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See the Aurora Borealis in Orkney

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights as they are known is a wonder to see in the skies...
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Orkney Festivals

Tre are lots of Festivals on throughout the Orkney Isles. Why not time your trip to coinci...
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Highland Park Distillery

Find out how Highland Park Whisky is made and all about its Viking roots in Orkney....
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Macleod’s Maiden

MacLeod’s Maidens are a set of three sea stacks at Maiden’s Point near Idrigill Point ...
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Dinosaur Prints at Staffin & Duntulm

There is evidence that megalosaurus, ornithopods, stegosaurus and cetiosaurus once walked ...
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Whaligoe Steps

Whaligoe Steps zigzag down the 250ft cliff face to give you access to Whaligoe Haven. When...
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Fort George

Fort George is the largest historic artillery fortification in the UK, and possibly the la...
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Clava Cairns

After visiting Culloden make sure you take a look at the nearby ‘Clava Cairns’. This i...
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Culloden Visitor Centre

The biggest historical attraction in this area is Culloden Battlefield. This is the site w...
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Dunrobin Castle

This fascinating castle dates back to the 1300s and it’s a must see if you are anywhere ...
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Mount Stuart House

Mount Stuart House & Gardens is located on the Isle of Bute just four miles from the ferry...
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Castle Stalker

If you find yourself driving along the A828 from Creagan to Ballachulish look out for this...
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McCaig's Tower

McCaig’s Tower looks similar to a Colosseum and sits on top of Battery Hill overlooking ...
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Fingal’s Cave on Staffa

Take a boat trip to the enchanting Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. Many famous people have been...
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Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle was abandoned after it was struck by lightning in 1760 and is now cared fo...
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Inveraray Jail

Inveraray had a Courthouse and prison since the 18th century as it was the principal count...
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Auchindrain Township

Hidden in the Argyle hills, this is the best preserved example of an old Highland township...
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Armadale Castle Gardens

Interested in the history of the Clan Donald? Do you have ancestors from Skye to trace? Do...
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St Kilda

St Kilda is the most westerly group of islands in Britain. It is so remote that the boat t...
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Struan

Struan can be found in the West coast of Skye and has stunning views of the Cuillin Mounta...
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Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower gives the visitor an insight into life in a Tower House. When it was built...
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Floors Castle

Floors Castle is a huge fairy-tale castle that is a joy to see and visit. There is bound t...
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Coldstream Museum

The town of Coldstream is mainly known for the Coldstream Guards. This museum has a large ...
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Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

Mary Queen of Scots lived in troubled times and her story is a sad one. Visit this house t...
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Mellerstain House & Gardens

Mellerstain house is an 18th Century Mansion built by architect William Adam....
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Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey was founded for the Cistercian Order of Monks in 1136 but was mostly destroy...
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Paxton House

Paxton House is on the Scottish Border only 4 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed and offers a g...
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Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle is a ruin which is not easily accessible to everyone with its boggy and u...
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Abbotsford The Home Of Sir Walter Scott

A trip to Abbotsford is a must for all romantics. The land and a fairly small farmhouse wa...
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Traquair House

Whatever the weather Traquair House has something to offer its visitors. Outside the groun...
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The Coastal Communities Museum

This museum opened in 2013 and gives the visitor an insight into how the towns and village...
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The Chesters Hill Fort

This is one for the budding archeologists among you. It’s the site of a large iron age f...
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Tantallon Castle

This castle offers views over to the Bass Rock, a history of sieges since its origins in 1...
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Dirleton Castle & Gardens

Thought to be one of the best castles in Scotland. This is a romantic 12th century castle ...
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Seacliff Beach

This beach sits just over 4 miles from North Berwick. Drive along the A198 for approximate...
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The Bass Rock

This rock is actually the core of an old volcano and was formed 320 million years ago. Tod...
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Balloch Castle Country Park

Situated in the Balloch Castle Country Park, this magical attraction takes you on a journe...
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Riverside Museum

Highlighting Glasgow's industrial history, the Riverside Museum is an award-winning transp...
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Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

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The Duke of Wellington

Modern and contemporary art lovers can come and enjoy not one, not two, but three exciting...
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The Mitchell Library

One of the biggest libraries in Glasgow, the Mitchell Library has plenty of information if...
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The Necropolis

There's beauty in the oldest graves in the city, sitting in the fascinating Victorian Gard...
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St Aloysius Church

This stunning Catholic church was built over 100 years ago and is well worth a visit if yo...
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Britannia Panopticon

The oldest surviving music hall in the world, the Britannia Panopticon is open for general...
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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle which stands 5 miles south of the centre of Edinburgh, is a ruined medi...
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Cammo Estate

Often described as Edinburgh’s Hidden Gem this oasis away from the city is thought to be...
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Gilmerton Cove

This mysterious and unique experience complete with a network of underground chambers, pas...
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Surgeon’s Hall Museums

Located opposite Edinburgh University on Nicholson Street, Surgeons' Hall Museums is an aw...
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Go Ghost hunting

Edinburgh is a city with secrets. The Blair Street underground caverns are magnificent and...
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Have a drink in one of the Oldest Pubs in Scotland ‘The Sheep Heid Inn’

The Sheep Heid Inn has a long and interesting history, famously known as the oldest surviv...
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Have a drink at the World’s End Pub

If you're looking for a Scottish Pub steeped in history than look no further than the Worl...
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Lunch at the Tolbooth Tavern

One of the most famous buildings in Edinburgh’s Canongate area, the Tolbooth Tavern date...
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Walk up the Canongate to Hollywood Palace

The Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of the Royal Mile and is the official Scotti...
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Explore the Scott Monument

