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The Den and The Glen (formerly Storybook Glen) offers the most magical day out for all the family.
Guided wildlife excursions with a friendly, experienced local nature watcher. View the wonderful world of birds and wildlife in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. Tel: 01479 811169
The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse is over 26 metres tall and stands at one of Scotland's most southern points. Visitors are given chance to climb the lighthouse as well as find out more about how it was once run in an exhibition held there.
Bothwell Castle stands as one of the most brilliant landmarks from Scotland's medieval period. Though never completed, the castle is renowned for the large tower.
Enjoy the spills and thrills of horse racing at the Hamilton Park Racecourse and have a fantastic day out with all the family!
Once home to the poet and writer Sir Walter Scott his romantic undertones can be seen shaping the design and architect of the place making Abbotsford House a truly enticing place to visit
This grand z-plan castle is located near Kemnat in Aberdeenshire and stands in over 300 acres of landscaped grounds.
Originally a cotton mill dating back over 200 years, New Lanark was remarkable for the work of mill owner Robert Owen.
On the western shores of Loch Maree and close to the Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve this forest comprises of mixed conifer trees, ancient oak and birch woodland. Great for hiking. Tel: 01463 791575
Rich with historic old buildings, most notably the Falkand Palace, the village of Falkland holds an extremely important place in the history of Scotland.
Located on the outskirts of Portree, Aros is famously Skye's award winning attraction and is the ideal destination for anyone.
Located in the Colzium Estate, North Lanarkshire, Colzium Country Park has plenty to offer the visitor.
Culzean Castle, located 12 miles south of Ayr, is one of Scotland's best loved castles. So much so that an illustration of it adorns the £5 notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
This top Scottish visitor attraction is home to costumed characters, real life enactments, ghost hunting nights and paranormal investigations.
Cumbrae Voyages takes visitors around the islands of lower Clyde, these stunning yet remote areas are home to a whole host of marine wildlife ready to explore.
Displays about wildlife, history, geology and the cultural heritage of Assynt. Live pictures of a Herons nest and information on the North West Highlands Geopark. Tel: 01571 844194
Great if you love animals, birds and the countryside. Here you can feed the ducks, geese and swans around the ponds or visit the friendly goats, pigs and rare sheep. Tel: 01463 731656
Based in Lochranza, the Isle of Arran Distillery was opened in 1995 and has enjoyed great popularity.
Ranging from art and design, world cultures, technology and the natural world the National Museum of Scotland really does have it all.
Forty acres of park with an excellent range of recreational facilities close to Elgin.
Open every weekday evening from October to March, and with free admission to the observatory and displays, Mills observatory is an exciting attraction.
Founded by King David I in 1150, colonised by Cistercian monks and extended and modified over 400 years the Abbey is a picturesque, peaceful and atmospheric ruin with informative displays dotted around the site.
At this tremendously historic site there lies the magnificent remains of what used to be Scotland's largest church.
Also known as Scotland's favourite son, Robert Burns was a famous poet and lyricist of the 18th Century.
A museum with real energy! See the crofthouse, shop, temporary exhibitions and the original Ruadh Reidh Lighthouse lens. Special events throughout the peak seasons. Tel: 01445 712287
An award winning subtropical indoor oasis landscaped with a superb array of exotic plants and cacti. Under 18's go free. Tel: 01463 713553
This historical military regiment is a great destination for a family day out.
Built in 1732, Chatelherault was originally the hunting lodge of the Duke of Hamilton. Today, these grand buildings have been fully restored.
Home to over 17,000 people and extremely popular with visitors all year round, the Cairngorms is Britain's largest national park and is home to an extraordinary range of landscapes, wildlife, history, people and activities.
Built on the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, this monument was constructed in 1850 to commemorate Sir Andrew Agnew, once MP for Wigtownshire. It displays amazing views over local Loch Ryan as well as its setting in the rugged Scottish moorland
Having been restored in a way to keep its authentic feel, Newhailes is a grand 17th Century home which is rich in history and period features.
