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WELCOME TO

Edinburgh & the Lothians

Best Places to Visit 2020-21

Discover more with www.daysoutscotland.com

Please Leave this Guide for the Enjoyment of Future Guests


While you are in Edinburgh why not visit The Knight’s Vault home of Outlander swords as well as a huge range of other weapons. It’s the biggest display of its kind in the UK!

Besides the sword collection, there is a unique small gift range starting from as little as £5. Come and see us in the Grassmarket - you'll be amazed!

Open Monday to Sunday 11.00am until 5.30pm T: 0131 281 4147 E: shop@theknightsvault.com @TheKnightsVault

Shop 102 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2HH


Edinburgh Castle

Contents EDINBURGH & THE LOTHIANS • Map & Listings • Getting Around • Glorious Gardens • Historic Attractions • Museums & Galleries • Shopping • Great Golf • Great Tours • Best Beaches • Boat Trips • Family Fun • Activities & Adventures • Eating & Drinking • Amazing Outdoors • Whisky Distilleries • Highland Games

REST OF SCOTLAND • All Attractions

YEAR OF COASTS & WATERS 2020 In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s Coasts and Waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life.

Join the conversation #YCW2020

Cover Photos: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Maid of the Forth; St Giles’ Cathedral; Edinburgh Zoo. Maps by Ashworth Maps and Interpretation Ltd. Photo Credits: David Hayes; Dorothy Carse; Kenny Lam, Paul Tomkins, VisitScotland; Andy Catlin, National Museum of Scotland; Tony Marsh, Foxlake; Paul Hackett, Scottish Seabird Centre; Maid of the Forth; Sandie Knudsen, Blackwoods Bar & Grill; Bill Baber; Lothian Buses; City Sightseeing Edinburgh; Rabbles; Lothian Motorcoaches; Rob McDougall, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Rosn123/Shutterstock.com; Dave Kerton; Anton Ivanov/Shutterstock.com; The Surgeon’s Hall Museum; Edinburgh Woollen Mill; Scottish Parliament; Mercat Tours; Scotch Whisky Experience; Edinburgh Bus Tours; Dynamic Earth; Edinburgh Zoo; Tony Marsh, Camera Obscura; The Waterside Bistro; Arcade Haggis Bar; Forestry and Land Scotland; Holyrood Distillery; JASPERIMAGE/ Shutterstock.com. Published by Landmark Press, Station Road, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire PH23 3AP E: sales@landmark-press.com T: 01479 841900. All editorial, maps and covers are printed on paper from sustainable managed forests. Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate. However, we do not accept liability if information is incorrect. Please double check details with attractions/event organisers before visiting.


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Things to See and Do

The Gallery of Modern Art

IN EDINBURGH AND THE LOTHIANS

Leaflets for many of the attractions in Edinburgh and the Lothians can be found directly after this page. Locations are shown on the map opposite. (FLS) Forestry and Land Scotland (HS) Historic Scotland 1 RZSS Edinburgh Zoo l Set in 82 acres of beautiful parkland, just outside Edinburgh city centre. See over 1,000 animals, from the UK’s only giant pandas to koalas, chimpanzees and penguins. Open 364 days a year. EH12 6TS T: 0131 334 9171. www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

2 Edinburgh Golf Centre l We stock major brands of clothing, shoes, bags, waterproofs, clubs, balls, electric trolleys. Tax Free shopping non EU residents. 58 Dalry Road, EH11 2AY T: 0131 337 5888. www.edinburghgolfcentre.co.uk

3 Volcano Falls Adventure Golf l Visit Edinburgh’s hidden volcano! An

7 Indian Lounge Restaurant & Bar l Established 1983, one of Edinburgh’s

12 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh l A world-leading Garden, home to one of the

8 Hendersons l An award-winning Edinburgh institution

13 The Royal Yacht Britannia l Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction

9 El Barrio l The home of Mojitos & Fiesta! Unique

14 James Pringle Clearance Outlet at l Leith Mills

oldest Indian & Pakistani restaurants, with award-winning cuisine. Using fresh, quality ingredients, it’s clear to see why this place is great. Open 7 days. www.indianloungeedinburgh.co.uk

with an international reputation. It was started in 1962 by Janet Henderson and serves delicious and healthy food. 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh. EH2 1DR T: 0131 2252131.

immersive adventure awaits the whole family at Edinburgh’s first state of art indoor adventure golf attraction, with two 18 hole courses. Fountain Park, 130 Dundee Street, EH11 1AF Tel: 0131 516 7522. E: edinburgh@volcanofalls.co.uk

4 ScotlandShop l Find your family or clan tartan. Clothing and soft furnishings made to order in your choice of over 500 tartans woven in Scotland. Open 7 days. EH2 4PG

Latino bar and club, Join us for a night out and you will come back every time. T: 0131 220 6818. @elbarriolatino camron@mambobars.co.uk EH2 2PJ

10 Romanes & Paterson l Over 200 years of Scottish Heritage with

5 Sheila Fleet l High quality jewellery and rings from leading designer, Sheila Fleet OBE. Designed and made in Orkney, Scotland. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm and Sundays 11am-5pm (June-Aug). 18 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, EH3 5AL. Tel: 0131 225 5939. sheilafleet.com

6 The Treasure Trove l From Mr Fox to exquisite smocked dresses, baby clothes, Fair Isle and Aran knits, children’s toys and berets. Everything is handmade, home-made and beautifully made. 23a Castle Street, Edinburgh. EH2 3DN www.selfaidsociety.co.uk T. 0131 220 1187.

one of the finest retailers in Edinburgh and waitress served tearoom overlooking Princes Street and the castle. Tel: 0131 225 4966. Fax: 0131 225 9782. EH2 2DF Email: edinrandpl158@ewm.co.uk

11 Johnstons of Elgin l Experience the world of luxury Scottish cashmere in our first Scottish flagship store. Browse our latest collections in ladieswear, menswear, childrenswear and homeware. Enjoy advice on colour and style, outstanding service and a warm welcome. EH1 3DQ T: 0131 370 6610. www.johnstonsofelgin.com

largest plant collections and 10 magnificent Glasshouses. Visitor centre, restaurant, shop, events, exhibitions, guided walks. Free Garden entry. Open daily at 10am (excl 1 Jan & 25 Dec). T: 0131 248 2909. rbge.org.uk

(VisitScotland). Enjoy an audio tour, in 30 languages, of five decks of HM The Queen’s former floating palace. Free parking. Buses every 10 minutes from city centre. Ocean Terminal (Porta), Leith, Edinburgh. EH6 6JJ Tel: 0131 555 5566. www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Quality Scottish knitwear and gifts, whisky shop with free daily tastings. Homewares, lighting, golf shop and more. Discover your Clan and take home your tartan. Five minutes from the Royal Yacht Britannia. Open every day. Tel: 0131 553 5161. EH6 5JU

15 The Scottish Parliament l Visit the heart of Scottish democracy. Book a free tour or explore the dramatic architecture of our award-winning building. Exhibition, café, shop and crèche. Open Mon-Sat. T: 0131 348 5200. www.parliament.scot/open

16 Palace of Holyroodhouse l The Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Explore the Palace’s close association with historic events from over 500 years of Scotland’s turbulent past. At the end of the Royal Mile. T. 0303 123 7306. www.rct.uk/tickets

Photo: John Freeman


17 Dynamic Earth 23 Scotline Tours l l Feel the Earth move as a volcano explodes We’ve been visiting Nessie since 1985! beneath your feet and experience the chill of Polar Ice. Plus, 360° Dome Films shown exclusively in the ShowDome. EH8 8AS Tel: 0131 550 7800. www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Join one of our tours from Edinburgh to experience stunning highland landscapes; explore legendary castles and witness wonderful wildlife. Tel: 0131 557 0162. 87 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG. www.scotlinetours.co.uk

29 Mercat Tours l Explore Old Town Edinburgh with us from the palace to the castle and all the history in between. Our walking tours also include exclusive access to the Underground Vaults. Tel: 00 44 131 225 5445. info@mercattours.com www.mercattours.com

24 Bagpipes Galore l Edinburgh’s No1 Highland Bagpipe Store.

18 Canongate Jerseys & Crafts l Fabulous gifts and textile accessories. Made

We make and sell more bagpipes than any other Scottish company. Visit our new city centre bagpipe showroom. 8-10 Nicolson St, EH8 9DH Mon - Sat : 9.30am till 5.30pm. Tel : 0131-556-3273. www.bagpipe.co.uk

in Scotland. Knitwear, Ruanas, Scarves, Jackets, Pottery and much more! Visit to see our fantastic collection! EH8 8DD Tel: 0131 557 2967.

30 The Real Mary King’s Close l The Real Mary King’s Close is a unique, historical, 5 star attraction. Join an expert guide to explore deep beneath the streets and experience Edinburgh’s hidden past. Tel: 0131 225 0672. www.realmarykingsclose.com

25 Surgeons’ Hall Museums l Discover over 500 years of surgical history at one of Scotland’s oldest museums. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm Tel: 0131 527 1711. https://museum.rcsed.ac.uk

31 Museum on the Mound l Take a fresh look at money… and much,

19 Wonders of Nature l A unique selection of amber jewellery,

much more! See £1 million! Crack a safe! Discover unusual money from around the world! Explore the changing face of Edinburgh! T: 0131 243 5464. EH1 1YZ www.museumonthemound.com

hand-crafted titanium designer jewellery, a variety of hide rugs, fur-lined leather garments and much more! Open 7 days a week. 297 Canongate, EH8 8BD Tel: 0131 629 6550.

20 Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh l Our passion, motivation and inspiration

come from crafting the very best leather goods and bags in the finest Italian & Spanish leather. Visit our shop/workshop in 17 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1TA T: 0131 557 39 69. www.mackenzieleatheredinburgh.com

26 Holyrood Distillery l Join a 5 star guided tour at Holyrood Distillery, the only single malt whisky and gin distillery in the heart of Edinburgh. Holyrood Distillery, 19 St Leonard’s Lane, Edinburgh. EH8 9SH Tel: 0131 285 8973. visit@holyrooddistillery.co.uk

32 Arcade Haggis and Whisky House l The only Haggis & Whisky House in Edinburgh providing over 100 whiskies and locally sourced food with an extend of warm Scottish welcome. 48 Cockburn Street, EH1 1PB Tel: 0131 220 1297. www.arcadepub.co.uk

21 John Knox House l John Knox House dates back to 1470 and is associated with the Scottish Reformation, which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots. EH1 1SR T: 0131 556 9579. reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com/johnknox-house

27 National Museum of Scotland l The National Museum of Scotland is an unmissable experience, telling Scotland’s story and bringing together treasures from around the world. Tel: 0300 123 6789. www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland

33 The Edinburgh Dungeon l Live and breathe the ultimate, immersive underground journey through Edinburgh’s darkest history… if you dare! Combining live actor shows, thrilling rides and amazing theatrical sets, experience 1000 years of Scottish history come to life! Tel: 0131 240 1001. EH1 1DF www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh

22 Calzeat l Textile accessories inspired by our Celtic heritage. Made in Scotland. Hats, Ruanas, Scarves, Jackets, Gloves and much more! Visit to see our fabulous range! EH1 1SG Tel: 0131 556 0856.

l Let your tastebuds take you to Nepal &

28 Namaste Kathmandu Restaurant India with our unique and royal cuisine served in the heart of Edinburgh. 17-19 Forrest Road, EH1 2QH Tel: 0131 220 2273. www.namastektm.co.uk info@namastektm.co.uk

34 Royal Edinburgh Ticket l Unique 48 hour ticket includes all Edinburgh Bus Tours City Tours plus Fastrack entry to Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Departs Waverley Bridge EH1 1BB Edinburgh Bus Tours 0131 4750618. www.royaledinburghticket.co.uk


35 Edinburgh Bus Tours 42 Calzeat l l Enjoy a unique view of Edinburgh on board Beautiful textile accessories. Made in a five-star open-top tour. Hop on - Hop off and discover the best of Scotland’s Capital. 31 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ 0131 220 0770 | Edinburghtour.com

36 Lothian Motorcoaches l Great days out by coach with live guide. Daily Departures from city centre. Wi-Fi and USB charging on all vehicles. Lothianmotorcoaches.com T: 0808 169 8888.

