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Visitor attractions and information - Abington

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AttractionsThe Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead, By Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6UT. Tel: 01659 74387. Located in Scotland's highest village, visitors have a guided tour of the Lochgell Lead Mine, the Miners' Library, miners' cottages and industrial relics such as a beam engine dating back to the 1700s. leadminingmuseum.co.uk. About 8 miles southwest of Abington.

The Museum of Lead Mining

Attractions Coulter Motte, Biggar - Coulter Motte Hill is the site of an early medieval castle mound which dated from the 11th Century. An example of a Norman castle mound, it would have been surrounded by a moat and have a timber tower. It is now under the ownership of Historic Scotland. About 10 miles northeast of Abington.

Coulter Motte

Attractions The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest walk at 212 miles. It stretches west to east from Portpatrick, over the Mull of Galloway, to the North Sea cliffs at Cocksburnspath. It passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful and varied scenery. The Southern Upland Way passes 8 miles south of Abington.

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Visitor attractions and information - Alexandria

Attractions Balloch Castle, Loch Lomond Tel: 01389 758216. Balloch Castle Country Park lies within the 170 square miles of Loch Lomond Regional Park. The visitor centre is in Balloch Castle itself, but this is a modern version, built in 1808. The original castle was built in 1238 by the Earls of Lennox (before they built a more secure stronghold on Inchmurrin Island on the loch). There is now only a mound and a depression that was the moat, surviving from the original castle. About 4 miles north of Alexandria.

Balloch Castle

Attractions Geilston Garden NTS, Cardross, Dumbarton, G82 5HD. Tel: 01389 849187. This enchanting garden was first opened to visitors in 1998. It has many interesting features including a walled garden with glasshouses, a heather garden, herbaceous and mixed shrub borders and a spectacular Sequoiadendron giganteum. About 4 miles west of Alexandria.

Geilston Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Ayr

AttractionsAyr Racecourse (Tel: 01292264179) is situated in the beautiful countryside of Ayrshire and is home to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races. Hosting both flat and national hunt fixtures, Ayr Racecourse will provide all the thrills and excitement of a day out at the races for you and your family. ayr-racecourse.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Ayr.

Ayr Racecourse

Attractions Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lane, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ. Tel: 01292 443 700. The monument opened to the public in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of Scotland’s National Poet and a focus for events celebrating his life and work. burnsheritagepark.com. About 1 mile south of Ayr.

Burns National Heritage Park

Attractions Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway by Ayr KA7 4LD. Tel: 01292 441210. Goats, Deer, Ponies, Reptiles, Emu, Lemur, Prairie Dogs, Buffalo - and lots more!.www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk. About 4 miles south of Ayr.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Attractions Croy Brae (Electric Brae). Travel south down the A719 between Dunure and Croy Bay and experience the world famous Electric Brae (or Croy Brae). Care must be taken, but you can stop your car on the hill, leave the brakes off, and very slowly your car will roll up the hill! Whilst there is a slope of 1 in 86 upwards from the bend at the Glen, the configuration of the land on either side of the road provides an optical illusion making it look as if the slope is going the other way. Therefore, a stationary car on the road with the brakes off will appear to move slowly uphill. The term 'Electric Brae' dates from a time when it was incorrectly thought to be a phenomenon caused by electric or magnetic attraction within the Brae. About 9 miles south of Ayr.

Attractions Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire KA19 8LE. Tel: 01655 884 455. Pronounced "cullane", Culzean was the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It lies with the Culzean Castle Country Park and is open to the public. The castle is famous for appearing on the back of five pound notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and is notable for the Oval Staircase and Circular saloon. There is a Deer Park, Gas Court, Fountain Court and Swan Pond, mature parklands and gardens. About 12 miles south of Ayr.

Culzean Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Balmaha

Attractions The National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL. Tel: 01389 722 199. The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. Around 50,000 people walk parts of it every year. www.west-highland-way.co.uk . It passes through the centre of Balmaha .

The West Highland Way

Attractions Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park encompasses around 720 sq miles of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. It is an area of contrasts from rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north, and has many lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands. Balmaha is located on the east shore.www.lochlomond-trossachs.org.

Loch Lomond

Attractions Balloch Castle, Loch Lomond Tel: 01389 758216. Balloch Castle Country Park lies within the 170 square miles of Loch Lomond Regional Park. The visitor centre is in Balloch Castle itself, but this is a modern version, built in 1808. The original castle was built in 1238 by the Earls of Lennox (before they built a more secure stronghold on Inchmurrin Island on the loch). There is now only a mound and a depression that was the moat, surviving from the original castle. About 10 miles south of Balmaha .

