Scotland Sightseeing, Attractions & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do throughout Scotland


Culzean Castle

Maybole

  • historic house
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  • natural landscape
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  • family-friendly
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  • seasonal opening
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  • National Trust
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • antiques
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  • architecture
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  • art
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  • furniture
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  • history
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  • walking

magnificent cliff-top castle, designed by Robert Adam, surrounded by woods, beaches, secret follies and play parks

  • museum
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • guided tours
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  • history
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  • local history
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  • maritime heritage
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  • social history

housed in a vast former shipyard building, this museum explores Scotland's importance to maritime history, with several floating exhibits

  • place of worship
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  • ruin
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  • family-friendly
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  • seasonal opening
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  • Historic Scotland
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  • shop
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  • history
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  • social history
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  • religion

despite being damaged during the Wars of Independence, this abbey ruin is surprisingly complete, offering great insights to monastic life

  • historic house
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • seasonal opening
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  • National Trust
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  • shop
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  • art
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  • history
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  • social history

thatched cottage, former home of shoemaker John Davidson, said to be the inspiration for Robert Burns' character "Souter Johnnie"

Dundonald Castle

Dundonald

  • archeological site
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  • fortress
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  • ruin
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  • open year round
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  • café
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  • shop
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  • visitor centre
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  • archeology
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  • history
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  • military history

14th century hilltop castle and surrounding woodland, former home of the Cochrane family, favourites of King Charles I