Attractions Scotland

Attractions Scotland

 

V&A Dundee

Riverside Esplanade

Dundee

DD1 4EZ

+44 (0) 1382 411 611

 

Lochaber Geo-park

Fort William

Inverness Shire

PH33 6AT

 +44 (0)1397 705314  

+44 (0)7585 776 581

info@lochabergeopark.org.uk

 

North West Highlands Geo-park

The Rock Stop

Unapool

Lairg

Sutherland

IV27 4HW

01971488765

info@nwhgeopark.com

 

Geo-park Shetlands

Shetland Islands

01595 694688

rory@shetlandamenity.org

Shetland Islands

 

World Horse Welfare

Belwalde Farm

Kincardine O'Neil

Oldest Village

Aberdeenshire

AB34 5BJ

013398 85398

lisagardiner@worldhorsewelfare.org

 

Beirhope Alpacas

Beirhope Farmhouse

Hownam

Kelso

TD5 8AP

0044 1573 440631

enquiries@beirhope.co.uk

 

 Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary

The Coach house

Melrose TD6 0EL

01835 823468

 

Moray Firth Dolphins

Locations

Chanonry Cromarty, near Inverness

Fort George, Nairn

Burghead, Hopeman

Spey Bay, Troup Head

Falls of the Clyde

Wildlife Reserve & Visitor Centre

New Lanark

ML11 9DB

01555 665262

 

New Lanark Visitor Centre

ML11 9DB

South Lanarkshire

Scotland

+44(0)1555 661345

trust@newlanark.org

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

52-56 Shiprow

Provost Ross House

Aberdeen

AB11 5BY

+44 1224 337700

 

 Riverside Museum of Transport

100 Pointhouse Place

Glasgow

G3 8RS

+44 141 287 2720

 

Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Polmuir Road

Aberdeen

AB11 7TH

+44 1224 583155

 

Discovery Point

Riverside Drive

Dundee

DD1 4XA,

+44 1382 309060

 

Oban Distillery

Stafford Street

Oban

PA34 5NH

+44 1631 572004

 

Fairy Pools

Road to Glenbrittle

Glenbrittle

Isle of Skye

IV47 8TA

+44 1470 521206

 

  Edradour Distillery

Pitlochry

PH16 5JP

+44 1796 472095

Fort William Attractions

Scottish Highlands

 

Ben Nevis Visitor Centre

Fort William

PH33 6ST

01349 781401

 

Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

Fort William

PH33 6PF

01397 705922

 

Steall Waterfall

Old Military Road

Fort William

PH33 6SY

 

Jacobite Steam Train

Fort William to Mallaig

(Same day Return)

+44 1524 732100  

enquiries@westcoastrailways.net

 

Glenfinnan Rail Station Museum

Station Road

Glenfinnan

PH37 4LT

 

Old Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy

Fort William

PH33 6SN

 

Saint Andrew's Church

High Street

Fort William

PH33 6BA

 

Ben Nevis Distillery

Lochy Bridge

Fort William

PH33 6TJ

01397 702476

 

Glenfinnan Monument Visitor Centre

Glenfinnan

PH37 4LT

01397 722250

Blair Athol Distillery

Perth Road

Pitlochry

PH16 5LY

+44 1796 482003

 

Scone Palace

Old Scone

Perth

PH2 6BD

+44 1738 552300

 

Loch Katrine

Trossachs Pier

Loch Lomond and Trossachs

National Park

FK17 8HZ,

+44 1877 376315

 

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Maybole

Ayr

KA19 8LE

+44 1655 884455

 

Tomatin Distillery & Visitor Centre

Tomatin

Inverness-shire

IV13 7YT

Tel+44 1463 248144

 

Quiraing

Portree,

Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle

Loch Duich

Dornie

Kyle of Lochalsh

IV40 8DX

01599 555202

Wanlockhead Village

Wanlockhead Village,

ML12 6UT

Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland

Black Watch Castle Museum

Balhousie Castle

Hay Street

Perth

PH1 5HR

+44 1738 638152

Attractions Scotland

 

