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.
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.
Sitting just three miles outside of the city centre is the ancestral home of the once-powerful Preston family, Craigmillar Castle, and I reckon it’s an attraction that’s well worth visiting if you want a break from the bustling crowds.
One of the great things about the north Highlands is that it’s full of little surprises, from driving to the brow of a hill and finding a stunning mountainscape stretching away into the distance to stumbling into a quaint country village with a wee cafe that sells THE best cream cakes you’ve ever tasted.
If you’re thinking about heading to Glasgow to explore it’s tourist attractions I wouldn’t blame you if the last place you’ve got on your to-do list is the University of Glasgow. After all, who wants to walk around a boring university surrounded by a load of dusty old books and smelly students?
If you ever visit Glasgow by train the end of your line will more than likely be Queen Street station in the centre of the city. From there most people will either catch a bus to one of Glasgow’s many tourist attractions or walk around the city square on their way to the shops, totally bypassing one of the most important historic sites in the city.
If you ever decide to head down to the Scottish Borders to get away from the busy attractions of Edinburgh and Glasgow you should consider visiting the picturesque town of Melrose.
If you’re in Glasgow and looking for something to do that’s a bit out of the ordinary I can’t think of anywhere better to visit than the 37-acre Necropolis next to the city’s imposing cathedral.
One of the highlights of visiting Glasgow is heading down to the River Clyde and having a look around The Tall Ship, the 19th-century sailing ship moored alongside Pointhouse Quay.
Glasgow Cathedral is widely recognised as one of the top tourist sights in the city, a distinction that’s totally justified in my opinion because this building is one of the most beautiful in Glasgow, if not the whole of Scotland.
This lovely walk across the rolling countryside of East Lothian will take you from a starting point at the birthplace of Scotland’s national flag to the 95-foot Hopetoun Monument on Byres Hill in the Garleton Hills area near Haddington.
Dunrobin Castle is one of the grandest stately homes in Scotland, and a venue that should be at the top of the list of destinations for any visitor to the Highlands.