Walking & Cycling Guide

recommended places to go for a walk or ride your bike


Balmoral Castle

Ballater

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the Scottish home of the British Royal Family since Queen Victoria's time and displaying major Scottish works of art, surrounded by extensive gardens

Brodick Castle

Isle of Arran

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Enjoy a new, interactive visitor experience in the castle, including a Victorian arcade and extensive gardens and woodland

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stately home, architectural masterpiece, housing an outstanding art collection and stunning interiors, set in 1000 acres of parkland and featured in Brideshead Revisited and Victoria

Glamis Castle

Glamis

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childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' with sumptuous furnishings and extensive grounds

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situated outdoors on the banks of the Seine, this unremarkable collection was founded in 1980 and is devoted to modern sculpture, mainly of the period since World War II

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covering 25 acres with a long, rectangular ornamental pool, bordered by stone and bronze-gilt statues with the Eiffel Tower close by.

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magnificent coastal scenery and wildlife, archaeology, geology in the Special Area of Conservation along the Heritage Coast

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with nature and archeological trails, fishing, sailing and children's adventure playground, there is plenty here to keep the family occupied

Loch Lomond Shores

Alexandria

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a major tourist development with various family friendly visitor attractions, outdoor activities and boat trips

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overlooking the bitterly contested Omaha Beach, the endless rows of crosses and Stars of David seem to be endless. There is a very good Visitor Centre, this is one of the largest American war cemeteries in Europe

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with up to the minute information about the weather forecasts and specific advice on climbing Ben Nevis and guides for local walks

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with displays showing the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house, a working tidal mill and family picnic areas

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with imposing, round, entrance towers filled with treasures including, a medieval dining room, a vast library and a grand salon filled with Sévres porcelain, Gobelins tapestries and an astronomical clock. Musée de Poupées also sited here.

Chateau de Keriolet

Concarneau

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dating from the 13th Century, but re-built in the 19th to provide an exquisite example of Empire architecture with intriguing Russian connections revealed during the tour

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build dens in the woods, cook your own food at one of our campfires, play on the rope swings or use our free pond dipping kits and games for the meadow

Dumfries House

Cumnock

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an architectural jewel with an extraordinary collection of Chippendale furniture and numerous objets d'art, stunning gardens and children's adventure playground

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh

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one of the world's leading conservation zoos, helping to save many endangered species. Main attractions include Giant Pandas and the penguin parade

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with 70 acres of woodlands, ancient monuments, industrial and farming history and children friendly interactive displays

inveraray Castle

Inveraray

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visually stunning castle with fairy tale turrets with an impressive armoury hall and has been used in the TV series 'Downton Abbey'

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established in the seventeenth century with a variety of gardens and a school of botany

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