Blair Drummond, Safari Park

Near Stirling

Blair Drummond

Stirlingshire

FK9 4UR

+44 (1786) 841456

enquiries@blairdrummond.com

 

Wildlife Reserve

Kincraig

Kingussie

Inverness-shire

PH21 1NL

+44 (1540) 651270

wildlife@rzss.org.uk

 

The Scottish Deer Centre

The Bow of Fife

Cupar

Fife,

KY15 4NQ

+44 (1337) 810391

info@tsdc.co.uk

 

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Troy Wood

Crail

KY16 8QH

Fife

Scotland

Deep Sea World,

North Queensferry

KY11 1JR

Fife

+44 (0)1383 411880

info@deepseaworld.co.uk

Five Sisters Zoo

Gavieside

West Calder

EH55 8PT

01506 870000

 

Scottish Seabird Centre

North Berwick,

East Lothian,

EH39 4SS

+44 (1620) 890202

info@seabird.org

 

Argaty Red Kites

Lerrocks Farm

Argaty estate

Doune

Telephone: 01786 841373

argatyredkites@btopenworld.com

  

The Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre

Balloch

Dunbartonshire

G83 8QL

+44(1389) 721500

 

Zoolab

Torwood Garden Centre

Bellsdyke Road

Larbert

Stirlingshire

FK5 4EG

44 01324 667330

info@zoolabuk.com

 

The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition,

Drumnadrochit

Inverness

Highlands

IV63 6TUt

+44 (1456) 450573

 

Urquhart Castle

Drumnadrochit

Shore of Loch Ness

Inverness

IV63 6XJ

Phone: 01456 450551

 

Bobcat Alpacas

Nature & Wildlife

Bonaly Road

Edinburgh

EH13 0PB,

+44 7963 324922

Linlithgow Palace

9 Kirkgate

Linlithgow

EH49 7AL

 

 Kelvingrove

Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street

Glasgow

G3 8AG

+44 141 276 9599

 

Leadhills Village

Main Street 

Leadhills 

ML12 6XP

South Lanarkshire

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James Gregory's

Meridian Line

St Andrews

James Gregory’s Meridian is now marked on South Street by a brass marker across the pavement outside the University of St Andrews’ King James Library together with a plaque on the wall.

In 1673, almost 200 years prior to the international adoption of GMT, a Scottish astronomer named James Gregory laid down Europe’s first meridian on the floor of his laboratory at the University of St Andrews. He used this line in conjunction with a metal sight fixed outside one of the windows, which he lined up with a post on the horizon exactly due south, to make astronomical observations.

Gregory's Scottish meridian runs almost twelve minutes behind Greenwich meridian time, as it is several degrees to the west which, explained Dr John Amson of St Andrews University, means the world could have been running on a different time scale: 'The world could today be running on STAMT (St Andrews Mean Time) and not GMT.

Cairngorms

National Park

The Cairngorms is made up of over 4,500sq km of wild countryside and is twice the size of the Lake District National Park, the Cairngorms National Park covers a large part of the eastern Highlands and west Aberdeenshire and is the largest National Park in the UK.

It contains 5 out of the 6 largest mountains in the UK mountains, rare and sub-arctic habitats, ancient forests, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages and attractions than you could hope to explore in a lifetime.  

  Cairngorms

Dark Sky Park

Star Gazing - Cairngorms National Park  

Richmond Hall, Tomintoul

The Great Glen

 

Tobar Nan Ceann

Well of the Heads

Near the shore of Loch Oich outside a local shop you can see the Well of the Seven Heads. A fascinating column at the pinnacle a hand holding a large dagger and around it seven stone carved heads. The story goes that on 25th September, 1663 the Chieftain of Clan MacDonald of Keppoch, Alexander MacDonald, and his brother Ranald, were murdered by rivals within their clan. Two years passed with no just handed out for their killers. At that time the Privy Council in Edinburgh, issued letters of “Fire and Sword” against the murderers. Ian Lom and the MacDonald’s of Sleat sought “ample and summary vengeance”. They caught the seven murderers and decapitated them.