The Falls of Bruar are a spectacular set of waterfalls located on the Bruar waters in Scotland.
24 miles from Helmsdale in the northeast of the highlands is Forsinard bird reserve.
This impressive bird reserve in Insh is a bird watching paradise.
Home to an ambitious and innovative display that presents a new story of Caithness at the time of the brochs. Tel: 01955 631377
Search through the only perfumers in Scotland for handmade soaps, fragrances and gifts. Wonderful views can also be enjoyed from the studio. Tel: 01445 731618
The Lighthouse is situated at the most westerly point of mainland Britain and there is full access to the exhibition, engine room, fog horn and radio room! Tel: 01972 510210
Armadale Castle is home to the Clan Donald Centre, who run the Museum of the Isles.
Located on a magnificent stretch of coastline, this area of woodland, grassland and coastline is an oasis of natural beauty.
Fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle. A delight at any time of year, the famous gardens feature great Yew hedges and colourful double herbaceous borders.
Complete with exhibition gallery and 'Technopolis' - a multi-media exhibition on the history of Motherwell which visitors can walk around - the Motherwell Heritage Centre not only looks impressive from the outside but will not fail to impress on the inside as well!
Visit Seadrift and meet the wildlife and history that makes Scotland's north coast so special. Learn about the seabirds and mammals that live here: the whales, dolphins and seals that haunt the waters. Entrance free but donations welcome. Tel: 01349 886606
Take a boat trip on loch Dunvegan and see the seal colony in close proximity. A great attraction for the whole family.
Built in the 1100's, this cathedral is still worshipped in today and provides some wonderful medieval architecture making it a keen stop for visitors to the city.
Visit the historic Arbroath Harbour and enjoy an 'Arbroath Smokie'; a famous and fine treat of haddock smoked over wood-chip fires.
One of the oldest museums in the U.K., Perth Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect day trip out on one of those famous Scottish rainy days!
Promoting Scottish craftsmanship and local produce in the dramatic Findhorn valley, Logie Steadings has something for everyone. River walks, gardens, a farm shop, plants, art gallery and cafe serving homemade produce. Tel: 01309 611378
For those after something a little different, Highland Safaris provides some of the most exciting and unique safari days and events in central Scotland.
Seaprobe Atlantis offer fantastic glass bottomed boat trips which were voted the `best UK wildlife watching experience' by the Daily Telegraph in 2010!
Commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, Drumlanrig Castle is set in a magnificent 90,000 acres of land including a Country Park and Victorian Garden.
Located in the heart of Aberfeldy, this award winning bookshop, art gallery and café is the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon out.
For an unusual and exciting day out, The National Museum of Rural Life sits in over a mile of green belt land just outside of Glasgow.
The museum, behind the castle is dedicated to the history of Dornoch parish. The permanent exhibition includes the Cathedral, feuding clans and Scotland's last witch. Lots of things for the children to get involved in. Five star attraction! Tel: 01862 811275
Located adjacent to Elgin Cathedral, these beautiful gardens may be of particular interest to visitors who are familiar with scriptures.
It comes as no surprise that MacDuff Aquarium is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North East of Scotland.
Braemar Castle is nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms and is run by the wonderful community of Braemar.
Home to 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and glasshouses, St Andrews Botanical Garden provides the perfect opportunity for a relaxing meander.
Activities for all ages including quad biking, in and outdoor facilities, clay pigeon shooting, archery, ceramic art studios and an award winning highland market. Tel: 01463 772800
Set in the heart of some of the most beautiful Morayshire parkland, Brodie Castle has plenty to offer the visitor.
The Coylumbridge Fun House is situated inside the Hilton resort in Aviemore but this `fun house' is open to non residents.
Here the whole family can enjoy a range of activities including quad biking, off road driving, clay shooting, trout fishing and tractor driving! Tel: 01542 860207
Smailholm Tower is set in some amazing scenery, once the centre of a thriving settlement it is now all that remains of the 15th century village.