Balloch Castle

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Visitor attractions and information for Biggar

Attractions Moat Park Heritage Centre, Biggar.Tel: 01899 221050 One of a series of museums and places of interest within the town of Biggar. Meet an Iron Age family or a Roman soldier. See the 'Menzies Moffat' tapestry. In the centre of Biggar.

Biggar Gasworks Museum Attractions Biggar Gasworks Museum Tel: 01899 221050 Find out how gas was made from coal in the only preserved gasworks in Scotland. This started life in 1836 and produced gas from coal for lighting, heating and cooking. Biggar Gas Works remains just as it was when it closed in 1973 following the arrival of North Sea gas. In the centre of Biggar.

Coulter MotteAttractions Coulter Motte, Biggar - Coulter Motte Hill is the site of an early medieval castle mound which dated from the 11th Century. An example of a Norman castle mound, it would have been surrounded by a moat and have a timber tower. It is now under the ownership of Historic Scotland. About 1.5 miles southwest of Biggar.

New Lanark World Heritage SiteAttractions New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire Tel: 01555 661345 Discover the fascinating history of New Lanark and Robert Owen in our award-winning Visitor Centre. About 11 miles west of Biggar.

www.newlanark.org

Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife ReserveAttractions Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Tel: 01555 665262. Located near the World Heritage village of New Lanark, the reserve covers 59 hectares, has woodland along the River Clyde gorge and four spectacular waterfalls. The Falls of Clyde is owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland's leading wildlife conservation organisation. It is a spectacular reserve with unrivalled opportunities to view peregrine falcons, badgers and bats. About 11 miles west of Biggar.

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Visitor attractions and information - Bridge of Orchy

Attractions The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. Around 50,000 people walk parts of it every year. It passes through the centre of Bridge of Orchy.

west-highland-way.co.uk

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Visitor attractions and information - Crianlarich

The West Highland WayAttractions The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. Around 50,000 people walk parts of it every year. It passes through the village of Crianlarich.

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Ben MoreAttractions Ben More (1174 metres) rises impressively above Glen Dochart just east of Crianlarich and is the highest mountain south of Strath Tay and one of the most imposing in the southern highlands. The sweep of its northern slopes rising a thousand metres from glen to summit are very obvious and a challenge to hillwalkers. The traverse of Ben More and its equally fine southern twin, Stob Binnein (1165 metres) is one of the classic hillwalks in the southern highlands. About 3 miles east of Crianlarich.

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Visitor attractions and information - Dunoon

Attractions Dunoon Castle. Between the two bays of Dunoon is a hilly nose of land sticking out into the estuary. This is the site of Dunoon Castle, once a major stronghold and built some time around 1050. It had been abandoned by 1650 and today nothing remains beyond a few grassy lumps on top of the hill that provides an excellent viewpoint over the town and the Firth of Clyde. Location: On the outskirts of Dunoon.

Dunoon Castle

Attractions Dunoon Castle House Museum, Argyll Gardens (opposite the ferry landing stage), Dunoon, Argyll. Tel. 01369 701422. The Museum traces the development of the Cowal peninsula from prehistoric times to the present day. Notable are a fine Neolithic pot and an outstanding collection of Clyde steamer models. Four rooms recreate the Victoria lifestyle of Dunoon residents. www.castlehouse museum.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Dunoon.

Dunoon Castle House Museum

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Visitor attractions and information - East Kilbride

AttractionsDavid Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY. Tel: 01698 823140. Situated within 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and once home to 24 families, the tenement was converted into a museum in 1929 and charts Livingstone`s life and explorations in Africa, with many of his travel aids including diaries, scientific and navigational equipment. About 3 miles northeast of East Kilbride.

David Livingstone Centre

AttractionsHamilton Park Racecourse, Bothwell Road, Hamilton ML3 0DW. Tel: 01698 283806. Hamilton Park is conveniently located just off the M74. Racegoers can enjoy flat racing throughout the season. About 4 miles east of East Kilbride.

Hamilton Park Racecourse

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Visitor attractions and information - Girvan

AttractionsBargany Gardens, Girvan, KA26 9QL Ayrshire. A woodland garden with lily pond, walled garden and rock garden. Picnic area. About 4 miles northeast of Girvan.

