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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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Portencross Castle
Portencross Castle

Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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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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  • 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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    David Livingstone Centre
    David Livingstone Centre (NTS)

    Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY

    Scotland's most famous explorer and missionary was born here in Shuttlerow in 1813. Today the 18th-century tenement…

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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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    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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  • Dean Castle Museum and Country Park
    Dean Castle Museum and Country Park

    Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB

    Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres…

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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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    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS)
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS)

    Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ

    Major new museum housing the most important Burns collection in the World. Temporary exhibitions, cafe, and shop.

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    Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS)
    Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS)

    Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG

    This typical 18th-century handloom weaver's cottage houses the last of 800 looms working in this village in the 1830's.

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

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    This is an amazing prehistoric site, with six stone circles, two cairns and numerous hut circles. Burial cists and traces of...

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  • Sma' Shot Cottages
    Sma' Shot Cottages

    Paisley, Scotland, UK

    The Sma' Shot Cottage complex is unique in Scotland, providing visitors with the opportunity to see two distinct periods in...

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  • Titan Clydebank
    Titan Clydebank

    Queen's Quay, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, G81 1BF

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  • 1 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    2 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    3 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    4 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    5 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    6 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    7 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    8 Dean Castle Museum and Country Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB 4 stars
    9 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    10 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ 3 stars
    11 Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS) Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG 3 stars
    12 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    13 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    14 Sma' Shot Cottages Paisley, Scotland, UK
    15 Titan Clydebank Queen's Quay, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, G81 1BF

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