle is one of the best preserved castles of its era in Scotland. It was also used in filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and has subsequently become a place of pilgrimage for Python fans!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Cultural

Dundee Science Centre

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The Dundee Scien Centre is the only science centre in the UK based on the 5 senses. Science is brought to life in many child friendly and imaginative ways.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, History

Dunvegan Castle

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Dunvegan Castle is the island's most historic building. Part of the building is thought to date from the 9th century and has been home to the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for 800 years, which makes it the oldest continuously lived in castle in Scotland. Inside you can see many fine paintings and clan treasures including the 'Fairy flag'. You can enjoy a tour of the castle and grounds which include some delightful gardens. You can also take boat trips out to view seals in Loch Dunvegan as well as fishing trips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's number 1 visitor attraction. Sitting majestically upon a volcanic rock at the top of the famous Royal Mile. It includes St Margaret's Chapel from the 12th century and the Great Hall where the Scottish Parliament met until 1639. The One o'clock gun sounds at 1pm every day except Sundays, and is well worth seeing and hearing!
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Edradour Whisky Distillery

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Situated in the little town of Pitlochry, Edradour is the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland. Dating back to the early 19th century, it is one of the rare farm distilleries still in production today. You can learn more about Edradour with a 1-hour guided-tour and witness the making of this unique single malt whisky.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, History

Eilean Donan Castle

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The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands and can be seen on the way to Skye from Inverness or alternatively on a boat trip from the island. It has been used as a location for many Hollywood movies and is simply an idyllic Scottish castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Elcho Castle

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Elcho Castle is set on an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tay. The castle is in fact a beautiful fortified mansion built in the 16th century, which is extremely well preserved.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Explorer's Garden

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The Explorer's Garden celebrates the people that travelled the world to find plants and bring them back in Scotland for cultivation, commerce and conservation. Each section of the garden represents a part of the globe, displaying an amazing collection along with beautiful sculptures and artworks.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Frigate Unicorn

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Launched in 1824, HM Frigate Unicorn was a fast and powerful warship, built in the period between the traditional wooden ship and the iron steamships, and remains one of the six oldest ships in the world.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle (12 miles north of Dundee) is a stunning and beautiful Scottish castle famed for being the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Glasgow Cathedral

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Glasgow Cathedral dates mainly from the 15th century. The Cathedral has some magnificent stained glass windows as well as splendid gothic architecture. You can also visit St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Glasgow City Chambers

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The City Chambers are located on the Victorian built George Square. Inside the impressive looking chambers building which houses the local government, you will find an even more extravagant interior. Free public guided tours run daily, Monday to Friday at 10.30am and and 2.30pm.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Cultural

Glasgow Science Centre

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Glasgow Science Centre is orientated towards children. The museum includes hundreds of interactive exhibits all inside the impressive looking Science Mall. There's also an IMAX cinema and a planetarium.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Glen Affric

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Glen Affric (20 miles west of Loch Ness) is a very special place and has been described as 'the most beautiful glen in Scotland'. It contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland as well as lochs, moorland and mountains. It is also a haven for wildlife including many rare birds.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Glencoe

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Spectacular Glencoe (15 miles south) is one of the highlights of any trip to Scotland. Awesome mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters loom on either side, with dreamlike scenery at the bottom of the glen. The area is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter. Filming for the third Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", took place in and around Glencoe. The Visitor Centre affords the best views of the great glen and shows visitors how it was formed through an interactive display.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Cultural

Glengoyne Distillery

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Just under 40 minutes from Glasgow on the scenic A81, the 200-year-old Glengoyne Distillery is open all year round for guided distillery tours, whisky tastings and in-depth blending sessions.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park is a Royal Park in Edinburgh open to the public. It contains parkland, lochs, hills and crags, and yet is in the centre of the city. You can take a walking tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St. Anthony's Chapel, and also take the steep climb up to Arthur's Seat (251m) where you can be rewarded with fabulous views of the city.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Inverness Castle

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Right in the heart of the city centre and dominating the River Ness, Inverness Castle was built in 1847 to replace the previous medieval castle blown up in 1746 by the Jacobites. Today it is the Court house and is not open to the public.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Christian

Inverness Cathedral

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Built in 1866, Inverness Cathedral can be found on the riverside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Arts

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery give you the opportunity to explore the heritage of the Scottish Highlands, including contemporary arts and crafts.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Beauty

Jacobite Railway

Scotland

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Often described as the greatest railway journey in the world, the Jacobite Train travels along the line used in the Harry Potter films for the 'Hogwarts Express' from Fort William to the port town of Mallaig. Enjoy some spectacular Scottish scenery from this traditional steam train.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Arts, Beauty, Essential

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its 2003-2006 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland, and the most visited museum outside London.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Kirkwall

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Orkney's capital Kirkwall has a sense of magic, having stood for hundreds of years, and today you will discover a wonderful selection of craft shops, restaurants and cafés. This bustling market town and Royal Burgh was founded by Vikings around 1035. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. The distinctive red sandstone of St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Loch Linnhe

