Central Scotland Places of Interest

Central Scotland - Places of Interest

Places of Interest - Central Scotland

Scotland attractions

Castles / Historic Houses / Museums

Glamis Castle 
 Childhood home of the Queen Mother. Legendary setting of Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Guided tours, exhibitions, restaurant, shops, gardens including pinetum.
Glamis Castle
nr Forfar
01307 840393
Scone Palace
Perth
01738 552300
 Famous historic site with magnificent Palace, priceless contents, extensive grounds, maze, picnic park, woodland walks, playground.

Scone Palace 

Stirling Castle
 The grandest of all Scottish castles offers an array of riches : the vast Great Hall, the Renaissance splendour of the Royal Palace, the Chapel Royal and the medieval kitchen. 
Stirling Castle
Stirling Old Town
01786 450000
 Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill
Edinburgh
  0131 2259846

  Scotland's most famous castle housing the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

 Edinburgh Castle

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
  The Queen's Official residence in Scotland. Historic apartments and Mary Queen of Scots' Chambers.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate
Royal Mile
Edinburgh
0131 5561096
Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin
Midlothian
  0131 4402159
 Unique 15th century chapel renowned for its Gothic style, rich carvings and aura of mystery.

church 

  St Andrews Castle and Cathedral
  See the fascinating mine and counter-mine dug out during a medieval siege and the bottle dungeon. An exhibition brings the history of the castle to life.
 St Andrews Castle and Cathedral
St Andrews
01334 477196
Hopetoun House
South Queensferry
West Lothian
0131 33122451
  Scotland's finest stately home. Magnificent architecture, furniture and paintings. Beautiful grounds.

Hopetoun House 

 National Gallery of Scotland
 National Gallery of Scotland - home to Scotland's greatest collection of European paintings and Sculptuer from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism.
 National Gallery of Scotland
The Mound
0131 624 6200
 Royal Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
0131 225 7534
 Splendid Victorian building housing rich international collections. Guided tours available.

Royal Museum of Scotland 

New Lanark World Heritage Village 
 New Lanark was once Britain's largest cotton manufacturing centre, and rose to fame under social pioneer Robert Owen. Award-winning Visitor Centre.
 New Lanark World Heritage Village
New Lanark
01555 661345

Edinburgh visitor attractions and information

Edinburgh CastleAttractions Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 2259846. Scotland's most famous castle housing the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh and it is easy to see why over a million visitors a year visit

Attractions Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3AA. 0131 524 3333. Festival City Theatres Trust, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT. Phone: (0131) 662 1112. Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, 30B Grindlay Street. Edinburgh, EH3 9AX. 00 44 (0) 131 248 4848. Odeon Cinema, Kinnaird Park, Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD. 08 700 10 20 30. Cineworld
130 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1AF. 0871 200 2000.

Attractions Queensferry Museum, 53 High Street, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9HP. Tel: 0131 331 5545. Situated in the former Royal Burgh of Queensferry, the museum commands magnificent views of the great bridges spanning the Forth. The history Queensferry, the ferry passage to Fife, the construction of the rail and road bridges, and spotlights the wildlife of the Forth estuary.

CameraObscura and World of IllusionsAttractionsCamera Obscura and World of Illusions, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND. Tel: 0131 226 3709. Pick people up on the palm of your hand in the Camera Obscura and enjoy the breathtaking panoramas from our rooftop terrace. Five great attractions in one visit. www.camera-obscura.co.uk

Edinburgh ZooAttractionsEdinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS. Tel: 0131-334 9171. Scotland's top wildlife attraction - In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals, in our beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh. And you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities, from free Hilltop Safari rides, children's play areas, restaurants, gift shops. www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Dynamic EarthAttractions Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh. 0131 550 7800. An exciting new attraction telling the story of our planet, using dramatic special effects and stunning imagery. Photo: Casualties and Survivors - see some of great creatures which have come and gone … like Brontosaurus and the sabre tooth cat.

City Art CentreAttractions City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE. Tel: 0131 529 3993. The city’s fine art collection consists of some four thousand works of Scottish art: paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and tapestries.

Museum of EdinburghAttractions Museum of Edinburgh, Huntly House, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD. Tel: 0131 529 4143. History of Edinburgh from the earliest settlement to the present day.

AttractionsCentral Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG. Tel: 0131 242 8000

SCOTTISH RUGBY MurrayfieldAttractions SCOTTISH RUGBY, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ. General enquiries - Tel: 0131 346 5000. Murrayfield was officially opened on a sunny day on 21 March 1925. England were the visitors. Feel the passion of Scottish Rugby for yourself by taking a behind the scenes tour of Murrayfield Stadium. To book, please call 0131 346 5044.

Perth visitor attractions and information

Caithness GlassAttractions Caithness Glass, Inveralmond, Perth PH1 3TZ Tel: 01738 638481 Marvel at the skills of our glassmakers (photo) from our spacious viewing gallery, and browse round the historical display of paperweights from 1969 to present day in the Paperweight Gallery at the Perth Visitor Centre.