Bargany Gardens

Attractions Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY. Tel: 01655 760603. This cottage was the home of souter (shoemaker) John Davidson and his family. Souter Johnnie was immortalised by Burns in the poem Tam O’ Shanter. The thatched cottage, built in 1785, is furnished in period style and contains Burns memorabilia. It also contains a workshop displaying the tools of a village souter. About 6 miles northeast of Girvan.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Attractions Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway by Ayr KA7 4LD. Tel: 01292 441210. Goats, Deer, Ponies, Reptiles, Emu, Lemur, Prairie Dogs, Buffalo - and lots more!www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk. About 12 miles north of Girvan.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Attractions Croy Brae (Electric Brae). Travel south down the A719 between Dunure and Croy Bay and experience the world famous Electric Brae (or Croy Brae). Care must be taken, but you can stop your car on the hill, leave the brakes off, and very slowly your car will roll up the hill! Whilst there is a slope of 1 in 86 upwards from the bend at the Glen, the configuration of the land on either side of the road provides an optical illusion making it look as if the slope is going the other way. Therefore, a stationary car on the road with the brakes off will appear to move slowly uphill. The term 'Electric Brae' dates from a time when it was incorrectly thought to be a phenomenon caused by electric or magnetic attraction within the Brae. About 10 miles north of Girvan.

Croy Brae (Electric Brae).

Attractions Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire KA19 8LE. Tel: 01655 884 455. Pronounced "cullane", Culzean was the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It lies with the Culzean Castle Country Park and is open to the public. The castle is famous for appearing on the back of five pound notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and is notable for the Oval Staircase and Circular saloon. There is a Deer Park, Gas Court, Fountain Court and Swan Pond, mature parklands and gardens. About 8 miles north of Girvan.

Culzean Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Glasgow

AttractionsCathkin Braes Country Park covers a large area in the south east of Glasgow. It is a familiar landmark reaching 200 metres above sea level, the highest point in Glasgow, and has panoramic views over the city. The park is approximately five miles south of the city centre. It is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty and therefore there are no formal facilities in the park. Car parking is available in lay-byes along the B759, Cathkin Road. Location: On the outskirts of Glasgow.

Cathkin Braes Country Park

Attractions Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH. Tel: 0141 229 1996. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the centre of Glasgow, just off Buchanan Street and close to Central Station. Location: In the centre of Glasgow.

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

Attractions Located in the West End of Glasgow, The Botanic Gardens are a large parkland housing several huge glasshouses. The Kibble Palace is one of the largest glasshouses in Britain and contains tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand and plants from Africa, the Americas and the Far East. Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G12 0UE, (near Hillhead Underground Station). Tel: 0141 334 2422. Location: In the centre of Glasgow.

 Glasgow, The Botanic Gardens

Attractions The Forth and Clyde Canal - The Great Canal, as it was called in its early days, was built from east to west, and the whole construction took 22 years, including a 7 year break in which no work was carried out due to lack of funds. The canal goes from the Forth at Grangemouth to Bowling on the Clyde. The Forth and Clyde Canal Society was formed in 1980 to campaign for the canal's restoration. Old canalside buildings became houses, pubs or restaurants. More boats appeared on the water and more walkers, cyclists and fishing folk used the towpath. Boat Charters / Hires. Tel: 0141 772.1620. forthandclyde.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Glasgow.

 The Forth and Clyde Canal

Attractions Firhill Park - the home of Partick Thistle F.C. Firhill Stadium, 80 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7AL. Tel: 0141 579 1971. Location: On the outskirts of Glasgow.

Partick Thistle F.C.

Attractions The King's Theatre Glasgow opened in 1904. (Tel: 0141 240 1111). The Mitchell Theatre was built between 1873, and after a fire was reconstruction in 1972. (Tel: 0141 287 4855). Location: In the centre of Glasgow.

Attractions Glasgow Science Centre offers many activities. The Science Mall overlooks the Clyde and has three floors packed with exhibits, cafes and shop. Hands-on exhibits, workshops, science shows, and ScottishPower Planetarium. The IMAX Cinema has a screen bigger than a 5-a-side football pitch. Tel: 0871 540 1000. www.glasgowsciencecentre.org. Location: In the centre of Glasgow.

Glasgow Science Centre

Attractions Ibrox Stadium - home of Rangers F.C, is about 3 miles West from the city centre. Glasgow Airport is about 7 miles. The Ibrox Underground station is immediately adjacent to the Stadium on Copland Road. About 3 miles west of Glasgow.

Ibrox Stadium

Attractions The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is one of Glasgow's leading visitor attractions. It is also one of the cheapest days out. Glasgow Harbour is a new waterfront regeneration project in Glasgow. Disabled access exists throughout most areas of the ship and disabled toilet facilities are also available. Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ. Tel: 0141 222 2513. www.thetallship.com. Location: In the centre of Glasgow.

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour

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Visitor attractions and information - Gourock

Attractions McLean Museum & Art Gallery, 15 Kelly Street, Greenock, Inverclyde PA16 8JX. Tel: 01475 715624. Ship and engine models, natural history, ethnography and excellent fine art collection. About 2 miles east of Gourock.