The rangers are available to ensure you gain the most out of your holiday here in Sanday! From guided walks to information about the amazing historical context of this area, the rangers are able to give you advice about the best places to explore.
Find out everything there is to know about the ancient Pictish tribes at the Pictavia Visitor Centre in Angus.
Loch Ewe is the smallest distillery in Scotland reliving the romance of making Uisge Beatha in a case. Learn how to distill whisky using 18th century methods. Tel: 01445 731242
Described as ‘the Iona of the east’ it may be better to decribe Iona as ‘the Tarbat of the west’!The Tarbat Discovery Centre is a fascinating building with an intriguing story set in a beautiful location away from the hustle & bustle of the A9 and the regular tourist routes. Tel: 01862 871351
Perched on the shores of Loch Ness Urquhart Castle was once one of Scotland's largest castles and much of its remains are still intact including the tower.
Highland town museum showing history of Dingwall, outstanding military room, re-constructed kitchen and smiddy. Outdoor area and picnic tables. Free entry! Tel: 01349 865366
The Skye Museum of Island Life is home to a set of well preserved nineteenth century township thatched cottages.
Perhaps one of the greatest canals in the world the Caledonian runs for 60 miles through the Great Glen and incorporates four lochs.
Offering everything from powerboating to windsurfing and kayaking, the Sportscotland National Centre is surrounded by safe water making it perfect for many types of watersports whatever your level!
Located two miles north of Elgin on the edge of Synie Loch, the ruins of this wonderful palace were once home to the Bishops of Moray, many centuries ago.
Visit Aberlour Distillery, near Ben Rhinnes, for a relaxed and informal tour and get the chance to sample some fine Scottish malt whiskey.
Exhibition and superb documentary available about the Loch Ness Monster including eye witness accounts! Tel: 01456 450342
You may not have known it but the Cairngorms can (weather permitted!) be a magnificent place to ski!
An exciting centre where you can follow a flock of sheep discovering the history of Lairg in a fun and interactive way. You can also enjoy a number of local walks which begin and end at the visitors centre. Free admission. Open April to October.
Situated on an island on the River Dee, Threave Castle is now only accessible by boat which adds to the stature and prestige of the place.
Visitor centre with hands on guides to the rich heritage, archaeology and artefacts of the beautiful village of Brora. Tel: 01349 886606
Given its remoteness and unspoiled beauty, Galloway forest is only one of four areas in the world to be given the title of a dark sky park.
With exhibition rooms, art halls and a cafe-bar as well as the concert hall and Palace Theatre this venue holds many different shows throughout the year. As Ayrshire's leading entertainment theatre this is definitely worth a visit and with a regularly changing programme the Palace Theatre and Grand Hall has something for everyone!
This wonderful nature reserve provides the ideal attraction for anyone visiting this beautiful area.
Refurbished museum containing exciting displays about Forres, its people and its history. Tel: 01309 673701
The Trotternish Ridge is a 20 mile long inland cliff, or traverse, running along the centre of the Trotternish Peninsula.
Constructed in the mid 14th century this well fortified tower house was one the strong hold of Alexander Steward the `Wolf of Badenoch'. Great views and attractive walks close by. Tel: 01479 870070
Dumfries House located near Cumnock in Southern Scotland was purchased for the nation by a consortium of interested bodies led by the Prince of Wales- an ardent lover of architectural gems.
Broughton House is rich in history and style which gives it the distinctive look it has today.
This 23,000 Highland Estate includes extensive heather moorland, native woodlands, rivers, farmland and forests all within the Cairngorms National Park.
With temporary exhibitions running throughout the year, the Gallery of Modern Art provides an exciting and diverse mix of old and new architecture to make for a really interesting visit.
This two hundred year old croft complex one mile north of Dunbeath consists of a stable, dwelling house and byre all under one rush thatched roof.
An interactive visitor centre with info on otters and other wildlife, local history and Gavin Maxwell. Guided walks available.
One of the top science sites in Scotland where scientist first discovered the basic principle of geology. Tel: 01854 613418
Visit 40 acres of woodland set around the ruins of Armadale Castle. Learn about the history in the Museum of the Isles.
