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Brodick Castle & Garden (NTS)
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS)

Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY

The site of this ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton was a fortress even in Viking times.

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

Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH

A fine tower house, a 16th century redevelopment of a late 13th century hall house.

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  • Castle Semple Collegiate Church © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Castle Semple Collegiate Church (HS)

    Low Semple, by Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

    A late Gothic church, with a later three-sided east end with windows of unusual style.

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  • Biggar Gas Works © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Biggar Gas Works (HS)

    Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ

    In the last century many small towns across Scotland established their own gas works. This is one of the few to survive.

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  • St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)
    St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)

    Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

    The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th century parish church.

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

    by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ

    One of the most complete mediaeval abbeys in Scotland, Crossraguel was founded in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick…

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    Maybole Castle
    Maybole Castle

    Maybole, KA19 8YG

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  • Dumfries House
    Dumfries House

    Cumnock, KA18 2NJ

    Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

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  • Auchagallon Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Auchagallon Stone Circle

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK

    Visit a Bronze Age cairn surrounded by a circle of 14 standing stones looking out over Kilbrannan Sound towards Kintyre.

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  • New Lanark Visitor Centre
    New Lanark Visitor Centre

    New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB

    This cotton mill village was founded in 1785 and became famous as the site of Robert Owen's model community.

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    Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)
    Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)

    Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY

    The home of John Davidson, who inspired the character Souter Johnnie in Robert Burns' famous poem Tam o'Shanter.

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    Carn Ban © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Carn Ban (HS)

    Lagg, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK

    One of the most famous Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland.

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  • Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings
    Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings

    Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK

    This large and unusual group of cup-and-ring markings was only re-discovered in 1986.

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    Spirit of Scotland Monument

    Loudoun, Scotland, UK

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

    Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH

    An elegant and virtually intact castle with views over the Firth of Clyde.

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    1 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    2 Lochranza Castle (HS) Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH
    3 Castle Semple Collegiate Church (HS) Low Semple, by Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
    4 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    5 St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS) Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
    6 Crossraguel Abbey (HS) by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ 3 stars
    7 Maybole Castle Maybole, KA19 8YG
    8 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    9 Auchagallon Stone Circle Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
    10 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    11 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    12 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
    13 Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
    14 Spirit of Scotland Monument Loudoun, Scotland, UK
    15 Newark Castle (HS) Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH 4 stars

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