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Palace of Holyrood House
Palace of Holyrood House

Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

The Queen's official residence in Scotland. This baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past.

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  • Edinburgh Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Edinburgh Castle (HS)

    Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

    This most famous of Scottish castles dominates the city. With its magnificent buildings, exhibitions and museums the castle...

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    Dryburgh Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Dryburgh Abbey (HS)

    Dryburgh, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0RQ

    Perhaps the most beautiful of all the Border Abbeys. The ruins are remarkably complete and include an exquisite barrel...

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    Blair Castle
    Blair Castle

    Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL

    Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl.

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    Hill of Tarvit House and Garden (NTS)
    Hill of Tarvit House and Garden (NTS)

    Tarvit, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5PB

    This fine house was virtually rebuilt in 1906 by Sir Robert Lorimer for Mr F B Sharp.

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    Parliament Square
    Parliament Square

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

    The square takes its name from Parliament House built here in 1641 to house the Scottish Parliament.

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    Fair Isle South Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    Built in 1892 this was the most dangerous lighthouse to be stationed at during the Second World War. It was bombed by German...

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  • The Tall Ship at Riverside
    The Tall Ship at Riverside

    Glasgow, G3 8RS

    Built at Port Glasgow in 1896, she is one of only 5 Clydebuilt sailing ships remaining afloat in the world.

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    Ornsay Lighthouse © Copyright Ian Cowe
    Ornsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    On the islet of Eilean Sionnach, off Ornsay, the lighthouse was built in 1857. The lighthouse cottages were once owned by...

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  • Inchkeith Lighthouse © Copyright Ian Cowe
    Inchkeith Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    Though a lighthouse was built on Inchkeith as early as 1804, the island’s strategic position in the centre of the Firth...

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  • Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)
    Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)

    Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

    This clifftop mansion was built by Robert Adam for the last Earl of Cassillis in 1772-1790. There have been castles on...

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    Netherbow Port
    Netherbow Port

    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

    The town’s most important gate, the Netherbow Port stood in the middle of the High Street just below John Knox’s house.

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  • Brough of Birsay Lighthouse © Copyright Ian Cowe
    Brough of Birsay Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    This unusual lighthouse with its castellated tower was built in 1925. It is now solar powered. The tidal Island once had a...

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  • Girdle Ness Lighthouse © Copyright Ian Cowe
    Girdle Ness Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    The wrecking of the whaling ship Oscar here in 1813 with the loss of all but two of her crew of 45 led to the building of...

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  • Cat Craig Lime Kilns
    Cat Craig Lime Kilns

    by Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42

    These impressive lime kilns were built in the mid 19th century. The limestone was quarried nearby and coal to fire the kilns...

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  • 1 Palace of Holyrood House Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
    2 Edinburgh Castle (HS) Edinburgh, EH1 2NG 5 stars
    3 Dryburgh Abbey (HS) Dryburgh, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0RQ 5 stars
    4 Blair Castle Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL 5 stars
    5 Hill of Tarvit House and Garden (NTS) Tarvit, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5PB 4 stars
    6 Parliament Square Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    7 Fair Isle South Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    8 The Tall Ship at Riverside Glasgow, G3 8RS 4 stars
    9 Ornsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    10 Inchkeith Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    11 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    12 Netherbow Port Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    13 Brough of Birsay Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    14 Girdle Ness Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    15 Cat Craig Lime Kilns by Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42

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