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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

St. Giles Cathedral has been a focal point for religious activity in Edinburgh for over 900 years, although the present structure that we see today can trace its roots back to the 14th century.

Due to its central location on The Royal Mile, St. Giles has become a popular tourist attraction and is an ideal stop-off point between excursions to the palace and the castle.

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Grampian Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Dunnottar Castle in Grampian

Dunnottar Castle is set on a dramatic clifftop overlooking the North Sea near the coastal town of Stonehaven.

The 15th-century castle was the home of the Earls Marischal and it offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s past.

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Central Scotland Free Places to Visit Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Culross in Fife

The historic village of Culross is situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth where it overlooks the petrochemical works of Grangemouth to the south and the Longannet power station to the west.

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Free Places to Visit Historic Places to visit Lothians Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Dunbar Harbour in East Lothian

The quaint coastal town of Dunbar is located just 30 miles east of Edinburgh on a stretch of coastline that’s famed for being one of the most scenic in Scotland.

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Historic Places to visit Lothians

The Complete Guide to Visiting Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian

Linlithgow Palace is located in the quaint West Lothian market town of Linlithgow, more-or-less halfway between the cities of Stirling and Edinburgh.

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Historic Places to visit Lothians

The Complete Guide to Visiting Blackness Castle in Southeast Scotland

The area around Edinburgh is rich in history (as you’d expect from a city that’s been the capital city of Scotland since 1437) and there are more castles in the region than most others in Scotland.

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Free Places to Visit Highlands and Islands Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Castle Sinclair Girnigoe in Caithness

This castle (actually castles – more on that later) stands on one of the most dramatic viewpoints in Scotland (in my humble opinion) with a wild and windswept coastline that instantly brings to mind a scene from Game of Thrones rather than a tourist attraction thanks to its near-impenetrable cliff-face setting.

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Highlands and Islands Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Wick Heritage Museum in the North Highlands

I wonder how many people decide they’re going to drive the North Coast 500 and add a visit to the far-north Scottish town of Wick to the top of their ‘things-to-do’ itinerary? Not many I bet.

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Edinburgh Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting John Knox House in Edinburgh

Before moving to Scotland I have to admit I couldn’t really care less about history, and it’s fair to say it was my most hated subject at school. It seems strange to me then that I’ve developed a bit of a fascination with Scotland’s past now that I’m older, especially in my new home city of Edinburgh.

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Free Places to Visit Highlands and Islands Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Kilchurn Castle in Argyll & Bute

Kilchurn Castle can be found just off the A85 at the northernmost point of Loch Awe, more or less midway between the Trossachs National Park and the Highland coastal town of Oban.

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Historic Places to visit Strathyclyde

The Complete Guide to Visiting Bonawe Iron Furnace in Argyll

Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace is one of those attractions you’d probably never visit if you weren’t a Historic Environment Scotland (HES) member (see the link further down the page for a bargain temporary membership offer), mainly due to the fact that it’s located pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting The Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh

If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do while you’re in the centre of Edinburgh you could do a lot worse than pop into the Museum on the Mound, one of the few museums in the world that’s dedicated to the one thing none of us ever have enough of – money.