The Complete Guide to Visiting Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh

Real Mary Kings Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is a tourist attraction located in the middle of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. The attraction allows visitors to step beneath the streets of Edinburgh into an underground labyrinth where the stories of the city’s past residents unfold through a series of exhibits and displays.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Arran

Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, located on the west coast of Scotland.

Brodick lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain.

It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.

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The Complete Guide to Arran Forest Walks

Arran Forests

The forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.

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The Complete Guide to The Arran Coastal Way

Arran Coastline

The Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Holy Isle, Arran

Holy Isle

Holy Isle is located close to the eastern shore of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This small (one square mile) island has a rich religious history dating back hundreds of years and the tradition of quiet seclusion continues to this day thanks to the Centre for World Peace and Health located on the western edge of the isle.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Brodick Castle on Arran

The Complete Guide to Visiting Brodick Castle on Arran

Brodick Castle, former seat of power of the Dukes of Hamilton, is a grand 19th-century castle located a few miles north of the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

The castle is surrounded by an exceptionally large and well-maintained garden and country park and is currently managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

St Giles Cathedral

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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The Complete Guide to Visiting Lochranza on the Isle of Arran

Lochranza Arran

The village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran is located in an exceptionally picturesque area on the north of the island.

Although it is mostly visited for the small ferry terminal that connects the island to Claonaig on the mainland, Lochranza is also worth visiting for its tourist attractions.

The village lies at the foot of dramatic mountains that encircle it to the south while a small scenic bay opens up to the Firth of Clyde and the Campbeltown peninsula to the north.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting The Grassmarket in Edinburgh

the grassmarket edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a bustling square in the heart of the city’s Old Town. This historic site is surrounded by classic tenement buildings that line the roads along the iconic West Bow and Victoria Street but it’s best known for the lively pubs and restaurants that offer superb outside seating areas.

The Grassmarket is one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh and it was originally used as a marketplace for horses and cattle.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Leith in Edinburgh

Leith

Leith is a historic district of Edinburgh that centres around the Water of Leith, Leith harbour, and the restaurant-packed Shore.

The district has a rich maritime history but it is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its combination of trendy bars, award winning restaurants, superb shopping areas and attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Goatfell Mountain on Arran

Goatfell Arran

Goatfell is an 874-metre mountain on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. The mountain (designated a Corbett) is one of four on the island and is located three miles west of Brodick Castle.

Although Goatfell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran the walk to the summit is quite easy with a robust staircase of boulders towards the top and a well-laid path through moorland and forest at the bottom.

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