McLean Museum & Art Gallery

Attractions The Kempock Stone is a Standing Stone, also known as Granny Kempock and Granny Kempock's stone, this 6ft megalith was once a landmark to ships passing Kempock point. Location: On the outskirts of Gourock.

The Kempock Stone

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Visitor attractions and information - Greenock

Attractions McLean Museum & Art Gallery, 15 Kelly Street, Greenock, Inverclyde PA16 8JX. Tel: 01475 715624. Ship and engine models, natural history, ethnography and excellent fine art collection. Location: In the centreof Greenock.

McLean Museum & Art Gallery

Attractions The Kempock Stone is a Standing Stone, also known as Granny Kempock and Granny Kempock's stone, this 6ft megalith was once a landmark to ships passing Kempock point. About 4 miles west of Greenock.

Kempock Stone

Attractions Newark Castle, Port Glasgow is a fine and well-preserved building sitting on the south shore of the Firth of Clyde and enjoying wonderful views across the river. Its setting is an unexpected one. It lies close to the centre of Port Glasgow and immediately to its west is a shipyard. Newark Castle came into state care in 1909 and is now a property of Historic Scotland with excellent visitor facilities. About 3 miles east of Greenock.

Newark Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Hamilton

AttractionsDavid Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY. Tel: 01698 823140. Situated within 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and once home to 24 families, the tenement was converted into a museum in 1929 and charts Livingstone`s life and explorations in Africa, with many of his travel aids including diaries, scientific and navigational equipment. About 2 miles from Hamilton.

David Livingstone Centre

AttractionsHamilton Park Racecourse, Bothwell Road, Hamilton ML3 0DW. Tel: 01698 283806. Hamilton Park is conveniently located just off the M74. Racegoers can enjoy flat racing throughout the season. Location: On the outskirts of Hamilton.

Hamilton Park Racecourse

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Visitor attractions and information - Inveraray

Attractions Inveraray Castle, Inverary is a remarkable piece of architecture incorporating Baroque, Palladian and Gothic.The castle is still the home for the chief of the Campbell clan, also known as the Duke of Argyll. Only a portion of the castle is open to the public and no cameras or video equipment are allowed into the interior of the castle. The castle was built in 1744 by the third Duke of Argyll. The interior of the castle was finished in 1771. www.inveraray-castle.com. Location: On the outskirts of Inveraray.

Attractions Inveraray Maritime Museum, The Pier, Inverary PA32 8UY. Tel: 01499 302213. The museum collection is displayed aboard the Arctic Penguin, a three-masted schooner built in 1911. The ship is an excellent example of a riveted iron vessel from the period of the Titanic and the exhibition relates to the maritime history of the River Clyde and the West Coast of Scotland. www.inveraraypier.com. Location: In the centre of Inveraray.

Attractions Argyll Wildlife Park, Dalchenna, Inveraray, Argyll PA32 8XT.
Tel: 01499 302264. 55 acres of natural habitat where you will see Snowy the albino wallaby and his family, wild cats, badgers, racoons, arctic, red, silver foxes, monkeys, buzzards, owls and pleasant, goats, Barbie the red deer and fallow deer. The waterfall has a collection of swans and geese plus a variety of ducks and hens. Picnic area and parking.
About 3 miles southwest of Inveraray.

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Visitor attractions and information - Irvine

Attractions Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbourside, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8QE. Tel: 01294 278 283. The Museum's Boatshop on Irvine's harbourside has exhibitions, ship models and a children's activity area. The guided tours start here throughout the day. Visit Scotland's "Cathedral to Engineering", the Linthouse Engine Shop, built in 1872, where you can explore much of the Museum's collection inside, including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, smaller boats, canoes and lifeboats. www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org. Location: On the outskirts of Irvine.

Scottish Maritime Museum

AttractionsAyr Racecourse (Tel: 01292264179) is situated in the beautiful countryside of Ayrshire and is home to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races. Hosting both flat and national hunt fixtures, Ayr Racecourse will provide all the thrills and excitement of a day out at the races for you and your family. ayr-racecourse.co.uk. About 10 miles south of Irvine.

Ayr Racecourse

Attractions Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lane, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ. Tel: 01292 443 700. The monument opened to the public in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of Scotland’s National Poet and a focus for events celebrating his life and work. burnsheritagepark.com. About 12 miles south of Irvine.

Burns National Heritage Park

Attractions Eglinton Country Park and Castle, Kilwinning. This beautiful country park is built around the former Eglinton Montgomery Estate. Exhibitions displayed in the visitor centre explain the natural history and the former past of the area, including fascinating material on the Eglinton Tournament of 1839. Eglinton Castle stands in the grounds of Eglinton Country Park, only ruins remain of this 18th century castle built by Hugh Montgomery, the 12th Earl. About 2 miles north of Irvine.

