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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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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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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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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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  • 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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    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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    Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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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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    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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    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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    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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  • Wilsontown Ironworks (FCS)
    Wilsontown Ironworks (FCS)

    Nr Forth, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

    Visit Wilsontown and discover how family disputes and bad management finally led to the ironworks closing in 1812.

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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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  • Crossraguel Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Crossraguel Abbey (HS)

    by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ

    One of the most complete mediaeval abbeys in Scotland, Crossraguel was founded in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick,...

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    1 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    2 Dean Castle Museum and Country Park Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA3 1XB 4 stars
    3 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (NTS) Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ 3 stars
    4 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    5 New Lanark Visitor Centre New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 4 stars
    6 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    7 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    8 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    9 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    10 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    11 Weavers Cottage Museum (NTS) Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JG 3 stars
    12 Pladda Lighthouse Scotland, UK
    13 Wilsontown Ironworks (FCS) Nr Forth, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
    14 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27
    15 Crossraguel Abbey (HS) by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ 3 stars

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