 

Ian Lom on his journey, taking the seven heads to Invergarry Castle, he stopped to wash the blood from the heads to make them more presentable to the clan chief of the MacDonald’s of Glengarry. The Heads were then taken to Edinburgh, where they were displayed on Pikes at the Gallows between Edinburgh and Leith. The story has been ratified, when the seven graves with headless bodies were exhumed. In 1812 the monument was erected by the clan chief of the

MacDonnell (Clan MacDonnell of Glengarry is a Scottish clan and is a branch of the Clan Donald) to remember the crime and punishment handed out.

Lochaber

Commando Memorial

Dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it is one of Scotland’s best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of

Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

 

Neptune's Staircase

Banavie

A staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock in Britain. The system was originally hand-powered

but has been converted to hydraulic operation.

Loch Lomond & Trossachs

National Park

Loch Lomond a true sight to behold.

The scenery that can not be surpassed anywhere in the UK 

Forest, Hills, mountains, wildlife, a natural fresh water loch that is the boundary between the highlands and lowlands of Scotland. Part of the Trossachs National Park.

A body of water that is over

500 feet (153m) deep

and covers an area of over

27 square miles (71 km²)

Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas was a poet and someone that could predict the future. His home was in Earlston in the Scottish Borders. The legend tells that Thomas fell asleep beneath a tree at the foot of the Eildon Hills. When he woke he saw the vision of a shining Lady on a Grey horse, this was the Queen of the Fairies and she entranced him

and took him away to Fairyland.

He remained there for what he thought had been three days, but was actually 7 years.

When he left, the Queen gave him the

gift of speaking the truth and told him many

prophecies of great events in Scottish history.

 

One of the events he prophesied that there would be a bridge over the River Tweed which would be visible from the Eildon Tree. The Fairy Queen also told Thomas that she would return one day, so if you feel weary rest under the tree and you never can tell what will happen next. Thomas was a real person and lived in the 1200s and his rhymes have been popular for hundreds of years. His rhymers are the earliest examples of Scottish Poetry. Look in the Poetry Library of the Royal Mile for some examples. Stand by the stone and look for the Bridge or take a nap and see what happens.

Pitlochry Scotland

Pitlochry the gateway to the Highlands of Scotland.

 

World Famous Pitlochry Salmon Ladder,

Dam and Visitor Centre

 

Fonab Castle 

The beautiful countryside Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie

 

Edradour Distillery Village.  

The smallest traditional distillery in Scotland dating back to 1825, the last of the handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery.

 

Port Na Craig Inn  

Established in 1650, Located on the banks of the river Tummel at the Rob Roy Way,

a famous walk from Drymen to Pitlochry.

 

 Port Na Craig ferry 

Established in the 12th Century by

the monks of Coupar Angus,

who were gifted the land of Fonab.

There was a ferry crossing over the river

to the village of Moulin. To ensure a safe crossing,

from Moulin people would drop a coin in to

St Brides Wishing Well (now closed).

The ferry no longer runs, The Port-Na-Craig Bridge was built and the last ferry crossing was on Empire Day 1913 when the bridge was opened by the Duchess of Atholl.

John O Groats

Dunnet Head

Caithness

KW1 4YR

John O Groats on the north east point of Scotland’s mainland follow the A9 from Stirling or Perth through Inverness to Latheron in Caithness which then joins the A99, then follow the A99 to the end of the road and mainland Scotland you are at John O Groats.

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Golspie

Scotland

KW10 6SF

+44 1408 633177

Dunrobin Castle is the seat of Clan Sutherland. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 14th century. 

home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland, 

The castle resembles a French château with its imposing spires. Dunrobin Castle overlooks the

Moray Firth. The Gardens are over 150 years old and were designed on the gardens of  Palace of Versailles in Paris.

the Castle is opened to visitors.

The Brahan Seer 

 Scottish Nostradamus

The Brahan Seer was the Nostradamus of Scotland.

He was gifted with the ability of seeing events in the future. His prophecies are still quoted to this day.

To have “Second Sight”, or two sights, is an ability to see both into two worlds at the same time. Always thought by the folks of Scotland as an affliction or curse.

The Brahan Seer, Coinneach (a variant transcription of the name Kenneth) Mackenzie, was born at Baile-na-Cille on the Isle of Lewis, circa 1600 and lived at the shores of Loch Ussie near to Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands.