Scotland. Wraps, Ruanas, Scarves, Jackets, Throws and much more! Visit to be amazed by our sumptuous range! EH1 2HH Tel: 0131 260 9873.

43 SHOP for FREEMASON l Victoria Regalia

Manufacturing and supplying high quality Masonic regalia for over 35 years. Personal service is of the utmost importance, always delighted to discuss with customers their individual requirements. T: 0131 225 3355. E: enquiry@victoriaregalia.com W: victoriaregalia.com

47 Cabaret Antiques & Curios l Cabaret is a wonderful treasure trove of antiques, curios and a vast range of jewellery, with a basement full of antiquarian and childrens illustrated books. Official opening times Wed - Sat 10.30-5.30. Tel: 0131 229 4100. 137 Westport, EH3 9DP

48 Maid of the Forth Boat Trips l Edinburgh’s top family run boating attraction. Acclaimed sightseeing cruises. Explore Inchcolm Island. Evening BBQ cruises. Seals, puffins and abundant wildlife. Sailings April-October. Infoline 0131 331 5000. Book online www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

44 The Knights Vault l We are Scotland’s leading armoury,

37 Rabbie’s l Rabbie’s friendly mini-coach tours let you

specialising in Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings replica swords, antique blades and the finest Scottish weapons and helmets. www.theknightsvault.com Tel: 0131 281 4147. EH1 2HH

discover the little-known legends and classic destinations of the UK and Ireland. Find out more at rabbies.com E: tours@rabbies.com Tel: 0131 226 3133. 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. EH1 3EG

38 Discover Historic Scotland with l our Explorer Pass (HS)

Conquer the award-winning Edinburgh Castle and get fired-up with the one o’clock gun or enjoy a picnic in the peaceful and picturesque surroundings of Linlithgow Palace. T: 0131 668 8999. historicenvironment.scot/explorer

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49 Blackness Castle (HS) l Step inside a largely intact medieval castle whose powerful defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. Known as ‘The Ship that Never Sailed’ for its boat like shape. T: 01506 834 807. EH49 7NH historicenvironment.scot/blackness-castle

45 Mr Wood’s Fossils l Edinburgh’s famous fossil shop. Established in 1987 by the fossil hunter Stan Wood, we’ve forged an international reputation for quality fossils, minerals, meteorites and jewellery. Tel: 0131 220 1344. EH1 1JY www.mrwoodsfossils.co.uk

50 Scottish Seabird Centre l Learn more about Scotland’s incredible marine environment with all NEW exhibits and interactive live cameras showing amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. Cafe, gift shop and seasonal boat trips. www.seabird.org

Come and play in our unique, historic tower, packed with hands-on exhibits, amazing optical illusions and mind-boggling special effects. Fun for all ages. Tel: 0131 226 3709. www.camera-obscura.co.uk

46 Bill Baber Knitwear l The Baber Family’s beautiful collection of

40 Edinburgh Black Cab Tours l Range of organised and bespoke tours

such as Outlander, Edinburgh city, Rosslyn Chapel & Whisky Distillery Tours. We are experts at putting itinerary’s together for clients. T: 07401 549 418. info@edinburghblackcabtours.co.uk www.edinburghblackcabtours.co.uk

41 The Scotch Whisky Experience l 5 Star. Marvel at The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky. Whisky Tour, Bar, Tastings & Shop. Over 450 Whiskies. Whisky and food at Amber restaurant. Tel: 0131 220 0441. EH1 2NE

natural sweaters in Irish Linen, gorgeous Spanish Silk and blissfully soft Merino. A unique range of Scottish Designer knitwear. Tel: 0131 225 3249. www.billbaber.com 66 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR

51 Foxlake Adventures l Give wakeboarding a try, tackle FoxFall Ropes Course (over water), explore the woods on our dual ZipTrail experience, navigate trails on Off-Road Segways or chill out at the Boardside café. Tel: 01620 860657. www.foxlake.co.uk

52 Rosslyn Chapel l Explore over 550 years of history - discover the Chapel’s ornate stonework and hear its story from our Guides. Open all year. Seven miles from city centre. Tel 0131 440 2159. www.rosslynchapel.com EH25 9PU


Edinburgh Bus Tours

Getting Around

Edinburgh has a great value, modern, reliable public transport network which makes getting around the City very easy. As the main bus operator, Lothian is dedicated to delivering an outstanding customer experience offering a City-wide network with regular travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tickets for travel are available directly from drivers, at their City centre Travelshops or as m-tickets via a handy free mobile travel app which can also help you to navigate the city. Please note: bus drivers can’t give change so it’s always a good idea to have the exact fare ready. Servicing Edinburgh Airport, Lothian also have three regular routes to and from the City. Airlink 100, Skylink 200 and Skylink 300. Airlink is an express

Edinburgh Tram System

service to and from the City centre and Skylink services offer local connections to North Edinburgh and West Edinburgh respectively.

City Sightseeing Tour Bus

To see the City from a different view, take an open top bus tour with Edinburgh Bus Tours. The five star rated, hop on hop off tours, showcase the best of Edinburgh, with a choice of multi-lingual commentary or a specially trained live guide. For full information visit edinburghtour.com or pop into Waverley Bridge Travel Shop.


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o other city in Britain has so much green space so close to the city centre and such a superb botanic garden. Just a mile from the buzz of the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. One of the world’s leading botanic gardens, this internationally renowned plant collection within 70 acres of beautifully landscaped garden, is a pleasure for all ages and at every time of year. From the inspirationally naturalistic Rock Garden to the dramatic Chinese Hillside and majesty of the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden it is a living encyclopaedia of the plant world. From the iconic

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Victorian Temperate Palm House – the tallest of its kind in Europe – explore 10 climatic zones under glass, with stunning displays from rainforests to deserts. These Glasshouses are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world, many of them being researched as part of active conservation projects in their natural habitats. Affectionately known as the “Botanics,” the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in 1670 as a physic garden near the Palace of Holyrood House. In 2020, as it celebrates 350 years of plant science and horticultural conservation, visitors are invited to join a series of special exhibitions and events reflecting the life and achievements of this national treasure and its work around the world. For a more intimate garden experience visit the National Trust for Scotland’s Malleny Garden at Balerno. This historic three acre walled garden has a delightful collection of old fashioned roses and fine herbaceous borders. A particular feature is the 400 year old clipped yew trees, known as the ‘Four Evangelists’! There are also two handsome Victorian greenhouses, a herb garden and a vegetable garden. Many delightful private gardens are open, in aid of charity, on certain days throughout the year. Well worth visiting, you can check out their opening dates through Scotland’s Gardens at: www.scotlandsgardens.org


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Edinburgh Scotland’s premier Garden The Garden’s 10 magnificent Glasshouses have different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens. Visitors can discover the Garden’s fascinating history dating back 350 years, learn about its plantings and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape. A pleasure for all the family, the Garden offers a fantastic view of the capital’s skyline, featuring Edinburgh Castle, and is located just a mile from the city centre (see overleaf for directions).

Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR Tel 0131 248 2909 | rbge.org.uk

Tours | Café | Shop | Plant Sales | Open daily (except 1 January and 25 December)


Glorious Gardens

Explore a world of plants

Directions and Access Easily accessible from the City Centre, just one mile north of Princes Street. The John Hope Gateway visitor centre is accessed via the West Gate, Arboretum Place (EH3 5NZ) and is served by the Majestic Bus Tour (0131 220 0770). The Garden’s East Gate (EH3 5LP) is served by local buses 8, 23 and 27 from the City Centre. The Garden welcomes those with specific needs. Trained assistance dogs are welcome. View our Access Guide at rbge.org.uk.

Opening Times

Open daily from 10 am except 1 January and 25 December Closing: January 4 pm; February 5 pm; March to September 6 pm; October 5 pm; November and December 4 pm

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, founded in 1670 and celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, is a world renowned centre for plant research, conservation and education. Its four remarkable Gardens – the “Botanics” in Edinburgh; the mountainside Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders; and Logan on a Gulf Stream warmed peninsula in Galloway – differ in topography, soils and climate, enabling an exceptionally wide range of plants to be grown. Together they constitute one of the richest plant collections on Earth, with more than 13,500 species in cultivation.

Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8QU Tel 01369 706261 | rbge.org.uk Open daily 1 March to 31 October Admission charge applies

Glasshouses last admission one hour before closing.

Garden Admission Free Glasshouse Admission: Adult £7, Concession £6, Under 16s free Prices include a small voluntary donation to the Garden. For prices excluding the donation, please see website rbge.org.uk

Discounts available for groups of 11 or more, providing payment is by a single transaction. Call 0131 248 2909 to pre-book.

Activities The Garden runs events throughout the year including family activities, guided walks and exhibitions. For a full programme call 0131 248 2909 or visit rbge.org.uk ■ Garden Guide tours depart from the John Hope Gateway daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm between April and October ■ The Terrace Café for light self-service refreshments ■ The Gateway Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea (also available for private events: contact 0131 552 1974) ■ The Botanics Shop for fine gifts, books and plants

Port Logan, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway DG9 9ND Tel 01776 860231 | rbge.org.uk Open daily 1 March to 15 November Admission charge applies

Become a Friend Become a Friend and lend your support to RBGE’s vital role in plant research and conservation. You will be kept informed through our Botanics magazine, gain free entry to each of our four Gardens, and enjoy exclusive events and priority bookings. Join online at rbge.org.uk or call 0131 552 5339.

Stay in Touch Sign up for our free e-newsletter at rbge.org.uk Follow us on Twitter @thebotanics The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored and supported through Grant-in-Aid by the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR).