Eglinton Country Park and Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Kilmarnock

AttractionsDean Castle, Kilmarnock Tel: 01563 522702. Formerly the home of the Boyd family, Earl of Kilmarnock, Dean Castle houses a wonderful collection of arms, armour, tapestries and musical instruments. The earliest part of the fortress is the square Keep, built around 1350 by the Boyd family. www.deancastle.com. Location: On the outskirts of Kilmarnock.

Dean Castle Country Park

AttractionsDick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU. The Dick Institute, opened in April 1901, has two Art Galleries and three Museum Galleries, housing permanent and temporary displays of Fine Art, Contemporary Art and Craft, Local and Industrial History and Natural Sciences. Location: In the centre of Kilmarnock.

Dick Institute

AttractionsLoudon Castle Theme Park, Galston, Ayrshire, KA4 8PE. Tel: 01563 822 296. A great day out for the whole family with rides and entertainment to suit all ages. About 4 miles east of Kilmarnock.

Loudon Castle Theme Park

Attractions Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbourside, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8QE. Tel: 01294 278 283. The Museum's Boatshop on Irvine's harbourside has exhibitions, ship models and a children's activity area. The guided tours start here throughout the day. Visit Scotland's "Cathedral to Engineering", the Linthouse Engine Shop, built in 1872, where you can explore much of the Museum's collection inside, including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, smaller boats, canoes and lifeboats. www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org. About 8 miles west of Kilmarnock.

Scottish Maritime Museum

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Visitor attractions and information for Lanark

Attractions New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire Tel: 01555 661345 Discover the fascinating history of New Lanark and Robert Owen in our award-winning Visitor Centre. www.newlanark.org. About 1 mile south of Lanark.

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Attractions Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Tel: 01555 665262. Located near the World Heritage village of New Lanark, the reserve covers 59 hectares, has woodland along the River Clyde gorge and four spectacular waterfalls. The Falls of Clyde is owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scotland's leading wildlife conservation organisation. It is a spectacular reserve with unrivalled opportunities to view peregrine falcons, badgers and bats. About 2 miles south of Lanark.

Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve

Attractions Coulter Motte, Biggar - Coulter Motte Hill is the site of an early medieval castle mound which dated from the 11th Century. An example of a Norman castle mound, it would have been surrounded by a moat and have a timber tower. It is now under the ownership of Historic Scotland. About 10 miles east of Lanark.

Coulter Motte

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Visitor attractions and information - Largs

Attractions Skelmorlie Aisle, Largs Old Kirk, High Street, Largs Tel: 01475 672450. Hidden away in Largs' Old Kirk is Skelmorlie Aisle, a gem of Renaissance architecture unique in Scotland. This jewel-like monument was erected in 1636 for Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie and contains an elaborate carved stone tomb in Renaissance style and a painted timber ceiling, with lively scenes illustrating the seasons. The tomb was decorated by Scottish masons following Italian patterns and also includes the coat of arms. Info: Jun-Aug Mon-Fri 1400-1700; keys from museum next door. Free. Location: In the centre of Largs.

Skelmorlie Aisle

Attractions Vikingar, Greenock Road, Largs KA30 8QL. Tel: 01475 689777.
The award winning Vikingar! is a multi-media exhibition which fully describes the Viking influence in Scotland, which ended with the Battle of Largs in 1263. Other facilities include a theatre and cinema, swimming pool, café, bar and gift shop.
Location: In the centre of Largs.

Vikingar!

Attractions Clyde Marine Cruises of Greenock, Tel 01475-721281.You can take a boat trip during July and August from Largs to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. The old paddle steamer Waverley departs from Largs on Tuesdays during the summer, Tel 0141-2218152, to Arran and Bute. Details from the tourist office. Location: In the centre of Largs.

Clyde Marine Cruises of Greenock

AttractionsKelburn Castle and Country Centre, Fairlie KA29 0BE. Tel: 01475 568 685. The family home of the Earls of Glasgow, Kelburn castle dates back to the 13th century. It is still lived in by the present Earl and family, is open to the public in July and August and provides an impressive background to exotic gardens, famous trees and many features of historical interest. The Kelburn Glen with its waterfalls and deep gorges is regarded as one of Scotland's most beautiful woodlands and leads to spectacular views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde. www.kelburncountrycentre.com. About 2 miles south of Largs.