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You can take a cruise on Loch Linnhe from Fort William which will offer superb views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains while also taking in fish farms, and seals basking on islands in the loch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Loch Ness Cruise

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You can take a cruise on Loch Ness and go in search of the Loch Ness Monster. You can also include a visit to the Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which are situated on a rocky peninsula on the banks of the Loch. Once one of Scotland's largest castles, the remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. The visitor centre has a number of fascinating artefacts discovered during excavations on the site.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Luss

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Opposite Balmaha on the western shore of the loch is the picturesque village of Luss. A settlement has probably existed here since the 14th century. A few miles south of Luss is the famous Loch Lomond Golf Course, which has hosted the Scottish Open Championship since 1996. This challenging course in spectacular scenery provides a rich golfing experience for players and spectators alike.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Macquarie Mausoleum

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Australians will be interested to know that the remains of Major General Lachlan Macquarie who was made governor of New South Wales in 1809 and widely regarded as the 'Father of Australia' has he is buried on the island in the Macquarie Mausoleum on the island.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

National Museum of Scotland

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Discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland through the ages.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Nevis Range Mountain Experience

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The Nevis Range Mountain Experience transports you on Britain's only mountain gondola from 300ft up to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor (the 8th highest mountain in Britain) to see breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. You can also try mountain biking or skiing at the Nevis Range, depending on the season.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Old Man of Storr

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The Old Man of Storr is one of Scotland's most dramatic and most photographed landscapes. This massive pinnacle of rock stands high on the Isle of Skye. The walk up there is a bit steep but reasonable (1.5 hours approx. to complete), and the views across Raasay and Rona are spectacular.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Outer Hebrides

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From Skye you can take a ferry to the islands known as the Outer Hebrides which includes Uist and Barra to the south and Harris and Lewis to the north. To the west of the Isle of Lewis you'll find the Callanish Standing stones which date back to 2900 BC.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Arts, History

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

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Perth Museum & Gallery is where you can find out about the natural and social history of Perthshire through the ages with a variety of changing exhibitions.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Pollok Country Park

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Situated just 3miles from the city centre, Pollok Country Park is Glasgow's largest park and boasts gardens, woodlands and plenty of wildlife including highland cattle. Within the park, you will find Pollock House, ancestral home to the Maxwell of Pollok for the past 700 years. The house contains much original furniture as well as some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain. Also in the park is the Burrell Collection which houses a world-famous collection of art, tapestries, furniture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, and sculptures from Medieval Europe and beyond.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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Adored by walkers, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is around 10 miles to the west of Callander. Nearby is Loch Katrine which is in the heart of the Trossachs. You can sail onboard the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott and have the legends of the beautiful loch narrated to you by a member of the ship's crew.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

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The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a favourite with our customers. It gains passengers 2 days of sightseeing bus travel on all 4 of Edinburgh's tour bus companies as well as entry into Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Time to spend here: 2 days   More information

Great for History

Scone Palace

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Scone Palace was once the site of the crowning of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, and has been the seat of Parliament. It houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and lies in some outstanding grounds with the Grampian Mountains in the distance.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Scottish Football Museum

Scotland

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The Scottish Football Museum is a must-see for all football lovers. Located at Hampden Park, Scotland's National Stadium (2 miles from the city centre) you can take a guided-tour of the stadium and enjoy memorabilia and video clips.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, British

Scottish Parliament

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The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004. It is an absorbing building with some unusual architecture and offers a fascinating tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Skara Brae

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With a variety of attractions, wonderful wildlife and some amazing scenery, the West Mainland is difficult to rival. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into in the mid-12th century by Viking crusaders who carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Don't miss a visit of the Ring of Brodgar, the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland!
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Essential

St Andrews Medieval Centre

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The medieval centre of St Andrews has many narrow alleys and cobbled streets, one of which leads to the now ruined St Andrews Cathedral, which was once the largest in Scotland. Next to it, the Church of St Regulus, has a spiral staircase which you can climb to the top of an 108-foot tower offering stunning views of the town and its surroundings.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

St Andrews University

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Founded in 1412, St Andrews University is the oldest in Scotland and still one of the top universities in Britain, often compared with Oxford and Cambridge. It's had a number of famous graduates including Prince William.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle is probably the grandest castle in Scotland, and a symbol of Scottish independence. Great Scottish figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots have all been associated with the castle. The Visitor Centre includes a great audiovisual presentation about the castles history and architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Stromness

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The rambling, winding streets flanking the town of Stomness have changed little since the 18th century and the flagstone-paved main street curves along the waterfront, amid attractive stone cottages. The town has been a safe haven for mariners for centuries and still has a strong connection with the sea.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Tarbet

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Further up the western shoreline, Tarbet is a great base for sailing, pleasure cruising and cycling. The 16-mile route between Balloch and Tarbet with railway stations at both ends mean you can travel just one way by bike and take your bike on the train to return. Arrochar, just west of Tarbet, is a village at the top of Loch Long. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Scotland, Arrochar has become a magnet for hill walkers of all skill levels.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