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Edinburgh Castle

Historic attractions A Choice of Castles At the centre of Scottish life for more than nine hundred years, Edinburgh Castle was one of the strongest fortresses in the kingdom. It has served as a royal palace, arsenal, gun foundry, state prison, a place of safe-keeping for the State Records and Crown Jewels, and more recently as an infantry barracks with accommodation for over a thousand soldiers. Edinburgh is not the only castle in town, or within easy reach of the City. The magnificent 14th century Craigmillar Castle is just a mile from the city centre. Close by are the clifftop Douglas stronghold of Tantallon, the moated Dirleton Castle and spectacular Crichton Castle with its extraordinary faรงade. Craigmillar Castle


Historic Attractions Old Town - New Town Well established by 1100, Edinburgh was recognised as the capital of Scotland by 1350. The town was laid out like a herring bone, with one major street leading down the ridge from the castle and a host of narrow closes leading off it. It was protected by a wall on three sides and by the waters of the Nor’ Loch to the north. As the town grew within this small space it became more and more congested. To accommodate the extra people, houses grew higher and higher, with some reaching nine storeys and more. It was not the easiest place to live. Water had to be collected from public wells, which you can still see, and carried up many flights of stairs. With no toilets, residents used to open their windows Charlotte Square

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Churches, Storks and Mortsafes In a City full of outstanding churches, St Giles Cathedral is pre-eminent. It has been Edinburgh’s principal church for a thousand years, and more recently has become Scotland’s national church. One of its other claims to fame is that it is the only place in Britain where White Storks have bred! A pair built a nest on the tower in 1416. Greyfriars is another special church with an eventful history. In 1679 its large churchyard was used as a prison for 1,500 Covenanters captured after the battle of Bothwell Bridge. You’ll notice that some of the graves are protected by heavy metal cages. Known as mortsafes, these were used to prevent freshly dead bodies being dug up and sold to the university’s medical school.

and, after shouting ‘Gardez l’eau’, tip their ‘foul nuisances’ into the closes below! Venture into any of these steep narrow closes leading off the High Street, and you’ll easily be able to imagine what it must have been like to have lived here before the arrival of piped water and the flushing toilet. The big advance came in the late 1700s, when the town council bought the farmland to the north and announced a competition to build a new town there. This was won in 1766 by a 26 year old architect John Craig. The Georgian New Town that you see today, with its wide straight streets, large open spaces and individual houses, is much as he designed it.

At the bottom end of the Royal Mile is the delightful Dutch-gabled Canongate Church. Built in 1691, it is the church for both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. Many famous people are buried in its graveyard including the economist Adam Smith and the poet Robert Fergusson.

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Dogs, Dukes and Kings To enjoy a short walk linking the monuments of dogs, dukes and kings, martyrs and writers, you could start at the east end of the Grassmarket. Here a low stone memorial commemorates over 100 Covenanters who were hanged on this spot. Close by is the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the Skye terrier who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years. Around the corner in front of St Giles Cathedral is the prominent statue of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, the first person to import Labrador dogs from Canada. Just behind St Giles is the oldest lead cast statue in Britain, completed in 1685, showing King Charles II on a horse.

World-renowned 70 acre Garden Ten magnificent Glasshouses West Gate, Arboretum Place, EH3 5NZ | East Gate, Inverleith Row, EH3 5LP Tel 0131 248 2909 | rbge.org.uk


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Step aboard H.M. The Queen’s former floating palace and explore Britannia’s five decks, from the State Apartments to the Crew’s Quarters. Tea Room and Gift Shop. Buses from city centre every 10 minutes.

Ocean Terminal (Porta), Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ 0131 555 5566

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A GREAT DAY OUT Explore this floating palace over five decks with a fascinating audio tour and discover how the Royal Family and 220 crew lived on board. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty to see where the young Princes, William and Harry, spent their summer holidays and where celebrities and world leaders, including Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Presidents Reagan, Mandela and Gorbachev, were entertained.

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Getting Here

Britannia is only a short trip from Edinburgh city centre. Take the Majestic Tour Bus from Waverley Bridge, or Lothian Buses are every 10 minutes (11, 22 or 35) from the city centre to Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Correct fare required. Contactless available for adult fare. E-tickets for the buses can also be purchased by card via the Lothian Bus M-Tickets app.

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Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre offers a relaxed shopping and leisure experience for all the family. Our fabulous Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal sells exclusive Britannia souvenirs, along with china, toys and nautical items.

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Enjoy stunning waterfront views as our waiters serve speciality teas and coffees, delicious soups, sandwiches and scones, all made on board in the Royal Galley. We suggest you allow up to two hours for your Britannia experience, or longer if you wish to visit our Royal Deck Tea Room.


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t’s easy for the hours to fly past as you explore the wide variety of museums and galleries that Edinburgh has to offer. Enjoy a world of discovery at the National Museum of Scotland, the UK’s most popular museum outside of London. The diverse collections take visitors on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures, science and decorative art and

The Surgeon’s Hall Museum

National Museum of Scotland


Museums & Galleries fashion – all under one roof. Highlights include world famous Dolly the sheep, jewellery belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots, the mysterious Lewis Chessmen, Vivienne Westwood’s iconic tartan suit and the towering skeleton cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. A great way of finding out more about the collections and exploring the museum is by taking a free hour long tour given by one of the museum’s volunteer guides. Tours take place every day and there are three to choose from Discover the National Museum of Scotland (11:00), Scotland Galleries Highlights (13:00) and a special Themed Tour (15:00). There are also special events and exhibitions throughout the year, find out more at nms.ac.uk Young or old, you’ll find a range of fascinating exhibitions and art collections to pique your curiosity. In the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery houses one of the world’s best collections of fine art. See some of Scotland’s most famous faces, including Jacobite leader Bonnie Prince National Museum of Scotland

Charlie and beloved national poet Robert Burns, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. For more modern and contemporary art, a visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is unmissable. Stare wide-eyed at a million pounds in cash or crack open a safe at the Museum on the Mound, situated on the Royal Mile. Marvel at something more unusual at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world. There are many museums in Edinburgh and you are guaranteed to find one that interests you.

Open 7 days a week,10am-5pm Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. EH8 9DW http://museum.rcsed.ac.uk


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Shopping F or sheer quality and variety, Edinburgh offers you Scotland’s ultimate shopping experience.

Start on Princes Street with its flagship stores, including the legendary Jenners, and views of the Castle. One street back is fashionable George Street with a rich selection of stylish shops. For luxury fashion brands try Multree’s Walk, just off St Andrew Square – a luxury shopping experience second to none. Beyond this is the famous John Lewis store. The Royal Mile tends to be dominated by tartan souvenir shops but venture off the beaten track and you’ll find some real gems.

Romanes & Paterson

Wonders of Nature Open 7 days a week. A unique selection of amber jewellery, hand-crafted titanium designer jewellery, a variety of hide rugs, fur-lined leather garments and much more! Tel: 0131 629 6550

297 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BD


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Bagpipes Galore WE’VE MOVED! NEW ADDRESS: 8a-10a NICOLSON ST, EDINBURGH. EH8 9DH, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO LEARN TO PLAY THE HIGHLAND BAGPIPES FROM JUST £30.00! 10% discount in store with this ad. www.pipingpal.com Tel: 0131 - 556 - 3273

While you are in Edinburgh why not visit The Knight’s Vault home of Outlander swords as well as a huge range of other weapons. It’s the biggest display of its kind in the UK!

Open Monday to Sunday 11.00am until 5.30pm

EDINBURGH’S FAMOUS FOSSIL SHOP 5 Cowgatehead, Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 1JY

Tel: 0131 220 1344

www.mrwoodsfossils.co.uk

Besides the sword collection, there is a unique small gift range starting from as little as £5. Come and see us in the Grassmarket - you'll be amazed! Tel: 0131 281 4147 shop@theknightsvault.com | www.theknightsvault.com Shop 102 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2HH


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- HIGHL A ND DR ESS A ND ACCESSOR IES Great selection of scarves, luxury tartan textiles & souvenir clothing including kilts for men, ladies & children. Related gifts in our clan tartan centre include cuff links & kilt pins.

- W HISK Y SHOP & TA STING EXPER IENCE The spirit of Scotland whisky shop offers an outstanding selection of over 200 fine malts & liqueurs with free tasting.

- SI R WA LT ER SCO T T ’ S T R A DI T ION A L T E A RO OM Relax in the Sir Walter Scott tea room, offering the only waitress service on P  rinces Street. A traditional tea room serving Scottish fayre with fabulous views of Edinburgh Castle.

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CASHMERE HERITAGE CENTRE, CLOTHING, COFFEE SHOP AND FREE GUIDED MILL TOURS OPEN 7 DAYS JOHNSTONSOFELGIN.COM NEWMILL ELGIN MORAY IV30 4AF

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With over 220 years of experience in working with the world’s finest fibres, Johnstons of Elgin is renowned for luxurious cashmere and fine woollen products, woven and knitted in the heart of Scotland.

The softest cashmere from China and Mongolia, and fine lambswool, is spun, dyed and woven at the original mill on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin, where Johnstons of Elgin has manufactured for over 200 years. The only remaining British mill to convert natural, raw material into the finished product, Johnstons of Elgin utilises the traditional skills of craftsmen and women, alongside innovative technology and contemporary design.

Our unique family business has heritage and tradition at its core, while we continually push the boundaries of design and innovation to provide our customers with products of the highest possible standard. In our Scottish mills, employing over 1000 people in total, heritage equipment sits side by side with cutting edge technology. This balance of old and new is what makes us so special.

Les plus purs cachemires chinois et mongols ainsi que la fine laine d’agneau sont filés, teints et tissés chez Johnstons, manufacture écossaise de tissu de qualité. Établie en 1797 au bord de la Lossie à Newmill, Elgin, elle est aujourd’hui la seule filature Britannique à produire des tissus luxueux et des produits finis à base de matières brutes naturelles. Son secret : la fusion de l’expérience et de l’expertise de ses artisans et de la technologie de pointe et le design contemporain.

We are proud to hold a Royal Warrant of Appointment as Suppliers of Tweed to HRH The Prince of Wales, recognising our high level of service, quality and excellence. Visitors can find out more about our history and manufacturing processes by taking a free Mill Tour at our Elgin and Hawick sites. Our five-star VisitScotland tourist destinations each have a Heritage Centre, Mill Shop and Coffee Shop. Our Coffee Shops serve the highest quality local produce, from home bakes to Scottish seafood options. Our St Andrews retail store, at 4 Pilmour Links, is a five-star VisitScotland tourist attraction, while our flagship stores at 77 New Bond Street, London and 11 Multrees Walk, Edinburgh offer a unique retail experience with unparalleled customer service.

77 NEW BOND STREET LONDON W1S 1RY T. +44 (0) 207 629 8983

NEWMILL ELGIN IV30 4AF T. +44 (0)1343 554099

One of the world’s foremost producers of cashmere woven and knitted garments, Johnstons of Elgin is continuing its company tradition of creating luxury British products, of the finest quality, for an international market.

Ainsi, Johnstons, spécialiste en cachemire et un des producteurs de tissus les plus éminents, continue la tradition de l’entreprise de créer des produits Britanniques de luxe et de première qualité appréciés dans le monde entier.

Reinstes Cashmere aus China und Mongolien und feinste Lammwolle werden in der Textilmanufaktur Johnstons gesponnen, gefärbt und zu edlen Stoffen verarbeitet. Vor 200 Jahren in Newmill am Ufer des Lossie in Elgin gegründet ist Johnstons heute die einzige Weberei Großbritanniens, in der noch natürliche Rohstoffe zu fertigen Produkten verarbeitet werden. Dabei setzen wir auf traditionelles Handwerk und langjährige Erfahrung sowie modernste Technologie und zeitloses Design. Wir sind einer der weltführenden Kaschmirspezialisten und Hersteller von luxuriösen Stoffen höchster Qualität für den internationalen Markt und führen somit unsere bewährte Firmentradition fort.

Il Cashmere piú puro proveniente dalla Cina e dalla Mongolia e lana d’agnello di altissima qualitá vengono filati, tinti e tessuti dall’azienda Johnstons, fondata duecento anni fa a Newmill, presso il fiume Lossie nella città di Elgin. Johnstons é l’unica azienda britannica a trasformare materiali greggi in prodotti completamente finiti, impiegando i metodi tradizionali dei propri artigiani, le tecnologie piú moderne e design contemporaneo. Specialisti del cashmere e tra i piú importanti produttori al mondo, la Johnstons continua la sua tradizione aziendale creando prodotti britannici di lusso e di altissima qualitá destinati al mercato internazionale.

