Must-see attractions in Scotland

  • Verdant Works


    One of the fi­nest industrial museums in Europe, the Verdant Works explores the history of Dundee's jute industry. Housed in a restored jute mill,…

  • City Chambers


    The grand seat of local government was built in the 1880s at the high point of Glasgow's wealth. The interior is even more extravagant than the exterior,…

  • Fossil & Heritage Centre


    This eclectic museum is a great visit, combining some excellent 360-million-year-old Devonian fish fossils found locally with a well-designed exhibition…

  • Inverewe Garden

    Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh

    Six miles north of Gairloch, this splendid place is a welcome splash of colour on this otherwise bleak coast. The climate here is warmed by the Gulf…

  • Tarbat Discovery Centre

    East Coast

    This intriguing museum has some excellent carved Pictish stones. When ‘crop circles’ appeared in aerial photos some years ago, the foundations of an Iron…

  • Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre


    Opened in 2017, this architecturally stunning visitor centre is perched above the dam on the River Tummel, and houses an exhibition that details the…

  • Lindores Abbey Distillery


    Of the many new distilleries popping up all over Scotland, this one – opened in 2017 – has a unique historical claim. It's a stunning modern building …

  • Edradour Distillery


    This is proudly Scotland’s smallest and most picturesque distillery and one of the best to visit: you can see the whole process, easily explained, in one…

  • Burns House

    Dumfries & Galloway

    This is a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts. It's here that the poet spent the last years of his life, and there are various possessions of his in…

  • Hamilton Toy Collection

    The Trossachs

    The Hamilton Toy Collection is a powerhouse of 20th-century juvenile memorabilia, chock-full of dolls houses, puppets and toy soldiers. It's an amazing…

  • Islands walk, River Ness,  Inverness

    Ness Islands


    The main attraction in Inverness is a leisurely stroll along the river to the Ness Islands. Planted with mature Scots pine, fir, beech and sycamore, and…

  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery

    New Town

    The Venetian Gothic palace of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of the city's top attractions. Its galleries illustrate Scottish history…

  • Princes Street Gardens

    New Town

    These beautiful gardens lie in a valley that was once occupied by the Nor’ Loch (North Loch), a boggy depression that was drained in the early 19th…

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum


    Overlooking the nautical bustle of Aberdeen harbour is the Maritime Museum, centred on a three-storey replica of a North Sea oil-production platform,…

  • Noltland Castle


    A half-mile west of Pierowall stands this sturdy ruined tower house, built in the 16th century by Gilbert Balfour, aide to Mary, Queen of Scots. The…

  • Whisky Museum


    As well as housing a selection of distillery memorabilia (try saying that after a few drams), the Whisky Museum holds ‘nosing and tasting evenings’ in the…

  • Wick Heritage Centre


    Tracking the rise and fall of the herring industry, this great town museum displays everything from fishing equipment to complete herring boats. It’s…

  • Gordon Highlanders Museum


    This excellent museum records the history of one of the British Army's most famous fighting units, described by Winston Churchill as 'the finest regiment…

  • Old Town Jail


    This impressive Victorian prison building lay derelict from the 1960s until 2015, when it was reopened as a visitor attraction. Costumed guides lead tours…

  • Burrell collection, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland.

    Burrell Collection


    One of Glasgow's top attractions, this outstanding museum 3 miles out of town houses everything from Chinese porcelain and medieval furniture to paintings…

  • Close up image on a summers day of Glamis castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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    Glamis Castle

    Dundee & Angus

    Looking every inch the Scottish Baronial castle, with its roofline sprouting a forest of pointed turrets and battlements, Glamis Castle claims to be the…

  • Historic Falkland Palace and village with landscaped gardens on a sunny summer day in Fife, Scotland, UK.

    Falkland Palace


    Falkland Palace, a 16th-century country residence of the Stuart monarchs, is prettier and in many ways more impressive and interesting than the Palace of…

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    Old Man of Hoy


    Hoy’s best-known sight is this 137m-high rock stack jutting from the ocean off the tip of an eroded headland. It's a tough ascent and for experienced…

  • A medieval courtyard fortress built around 1400 by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, the Scottish Regent.
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    Doune Castle

    Stirling Region

    Magnificent Doune Castle is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Scotland, having remained largely unchanged since it was built for the duke…

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    Arnol Blackhouse

    Outer Hebrides

    One of Scotland’s most evocative historic buildings, the Arnol Blackhouse is not so much a museum as a perfectly preserved fragment of a lost world. Built…

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    North & West Coast

    Photogenically sited at the entrance to Loch Duich, Eilean Donan is one of Scotland’s most evocative castles and must now be represented in millions of…

  • Aberlemno Pictish Stone in Scotland
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    Aberlemno Stones

    Dundee & Angus

    The mysterious Aberlemno stones are among Scotland's finest Pictish carved stones. By the roadside there are three 7th- to 9th-century slabs with various…

  • The Scottish Dolphin Centre, on the mouth of the River Spey, at Fochabers on the northern coast of Scotland.

    Scottish Dolphin Centre


    Based in a historic icehouse that used to store ice for preserving local salmon catches, this wildlife centre is one of the best land-based dolphin…

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    Callanish Standing Stones

    Outer Hebrides

    The Callanish Standing Stones, 15 miles west of Stornoway on the A858 road, form one of the most complete stone circles in Britain. It is one of the most…

  • Jarlshof


    Old and new collide here, with Sumburgh airport right by this picturesque, instructive archaeological site. Various periods of occupation from 2500 BC to…

  • Dunnottar Castle.

    Dunnottar Castle


    A pleasant, 20-minute walk along the clifftops south of Stonehaven harbour leads to the spectacular ruins of Dunnottar Castle, spread out across a grassy…

  • Looking down across Dr Neil's Garden and Duddingston Loch

    Dr Neil's Garden

    Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

    Edinburgh’s quintessential secret garden, in the shadow of a 12th-century kirk, is one of the most peaceful green spaces in Scotland. Cultivated in the…

  • Lauriston Castle, parts of which date back to the 15th century

    Lauriston Castle


    Lauriston Castle has one of the most remarkable Edwardian interiors in Scotland, with elements dating back to the 16th century. Gifted to the nation in…

  • Sandbar, known as a tombolo, connecting St Ninian's Isle with the mainland of the Shetland Islands off the north of Scotland.

    St Ninian's Isle


    A couple of miles beyond Bigton is the largest shell-and-sand tombolo (sand or gravel isthmus) in Britain. Walk across to beautiful, emerald-capped St…

  • St Andrews Cathedral

    St Andrews

    All that's left of one of Britain's most magnificent medieval buildings are ruined fragments of wall and arch, and a single towering gable, but you can…

  • Mackintosh at the Willow


    Opened in 2018, this reconstruction of the original Willow tearoom that Mackintosh designed and furnished in the early 20th century for restaurateur Kate…

  • Broch of Gurness


    Here is a fine example of the drystone fortified towers that were both a status symbol for powerful farmers and useful protection from raiders some 2200…

  • Dundonald Castle

    Southern Scotland

    Dundonald Castle commands impressive views and, in its main hall, has one of the finest barrel-vaulted ceilings preserved in Scotland. It was the first…

  • Scotland's Secret Bunker


    This fascinating – and chilling – monument to Cold War paranoia was built in the 1950s to serve as one of Britain’s regional command centres in the event…

  • Culross Palace


    More large house than palace, the 17th-century residence of local laird Sir George Bruce features an interior largely unchanged since his time. The…

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