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  • Stirling and Trossachs

    Kippen

    The village of Kippen is located in the hills of Fintry and Gargunnock. It overlooks the River Forth Valley and is a destination in Scotland that is as fascinating as it is beautiful. Kippen put itself on the map during the 1700s when a military road was constructed to link Dumbarton with Stirling. Most of the area surrounding the River Forth Valley still consists of ...

  • Culture

    Architecture

    The architecture in Scotland can be traced back till before the Bronze Age. Visitors will be stunned at the diversity of the Scottish architecture that drew off various styles across the world, influencing the construction and style of the buildings.

  • Angus and Dundee

    Montrose

    Situated in Angus you will find the picturesque little town of Montrose. This Royal Burgh is a charming place filled with history. As a coastal town it has seen its fair share of wealth and prominence. In times gone by Montrose was filled with wealthy landowners, rugged sea captains and prosperous merchants. Its role in the sea-faring history of Scotland has come about largely due to the ...

  • Argyll

    Helensburgh

    The town of Helensburgh is located on the River Clyde and was originally founded in the 1600s. The Ardencaple Castle was built next to the small coastal town, but was destroyed by Sir Ian Colcyuhoun in the year 1776, for the construction of spa baths on the site and building of the town that he dedicated to Helen, his wife. Today, there is not much left to suggest that ...

  • Aberdeen and Grampian

    Elgin

    As you walk the streets of the Scottish town of Elgin, you’ll discover that the town’s beautifully preserved architecture creates a wonderful sense of charm whilst at the same time providing a glimpse into the history of this ancient Scottish settlement. Today the Royal Burgh of Elgin, which was established within the country of Moray, has become a bustling commercial capital.

  • Museums

    National Museum of Rural Life

    When looking around at the appliances that we simply cannot live without, or standing next to great stretches of agricultural land, it is often wondered how people in previous eras survived without our modern day equipment. How did they manage to cope without electricity and how was the land farmed without the assistance of tractors or a sprinkler system? A wonderful attraction in Scotland ...

  • Castles

    Bishops Palace

    Kirkwall on Orkney Island is home to the Bishop’s Palace which was built in the mid-12th century for Bishop William the Old, near the St Magnus Cathedral. The Bishop was a friend and crusading companion of Earl Rognvald Kolsson, the cathedral’s founder. The Bishop and his staff moved here from their original seat of power in Birsay. The Islands were then under the rule of the King of Norway.

  • Castles

    Crathes

    Crathes Castle with its reported resident ghost is one of the loveliest in Scotland. This magnificent 16th-century tower house, situated only 15 miles from Aberdeen, has numerous turrets, gargoyles and towers, and is surrounded by superb gardens. The estate was given to the Burnett family in 1323 by King Robert the Bruce when he granted them the Lands of Leys. Almost unchanged since it was ...

  • Culture

    The Romans invaded Britain in the 1st century AD, they added southern Britain to their empire as the province Britannia. They were unable though, to subdue the fierce tribes in the north. A massive wall was built across the island from sea to sea on demand by the Emperor Hadrian, to keep these tribes from invading Britannia. Parts of this Hadrian's Wall still stand on the Scottish ...