Sir Walter Scott was a well-loved Scottish literary figure who died in 1832, after his dea...
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Climb the historic Vennel steps for and amazing view of the castle

The Vennel is a beautiful alleyway in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area, directly across the ...
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Loch Katrine and the SS Sir Walter Scott

Surrounded by magnificent Trossachs’ landscapes, Loch Katrine’s crystal clear waters a...
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Journey back in time at Mercat Cross

Once known as a “the dreaded theatre of public punishment” The Mercat Cross in Edinbur...
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Go to St Kilda

Day trips by boat from Skye to St Kilda - the last outpost of north-west Europe lying 85 m...
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Edinburgh Walking Tour

Edinburgh Guided Tour gives you a unique insight into the history, architecture and famous...
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Spend a day at Brodick Castle

Give yourself plenty of time to take in the splendour of this island castle and its surrou...
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Dunscaith Castle

Unfortunately these are just ruins now but date back to the 14th century when the castle w...
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See 360 degree views of Inverness and surrounds from Inverness Castle

The red sandstone buildings of Inverness Castle can best be viewed from the opposite bank ...
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See the iconic setting of Urquhart Castle

Travel out of Inverness for only 30 minutes by car along the A82 towards Drumnadrocit and ...
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Understand St Columba’s Well

Saint Columba’s Well is believed to date back to Pictish times. In 6th century AD the wa...
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Investigate the ruins of Castle Tioram

The castle can be reached on foot across the tidal causeway, but there is no access to the...
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Enjoy Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

At the most westerly point on the British mainland, the 19th century Ardnamurchan Lighthou...
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Step back in time at the Natural History Centre

Discover the breath-taking variety of flora and fauna in this beautiful area of Scotland...
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Discover Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld Cathedral is a holy place of worship which stands on the north bank of the River T...
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Soak up the sights at Queens View

The Queen’s View overlooks Loch Tummel and is named after Queen Victoria, following her ...
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Visit the 13th century Blair Castle

Opened in 1269, Blair Castle stands in its grounds near the village of Blair Atholl. You c...
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Be a King or a Queen for the day at Scone Palace

This Georgian mansion of extreme elegance and luxury dates back to 1580. The self-guided t...
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Step back in time to the Bronze Age at Lochbuie Stone Circle

There are ancient cairns, cists, remains and a number of sites of standing stones througho...
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Duart Castle

Mull has a number of castles so why is Duart Castle worth a visit?...
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Inveraray Castle

The castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and is ...
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Visit the attractions in picturesque Tobermory

Tobermory is a pretty little port with colourful houses curving around the harbour....
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Carlowrie Castle

Voted one of the top three venues in Europe under 200 bedrooms at The 2016 International H...
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Forter Castle

The castle is located in the beautiful Scottish Highlands about 1.5hr drive from Edinburgh...
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Imagine living in the Castle Of Old Wick in the 12th Century

This castle known as The Old Man of Wick dates back to the 12th Century when the King of N...
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Find drama at Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

See the most dramatic coastal scenery surrounding this ruined castle sitting on the cliff ...
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Kilmartin Castle

Your mind will race as you start to imagine the sights these medieval castle walls have se...
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View the Old Man of Hoy from the Castle of Mey

On a clear day you can see right across the Pentland Firth to Hoy from here and take in so...
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Soak up the vibrant bustling atmosphere of the Grassmarket in one of its outdoor bistros

The Grassmarket is an ideal place to eat, drink, shop and take in the atmosphere of the hi...
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Investigate the neo-classical architecture of the New Town

The New Town was actually built in the 18th century and incorporates neo-classical style b...
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Journey around our world past, present and future at the National Museum of Scotland

This museum is fascinating, inspiring and a great day out for all ages. Find out about din...
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Visit the Glencoe Folk Museum at the Village of Glencoe

The village lies at the Loch Leven end of the Glencoe Valley. The place is well known for ...
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See the ruins of the Old Inverlochy Castle

Near Fort William this 13th century castle, now ruined, was the scene of the first and sec...
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View the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct

The spectacular twenty-one arch curved viaduct sits near the village of Glenfinnan and ear...
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Inverarnan Canal

This short waterway was completed in 1844 and connected the Coaching Inn at Inverarnan via...
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Stroll down the medieval Royal Mile

Spend some time exploring Edinburgh's most famous street, The Royal Mile. This mile long s...
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Callanish Stones

The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern w...
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Eilean Glas Lighthouse

Eilean Glas Lighthouse is situated on the east coast of the island of Scalpay in the Outer...
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Ardnamurchan Point

Ardnamurchan Point is an isolated peninsula with a lighthouse in Highland, Scotland. ...
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Strathspey Steam Railway

Here’s an idea of a great day out from one of the locals. Walk the Strathspey Way from B...
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Eilean Donan Castle

Tours of fully restored castle on an island where 3 lochs meet, dating from the 13th centu...
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Corgarff Castle

You will find Corgaff Castle west of the village of Corgarff in Aberdeenshire, which lies ...
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Shetland Museum

Sits on the restored historic Hay's Dock in Lerwick, providing a gateway from which to exp...
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Steep yourself in Scottish history at Bettyhill

This village is of special interest to history lovers as it was formed at the time of the ...
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Explore the spectacular Smoo Caves

Set into the limestone cliffs about a mile east of Durness you will find this spectacular ...
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Bone Caves at Inchnadamph

These caves have been found to hold ancient bones of polar bears, lynx, wolves, reindeer a...
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Stoer Lighthouse

Stoer Head offers a dramatic coastline with great views, wildlife and a Lighthouse....
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