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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Arran

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Attractions Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY. Tel (01770) 302202. Brodick Castle, its gardens and country park stretch from the shore to the highest peak on Arran. Crossing from the mainland, the journey is memorable with spectacular views of Goatfell from the ferry. The original castle was built some time after 1266 for the Stewarts of Menteith. During the Wars of Independence it was held by the English until retaken by the Scots in 1307. Today's visitor is more likely to see the work that began in 1844, in effect to convert the castle into a stately home for the Hamiltons. On the east coast of Isle of Arran.

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Attractions The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, Brodick. The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, founded in 1976 (open to the public in 1979) is on the main road, at Rosaburn, just north of Brodick, on the beautiful Island of Arran. Originally the site of a small school, the present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room. The exhibits reflect the social history, archaeology and geology of the island.. On the east coast of the Isle of Arran.

The Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Attractions Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza. Tel: 01770 830264. The Distillery, nestled below the high mountains in Lochranza bay, produces a delightful range of whiskies without the use of peat in our process or caramel for artificial colouring - thus ensuring our products are true to the character of the Island and as such are 'the true spirit of nature'. The Visitor Centre is open from March to October each year, with its highly rated restaurant. On the north coast of the Isle of Arran.

Isle of Arran Distillery

Attractions Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran. Lochranza Castle is located about 15 miles north of Brodick, the capital of the Isle of Arran. Once a hunting lodge of the Scottish Kings, this 14th century castle is now in ruins, but is very picturesque. On the north coast of the Isle of Arran.

Lochranza Castle

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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Colonsay

Attractions Kiloran Gardens, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61. Tel: 01951 200312. A range of exotic trees and shrubs. In the north of the Isle of Colonsay.

 Kiloran Gardens

The Colonsay House and Woodland Garden

Attractions Colonsay House and Woodland Gardens, Colonsay House, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR. Tel: 01951 200211. The Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden is considered to be one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. It was planted mostly in the 1930's and has an exceptional variety, not only of rhododendrons, but also of trees and shrubs including some exotic species from the southern hemisphere. The woodland garden covers some 20 acres. The Colonsay House private gardens and shop are open on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. The Woodland garden is open 7 days a week throughout the year.

The Colonsay House and Woodland Garden

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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Mull

AttractionsIsle of Mull Rail, Craignure, Isle of Mull PA65 6AY. Tel: 01680 812494. Scotland's original and only island passenger railway. The terminal at Craignure is reached by the 80 car/1000 passenger Isle of Mull ferry from Oban. The Railway Timetable links in with most ferry sailings. The railway is 1¼ miles (2 km) long and operates steam and diesel hauled trains to Torosay. The train journey is one of great beauty as the 260 mm gauge trains potter slowly alongside the Sound of Mull with extensive views of Ben Nevis, the Glencoe hills, the island of Lismore and the mass of Ben Cruachan. On the east coast of the Isle of Mull.

Isle of Mull Rail

Attractions Torosay Castle, Craignure, Isle of Mull, PA65 6AY. Tel: 01680 812421. Torosay Castle is located near Craignure and Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Sitting in 12 acres of ornamental gardens, it is a Victorian mansion built in 1858 by the Scottish architect David Bryce. It is very much a family home, with the upper floors still lived in. The main rooms open to the public contain cabinets of various mementos and china acquired over the years, including pictures of Winston Churchill who was a frequent visitor in his younger days. Visitors to the library are invited to sit on the sofa and delve into a stack of magazines piled on an Edwardian table. On the east coast of the Isle of Mull.

Torosay Castle

Attractions Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Argyll PA64 6AP. Tel / Fax: 01680 812 309. The ancestral home of the Clan Maclean, the castle stands on a crag at the end of the peninsular jutting out into the Sound of Mull. Today the castle is open to the public, for which there is an entrance charge. Visitors may walk through the dungeons and state rooms at their leisure, ending on the top of the keep where it is easy to appreciate the strategic site of the castle. On the east coast of the Isle of Mull.

Duart Castle

Attractions Tobermory Distillery, Ledaig, Tobermory, Isle of Mull Tel: 01688 302645. Tobermory is the main village on Mull and the home of the distillery. It is a dramatic location at the foot of a steep hill with the distillery signalling the begining of the village, which spreads round a broad bay. The distillery was founded in 1798 and the present buildings were erected during its first period of operation which continued until 1826. The distillery was 'silent' for long periods in the mid 1800s and mid 1900s and was twice revived during the 1970s. Now it has been revived again. In the northeast corner of the Isle of Mull.