Kelburn Castle and Country Centre

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Visitor attractions and information - Lochgilphead

Attractions Kilmory Castle Gardens, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT. Tel: 01546 - 602127. These historic gardens stand in the attractive grounds of Kilmory Castle. The gardens still retain many rare trees and shrubs including fine rhododendrons and recent restorations include herbaceous borders and collections of hardy ferns and alpines. The gardens form part of Kilmory Woodland park which also offers a network of woodland walks linking a lochside picnic area, bird hide, superb viewpoints and archaeological sites. About 3 miles south of Lochgilphead.

Kilmory Castle Gardens

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Visitor attractions and information - Loch Lomond

Attractions The National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL. Tel: 01389 722 199. The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. Around 50,000 people walk parts of it every year. www.west-highland-way.co.uk. It follows the east shore of Loch Lomond

The West Highland Way

Attractions Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park encompasses around 720 sq miles of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. It is an area of contrasts from rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north, and has many lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands.www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

Loch Lomond

Attractions Balloch Castle, Loch Lomond Tel: 01389 758216. Balloch Castle Country Park lies within the 170 square miles of Loch Lomond Regional Park. The visitor centre is in Balloch Castle itself, but this is a modern version, built in 1808. The original castle was built in 1238 by the Earls of Lennox (before they built a more secure stronghold on Inchmurrin Island on the loch). There is now only a mound and a depression that was the moat, surviving from the original castle.

Balloch Castle

Loch Lomond hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Luss

Attractions The National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL. Tel: 01389 722 199. The West Highland Way is 152km (95 miles) long. The walk links Milngavie to Fort William - from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain, following the shores of its largest freshwater loch. Around 50,000 people walk parts of it every year. www.west-highland-way.co.uk

The West Highland Way

Attractions Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park encompasses around 720 sq miles of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. It is an area of contrasts from rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north, and has many lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands. www.lochlomond-trossachs.org. Luss is located on the west shore.

Loch Lomond

Attractions Balloch Castle, Loch Lomond Tel: 01389 758216. Balloch Castle Country Park lies within the 170 square miles of Loch Lomond Regional Park. The visitor centre is in Balloch Castle itself, but this is a modern version, built in 1808. The original castle was built in 1238 by the Earls of Lennox (before they built a more secure stronghold on Inchmurrin Island on the loch). There is now only a mound and a depression that was the moat, surviving from the original castle. About 8 miles south of Luss.

Balloch Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Maybole

Attractions Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY. Tel: 01655 760603. This cottage was the home of souter (shoemaker) John Davidson and his family. Souter Johnnie was immortalised by Burns in the poem Tam O’ Shanter. The thatched cottage, built in 1785, is furnished in period style and contains Burns memorabilia. It also contains a workshop displaying the tools of a village souter. About 4 miles southwest of Maybole.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

AttractionsAyr Racecourse (Tel: 01292264179) is situated in the beautiful countryside of Ayrshire and is home to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races. Hosting both flat and national hunt fixtures, Ayr Racecourse will provide all the thrills and excitement of a day out at the races for you and your family. ayr-racecourse.co.uk. About 10 miles north of Maybole.

Ayr Racecourse

Attractions Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lane, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ. Tel: 01292 443 700. The monument opened to the public in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of Scotland’s National Poet and a focus for events celebrating his life and work. burnsheritagepark.com. About 7 miles north of Maybole.

Burns National Heritage Park

Attractions Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway by Ayr KA7 4LD. Tel: 01292 441210. Goats, Deer, Ponies, Reptiles, Emu, Lemur, Prairie Dogs, Buffalo - and lots more!www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk. About 7 miles north of Maybole.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Attractions Croy Brae (Electric Brae). Travel south down the A719 between Dunure and Croy Bay and experience the world famous Electric Brae (or Croy Brae). Care must be taken, but you can stop your car on the hill, leave the brakes off, and very slowly your car will roll up the hill! Whilst there is a slope of 1 in 86 upwards from the bend at the Glen, the configuration of the land on either side of the road provides an optical illusion making it look as if the slope is going the other way. Therefore, a stationary car on the road with the brakes off will appear to move slowly uphill. The term 'Electric Brae' dates from a time when it was incorrectly thought to be a phenomenon caused by electric or magnetic attraction within the Brae. About 4 miles west of Maybole.

Attractions Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire KA19 8LE. Tel: 01655 884 455. Pronounced "cullane", Culzean was the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It lies with the Culzean Castle Country Park and is open to the public. The castle is famous for appearing on the back of five pound notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and is notable for the Oval Staircase and Circular saloon. There is a Deer Park, Gas Court, Fountain Court and Swan Pond, mature parklands and gardens. About 5 miles west of Maybole.

Culzean Castle

Maybole hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Motherwell

Attractions Low Parks Museum, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton ML3 6BJ. Tel: 01698 328232. The museum is based in historic buildings that were once part of the Duke of Hamilton's estate and were extensively refurbished in recent years. Included in the collections is the story of the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) Regiment which disbanded in 1968. About 2 miles southwest of Motherwell.

