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Historic Attractions in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

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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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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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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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  • Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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 to the...

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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

    Founded in 1504 by Lord Sempill, the church had seven priests to say masses for the family. Only a few years after building...

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  • Motherwell Heritage Centre
    Motherwell Heritage Centre

    Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU

    Motherwell Heritage Centre is a stunning modern building . Visit the 'Technopolis' audio-visual experience and travel...

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    Pladda Lighthouse
    Pladda Lighthouse

    Scotland, UK

    Built in 1790 on this low lying island off the south east coast of Arran, it marks the entrance to the Firth of Clyde.

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  • 1 Dean Castle Museum and Country Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB 4 stars
    2 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    3 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    4 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    5 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    6 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ 3 stars
    7 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    8 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    9 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    10 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    11 Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS) Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG 3 stars
    12 Dundonald Castle (HS) Dundonald, Ayrshire, KA2 9HD 4 stars
    13 Castle Semple Collegiate Church (HS) Low Semple, by Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
    14 Motherwell Heritage Centre Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU 4 stars
    15 Pladda Lighthouse Scotland, UK

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