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Top Choice Castle in Borders Region

Hermitage Castle

The 'guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain', Hermitage Castle embodies the brutal history of the Scottish Borders. Desolate but proud with its massive squared stone walls, it looks more like a lair for orc r…
Top Choice Historic Building in Borders Region

Traquair House

One of Scotland's great country houses, Traquair House has a power­ful, ethereal beauty, and exploring it is like time travel. Odd, sloping floors and a musty odour bestow a genuine feel, and parts of the building a…
Top Choice Landmark in Central Scotland

Falkirk Wheel

Completed in 2002, the Falkirk Wheel is a modern engineering marvel, a rotating boat lift that raises vessels 115ft from the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. Boat trips depart from the lower basin every 4…
Top Choice Music in Islay

Fèis Ìle

A week-long celebration of traditional Scottish music and whisky. Events include ceilidhs, pipe-band performances, distillery tours, barbecues and whisky tastings.
Top Choice Historic Building in South Ayrshire

Dumfries House

A Palladian mansion designed in the 1750s by the Adam brothers, Dumfries House is an architectural jewel: such is its preservation that Prince Charles personally intervened to ensure its protection. It contains an e…
Top Choice Museum in Dumfries & Galloway

Museum of Lead Mining

‘Lead mining’: even the phrase has a sort of dulling effect on the brain, and you’d think it’d be a tough ask to make the subject interesting. But this Wanlockhead museum, signposted 10 miles off the motorway northw…
Top Choice Church in Around Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel

The success of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and the subsequent Hollywood film has seen a flood of visitors descend on Scotland's most beautiful and enigmatic church – Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built in t…
Top Choice Palace in South Ayrshire

Culzean Castle & Country Park

The Scottish National Trust's flagship property, magnificent Culzean (kull-ane) is one of the most impressive of Scotland's great stately homes. On approach the castle floats into view like a mirage. Designed by Rob…
Top Choice Gallery in Around Edinburgh

Jupiter Artland

The grounds of 19th-century Bonnington House, just 10 miles west of Edinburgh, have been lovingly converted by owners and art patrons Robert and Nicky Wilson into a gorgeous, landscaped sculpture park, showcasing wo…
Top Choice Theatre in Mull


Mull's lively arts scene includes a famous theatre group, regular art exhibitions and concerts. This arts organisation puts on exhibitions, plays and concerts in Tobermory's An Tobar and elsewhere. Check its website…