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the valleys which surround it, Auchindoun Castle is a landmark well worth the walk.
The site was originally built in 1828 as a spa in which Victorians bathed and drank the local waters, said to have health giving properties.
In the middle of the River Ness these two connected wooded islands provide a beautiful walk close to the city of Inverness.
Based on a now disused Victorian colliery, the National Mining Museum guides you through the engineering processes which kept coal production here for almost a hundred years.
This 16th Century water mill is still in working order today and provides a change to find out about the lives of the millers who worked there and the machinery which was operated.
Based at Aviemore Station this steam train service takes you through to Boat of Garten and Broomhill.
Fantastic displays on rural life, the surrounding landscapes, skiing, wildlife and the local history. Tel: 01807 580285
Here you will find Highland Cattle, ponies, red deer, rare breed sheep, poultry, ducks and rabbits, You will also see a variety of wild birds that visit the pond and a variety of wild flowers. Tel: 01320 366433
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins.
Take a step back into the past at the Dalgarven Mill, one of Scotland's tallest surviving grain mills.
This busy port town located at the mouth of the River Lossie is famous for its miles of sandy beaches and spectacular marina.
As well as extraordinary animals the Isle of may is also home to some amazing attractions.
A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a stunning setting.
Monument erected in tribute to the clansmen who fought for the Jacobite cause with Prince Charles Edward Stuart in 1745. Tel: 01397 722250
Quoyness Chambered Cairn is a significant place of interest; an ideal attraction for those who love to delve into a bit of history. Surrounded by beautiful landscape, it is a photographer's paradise!
Take a wonderful wildlife boat trip tour on the Insh Marshes and the River Spey and get close to the resident Ospreys, local wildlife and history.
An exhilarating trip in Britain's only mountain gondola which travels up to 650m on Aonach Mor, beside Ben Nevis.
Watch nesting birds on live television screens or learn fascinating facts about the birds. Also see how the land evolved from the earliest days of life on earth. Yachting facilities also on site. Tel: 01593 721520
The Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium is home to the biggest collection of sharks in Scotland and offers breathtaking views of the Loch from the Café.
Bowhill House is a grand 19th Century country house in the Scottish borders.
Originally built in 1859 and restored to its former glory in 1979, the Alford railway is perfect for rail enthusiasts and children alike.
The Carron Valley is an excellent visitor attraction with a number of outdoor activities available for the whole family.
This beautiful area of Scottish countryside is an absolutely stunning place to explore for any walking enthusiast. It is also a fantastic place for any countryside photographer to capture the beauty of the area.
The Beatrix Potter garden located in the Birnham institute, near Dunkeld, is said to be the childhood inspiration to the writing and artwork of Beatrix Potter.
Hands on displays of the local natural history, artefacts and plenty of information on the local wildlife, wildflowers and geology of the area. Tel: 01971 511756
With over 300 square miles of mixed landscapes to explore this diverse natural playground is one of the most popular places to visit in Scotland.
Displaying stunning architecture dating from the 19th Century, Holmwood House is found just 3 miles south of Glasgow and provides a great day out for the family to enjoy.
Visitor centre with exhibitions on the local area, its people and wildlife. Find out all about Glencoe's remarkable history. Four star visitor attraction. Tel: 01855 811 307
Sitting on the Firth of the Clyde, Newark Castle is remarkable not only for it's stunning architecture and interiors but for the fact it has stayed so extensively in tact for over 500 years.
The People's Palace was opened in 1898 in then one of Glasgow's most overcrowded parts of the city.
Based in central Elgin, Moray Motor Museum houses a wonderful collection of vintage, classic and veteran cars and motorbikes within a fantastic venue.
Having been closed previously for refurbishment, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a must see for those visiting Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
Set in West Lothian and with roots as far back as the 12th century, Linlithgow Palace boasts some amazing scenery making it extremely popular with visitors throughout the year.
For a great day out that all the family will enjoy, Scotland's only theme park provides enough highs, loops and exhilarating rides to keep even the most thrill seeking on the edge of their seats, quite literally!
