Month: February 2020


Helmsdale, on the east coast of Sutherland, was built on golf, herrings and salmon! Today, Helmsdale is a name synonymous with salmon fishing, but the town and its picturesque harbour originally prospered as a result of the herring boom of the 19th century.

Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace, a impressive partly ruinous royal residence of the monarchs of Scotland, including James V and Mary Queen of Scots, with some excellent interiors, beautiful gardens and grounds and a real tennis court, in Falkland village, six miles from Glenrothes in Fife in central Scotland. One of Falkland’s most famous royal residents – Mary, …

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Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline Abbey The church occupies the site of the ancient chancel and transepts of a large medieval Benedictine abbey, which was sacked in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation and permitted to fall into disrepair. Part of the old abbey church continued in use at that time and some parts of the abbey infrastructure still remain. …

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Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

Sitting in the hills above Dunfermline is one of Scotland’s more unusual museums – one devoted to the preservation and display of vintage buses. The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, located in a former Ministry of Defence store facility at Lathalmond, has been attracting a growing number of visitors since it opened in 1995 and is …

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Castle Campbell

Castle Campbell. Formerly known as the Castle of Glooms, this castle is beautifully sited upon a narrow bridge overlooked by the Ochil Hills. The 15th century fortress of Castle Campbell is dramatically situated above Dollar Glen. The oldest part is a well-preserved 15th century tower around which other buildings were constructed, including an unusual loggia. …

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Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland. Situated in the historical area of Caithness, it is the northernmost town on the British mainland. It lies at the junction of the north-south A9 road and the west-east A836 road, connected to Bridge of Forss in …

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Grant Park, Forres

Grant Park is situated on the south side of Victoria Road, and was gifted to the town by Sir Alexander Grant when he purchased Forres House and ground for the people of Forres. The park contains traditional gardens and the floral sculptures which form the centrepiece for the Forres entries in the “Britain and Scotland …

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Cairn Holy

Cairn Holy, the two cairns of Cairn Holy are an impressive survival, particularly Cairnholy I with its concave façade of tall pillar stones. Their landscape position is equally impressive, situated on a hill offering fine views over Wigtown Bay. Both were built in the 4th millennium BC. They are known as Clyde Cairns, a type …

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