 

Legend has it that it was his mother that passed the sight to his son (Coinneach) Kenneth.

At a graveyard one night when ghosts were known to roam the earth, his mother encountered the ghost of a Danish Princess on her way back to her grave. In order to allow her to pass back into the grave, Kenneth’s mother demanded that the Princess should pay a tribute, and asked that her son should be given the second sight.

The legend goes that later that day, Kenneth found a small stone with a hole in the middle, through which he would look and see visions.

The prophetic visions that have come true

in the years after his death

The Battle of Culloden (1746)

He spoke on the moors, and his words were recorded. “Oh! Drum Ossie, thy bleak moor shall, ere many generations have passed away, be stained with the best blood of the Highlands. Glad am I that I will not see the day, for it will be a fearful period; heads will be lopped off by the score, and no mercy shall be shown or quarter given on either side.”

 

He predicted, 

The lochs in the Great Glen would become one.

This became fact when the Caledonian Canal was constructed in 1822.

He talked of great black bridle less horses

belching fire and steam.

This became fact in the 1860’s when railways with steam trains were built throughout the Highlands.

 

The North Sea oil fields were foretold:

When Kenneth said “A black rain will bring riches to Aberdeen.”

 

He also spoke of;

When Scotland would once again have its

own Parliament.

But it would only come to pass when men could walk dry shod (without wetting ones boots) from England to France.

First men to travel from England and France under the sea.

On 1 December 1990, Englishman Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette

 The Scottish Parliament reconvened on 12 May 1999 after it was dissolved on the 28th April 1707.

 

He spoke of how fire and water would run beneath the streets of Inverness

and into every dwelling.

Gas and water pipes were laid down in Inverness circa 1825.

 

Kenneth made a prediction that was to

cost him his life.

The Earl of Seaforth’s wife Isabella, was said to be one of the ugliest women in Scotland asked Kenneth for news of her husband, who was visiting Paris. Kenneth confirmed that the Earl was in good health but refused to elaborate further.

This enraged Isabella, who demanded that he tell her everything or she would have him killed.

Kenneth told her that her husband was with another woman, fairer than herself, and he foretold the end of the Seaforth family line. Isabella was so incensed by this that she had (Coinneach) Kenneth seized and thrown head-first into a barrel of boiling tar.

 

The Brahan Seer

Stone Slab

There is a stone slab near the light house at Chanonry Point on the Moray Firth, near Fortrose, that is said to mark the spot where he died. The inscription reads: “This stone commemorates the legend of Coinneach Odhar better known as the BRAHAN SEER – Many of his prophesies were fulfilled and tradition holds that his untimely death by burning in tar followed his final prophecy of the doom of the House of Seaforth.”

 

The Brahan Seer

Celtic Stone 

A Celtic stone stands at the bridge across the Black Water River at the Rogie Falls, Strathpeffer Ross-shire

The Seer said that if the stone fell down three times, then Loch Ussie would flood the valley below so that ships could sail to Strathpeffer. The stone has fallen down twice: it is now set in concrete.

Fonab Castle

Pitlochry Scotland

Once home to the Sandeman Family the leading

Port and Sherry wine businesses in the world. 

In 1790 when George Sandeman (1765-1841), the

25-year-old son of a Scottish cabinetmaker asked his father for money to set up as a wine merchant in London.

 

Fonab Castle beside Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie, on the once Port-na-Craig Estate which was purchased by

George Glas Sandeman in 1890 who built a magnificent Home. History of the name Fonab can be seen as early as the 12th century.

 

Fonab Castle was completed in 1892.

The house transferred through the family and in

1915 till the war end in 1918 the house was a British Red Cross hospital. From 1928-46 Colonel and Mrs Kinglake Tower were occupants until they sold Fonab Castle to North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board who renamed it 'Port-na-Craig House'. The House was left by the SHEB abandoned until in 2002, when the Clark family purchased the property and changed the name back to its origin name of Fonab Castle. After many years of conservation and rebuilding the Clark family opened Fonab Castle as a luxury hotel in 2013.