Low Parks Museum

AttractionsDavid Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY. Tel: 01698 823140. Situated within 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and once home to 24 families, the tenement was converted into a museum in 1929 and charts Livingstone`s life and explorations in Africa, with many of his travel aids including diaries, scientific and navigational equipment. About 4 miles northwest of Motherwell.

David Livingstone Centre

AttractionsHamilton Park Racecourse, Bothwell Road, Hamilton ML3 0DW. Tel: 01698 283806. Hamilton Park is conveniently located just off the M74. Racegoers can enjoy flat racing throughout the season. About 2 miles west of Motherwell.

Hamilton Park Racecourse

Motherwell hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Oban

AttractionsMcCaig's Tower, Oban. The famous landmark of McCaig's Tower is a Colosseum-like structure, built on a hill overlooking Oban Bay. The tower is nearly one hundred years old and stands approximately 70 metres above sea level, the height of the wall varying from 9 to 14 metres according to the different levels of the ground. It dominates the Oban skyline and the short steep walk to its viewing platform is well worth the effort. Location: On the outskirts of Oban.

McCaig's Tower

Attractions Oban Distillery, Stafford Street, Oban Tel: 01631 572004. At Oban Distillery you can see the distillers at work crafting a rich, sweet malt whisky with a subtle hint of sea salt and peaty smokiness. Location: In the centre of Oban.

Oban Distillery

Oban Hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Paisley

Attractions Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, High Street, Paisley, Strathclyde, PA1 2BA.Tel: 0141 889 315. A world famous collection of Paisley shawls. The general collection illustrates the local, social, industrial and natural history of Paisley and Renfrew district. The art collection includes a large collection of studio ceramics. Location: In the centre of Paisley.

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Attractions Paisley Abbey Church stands in the heart of Paisley, just to the east of Paisley Town Hall. It is built largely of a fine grey stone. In 1981 a magnificent timber ceiling was erected in the nave, to replace a "temporary" plaster ceiling inserted in 1788. The Abbey is extremely long - 279 feet from the West Door to the East Window. Location: In the centre of Paisley.

Paisley Abbey Church

AttractionsPollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT. Tel: 0141 616 6410. Pollok House is an elegant mansion in the middle of Pollok park, presented to the City of Glasgow by the owner Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald in 1966. Her family had owned the estate for almost 700 years. Pollok House is now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Pollok Park also houses the World Famous Burrell Collection. About 4 miles east of Paisley.

Pollok House

Paisley hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Skelmorlie

Attractions Skelmorlie Aisle, Largs Old Kirk, High Street, Largs Tel: 01475 672450. Hidden away in Largs' Old Kirk is Skelmorlie Aisle, a gem of Renaissance architecture unique in Scotland. This jewel-like monument was erected in 1636 for Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie and contains an elaborate carved stone tomb in Renaissance style and a painted timber ceiling, with lively scenes illustrating the seasons. The tomb was decorated by Scottish masons following Italian patterns and also includes the coat of arms. Info: Jun-Aug Mon-Fri 1400-1700; keys from museum next door. Free. About 6 miles south of Skelmorlie.

Skelmorlie Aisle

Attractions Vikingar, Greenock Road, Largs KA30 8QL. Tel: 01475 689777.
The award winning Vikingar! is a multi-media exhibition which fully describes the Viking influence in Scotland, which ended with the Battle of Largs in 1263. Other facilities include a theatre and cinema, swimming pool, café, bar and gift shop.
About 6 miles south of Skelmorlie.

Vikingar!

Attractions Clyde Marine Cruises of Greenock, Tel 01475-721281.You can take a boat trip during July and August from Largs to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. The old paddle steamer Waverley departs from Largs on Tuesdays during the summer, Tel 0141-2218152, to Arran and Bute. Details from the tourist office. About 6 miles south of Skelmorlie.

Clyde Marine Cruises of Greenock

AttractionsKelburn Castle and Country Centre, Fairlie KA29 0BE. Tel: 01475 568 685. The family home of the Earls of Glasgow, Kelburn castle dates back to the 13th century. It is still lived in by the present Earl and family, is open to the public in July and August and provides an impressive background to exotic gardens, famous trees and many features of historical interest. The Kelburn Glen with its waterfalls and deep gorges is regarded as one of Scotland's most beautiful woodlands and leads to spectacular views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde. www.kelburncountrycentre.com. About 8 miles south of Skelmorlie.