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o capital City anywhere can have so many famous and excellent courses within such easy reach. You do not have to leave the city to enjoy great golf. Royal Burgess and Bruntsfield Links are two of the city’s most renowned venues, other good courses include Duddingston, Baberton, and Kings Acre. Edinburgh Council runs a further six courses including Braid’s Hill No 1, set high above the city it offers one of the best rounds of golf in the Edinburgh area. Further east are the jewels in Scotland’s golfing crown. Best known is Muirfield, an Open venue and home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. The world’s oldest golf club was founded in 1744 and that year produced the first set of rules for how golf should be played. Other superb East Lothian links courses include Gullane No 1, West Links at North Berwick, and Dunbar. West Lothian is less lauded but there are many good courses on this side of the City of Edinburgh including Dalmahoy’s famous East Course and West Calder. For a seriously historical experience play a round on the 9 hole Musselburgh Links course. This is the

Gullane Golf Course

oldest golf course in the world. There is documentary evidence for golf having been played here in 1672 and Mary Queen of Scots is reputed to have had a game here in 1567. All courses welcome visitors with many offering online booking. Some will require a handicap certificate. Others are more family-friendly, where beginners are welcome and you can just turn up, pay and play. For detailed information on outstanding golf courses, www.golfeastlothian.com

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here’s so much to see in Edinburgh that to be sure you see it all you may be tempted to take a tour. Bus tours, with commentary in many different languages, depart regularly from Waverley Bridge, with many offering a hop-on hop-off service. For something more intimate, sit back and relax in one of Rabbie’s glass roof, convertible mini coaches and enjoy a tour as they show off Edinburgh from a local’s perspective. For the brave, do you dare to take one of Edinburgh’s ghost tours? There’s lots to thrill and unnerve you on these spooky tours, and that’s all before you delve deep in to Edinburgh’s underground city.

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Great Tours

Scottish Parliament DOORS OPEN Step inside the inspiring home of Scottish politics and enjoy a free tour before visiting our cafĂŠ and shop. Free for visitors six days a week.

Book your free tours now parliament.scot/open

Range of organised and bespoke tours such as Outlander, Edinburgh city, Rosslyn Chapel & Whisky Distillery Tours. We are experts at putting itineraries together for clients. 07401 549 418 info@edinburghblackcabtours.co.uk www.edinburghblackcabtours.co.uk

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Great Tours The Original Loch Ness Tour visiting Nessie since 1985 Explore Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands. Daily departures from the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Book online at scotlinetours.co.uk or call us on 0131 557 0162.

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A S e n s a t i o n a l J o u r n e y!

Take a sensational journey through a replica distillery and The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky to find your perfect dram. Open Daily. Please check our website for seasonal times, or call 0131 220 0441. 20 Languages available

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wimming in the sea close to Edinburgh is easier than you might think!

Portobello, an attractive long sandy beach, is just a short bus ride from the City centre. Along the East Lothian coast are a string of superb beaches. Most are easily accessible by public transport. North Berwick boasts two beaches with great views and boat trips out to the white gannet guano spattered Bass Rock. Other Lothian gems include Gullane Bents. A crescent of sand backed by great dunes, it is a popular surfing spot. Yellowcraigs is an excellent family beach with plenty of shelter and rock pools at low tide. For an outstanding wild beach, with few people, Ravensheugh Sands is the place to go.

Sea Cliff Beach

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ithin easy reach of the city centre are two quite superb boat trips.

At North Berwick - a short 30 minute train journey from Edinburgh Waverley, you have a choice of trips around the massive Bass Rock. Home to 150,000 gannets, it has been described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the 12 wildlife wonders of the world’. No less exciting are the boat trips from South Queensferry, also easily reached by train, to the Island of Inchcolm. The cruises pass under the iconic, 1890, Forth Rail Bridge, now a World Heritage Site. Inchcolm, a peaceful spot, known as the ‘Iona of the East’, is home to the most complete medieval abbey in Scotland.

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Family Fun

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Scottish Seabird Centre

Edinburgh Zoo with two Chinese pandas, a daily penguin parade and a host of other animals, is a star attraction. Equally entertaining is Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions at the top of the Royal Mile – it is as appealing to adults as it is to children. Further down the hill is Dynamic Earth, Scotland’s geological attraction with exploding volcanoes and freezing icebergs. Great for kids! If you are looking for space, try the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – a tranquil haven no distance from the city centre. With 70 acres of landscaped grounds, superb glasshouses, and some very tame grey squirrels, this is a family favourite. For more of an adventure try climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views over the City. Camera Obscura

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As you weave your way through our World of Illusions, remember: nothing is what it seems! Venture through five floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions. You’ll need at least two hours to discover them all! A swirling light vortex; a maze of mirrors; a chance to swap noses with a friend; see yourself grow, shrink and stretch; play eye-spy with our city viewcams; and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects. It’s all here at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.

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Join your guide inside the mysterious 165-year-old Victorian rooftop chamber, to see Edinburgh as you’ve never seen it before! Discover the Camera Obscura – a live, moving image of Edinburgh projected through a periscope, while hearing a fascinating and highly amusing tour of the city and Edinburgh’s history. Surprisingly spectacular! Step outside onto our Rooftop Terrace and enjoy the best 3600 views of Edinburgh, an unbeatable vantage point for the most breath-taking photographs. Get even closer with our range of telescopes and binoculars, all free to use. Astonishing views in all weathers, all day, all year!

we’re open late every day! PRINCES ST GARDENS

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CAMERA OBSCURA Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

we’re right beside edinburgh castle!

Summer holidays

Mon-Sun 9.00-22.00

Other school holidays

Mon-Sun 9.00-21.00

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Sun-Fri 9.30-20.00 Sat 9.30-21.00

Winter

Mon-Thu 9.30-19.00 Fri & Sun 9.30-20.00 Sat 9.30-21.00

Call 0131 226 3709 Book your tickets now camera-obscura.co.uk


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AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE THAT’S FUN FOR ALL! We are located within Fountain Park, Edinburgh’s ultimate entertainment destination where you can play, eat and drink all under one roof!

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Fountain Park, Edinburgh EH11 1AF | 0131 516 7522 edinburgh@volcanofalls.co.uk | corporate@volcanofalls.co.uk

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To the west, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is Europe’s largest indoor facility. Europe’s largest skiing and snowboarding slope is a short bus ride from the city centre. Just slightly further south is Glentress - the best mountain biking centre in Britain. Other options include ballooning with flights over the Lothians and Borders, or karting on Scotland’s largest indoor track. There are several paintball venues. You could get into the saddle for some serious riding or get into a giant zorb ball, for the ultimate adrenalin experience, and roll down a hill! Midlothian Snowsports Centre

wakeboarding Ropes course segwayRingo Rides FOXLAKE, DUNBAR, EAST LOTHIAN EH42 1XF

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dinburgh has a culinary melting pot of different cuisines on offer, but if you have travelled all the way to Scotland then you can’t leave without tasting some hearty Scottish favourites! No Scottish food is as iconic as haggis - called the “Great Chieftain o’ the puddin’-race!” by Robert Burns - and you’ll usually find it on menus as the traditional trio of haggis, neeps and tatties. Scottish game such as venison or grouse can make for heavenly main courses, and for dessert try a traditional cranachan: a mixture of raspberries, cream, honey, whisky and oatmeal.

There are so many restaurants in Edinburgh loved by locals, students and visitors alike that you’ll never struggle to find good food on offer.


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Indian Indian Lounge Lounge

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-- Indian Indian & & Punjabi Punjabi restaurant restaurant & & bar bar-Family Business since 1983

For over 34 years Indian Lounge has been doing what it does best, and that is serve great Indian and Punjabi street food. Established in 1983, this family business has been regarded as one of the best Indian restaurants in food critics. critics. The The Head Head Chef Chefcarefully carefullysources sourcesingredients ingredients from fromlocal localsupplliers suppliers personally to Edinburgh by many food make sure everything is first class quality. Our menu is award-winning, with specialty dishes dishes such such as as tandoori tandoori salmon, salmon, lamb lamb chop chop karai, lamb saag, vegetarian haggis pakora and a local favourite on a Friday Friday lunchtime with office crowds is Indian spiced fish and chips and many more dishes. Quote BQ1 to recieve We have a good selection selection of of meat, meat, seafood seafood and and vegetarian vegetarian dishes, dishes, together together with with 10% off our famous grill menu, which is very popular. we Wecan canalso alsocater caterfor forpeople peoplewith with your bill food allergies such as gluten-free gluten-free and dairy-free. dairy-free.

Only a few minutes walk from Princes Street.

Award Winning Restaurant • ONLY OLIVE OIL USED IN OUR COOKING • ONLY FREE RANGE CHICKEN • GRASS-FED SCOTTISH LAMB • SHIP TO PLATE SEAFOOD IN 24 HOURS OR LESS • FRESH DAILY VEGETABLES

Indian Lounge

129a Rose Street · Edinburgh · EH2 3DT

Tel: 0131 226 2862

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Local, friendly, unfussy dining in the New Town We focus on local and regional cuisine featuring ingredients farmed, caught or bred in Scotland. We trace the provenance of our food, focusing on fresh, seasonal supplies. True to our name, we use charcoal to grill our meat, fish, poultry and game. Across all dishes, the burning embers add an authentic caramelised charcoal flavour. From Shetland rope grown mussels to Chateaubriand for two, we offer something for every taste. Like our food, we take great pride in the Scottish heritage of our drinks as well. From a range of Scottish single malts to craft gins and beers.

6 Gloucester Place Edinburgh EH3 6EF

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94A Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA 103-105 west Bow Edinburgh EH1 2JP

Open 7 days a week 8am-6pm We don't take reservations, sorry hello@hulajuicebar.co.uk www.hulajuicebar.co.uk

Acai Bowl Homemade Soups Sandwiches & Wraps Salads Avocado Toast Speciality Coffee Fresh Juices & Smoothies Raw Cakes


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Winner of Best Café and Deli 2018 at Edinburgh Restaurant Awards and VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards, Regional Finalist Award 2018/19 with Letters of Thanks from The Scottish Parliament and Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh for Regenerating Silverknowes Promenade. Escape the city and retreat to Boardwalk Beach Club, just three miles from the city centre. Enjoy delicious Illy coffee, luscious cakes and tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere. Surrounded by incredible scenery overlooking the stunning beach, with rolling countryside in the distance, there’s no better place to enjoy Edinburgh than on Scotland’s Bondi Beach. Live the dream.

Visit us at 50 Marine Drive, Silverknowes Beach, Edinburgh, EH4 5ES Scotland’s Bondi Beach, 3 miles NW of Edinburgh City Centre via 29 Lothian Bus to Silverknowes Promenade, 1 minute walk from café. Over 50,000 Facebook Page Followers.


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In Scotland the public have the right of access to most land and inland water, provided they respect the rights of the people and organisations who earn a living from the land, particularly livestock farmers. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot - a really useful document – gives examples of the rights and responsibilities of all users from hill walkers to mountain bikers, kayakers to campers. Essential reading especially for dog owners! Footpaths have hugely improved in recent years. You’ll find that there are usually a range of wellmarked trails wherever you are, especially on land owned by Forestry and Land Scotland.

Enjoy Scotland’s outdoors! Thanks to Scotland’s progressive access rights, everyone is welcome to enjoy walking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, horse riding, ski touring and many more outdoor activities, as long as you follow some basic advice. Simply: • Take responsibility for your own actions • Respect the interests of other people • Care for the environment Find out all the detail in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially if you’re camping or have a dog with you.


