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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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Newark Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
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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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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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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Portencross Castle
Portencross Castle

Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    A Bronze Age burial cairn surrounded by a circle of 15 standing stones.

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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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…

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  • 1 Craignethan Castle (HS) Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ML11 9PL 4 stars
    2 Newark Castle (HS) Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, PA14 5NH 4 stars
    3 Bothwell Castle (HS) Bothwell, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, G71 8BL 4 stars
    4 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    5 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    6 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    7 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27
    8 Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    9 Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS) Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5
    10 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    11 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    12 Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS) Kilsyth, Glasgow, G65
    13 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    14 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    15 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

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