Just one mile south of Wick on the stunning north sea coastline Castle of Old Wick stands proud on top of the steep cliffs overlooking the sea.
Built in 1788, the Mill on the Fleet was originally constructed to produce cotton using a large water wheel which drove the machinery.
The site of the last pitched battle on British soil is now home to a visitor centre with interactive exhibition, portable battlefield guides and genuine accounts from characters involved in the events of 1746. Tel: 0844 493 2159
The award winning Maritime Museum in Aberdeenshire, set amongst a marvellous viewpoint over the harbour, tells the history of ship building, fishing, ports and ships.
Resting just outside the city of Stirling on the summit of Abbey Craig stands the National Wallace Monument.
With amazing types of deer to take in, a falconry show and a large variety of cattle and other animals to view the Jedforest Deer and Farm Park certainly is a great way to experience the Scottish Borders.
The majestic remains of this magnificent cathedral are still standing today and so Elgin Cathedral remains a popular attraction.
This has been Scotland's premier winter snowsports destination for over 40 years. See and experience the thrilling snowsport for yourself at Cairngorm.
A fantastic day of fun and discovery with watercoaster, maze, play area, tree top trail, towers and lots more. Tel: 0800 731 3446
A museum of social and natural history, contemporary art gallery, archive gift shop, herb garden and cafe. Located on the riverside there are also guided walks. Tel: 01431 821 327
Home to a vast array of exhibitions and some of the finest art collection in Britain.
The stunning Palace of Holyrood is the Queen's official residence in Scotland and was home to Mary Queen of Scots between 1561 and 1567.
Regarded as the world's greatest railway journey by Wanderlust Magazine the service runs all week through the peak seasons. Tel: 0844 850 4685
This Grade I listed building is home to over 36000 objects from Moray and all over the world.
Clachnaben is a distinctive hill visible from many points on Lower Deeside and is topped with a large granite tor. It makes a good day's outing from Glensaugh.
Featuring a swimming pool and ice rink as well as squash courts and a fitness suite, the Galleon Leisure Centre has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.
The Museum on the Mound, opened in 2006 and has an interesting and exciting approach to telling the story of money.
Winner of the prestigious Green Flag award, this 230 acre country park is regarded as one of Scotland's best parks with its well-maintained green spaces and superb facilities.
This remarkable 13th Century private home is open to the public and allows visitors to explore its magnificent gardens and grounds.
With one of the finest collections in Scotland, the Creetown Gem Rock museum has a brilliant array of gemstones, minerals and different fossils.
Contrary to what its name may lead you to believe, Scone Palace is actually a place rich in history.
The Forth and Clyde Canal, also known in Scotland as `The Great Canal', crosses Scotland.
This small and authentic working distiller is a real treat for anyone wishing to explore true malt whiskey distilling.
Discover the fascinating story of Hugh Miller, stonemason, geologist and write. Visit the 17th century thatched cottage where he was born. Tel: 01549 402160
Constructed in the 1100's this church has remained largely in tact and provides some fascinating heritage to explore.
A fascinating four star 10 acre garden containing collections of over 2,000 hardy and unusual plant species from across the world. Tel: 01479 831464
Set right on the River Teviot the Monteviot House and its gardens enjoy beautiful views the whole year round.
A selection of one day tours of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Tours can be arranged to suit your requirements. Tel: 01397 704901
Offering the unusual yet suspenseful activity of mountain balling amongst others, Laggan Outdoor is a centre which really is unique and provides a truly unforgettable experience.
VisitScotland's only traditional exhibition tannery. Discover how leather is made in free guided tour of workshops. See widest range of natural sheepskins and leather goods.
Widely regarded by many as the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns lived through the latter half of the 18th Century and was regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement.
This 5 star visitor attraction is a real gem in the heart of Lochcarron.
Aquaexplore offer exiting wildlife watching and sightseeing boat trips from Elgol.