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hisky lover or total newbie Whisky Experience – everyone should visit a For an immersive experience in the art of making whisky visit the Scotch Whisky Experience malt whisky distillery at least on Castlehill. The centre has the world’s largest of Scotch Whiskies and you can enjoy once for a genuine centuries collection a special tutored tasting to help you select your old experience. perfect dram. Distilleries

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In open farmland just to the east of the city you’ll discover Glenkinchie Distillery, home of the ‘Edinburgh Malt’. The distillery runs a shuttle bus service from the City Centre. Easy to reach by train and within walking distance of the station are the two Pitlochry distilleries Blair Athol, and Edradour a traditional farm distillery – the smallest in Scotland.

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GRANTOWN SHOW THURSDAY, 13th AUGUST 2020 Starts 9am

300 quality Trade Stands, Food and Drink Marquee, Arts and Crafts Marquee, Shopping Mall, Exhibition Marquee and Industrial and Horticultural Marquee. SUNDAY – Horses and Ponies, Goats, Rabbits, Cavies, Pigeons, Pony Driving, and Open Dog Show. MONDAY – Clydesdale Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Poultry, Show Jumping, Companion Dog Show and Highland Dancing.

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Things to See and Do IN THE REST OF SCOTLAND Each of the attractions listed below has a grid reference which relates to the map opposite (e.g. R20). The attractions are ordered clockwise within each area. Leaflets for many of the attractions follow. (FLS) Forestry and Land Scotland (HS) Historic Scotland

Inverness, Northern Highlands, Orkney and Shetland H12 Lochcarron Weavers Shop n Traditional Scottish Clothing, Knitwear,

Accessories, Tartans, Tweeds and made to measure kilts. April - End October Mon - Sat 9am-5pm. Winter - Mon - Fri 10am-4pm, Sat by appointment. Tel: 01520 722212. joy@lochcarron.com IV54 8YH

Q5 The Castle & Gardens of Mey n The Queen Mother’s home in Caithness. Castle and gardens open. Also animal centre, gift shop, tearoom and viewing tower. Tel: 01847 851473. KW14 8XH www.castleofmey.org.uk

H9 Perfume Studio & Aroma Cafe n The Highland’s only working perfumery,

K14 Cruise Loch Ness n Explore the world famous Loch Ness.

Daily departures from Fort Augustus with a variety of tours from 50 minute scenic cruises to 3 hour RIB experiences, we have something for every age and budget. Sat Nav: PH32 4BD Tel: 01320 366277. www.cruiselochness.com

coffee shop with home-made food and stunning views, gift shop and landscape photography studios. Easter to end Oct closed Mondays. IV22 2JL Tel: 01445 731618. www.perfume-studio.com

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J8 n J9 Highland Stoneware of n Lochinver & Ullapool

Visitors are welcomed to working potteries making distinctive, freehand painted, high quality ceramics. Open weekdays 9-5.30 all year, also Saturdays, Easter - end October and seasonal Sundays. Tel: 01571 844376. Lochinver IV27 4LP. Ullapool IV26 2UN. www.highlandstoneware.com

L5 Smoo Cave, Durness n M6 Strathnaver Museum, Bettyhill n

R5 n M12 Orkney Islands - Day Tours n

from John O’Groats and Inverness

Fascinating day tours of the Orkney Islands leave John O’Groats and Inverness every summer morning. See Skara Brae, Scapa Flow, the Standing Stones and much more! Tel: 01955 611353. Book online at www.jogferry.co.uk

Q7 Lhaiday Caithness Croft, Dunbeath n

L13 Fiddler’s Highland Restaurant n Good Highland Food, served by friendly

staff in our Restaurant with an Awardwinning Whisky selection. Locally-brewed Beers, Scottish Craft Gins and Spirits served in our bar alongside Freshly Fried Fish & Chips from our Food Truck. Dinner Bookings Essential. Tel. 01456 450678. www.fiddledrum.co.uk IV63 6TX

N9 Dunrobin Castle and Gardens n Q3 Skara Brae Prehistoric Village (HS) Wonderful displays of paintings, tapestries, n Step back 5000 years and explore one furniture, silver and ceremonial robes. of Europe’s best-preserved historic settlements. See stone furniture, jewellery, tools and unexplained ritual objects left behind by Neolithic villagers. T: 01856 841 815. KW16 3LR historicenvironment.scot/skara-brae

n Enter one of the finest Neolithic buildings Q3 Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (HS)

in the north-west Europe, a masterpiece of ancient engineering. This chambered tomb is a monument to the skill and beliefs of Orkney’s people some 5,000 years ago. T: 01856 851 266. KW16 3LB historicenvironment.scot/maeshowe

Q5 Pentland Ferries n Travel to the Orkney Islands with your

car on our purpose built catamaran leaving Caithness from as little as £54. Tel: 01856 831 226. KW1 4YB www.pentlandferries.co.uk

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Magnificent formal gardens. Pictish Stones, Gift Shop, Tea Room, Falconry displays (ring for details). Tel: 01408 633177. Email: info@dunrobincastle.co.uk www.dunrobincastle.co.uk

L10 NORTHCOASTGLASS n This highly acclaimed, vibrant glass studio

creates contemporary works to the highest level of creativity and craftmanship. Established by artist/designers Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns. 2 Chapel Street, Tain, IV19 1EL Tel. 01862 893189. www.northcoastglass.com

L13 Urquhart Castle (HS) n Explore the dramatic ruins of this great

fortress. Enjoy the panoramic views across Loch Ness, see fascinating artefacts and discover the turbulent history of this iconic stronghold. T: 01456 450 551. IV63 6XJ historicenvironment.scot/urquhart-castle

L11 Rogie Falls (FLS) n Rogie Falls is a beautiful spot off the main

road to Ullapool to stop for a walk and a picnic. There are lots of waymarked walks with seating at viewpoints overlooking the falls, and a bridge crossing the gorge near the falls. www.forestryandland.gov.scot

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L13 Castle Cruises Loch Ness n Cruise with us and enjoy exhilarating fresh Loch Ness air. Facts, Legends, along with magnificent views of the Loch, Castle Urqhuart and the Great Glen. Tickets available from The Loch Ness Gifts Shop, Drumnadrochit. 01456 450695. Sat. Nav. IV63 6TX www.lochnesscruises.com

L13 The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition n Experience the World Famous Exhibition,

a 5 Star (VisitScotland) Attraction. Browse the Whisky, Nessie, Cashmere and Kiltmaker Shops. Ancestral Names. Loch Cruises, Cobbs Cafe and Restaurant. Tel: 01456 450 573. www.lochness.com IV63 6TU

M12 Inverness Victorian Market n The historic Victorian Market is one of the

highlights of any visit to Inverness. With unique, independent shops you’ll experience shopping as it used to be. IV1 1JN

M11 Fort George (HS) n March into Britain’s mightiest fortress for

Moray Firth, home to bottlenose dolphins, aboard the spacious Dolphin Spirit Boat. Tel: 0754 480 0620. IV1 1FF www.dolphinspirit.co.uk

Macbeth. 3 Award-winning gardens, 9-hole Golf Course, Courtyard Café & Snack Bar, 3 Shops, Nature Trails. Apr-Oct. 10am-5.30pm (Last admission 5pm) IV12 5RD Tel: 01667 404401. www.cawdorcastle.com

an unforgettable experience. Explore this enormous military base & gain an insight into life as a Redcoat or join one of our Dolphin Watches. T: 01667 460 232. IV2 7TD historicenvironment.scot/fort-george

M11 Mac & Wild n Showcasing the best of Scotland’s produce, with a little (lot…) of Highland fun along the way – specialising in wild venison, beef, steak, seafood and a whole lot of whisky, craft beer and gin! Falls of Shin, Achany by Lairg, Sutherland. IV27 4EE

P11 Culbin (FLS) n Climb Hill 99, Culbin’s highest sand dune

M12 Dolphin Spirit Inverness n Experience the wildlife of the beautiful

N12 Cawdor Castle n Built in 1370 with a history extending to

N13 Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre n Open 7 days with a range of tours and malt whiskies. www.tomatin.com/about T: 01463 248144, IV13 7YT E-mail: visitors@tomatin.com

at 99 feet. Here, a state-of-the-art viewpoint will take you high into the treetop canopy. This trail has been designed as accessible for walkers of all ages and for wheelchairusers. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/culbin

Sango Bay, Durness

Cairngorms, Aberdeen and Tayside P11 Brodie Countryfare n A wonderful day out for all the family.

Enjoy top Womenswear, Menswear, Gifts & Interiors, Scottish Gifts, Toys, Foodhall & Deli and impressive Family Restaurant. Open Mon - Sun 9.00am - 5.30pm (5pm winter). IV36 2TD Tel: 01309 641555. www.brodiecountryfare.com

Q11 The Glen Moray Distillery n A warm welcome awaits at this friendly and informal distillery in Elgin. Tours, visitor centre and coffee shop, see our leaflet or visit www.glenmoray.com Tel: 01343 550900.

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Q11 n R19 n R24 n Q21 Johnstons of Elgin n Cashmere Visitor Centre

Experience the world of luxury. Take a mill tour, browse our latest collection and sample delicious local food in our coffee shops. Open all year. www.johnstonsofelgin.com Tel: 01343 554099, IV30 4AF Tel: 01334 472216, KY16 9JG Tel: 01450 360549, TD9 8AA Tel: 0131 3706610, EH1 3DQ

R11 WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre n See the Moray Firth Bottlenose dolphins

wild and free. Visit our Centre in Spey Bay, interactive exhibition, icehouse tours, binocular hire plus café, shop. Call 01343 820339 for details. IV32 7PJ dolphincentre.whales.org

Q11 Elgin Cathedral (HS) R11 Baxters Highland Village n n Admire the magnificent ruins of this sacred For a flavour of Scotland visit Baxters place, which dates to the 1200s. Highlights are the glorious west front, the sumptuous decorations and the atmospheric Chapter House. T: 01343 547 171. IV30 1HU historicenvironment.scot/elgin-cathedral

Fochabers. Foodhalls, alcohol shop, and gifts. Visit the restaurant for our famous pancakes and home cooked Scottish food. Tel 01343 820666. www.shop.baxters.com www.baxters.com IV32 7LD

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Q12 Glen Grant Distillery & Gardens n The only Malt Distillery named after its

founding owners. Discover the story behind “Single Malt Whisky as it Should Be”. Take a leisurely stroll in our beautifully restored Victorian Garden. Tel: 01340 832118/123. www.glengrant.com AB38 7BS

R12 Strathisla Distillery n Home of Chivas, the world’s first luxury

N13 Landmark Forest Adventure Park n Voted by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 10

Parks in the UK! Landmark has everything from a family roller-coaster and water slides to high ropes-courses and Butterfly House. Don’t miss Scotland’s Biggest & Best Dinosaur Experience – Dinosaur Kingdom! 01479 841 613. www.landmarkpark.co.uk

whisky. Enjoy a tour, bespoke tasting, cocktail or our Chivas Blending Experience. For full details and online booking at www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com T: 01542 783044.