The Atholl Country Life Museum

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Located just 10 minutes away from Pitlochry is the pretty village of Blair Atholl is the Atholl Country Life Museum, capturing how people used to live in the Highlands and telling stories about great characters of the area, their skills and achievements.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

The Church of the Holy Rude

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The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle. Founded in 1129 the parish church was the location for the coronation of King James VI in 1597.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

The Isle of Iona

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The Isle of Iona (just 3.5 x 1.5 miles) is the birthplace of Celtic Christianity. St Columba came here in 563 exiled from his native Ireland, and built a monastery. Today the beautiful Iona Abbey (which lies not far from the original monastery burned down by Viking raiders during the 9th century) is home to the Iona Community and a place of Christian pilgrimage.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

The Isle of Tiree

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The Isle of Tiree is all about tranquility where all you can hear are the waves lapping on the vast white sand beaches and birdsongs. Like Tiree, the Isle of Coll doesn't have any 'attractions' as such, but plenty of sandy beaches and is a place of peace and refuge.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Sports

The Old Course, St Andrews

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The small town of St Andrew's (a short train ride south from Dundee) is probably most famous throughout the world as being the 'Home of Golf'. The famous 'Old Course' can be played on – that is when it's not hosting a major Golf championship.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

The Old Town Jail

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At the Old Town Jail you will discover how the Victorians made sure that crime didn't pay. Inside you can see what it is like to get on the wrong side of the prison warden and meet the convict determined to escape.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. You can visit the Royal Apartments which reflect the changing tastes of monarchs over the years.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family, Essential

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

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The Riverside Museum is a brand new award-winning museum in Glasgow, where you will find thousands of objects on display, including cars, locomotives, bicycles and even skateboards. Find out more about Glasgow's rich history and see what the daily life was like in the early to mid-20th century. The museum is located by the river Clyde, and you will find next to it the iconic Tall Ship. Entrance to the museum and the ship is free.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Essential

The Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament. Along the mile there are a number of attractions: The Writers' Museum provides a glimpse into the lives of three of Scotland's best known writers - Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The Scotch Whisky Experience, shows you the distilling process as you take a ride through a replica distillery – a must for all whisky lovers. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a truly entertaining experience for all ages. The Museum of Childhood lets you step back in time as you see 5 galleries showing how children have been dressed and educated over the years.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

The Royal Yacht Britannia

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One of Scotland's best attractions, the Royal Yacht Britannia is just outside from the city centre, but is accessible with the sightseeing bus. An interesting audio tour will take you through this floating Royal residence, with its elegant state rooms and the absorbing engine room, which are just some of the highlights.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family, Essential

The Scottish Crannog Centre

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Next to Loch Tay, the unique Iron Age Scottish Crannog Centre is an award-winning attraction featuring a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, as were found throughout Scotland and Ireland around 5,000 years ago.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

The Trossachs National Park

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The Trossachs lie to the east of Loch Lomond. Access to open water paddling by canoe or kayak is particularly good within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. In particular, Loch Drunkie, Loch Achry, Loch Ard and Loch Katrine can be easily and safely reached. At Loch Katrine you can sail onboard the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott and have the legends of the beautiful loch narrated to you by a member of the ship's crew. The town of Callander a few miles east of Loch Katrine has many craft and woolen shops as well as the Rob Roy Centre which has an exhibition and film about the legendary local outlaw.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Essential

Tobermory

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Apart from Tobermory's delightfully coloured houses lining the harbour, the town offers a number of interesting water based activities including the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland's whales, dolphins and porpoises and runs wildlife-watching trips. There are also several operators running various scenic boat trips as well as fishing trips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Treasures of the Earth

Scotland

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Nearby the canal at Corpach, Treasures of the Earth is an attraction displaying collections of gemstones and crystals which include huge amethysts and emeralds as well as prehistoric fossils.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Trotternish Peninsula

Scotland

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Trotternish Peninsula contains some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland, including the Old Man of Storr, which is one of a few rock pinnacles that stick up in front of The Storr – part of the long Trotternish Ridge, formed from volcanic activity. The peninsular also has the Skye Museum of Island Life which includes 7 thatched cottages – 4 of which are furnished as they would have been during the 1800s. The museum also includes many historical documents about the island. The Ruins of the 14th century Duntulm Castle are positioned on a dramatic cliff-top looking towards the islands of the Outer Hebrides. At the northern end of the Trotternish Ridge lie the Quiraing – an amazing landscape of rock formations.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Verdant Works

Scotland

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Verdant Works weaves the tale of jute with the life and work of old Dundee, from the incredible rise of the industry to its subsequent decline. Interactive displays and multi-media presentations take you back more than 100 years when jute was king and Dundee was in its realm.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Wallace Monument

Scotland

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At the Wallace Monument you can follow the story of Sir William Wallace - patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland; and take in the stunning view of seven famous battlegrounds.
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Great for History

West Highland Museum

Scotland

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From Glen Nevis, it's possible to continue a further 10 miles or so along a stretch of the famous West Highland Way to the town of Kinlochleven. The West Highland Museum takes up the theme of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, with many relics from those times.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information