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Auchagallon Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS)

Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

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

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  • Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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

    Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ML11 9PL

    The last great private fortress to be constructed in Scotland, Craignethan was begun about 1530.

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

    Dundonald, Ayrshire, KA2 9HD

    This prominent castle overlooking the village of Dundonald was built in the 1370s by Robert II to mark his succession…

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

    Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27

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

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    Machrie Moor Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS)

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    The remains of five stone circles of Bronze-Age date, one of the most important sites of its kind in Britain.

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

    Bothwell, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, G71 8BL

    In a beautiful setting by a loop in the River Clyde, Bothwell is the largest and finest 13th century stone castle…

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    Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS)
    Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS)

    Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5

    This large and unusual group of cup-and-ring markings was only re-discovered in 1986. Dating from around 2500 BC they…

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  • Bachelor's Club (NTS)
    Bachelor's Club (NTS)

    Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

    In this 17th century thatched house in Tarbolton, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780. Burns attended…

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  • 1 Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    2 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    3 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    4 Craignethan Castle (HS) Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ML11 9PL 4 stars
    5 Dundonald Castle (HS) Dundonald, Ayrshire, KA2 9HD 4 stars
    6 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    7 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27
    8 Lochranza Castle (HS) Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH
    9 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    10 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    11 Newark Castle (HS) Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH 4 stars
    12 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    13 Bothwell Castle (HS) Bothwell, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, G71 8BL 4 stars
    14 Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS) Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5
    15 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

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