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Portencross Castle

Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

Portencross Castle is situated overlooking the Firth of Clyde near West Kilbride in Ayrshire.

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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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  • Maybole Castle
    Maybole Castle

    Maybole, KA19 8YG

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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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    Dinvin Motte

    Girvan, North Ayrshire, KA26

    The most impressive medieval earthwork in the South of Scotland, its defences consists of two massive 4 metre deep ditches.

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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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    Maybole Collegiate Church
    Maybole Collegiate Church

    Maybole, KA19 7AE

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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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    Carn Ban © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Carn Ban (HS)

    Lagg, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK

    One of the most famous Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland.

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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, Scotland, UK

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

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK

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

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

    Kilsyth, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    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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  • 1 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    2 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    3 Maybole Castle Maybole, KA19 8YG
    4 Craignethan Castle (HS) Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ML11 9PL 4 stars
    5 Dinvin Motte Girvan, North Ayrshire, KA26
    6 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    7 Maybole Collegiate Church Maybole, KA19 7AE
    8 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    9 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
    10 Machrie Moor Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
    11 Auchagallon Stone Circle Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
    12 David Livingstone Centre (NTS) Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 9BY 3 stars
    13 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    14 Lochranza Castle (HS) Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH
    15 Antonine Wall Bar Hill (HS) Kilsyth, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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