N17 Visit Aberfeldy n Visit Aberfeldy and Loch Tay… an area

rich in history, outdoor activities, family fun and incredible beauty set in Highland Perthshire, the heart of Scotland. www.visitaberfeldy.co.uk admin@visitaberfeldy.co.uk

N17 Highland Safaris n This 5 star experience takes you on a

“Unique Journey of Discovery”. Red Deer & Barn Owl Encounter, 4 x 4 Safaris, Café and Shop, Gold Panning Centre, Walking and Biking trails. Open all year. PH15 2JQ Tel. 01887 820071. www.highlandsafaris.net

P14 Glenmore Forest Park (FLS) n Situated in the Cairngorms National

Park, the impressive pinewoods and the spectacular Loch Morlich make this a must visit destination. The visitor centre and cafe are a great place to relax and take in the stunning surroundings. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/glenmorefp

Q13 The Glenlivet Distillery N14 Loch Insh Outdoor Centre & n n Home of the world famous malt in the heart of Speyside. Classic tours and specialist tastings. Whisky Shop and Café. Opening times & online bookings go to www.theglenlivet.com T: 01340 821 720.

Boathouse Restaurant

Wildlife Passenger Boat (12 seater), Watersports, River Trips, Dry Ski Slope, Archery, Fishing, Bikes. Hire/instruction. 3 Play Areas for Children, Lochside trail. Restaurant, bar, gift shop. Wheelchair access. Tel: 01540 651272. www.lochinsh.com PH21 1NU

N17 Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery n The award winning visitor attraction. Share

our pursuit of whisky perfection. Tour the distillery and explore our interactive exhibition, before tasting whisky and unwinding in our welcoming Whisky Lounge and cafe. Open all year. Tel: 01887 822010. PH15 2EB www.DewarsAberfeldyDistillery.com

M14 Harris Tweed Shop n Iconic Harris tweeds, Designer, Classic and Traditional clothing along with stunning accessories for Ladies and Gents. Come and visit. Main Street, Newtonmore, PH20 1DD www.harristweedshop.com Tel: 01540 670188.

T15 Dunnottar Castle n Visit dramatic and evocative Dunnottar Castle, a ruined cliff top fortress that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past. Open all year (weather permitting). Tel: 01569 766320. www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk AB39 2TL

N16 The House of Bruar n On the A9 eleven miles north of Pitlochry

N17 Karelia House n Karelia House stocks a wide range of fabric,

N16 SegwayEcosse n Discover Highland Perthshire and the

N17 Loch Tay Safaris n The ultimate way to explore Perthshire’s

it comprises Country Clothing Halls, Cashmere Hall, Country Living Department, Fishing Tackle Shop, Foodhall, Restaurant and Gallery. New fish and chip shop open late. Excellent reviews. Tel: 01796 483236. Open 7 days. PH18 5TW

yarns, patterns, Brother sewing machines and accessories and a lovely coffee shop this is simply a crafter’s paradise. T: 01887 822027. info@kareliahouse.co.uk www.kareliahouse.co.uk PH15 2LS

Q14 Balmoral Estate n Scottish home to the Royal Family.

Gardens, exhibitions and Castle Ballroom display. Audio tour in six languages. Gift shop & Café. Tel: 013397 42534. www.balmoralcastle.com

spectacular grounds of Atholl Estates on our rugged Segway X2s, with escorted tours from Blair Castle Caravan Park. T: 0845 548 2270. info@segway-ecosse.com

P13 Loch Garten Nature Centre n RSPB Scotland

The Nature Centre (formally the Osprey Centre) is a great place for all the family. Nestled by the loch side, exploring this ancient forest is a truly magical experience. Centre open seasonally. Tel: 01479 831476. rspb.org.uk/lochgarten PH24 3BY

N16 Queen’s View Visitor Centre (FLS) n The visitor centre has been designed to

largest loch! Experience this inspirational journey full of history, nature, heritage and mystical charm on our custom built boat. Daily departures April - November. www.lochtaysafaris.net T: 01887 820071.

complement the famous view - a sweeping vista which takes in Loch Tummel. There’s also a welcoming cafe and splendid gift shop. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/tayfp

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N17 The Scottish Crannog Centre n Experience the Iron Age with the Crannog

Community – an interactive & unique visit. Includes museum, guided tours, log boats, plus gift shop and hot drinks available for purchase. Open from 1 Feb. (date subject to change, please check website for details). Tel 01887 830583. www.crannog.co.uk Kenmore PH15 2HY

N18 The Glenturret Distillery n A visit to Scotland’s oldest working distillery never disappoints. With the last remaining hand mash tun in the industry, Glenturret is truly the only real handmade craft whisky. The Hosh, Crieff PH7 4HA T: 01764 656565. enquiries@theglenturret.com

N18 Crieff Visitor Centre n Home of Caithness Glass

Watch glassmakers at work, then have a go at creating your own paperweight or glass painting (Mon-Fri). Also Restaurant, Gift Shop, Garden Centre and Drover’s Exhibition. Open 7 days. Free parking. www.crieff.co.uk Tel: 01764 654014. PH7 4HQ

N18 Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre n Set in 100 acres of beautiful Perthshire,

Q18 Cairn O’Mohr Winery n Free tastings of our delicious award-

P18 Scone Palace n The crowning place of Scottish kings and

R18 Leisure & Culture Dundee n Award-winning museums, art galleries,

Auchingarrich offers a varied selection of animals, a hatchery, indoor and outdoor play areas, soft play barn, family fishery and Torlum Coffee Shop. A great day out for all the family

the traditional home of the Stone of Scone. Open daily April - October. Nov - Mar winter hours see www.scone-palace.co.uk for details. Tel 01738 552300. PH2 6BD

P18 n Q18 Culture Perth and Kinross n We look after all museums, libraries

archives and creative services in Perth and Kinross, placing us at the heart of the community. 2-8 York Pl, Perth PH2 8EP. www.cutlurepk.org.uk

winning fruit wines and cider, fermented from local fruits, leaves and flowers. Seasonal tours and cafe. Open daily. Tel: 01821 642 781. www.cairnomohr.com PH2 7SP

a wildlife centre, leisure & sports centres and much more - just some of our amazing attractions in Dundee! www.leisureandculturedundee.com

R17 Glamis Castle n Ancestral seat of the Earls of Strathmore

and Kinghorne since 1372, immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Open daily. 28 Mar. – 31 Oct. 10-17.30, last tour 16.30; weekends only from 1 Nov. - 20 Dec. 10.30-16.00, last tour 15.00. www.glamis-castle.co.uk T: 01307 840393.

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West Highlands and Islands E12 Dunvegan Castle & Gardens H12 Attadale Gardens n n Dunvegan Castle has been the home of the 20 acres of outstanding water gardens chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years. Open 1 April - 15 October, 10am-5.30pm (last admission 5pm). Tel: 01470 521206. www.dunvegancastle.com

E11 Skyeskyns 5 star Exhibition n Tannery and Showroom

Witness how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making. Comprehensive range of sheepskin, hide, quality wool & leather goods. New seasonal pop-up tea tent YURTea&coffee. Open 7 days all year. Tel: 01470 592 237. www.skyeskyns.co.uk

F12 Stardust Boat Trips n Spectacular scenery & wildlife,

witness the White Tailed Sea Eagle in flight, Dolphins, Seals, Whales and many other sea birds. Over 20 years experience. Tours from PORTREE harbour (IV51 9DD) from £20. Booking advisable. www.skyeboat-trips.co.uk T: 077 98 74 38 58 / 077 95 38 55 81.

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with Monet bridges, old rhododendrons, unusual trees, fern collection, conservatory, kitchen garden and sculpture with views of Skye. Tel: 01520 722603. www.attadalegardens.com IV54 8YX

G13 Cafesia & Siaway n Freshly made Scottish-Italian cuisine

including wood fired pizza, speciality wines and cocktails and Skye artisan drum fired coffees. Our new takeaway Siaway has good food & drink to go! T. 01471 822616. IV49 9AB Facebook: Cafesiaskye www.cafesia.co.uk

G13 Seaprobe Atlantis n G13 Kylerhea, Isle of Skye (FLS) Voted ‘Best Wildlife Experience in UK’, Daily n The Kylerhea otter hide is in a spectacular Telegraph. All the Scenery & Wildlife, above & below the waves. Spectacular Scenery, Seals, Otters, Seabirds, WWII Shipwreck, Fish, Jellyfish & more. Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8AE T: 0800 980 4846. www.seaprobeatlantis.com

location with fantastic views across to Glenelg and the Kintail mountains. Observe wild otters and other animals in their natural environment. www.forestryandland.gov.scot

G13 Isle of Skye Ferry n A great day out! Take the original ferry

crossing to the Isle of Skye for your chance to see eagles, otters, seals and dolphins. No need to book. Open Easter to mid October.

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G14 Duisdale House Hotel & Restaurant J16 Treasures Of The Earth n n 2 AA Rosette Restaurant perfect for PH33 7JL. One family’s amazing collection

J19 n K20 LiveArgyll n Come along to one of our leisure facilities

F13 Duncan House Fine Jewellery n

J19 Inveraray Castle and Garden n Headquarters of Clan Campbell since

evening dining - light snacks, lunches and traditional afternoon teas - modern Scottish cuisine. Luxury hot tub available. www.duisdale.com Tel: 01471 833202.

Gallery and Workshop

Outstanding jewellery and knives by Garth Duncan artist and master goldsmith. Original designs handmade by Garth and son here in his shop on the beautiful Isle of Skye. Tel: 01471 866 366. www.duncan-house.com

F13 AquaXplore & Island Cruiser n Exhilarating wildlife and sightseeing

adventures to the remote Small Isles. Regular sightings: whales, dolphins, sharks, puffins, eagles, seals. Fantastic value from £25. Open 7 days. Booking Essential. Tel: 01471 866244. IV49 9BJ

F13 Bella Jane Boat Trips n Experience the Unforgettable. Loch

of beautiful crystals, rare gemstones and ancient fossils collected from around the world. A real eye-opener! Tel: 01397 772283. www.TreasuresOfTheEarth.co.uk

J16 Snowgoose Mountain Centre n Adventure breaks, courses & guiding. Try

kayaking & canoeing on lochs, river & sea, dinghy sailing, high mountain walking, summer & winter climbing. Paddlesports gear hire. Tel: 01397 772467. PH33 7JH www.highlandactivitybreaks.co.uk

National Ice Climbing Centre. Climb the world’s biggest indoor ice wall & some of the UK’s top rock walls. Rock & ice climbing lessons available daily. No experience required. Cafe, bar & shop. Tel: 01855 831100. www.ice-factor.co.uk

J19 Inveraray Jail n Face the Judge in the magnificent

Courtroom, meet the Warders, get locked up, join the Prisoners, try out the cells and sample the punishments. Open all year. (01499) 302381. www.inverarayjail.co.uk PA32 8TX

G14 Armadale Castle, Gardens & n Explore magnificent gardens with stunning views, picturesque castle ruin and fascinating museum at the ‘spiritual home’ of Clan Donald. Gift shops, café and adventure playground. IV45 8RS T: 01471 844305. www.armadalecastle.com

G14 Ragamuffin: On the pier@Armadale n Wonderful knitwear • beautiful clothes • gorgeous gifts. Summer Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 10am- 5pm. Winter Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm (Sundays closed January & February). Tel: 01471 844217.

J16 n G14 The Jacobite Steam Train n From Fort William to Mallaig (return).

Described as the greatest railway journey in the world. Runs: Monday to Friday (weekends in high season) April - October. Departing 10.15 and 14.30.

