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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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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, village souter (shoemaker), who inspired the character Souter Johnnie in Robert Burns' famous…

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    Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Newark Castle (HS)

    Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH

    An elegant and virtually intact castle, it was built by George Maxwell in the 15th century.

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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 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    2 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    3 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ 3 stars
    4 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    5 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    6 Dean Castle Museum and Country Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB 4 stars
    7 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    8 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    9 Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS) Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG 3 stars
    10 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    11 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    12 Craignethan Castle (HS) Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ML11 9PL 4 stars
    13 Chatelherault Hunting Lodge Ferniegair, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 7UE
    14 Newark Castle (HS) Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH 4 stars
    15 Paisley Abbey Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JG 3 stars

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