Kelburn Castle and Country Centre

Skelmorlie hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Taynuilt

AttractionsMcCaig's Tower, Oban. The famous landmark of McCaig's Tower is a Colosseum-like structure, built on a hill overlooking Oban Bay. The tower is nearly one hundred years old and stands approximately 70 metres above sea level, the height of the wall varying from 9 to 14 metres according to the different levels of the ground. It dominates the Oban skyline and the short steep walk to its viewing platform is well worth the effort. About 12 miles west of Taynuilt.

Attractions Oban Distillery, Stafford Street, Oban Tel: 01631 572004. At Oban Distillery you can see the distillers at work crafting a rich, sweet malt whisky with a subtle hint of sea salt and peaty smokiness. About 12 miles west of Taynuilt.

Taynult hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Tighnabruaich

Attractions Tighnabruaich Sailing School PA 21 2AH. Tel: 01700 811717. Tighnabruaich Sailing School is well known for providing some of the best sailing instruction in Scotland. www.tssargyll.co.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Tighnabruaich.

Tighnabruaich hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Troon

Attractions Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbourside, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8QE. Tel: 01294 278 283. The Museum's Boatshop on Irvine's harbourside has exhibitions, ship models and a children's activity area. The guided tours start here throughout the day. Visit Scotland's "Cathedral to Engineering", the Linthouse Engine Shop, built in 1872, where you can explore much of the Museum's collection inside, including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, smaller boats, canoes and lifeboats. www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org. About 5 miles north of Troon.

Scottish Maritime Museum

AttractionsAyr Racecourse (Tel: 01292264179) is situated in the beautiful countryside of Ayrshire and is home to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races. Hosting both flat and national hunt fixtures, Ayr Racecourse will provide all the thrills and excitement of a day out at the races for you and your family. ayr-racecourse.co.uk. About 6 miles south of Troon.

Ayr Racecourse

Attractions Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lane, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ. Tel: 01292 443 700. The monument opened to the public in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of Scotland’s National Poet and a focus for events celebrating his life and work. burnsheritagepark.com. About 10 miles south of Troon.

Burns National Heritage Park

Attractions Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway by Ayr KA7 4LD. Tel: 01292 441210. Goats, Deer, Ponies, Reptiles, Emu, Lemur, Prairie Dogs, Buffalo - and lots more!www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk. About 10 miles south of Troon.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Troon hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Turnberry

Attractions Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY. Tel: 01655 760603. This cottage was the home of souter (shoemaker) John Davidson and his family. Souter Johnnie was immortalised by Burns in the poem Tam O’ Shanter. The thatched cottage, built in 1785, is furnished in period style and contains Burns memorabilia. It also contains a workshop displaying the tools of a village souter. About 3 miles northeast of Turnberry.

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

AttractionsAyr Racecourse (Tel: 01292264179) is situated in the beautiful countryside of Ayrshire and is home to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races. Hosting both flat and national hunt fixtures, Ayr Racecourse will provide all the thrills and excitement of a day out at the races for you and your family. ayr-racecourse.co.uk. About 16 miles northeast of Turnberry.

Ayr Racecourse

Attractions Burns National Heritage Park, Murdoch's Lane, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ. Tel: 01292 443 700. The monument opened to the public in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage for admirers of Scotland’s National Poet and a focus for events celebrating his life and work. burnsheritagepark.com. About 14 mile northeast of Turnberry.

Burns National Heritage Park

Attractions Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway by Ayr KA7 4LD. Tel: 01292 441210. Goats, Deer, Ponies, Reptiles, Emu, Lemur, Prairie Dogs, Buffalo - and lots more!www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk. About 13 miles northeast of Turnberry.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Attractions Croy Brae (Electric Brae). Travel south down the A719 between Dunure and Croy Bay and experience the world famous Electric Brae (or Croy Brae). Care must be taken, but you can stop your car on the hill, leave the brakes off, and very slowly your car will roll up the hill! Whilst there is a slope of 1 in 86 upwards from the bend at the Glen, the configuration of the land on either side of the road provides an optical illusion making it look as if the slope is going the other way. Therefore, a stationary car on the road with the brakes off will appear to move slowly uphill. The term 'Electric Brae' dates from a time when it was incorrectly thought to be a phenomenon caused by electric or magnetic attraction within the Brae. About 9 miles northeast of Turnberry.

Attractions Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire KA19 8LE. Tel: 01655 884 455. Pronounced "cullane", Culzean was the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It lies with the Culzean Castle Country Park and is open to the public. The castle is famous for appearing on the back of five pound notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and is notable for the Oval Staircase and Circular saloon. There is a Deer Park, Gas Court, Fountain Court and Swan Pond, mature parklands and gardens. About 5 miles northeast of Turnberry.

Culzean Castle

Turnberry hotels

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