J15 Forests of Lochaber (FLS) n Explore some of Highland Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. Visit the Great Glen for world class biking & walking trails or have a flutter at Allt Mhuic Butterfly Reserve. www.forestryandland.gov.scot

J15 Ben Nevis Distillery Visitor Centre n Come and experience some Highland hospitality. Take a tour, visit our shop and café and see the secret of the “Dew” revealed before sharing a dram. Tel – 01397 700200. PH33 6TJ

J15 Glencoe Activities n Discover the wonder of Segway, with fun

guided tours on a stunning, loch-side estate. E-bike hire, Archery, Axes, Laser Clay too! Book online at www.GlencoeActivities.com or Tel: 01855 413205.

early 15th century, rebuilt in 18th century. Fine furniture and paintings. Gift shop. Tearoom. Open 1st April - 31st October. PA32 8XE Tel: 01499 302203. www.inveraray-castle.com

J16 Ice Factor n Ice, Rock, Air, Pure Adventure at the

Coruisk, the seals, the dramatic Cuillins with Skye’s premier classic boat trip. Trips from £18(1.5hr), £24(3hr). Choice of time ashore. Open 7 days. Booking Essential. Tel: 01471 866244. IV49 9BJ

Museum of the Isles

and have a family swim or use the gym! LiveArgyll boasts a wide range of fitness classes and fun programmes open to all visitors. More detail at www.liveargyll.co.uk

K17 Glencoe Mountain Resort n Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding,

sledging, summer tubing, chairlift rides, walking, climbing, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, microlodge accommodation & great home cooked food. T: 01855 851226. www.glencoemountain.co.uk

E18 Iona Abbey (HS) n Founded by St Columba in 563, the early

monastery was a powerhouse of Christian learning. Today this ancient holy place remains a vibrant centre of Christianity set against a stunning island location. T: 01681 700 512. PA76 6SQ historicenvironment.scot/iona-abbey

G19 Seafari Adventures (Oban) n Exceptional Marine Wildlife Tours to the

Gulf of Corryvreckan. Porpoise, dolphins, eagles, whales and seals. Also Whales and Wildlife Tours, Iona, Staffa and Puffin Colony. Whirlpool Specials for the adventurous. www.seafari.co.uk/oban Tel: 01852 300003 - PA34 4RQ

J18 Cruachan Visitor Centre n Explore the hollow mountain and discover

J20 Benmore Botanic Garden n Magnificent mountainside 120 acre

Garden with dramatic scenery. Steeped in history, it is home to a world-famous plant collection and unique Victorian fernery. Café, shop, plant sales. Free parking. Open daily 1 Mar - 31 Oct. Tel: 01369 706261. rbge.org.uk/benmore

G24 Glen Scotia Distillery n Single Malt Distillery offering tours and

tastings at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm. For any enquiries or bookings for special tours or events please contact the distillery direct. 12 High Street, Campbeltown PA28 6DS T: +44 (0) 1586 552 288. E: glenscotiashop@lochlomondgroup.com

the secrets inside the mountain that never sleeps! Guided tours, Exhibition, Gift Shop, Cafe, and Childrens’ Play Area. PA33 1AN Tel: 0141 614 9105. www.visitcruachan.co.uk

J19 Argyll Forest Park (FLS) n This magnificent stretch of mountains,

lochs and glens was the first designated Forest Park in the UK. Enjoy the numerous waymarked trails for a walk or leisurely cycle. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/ argyllfp Staffa Island and Fingals Cave

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South East Scotland Q21 The Scotch Whisky Experience n 5 Star. Marvel at The World’s Largest

Collection of Scotch Whisky. Whisky Tour, Bar, Tastings & Shop. Over 450 Whiskies. Whisky and food at Amber restaurant. Tel: 0131 220 0441. EH1 2NE

Q21 Dynamic Earth n Feel the Earth move as a volcano explodes beneath your feet and experience the chill of Polar Ice. Plus, 360° Dome Films shown exclusively in the ShowDome. EH8 8AS Tel: 0131 550 7800. www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Tiso and Alpine Bikes

Tiso is Scotland’s leading specialist retailer for outdoor clothing, camping equipment & climbing gear. Alpine Bikes is Scotland’s leading cycling specialist. We are proud to offer exceptional service, quality and value, with something for all the family. www.tiso.com Stores across Scotland.

Q21 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh n A world-leading Garden, home to one

of the largest plant collections and 10 magnificent Glasshouses. Visitor centre, restaurant, shop, events, exhibitions, guided walks. Free Garden entry. Open daily at 10am (excl 1 Jan & 25 Dec). T: 0131 248 2909. rbge.org.uk

Q21 Camera Obscura & World of Illusions n Q21 National Museum of Scotland n The National Museum of Scotland is an Come and play in our unique, historic tower, packed with hands-on exhibits, amazing optical illusions and mind-boggling special effects. Fun for all ages. Tel: 0131 226 3709. www.camera-obscura.co.uk

unmissable experience, telling Scotland’s story and bringing together treasures from around the world. Tel: 0300 123 6789. www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland

Q21 Maid of the Forth Boat Trips n Edinburgh’s top family run boating attraction. Acclaimed sightseeing cruises. Explore Inchcolm Island. Evening BBQ cruises. Seals, puffins and abundant wildlife. Sailings April-October. Infoline 0131 331 5000. Book online-www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

Q21 Edinburgh Castle Q21 The Royal Yacht Britannia n n Don’t miss Scotland’s No 1 visitor attraction. Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction See the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg, the One O’clock gun and much more. Book online for guaranteed entry at edinburghcastle.scot T: 0131 225 9846. EH1 2NG

(VisitScotland). Enjoy an audio tour, in 30 languages, of five decks of HM The Queen’s former floating palace. Free parking. Buses every 10 minutes from city centre. Ocean Terminal (Porta), Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ Tel: 0131 555 5566. www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

P21 Linlithgow Palace (HS) n Step inside this former royal residence

and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots where the water fountain once flowed with wine! Enjoy the serenity of the beautiful Linlithgow Peel. T: 01506 842 896. EH49 7AL historicenvironment.scot/linlithgow-palace

R19 Fife… Discover the perfect escape n Famously the Home of Golf, Fife’s coastline is laced with beaches and picturesque villages. Vivid reminders of Fife’s historic importance are evident in our castles, palaces and abbeys and you’ll enjoy sampling the fabulous natural larder. www.welcometofife.com

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R19 Scottish Deer Centre, Cupar n Deer, birds of prey, wolves, bears, elk and

an adventure playground for a great family day out! Great shopping and coffee shop. Open every day. Tel: 01337 810391. KY15 4NQ

R19 The British Golf Museum n The British Golf Museum has stunning

exhibitions, shop selling official Open merchandise and an 80 seat Café with spectacular views. Tel: 01334 460046. KY16 9AB www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk

R18 Tentsmuir (FLS) n Whether on bicycle or foot, there are

churchmen, the castle played a key role in the battle for hearts & minds during the Reformation. Brave the underground mine & discover some remarkable secrets. T: 01334 477 196. KY16 9AR historicenvironment.scot/st-andrews-castle

S19 Scotland’s Secret Bunker n Hidden under a Scottish farmhouse.

Scotland would have been governed from here in a Nuclear War. Discover the twilight world of the Government of the Cold War. One of Scotland’s deepest, best kept secrets. KY168QH www.secretbunker.co.uk Tel: 01333 310301.

inspiring, fascinating & beautiful destination. Explore Scott’s home & gardens, plus chapel, woodland and riverside walks, play trail, exhibitions, events, café & gift shop. Near Melrose, TD6 9BQ T: 01896 752043. www.scottsabbotsford.com

R23 7stanes Mountain Bike Centres (FLS) n World-class mountain biking centres that

many different routes for you to explore at Tentsmuir. Follow the seashell path along the dunes for sea, sand and seals, or explore deeper into the forest where roe deer and red squirrels live. www.forestryandland.gov.scot

S19 St Andrews Castle (HS) n Residence to Scotland’s most powerful

S23 Abbotsford n Home of Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott, an

span the south of Scotland. Award-winning trails, including the internationally renowned Glentress, offer some of the best mountain biking in the country suitable for beginners, families and experts. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/7stanes

S20 Scottish Seabird Centre n Learn more about Scotland’s incredible

marine environment with all NEW exhibits and interactive live cameras showing amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. Cafe, gift shop and seasonal boat trips. www.seabird.org

S20 Tantallon Castle (HS) n Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular

views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. T: 01620 892 727. EH39 5PN historicenvironment.scot/tantallon-castle

S23 Melrose Abbey (HS) n Trace the lives and beliefs of medieval

Q23 Dawyck Botanic Garden n Dawyck is a five star Garden with one

of Scotland’s finest tree collections, renowned for its woodland walks and seasonal displays. 65 acres. Visitor centre, exhibitions, café, shop. Free parking. Open daily 1 Feb to 30 Nov. Tel: 01721 760254. rbge.org.uk/dawyck

Q23 Tweed Valley Forest Park (FLS) n Glentress Peel is the stunning gateway

building for the Forest Park. Facilities include a cafe, bike hire & shop, wildlife viewing, walking & biking trails. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/tvfp and www.forestryandland.gov.scot/7stanes

monks in one of Scotland’s largest and richest medieval abbeys. You will find remarkable sculptures of saints, demons and the famous bagpipe playing pig. T: 01896 822 562. TD6 9LG historicenvironment.scot/melrose-abbey Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

South West Scotland P26 Caerlaverock Castle (HS) L27 Creetown Gem Rock Museum n n One of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. A beautiful and inspiring collection of Caerlaverock Castle played an important role in defending the realm. It is unique in its striking triangular shape and is full of nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored. T: 01387 770 244. DG1 4RU historicenvironment.scot/caerlaverock-castle

L26 Galloway Forest Park (FLS) n UK’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’ with 300 square

miles of mixed landscape to explore! Visitor centres at Clatteringshaws, Glentrool and Kirroughtree with stunning views, waymarked trails and fantastic cafes offering local produce. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/gallowayfp

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gemstones, crystals, minerals and fossils. This extensive collection has many world class exhibits. Quality gift shop, working silversmith/lapidary and tea room serving home baking. DG8 7HJ Tel: 01671 820357. www.gemrock.net

J28 Logan Botanic Garden n Five star Logan is Scotland’s most exotic

Garden, warmed by the Gulf Stream. Spectacular collection of southern hemisphere plants. Conservatory, visitor centre, café, shop, plant sales. Free parking. Open daily 1 Mar to 15 Nov. Tel: 01776 860231. rbge.org.uk/logan

K24 Heads of Ayr Farm Park (Scotland) n Ltd

Fun and adventure for all the family. Meet lots of animals, play on jumping pillows and bumper boats, explore Frontier Fort, Buccaneer Bay, the Farmers Yard and our giant indoor soft play. www.headsofayrfarmpark.co.uk KA7 4LD

J23 Woods of Arran (FLS) n Giants’ graves, waterfalls, red squirrels

and much more await you in the woods of Arran. Waymarked walks provide the perfect background to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and history of ‘Scotland in miniature’. www.forestryandland.gov.scot

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L20 Antartex Shopping Village n High street fashions, golf, Cashmere and

knitwear, homewares, food & gifts, whisky shop with free tastings! Restaurant serving full meals or snacks - Free Parking. Open every day. Tel: 01389 752 393. G83 0TP

L20 Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium n Take a fascinating journey from the shores

of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world’s oceans in 7 themed zones. Discover more than 1,500 creatures, including sharks and rays in the Tropical Ocean Tunnel! www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond or call 01389 721500.