Opened over 30 years ago and still welcoming many visitors today, the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum has history of the island as far back as an Early Bronze Age Grave site dated over a millennium ago!
Said to be the most romantic castle in the Highlands this 14th Century building is home to the Thane's of Cawdor. There are fine paintings, tapestries and furniture to admire as well as gardens, a restaurant and nature trails. Tel: 01667 404674
The Scottish Maritime Museum is based on Irvine's Harbourside and has a wealth of ship models on display.
Enjoy a beautiful coastal pine woodland offering the perfect place for a family day out. Enjoy a picnic or use one of the fixed BBQ sites. You can also relax on the sandy beach or take an energetic walk or bike ride. Tel: 0300 067 6200
Historical and natural history display on Glen/Ben Nevis. Mountain safety information, live weather reports and a great range of outdoor supplies. Tel: 01397 705922
Extending almost a mile with attractions including animal zones and an adventure barn, the Almond Valley Heritage Centre is a great day out for all the family!
Set in the rolling countryside of the Scottish borders Mellerstain House is a grand country estate with expansive gardens and a vast array of wildlife to explore.
A brilliant day for children and adults alike, Vikingar! takes you through the story of the Vikings in Scotland.
Visit the NTS Visitor Centre, then explore this stunning estate and enjoy fantastic views, beautiful villages and attractive woodland walk.
Spectacular 20 acre garden with views of the sea and Skye. Exotically planted ponds, waterfalls, rare trees and shrubs.
Visit Tollie Red Kits viewing facility near Dingwall and you might just catch a glimpse of these majestic birds snacking right in front of you! Tel: 01463 715000
Home to up to 30 race meetings a year, Ayr Racecourse offers first class flat and jump racing on Scotland's only Grade 1 track. An exciting day out which will have you on the edge of your seat it's really worth a visit, don't forget to dress up for the occasion!
This replica distillery is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Discover the intriguing history and ecology of Findhorn Village in the Heritage Centre. Also explore the unique historical underground icehouse! Tel: 01309 690659
The National Museum of Flight is Scotland's National aviation museum and provides an excellent visitor attraction for all ages!
Situated on the New Lanark heritage site this stunning nature reserve has some amazing sites to behold.
Kinloch Castle on the beautiful Hebridean Island of Rum is a unique Edwardian time capsule. Daily guided tours, bisto serving meals. 01687 462404
Edzell Castle is a ruined 16th Century castle, with a fascinating walled garden and children's quiz.
Take a look around this enchanting Georgian property or take a woodland walk.
Home to the 'Spirit of the Lowlands' this distillery on the green banks of the River Bladnoch has been producing whisky since 1817.
For a fantastic cinematic experience with amazing surround sound and a screen the size of a 5-a-side football pitch, the IMAX cinema has everything.
Local Nature reserve managed by the local community with facilities including a public bird hide, car parking and picnic area. Tel: 01343 563469
Safe and memorable outdoor experiences including hill walking, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and gorge walking. Tel: 0333 600 6008
Located in the far north of Scotland this Geopark is the first of its kind in Scotland.
This fine 18th Century house was bought by the Scottish artist E A Hornel and became his home and studio. Today visitors can admire many of his painting, and those of his fellow artists throughout the house and gallery.
Set on the cliffs of the Firth of Forth, Tantallon Castle displays some rugged yet breathtaking views out past the coastline.
A truly historic cottage which shows how successive generations of one crafting family lived and worked over the last 150 years. Displays include farming equipment and implements dating back to the 19th century. Tel: 01847 851765
This ruined castle is located in Glen Fiddich, to the northern edge of Dufftown.
This fully furnished historic palace dates all the way back to 1597.
This magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of Dundee city centre and is a fully functioning home to a vibrant Christian community. It is also open for visitors to view its beautiful, decorated period gothic architecture.
Robert Burns is Scotland's most remarkable and best loved son. Learn more about the man at the Burns National Heritage Park.
Breathtaking scenery and deer park with visitor centre and ranger service. 3 star silver visitor attraction. Tel: 0131 458 0200