Tobermory Distillery

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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Skye

Attractions The Skye Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh. Since October 1995, Skye has been linked to mainland Scotland by a bridge. Kyle of Lochalsh had been the location of a ferry link to Skye since 1600 or earlier, though cattle on their way to lowland markets still had to swim across the half kilometer of water as late as 1800. Better road links to Kyle came in 1819, and the Highland Line rail link to Inverness in 1897. On the east coast of the Isle of Skye.

The Skye Bridge

Attractions Skye Serpentarium, The Old Mill, Harrapool, Broadford, Isle Of Skye IV49 9AQ. Tel: 01471 822209. The Skye Serpentarium was opened in 1991 by Catherine and Alex Shearer as an exhibition and educational centre. Catherine is an experienced herpetologist and has helped rescue over 500 abandoned or rescued reptiles and amphibians. There are over 50 animals on display from White's Tree Frogs to Large Green Iguanas. On the east coast of the Isle of Skye.

Skye Serpentarium

Attractions Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye Tel: 01478 614308. The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. Talisker is a highly distinctive whisky with a strong, smoky, peaty flavour because both the malt and the water used to make it are heavily peated. It has had a distinguished reputation for most of its existence and Robert Louis Stevenson described it as ‘king o’ drinks’ in an 1880 poem. On the west coast of the Isle of Skye.

Talisker Distillery

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Visitor attractions and information - Isle of Lewis

Attractions Museum Nan Eilean, Francis Street, Stornoway HS1 2NF. Tel: 01851 709266. The museum contains displays of objects and photographs illustrating aspects of the history of Lewis and the town of Stornoway. Sections are devoted to fishing and maritime history, domestic life, agriculture and archaeology. On the east coast of the Isle of Lewis.

Museum Nan Eilean

Attractions Callanais Standing Stones - Isle of Lewis. The area around Calanais is home to over 20 monuments erected between 3000 and 4000 years ago. Most famous is a complex arrangement of some 50 stones, at their heart is a circle of 13 stones between 8 and 13 feet tall, surrounding the tallest stone on the site, 16 feet high and weighing at about 5.5 tonnes. On the west coast of the Isle of Lewis.

Callanais Standing Stones

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Visitor attractions and information - Shetland Islands

Attractions Shetland Museum, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0EL. Tel: 01595 695057. Shetland's main museum, covering all aspects of over 5,000 years of island life. Main display themes are archaeology, social history, agriculture, maritime, textiles and plus temporary exhibitions of local contemporary art. A vast archive also offers a possibility to look at old photographs. Lerwick is the main town and on the east coast of the Shetland Islands Mainland.

Shetland Museum

Attractions CROFTHOUSE MUSEUM, Boddam. The house is a typical thatched crofthouse of the 19th century restored with traditional materials. A warm peat fire and a welcoming custodian ensures you will feel like at home. South of Boddam, May-Sept, daily, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Admission free but donations welcome. Boddam is located in the southernmost tip of the Shetland Islands Mainland.


Attractions QUENDALE WATER MILL, near Sumburgh. Beautifully restored 19th century water mill now houses a visitor centre with an exhibition of old farming methods and croft implements. A video shows the original mill machinery in action. There are facilities for the disabled. Dunrossness, three miles west of Sumburgh road, mid April-mid Oct, daily, 10am-5pm. Also a souvenir shop and a cafe. Sumburgh is the southernmost town on the Shetland Islands Mainland.


Attractions JARLSHOF - Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Sumburgh Head. Tel. 01950 460112 for opening times. This site of great historical importance consists of a number of ancient settlements dating back to Bronze Age. Also of significance are the remains of an entire Viking settlement and late 16th century mansion house. Sumburgh is the southernmost town on the Shetland Islands Mainland.


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Visitor attractions and information - Orkney Isles

Attractions ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL, Kirkwall, is one of Orkney's most magnificent landmarks - towering above the Kirkwall landscape with its distinctive red sandstone hues. Visitors can explore the upper areas of the Cathedral and the tower on guided tours, negotiating of some very tight and confined spiral stone staircases and giving stunning views, both within the Cathedral itself and of much of Orkney from the tower. In the centre of Mainland, Orkney Isles.


Attractions Stromness Museum, 54 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3DF. Tel: 01856 850 025. Maritime History - Shipping, fishing, whaling, the Hudson's Bay Company and the German Fleet in Scapa Flow. Stromness is on the west coast of mainland Orkney Isles.

Stromness Museum

Attractions The Old Man of Hoy is a sandstone rock stack rising close to the sea about 450 feet high, and is considered to challenge the most experienced climbers. The first successful ascent was televised in 1966 and featured Sir Chris Bonington. As the Old Man of Hoy is susceptible to erosion and takes an annual battering from the winter elements, nobody knows how much longer it will stand before being claimed by the sea. Hoy is an island in the west of the Orkney Isles.

The Old Man of Hoy

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