L19 The Steamship Sir Walter Scott at n Loch Katrine

- a special experience for everyone. Cruises on the classic steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’ and on ‘Lady of the Lake’. Cycle Hire, The Steamship Cafe and Gift Shop, eco camp. Sailings Year Round. Tel: 01877 376315/6. www.lochkatrine.com

N20 Stirling Castle n Step back in time to Renaissance Scotland and meet the characters of the Royal Stewart Court. Enjoy the magnificent artistry and stunning surroundings of this iconic castle. T: 01786 450000. FK8 1EJ stirlingcastle.scot

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L20 Sweeney’s Cruise Co, n Loch Lomond

Loch Cruises from Balloch Village & Loch Lomond Shores visitors centre. Open All year offering a variety of cruises, speedboat tours, private charter & waterbus services linking Balloch, Luss and Balmaha. Tel: 01389 752376. www.sweeneyscruiseco.com G83 8SW

K20 Loch Lomond Leisure n Boat Tours, Boat Hire, Watersports &

Outdoor Activities. Learn to Waterski, Wakeboard, Kayak, Paddleboard, Canoe, Bike, Hike, Fish, & more. Located at Luss, Balloch, Balmaha & Rowardennan. T: 0333 577 0715. www.lochlomond-scotland.com

K19 Cruise Loch Lomond n Scenery, Wildlife, Live Commentary,

Outdoor Adventure & Island Adventure ~ join one of our award winning cruises. Departures from Tarbet, Luss, Balmaha, Inversnaid and Rowardennan. Tel: 01301 702356. www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk

L19 Loch Lomond Wakeboard n Learn to Wakeboard, Waterski, Wakesurf,

Hire a Kayak or SUP board to explore Loch Lomond. Speedboat trips. BOOK ONLINE. Located at Ardlui. T: 07545 561360. www.lochlomondwakeboard.com

L19 The Scottish Wool Centre n Daily demonstrations and shows including dog and duck on from April to October. Clothing for all the family, food hall and gifts. Whisky shop and Restaurant. Tel: 01877 382 850. FK8 3UQ

L20 Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (FLS) n Find inspiration and exhilaration amongst bristling wooded hills and sparkling lochs. The best place to start your forest adventure is from the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle with stunning panoramic views from the cafe. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/qefp

L20 Glengoyne Distillery n Glengoyne is open all year for distillery

tours, tastings, in-depth masterclasses, blending sessions and superb whisky shop. Glengoyne is situated on the A81 close to Glasgow, Stirling and Loch Lomond. Tel: 01360 550254. www.glengoyne.com

M19 Doune Castle (HS) n Set amid lovely countryside, the castle

L21 Dumbarton Castle (HS) n Conquer over 500 steps to stand atop

one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. Dumbarton Castle was a cornerstone of medieval power and latterly served as a military base and prison. T: 01389 732 167. G82 1JJ historicenvironment.scot/dumbarton-castle

M21 The Clydeside Distillery n A Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery,

visitor experience, café, and specialist whisky shop in the heart of Glasgow. Open daily. Book your tour online at www.theclydeside.com/tours Tel: 0141 212 1401 Email: info@theclydeside.com

M21 Glasgow Cathedral (HS) n The most complete medieval cathedral

on the Scottish mainland is still a working church with an active congregation. Glasgow Cathedral is full of intriguing features. It has remarkable new audio guides full of music and history. T: 0141 552 6891 /0988. G4 0QZ historicenvironment.scot/glasgow-cathedral

has played many roles from royal residence to Jacobite prison. It was more recently a film location for Monty Python, Game of Thrones and Outlander. T: 01786 841 742. FK16 6EA historicenvironment.scot/doune-castle Southern Upland Way

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Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland’s Secret Bunker. The size of 2 football pitches, on two levels 100 ft below ground. Had there been a Nuclear War this is where Scotland would have been governed. Discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. Take the opportunity to discover how they would have survived and you wouldn’t !!!... Open 1st March to end October 7 Days From 10:00amSCOTLAND'S last admission 5:00pm

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More things to see & Do Barbarafield Riding School Barbarafield Riding School is open from Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year during daylight hours.

1/2, 1, 1 1/2, 2, & 3 hour hacks available for experienced and beginners Private sessions are available on request TEL: 01334 828223 * EMAIL: BARBARAFIELD900@HOTMAIL.COM CRAIGROTHIE, CUPAR, FIFE, KY15 5PU

Skiing, snowboarding, sledging, XC and downhill mountain biking, tubing, walking and climbing or just relax and enjoy a chairlift ride amidst some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.

Onsite accommodation microlodges, camping, camper van hookups, showers, drying room and amazing home cooked food in our panoramic cafe (9am - 8.30pm).

www.glencoemountain.co.uk or 01855 851226

Attadale Gardens

Strathcarron, Wester Ross IV54 8YX Open daily 10am - 5:30pm April to October Adult: £8.00 OAPs: £6.00 Child: £1.00


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The 5 star British Golf Museum sits at the heart of the home of golf, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course. See the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe all under one roof. Exclusive shopping and dining with wonderful views complete the experience. Café at the Museum offers the best views of the famous Old Course and the best scones in town. Since opening, the British Golf Museum has informed and entertained thousands of visitors from around the world with its ever-growing collection and hands-on learning activities. Listen to what some of our visitors have to say: Brilliant trip through golf history! Really enjoyable! – Dallas Tx Excellent exhibition! Wonderfully displayed. Thanks – Surrey Fantastic tearoom. Great whisky fruit cake – Fife Best Museum I have ever visited! – New Jersey

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Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AB Tel: 01334 460046, Fax: 01334 460064

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Our gift shop now sells official Open Merchandise year round making it a unique retail experience in St Andrews. We have an extensive range of golf gifts, museum bespoke merchandise, cards, toys and much more. CAFÉ AT THE MUSEUM is open on the Museum roof. Delicious food with a Scottish flavour prepared daily. Extended opening hours at the weekends in summer. Please check the website for full details. Enter via the Terrace stairs from Golf Place or through the downstairs reception area. CAFÉ AT THE MUSEUM is available to hire for private functions and parties. Our dedicated Events Team will help you plan your event and make your time in St Andrews memorable. Contact 01334 4600192 or email cafeevents@randa.org for more details

Images are courtesy of GSR Photographic, Alex Shaw Photography, & Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture.com

Getting there The museum is a 5 minute walk from the town centre and it sits opposite the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. There is a large car park beside the museum and a coach drop off point. Car parking is free from October to March.

Access  • Wheelchair access  • Disabled parking  • Baby changing facilities  • Large print and Braille guide available

  • Free foreign translations in six languages • Free Wi-Fi available in the museum and café

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We are open 7 days a week.

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Summer Hours April – October 9.30am to 5pm Monday – Saturday, 1  0am to 5pm Sunday. Winter Hours November – March  10am to 4pm 7 days The museum only closes on 24th, 25th, 26th & 31st December and 1st January.

Excellent groups rates for groups of 10 or more available on request. Ticket valid for two days from date of issue. Complimentary guidebook included in the price.


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A tour of three parts and three wee drams. Discover the Dockside Story, watch our craftsmen handcraft our new make spirit and taste 10-yearold single malts from the Highlands, Lowlands and Islay.

CHOCOLATE & WHISKY TOUR DISTILLERY MANAGER TOUR (120 minutes) £120 PER PERSON

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A sublime sensory experience. Following the Dockside Story and Distillery Tour, enjoy 5 drams of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, each carefully paired with exquisite Artisan Chocolates.

*Adult £15 | Concession £13 | Child (8-17) £5

An exclusive tour hosted by Distillery Manager, Alistair McDonald. Includes a tasting of hand-selected whiskies, with canapés in the Blender’s Room and Filling Store, branded whisky glasses and a bottle of Clydeside New Make Spirit.

Infants (0-7) Free | Family tickets from £33

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Discover beautiful whiskies from all over Scotland in our Whisky Shop. Explore our Premium Retail products stocking old, limited edition whiskies. You can even personalise your own bottle as a special memento.

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LOCAL HERO, SCOTTISH LEGEND Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Scottish legend Sir Walter Scott, the man who gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels. In Scott’s own words it was his “conundrum castle”, a place where fact and fiction collide. It began the craze for Scots Baronial architecture and inspired him as he became the biggest selling author of his day. It is the place from where Scott’s writing transformed how the world saw Scotland and Scotland saw itself. Abbotsford Melrose TD6 9BQ t. 01896 752043 e. enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk www.scottsabbotsford.com The Abbotsford Trust is an independent registered Scottish Charity Reg No. SC037425

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Scott’s Abbotsford remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Sitting on the banks of the River Tweed only an hour from Edinburgh by train or car, Abbotsford is at the heart of a landscape of folklore and legend. Immerse yourself in Scott’s home through our popular audio tours, explore his scenic riverside and woodland walks, and indulge in our café, shop and exhibitions. Take time to pause in the chapel, where St John Henry Newman celebrated Mass. Personal items he gifted to the family, including his vestments, are on display. Discover Scott’s beautiful Regency Walled Gardens and join one of our regular tours, which reveal the hidden meanings of Scott’s design. Children will love the play trail and discovering Abbotsford with our children’s audio guide and discovery activities. Family events take place at Abbotsford throughout the year. Please check our website for details, times and tickets. Free Abbotsford minibus connection with Tweedbank rail station – check our website for daily timetable. The house, gardens and Visitor Centre are fully accessible. Please check our website for more information on tickets, events and timings.

Opening times: House, Chapel & Gardens open March to November April – October: open 10am, last entry 4pm. March & November: open 10am, last entry 3pm. Shop, café and free exhibition open all year April – October: 10am – 5pm November – March: 10am – 4pm Note: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays in January & February, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, January 1 & January 2.


THE HOME OF COUNTRY CLOTHING SCOTLAND’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS INDEPENDENT STORE

The House of Bruar is one of the leading designers of country clothing in Great Britain, creating a premium range of contemporary country classics in quality materials, with our Call of the Wild collection bringing you strikingly modern designs that set new standards of style.

Innovative ideas for home and garden reside in the Country Living Department, and gifts galore can be found in our Present Shop, the highlights of which feature in our annual Handmade Gift Catalogue. We can even help you set up an exclusive wedding list for your special day.

Our Cashmere and Knitwear Hall - the largest in the UK - is a treasure trove of stunning natural fibre garments in a spectacular range of colours. Alongside our own original creations you’ll also find a host of leading brands throughout our Ladieswear Department, including Adini, Gardeur, Masai and Barbour - of which we have the largest selection in Britain - while our Shoe and Handbag Department showcases Dubarry, Brics, Gianni Conti and Gabor.

New to the store this year is The Jewel in the Crown, our dazzling jewellery shop filled with a resplendent collection of artful creations in gold, silver and a host of other materials. The best of Scotland’s natural larder is always on the menu in our Food Hall, Delicatessen and Restaurant, while our award-winning Butchery features quality cuts from local providers. Our new Bakery provides tempting treats with everything from freshly made sugar ring donuts to Mackie’s Scottish ice cream, while the unique Fish & Chip Shop also specialises in fresh lobster - the ultimate luxury comfort food!

Men are equally well catered for in our 20,000 square foot Menswear Hall, with brands including Barbour, Gant, Levi’s and RM Williams, all of which are perfectly complemented by our own exclusive British tweeds, shirts, shoes and more to create the complete country wardrobe.

No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to The House of Bruar, located just off the A9 ten miles north of Pitlochry. Shown here is a taste of our new Autumn/Winter 2019-20 range. To order a copy of the latest mail order catalogue please call us or visit our website.

The Fishing Tackle Shop offers a haven for the keen angler, while just next door you can browse contemporary rural art from some of Britain’s leading artists in our Gallery.

The House of Bruar by Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW Telephone: 01796 483 236 Email: office@houseofbruar.com

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