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Historic Attractions in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

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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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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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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Chatelherault Hunting Lodge
    Chatelherault Hunting Lodge

    Ferniegair, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 7UE

    Built in 1732, this picturesque folly was used as a hunting lodge, banqueting suite and kennels. It was the focal point...

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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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  • Antonine Wall  Bar Hill (HS)
    Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS)

    Kilsyth, Glasgow, G65

    This fort, on the highest section of the wall, included a headquarters building, a well, granary and a bath house. From...

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  • Paisley Abbey
    Paisley Abbey

    Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JG

    Established in 1169 by monks from Wenlock Abbey in Shropshire. The original church was burnt down by the English in 1307. ...

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    1 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    2 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    3 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    4 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    5 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ 3 stars
    6 Dean Castle Museum and Country Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB 4 stars
    7 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    8 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    9 Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS) Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG 3 stars
    10 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    11 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    12 Chatelherault Hunting Lodge Ferniegair, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 7UE
    13 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    14 Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS) Kilsyth, Glasgow, G65
    15 Paisley Abbey Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JG 3 stars

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