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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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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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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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  • 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...

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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…

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    Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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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

    The remains of five stone circles of Bronze-Age date, one of the most important sites of its kind in Britain.

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  • Lochranza Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Lochranza Castle (HS)

    Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH

    A fine tower house, a 16th century redevelopment of a late 13th century hall house.

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

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    Visit a Bronze Age cairn surrounded by a circle of 14 standing stones looking out over Kilbrannan Sound towards Kintyre.

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  • St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)
    St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)

    Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

    The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th century parish church.

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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 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    3 Bothwell Castle (HS) Bothwell, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, G71 8BL 4 stars
    4 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    5 Castle Semple Collegiate Church (HS) Low Semple, by Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
    6 Dundonald Castle (HS) Dundonald, Ayrshire, KA2 9HD 4 stars
    7 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    8 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    9 Lochranza Castle (HS) Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH
    10 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    11 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27
    12 Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS) Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5
    13 Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    14 St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS) Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
    15 Crossraguel Abbey (HS) by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ 3 stars

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