Balhousie Castle Black Watch Regimental MuseumAttractionsBalhousie Castle, home of the Black Watch Regimental Museum, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR. Overlooks the North Inch of Perth. Tel : 0131 310 8530 www.theblackwatch.co.uk Archives, Costume and Textiles, Weapons and War memorabilia, keepsakes, medals, campaign pennants.

The Fair Maid's House PerthAttractions The Fair Maid's House is one of the oldest in Perth. Until recently it was used as a craft shop, but is no longer open to the public. The "Fair Maid" is a fictional character.

St. John's Kirk PerthAttractions St. John's Kirk is the centre of the town and the oldest building in Perth, dating back to to 1159. In May 1559 John Knox preached his sermon here which inflamed the congregation and ignited the Reformation. A display of Perth-made silver dating from the 17th century to the present day.

Perth's Museum and Art GalleryAttractions Perth's Museum and Art Gallery, 78 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB Tel: 01738 632488 Permanent displays of natural history and local history, offers a collection of fine and applied art. Free Entry. Access for disabled visitors. www.pkc.gov.uk

J.D. Fergusson CollectionAttractionsThe J.D. Fergusson Collection, situated within Perth's historic Round House. Paintings and works of art. Pay and display & disabled parking opposite. Marshall Place Perth. www.pkc.gov.uk. Free Entry. 01738 441944.

AttractionsPerth Mart Visitor Centre. Children will love the highland animals here. East Huntingtower, Perth, Ph1 3JJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1738 474170

The Scone Palace PerthAttractionsThe Scone Palace Perth. Tel : 01738 552300. Home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. Famous historic site with magnificent Palace, priceless contents, extensive grounds, maze, picnic park, woodland walks, playground. Visitors are invited to tour the Palace at their own speed. Guides are available in each room to answer questions. www.scone-palace.net

AttractionsSt.Johnstone FC, McDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ. Tel: (01738) 459090. TICKET OFFICE (01738) 455000. St.Johnstone represent Perth in the Scottish League.

AttractionsA K Bell Library, York Place, PERTH, PH2 8EP. Tel: (01738) 444949. The AK Bell Library in Perth is a bright, open building. The café is a bright and bustling area offering a wide and tasty range of drinks and snacks. The AK Bell Library shop provides an interesting and unusual range of items for sale. Multimedia currently holds Talking Books (on tape and CD), a wide variety of music CDs, Playstation 2 games, CD-ROMs including games.

AttractionsPerth Racecourse is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country. |Travel by road - Coming from the South or the West you will approach Perth either on the M90 (from Edinburgh) or the A9 (from Stirling). From the north of England use the M6 Carlisle, M74, M73 following signs for Sterling then follow signs for Perth. A free service runs from Perth on racedays. Ticket Hotline (All meetings) 01738 551597 Most credit cards accepted.

Glasgow visitor attractions and information

The Tall ShipAttractions The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is one of Glasgow's leading visitor attractions. It is also one of the cheapest days out. Glasgow Harbour is a new waterfront regeneration project in Glasgow. Disabled access exists throughout most areas of the ship and disabled toilet facilities are also available. Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ. Tel: 0141 222 2513. www.thetallship.com.

Attractions Ibrox Stadium - home of Rangers F.C, is about 3 miles West from the city centre. Glasgow Airport is about 7 miles. The Ibrox Underground station is immediately adjacent to the Stadium on Copland Road.

AttractionsGlasgow Science Centre offers many activities. The Science Mall overlooks the Clyde and has three floors packed with exhibits, cafes and shop. Hands-on exhibits, workshops, science shows, and ScottishPower Planetarium. The IMAX Cinema has a screen bigger than a 5-a-side football pitch. Tel: 0871 540 1000. www.glasgowsciencecentre.org

AttractionsThe King's Theatre Glasgow opened in 1904. (Tel: 0141 240 1111). The Mitchell Theatre was built between 1873, and after a fire was reconstruction in 1972. (Tel: 0141 287 4855).

Attractions Firhill Park - the home of Partick Thistle F.C. Firhill Stadium, 80 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7AL. Tel: 0141 579 1971

The Forth and Clyde CanalAttractions The Forth and Clyde Canal - The Great Canal, as it was called in its early days, was built from east to west, and the whole construction took 22 years, including a 7 year break in which no work was carried out due to lack of funds. The canal goes from the Forth at Grangemouth to Bowling on the Clyde. The Forth and Clyde Canal Society was formed in 1980 to campaign for the canal's restoration. Old canalside buildings became houses, pubs or restaurants. More boats appeared on the water and more walkers, cyclists and fishing folk used the towpath. www.forthandclyde.org.uk. Boat Charters / Hires. Tel: 0141 772.1620

AttractionsLocated in the West End of Glasgow, The Botanic Gardens is a large parkland housing several huge glasshouses. The Kibble Palace is one of the largest glasshouses in Britain and contains tree ferns from Australia and New Zealand and plants from Africa, the Americas and the Far East. Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G12 0UE, (near Hillhead Underground Station). Tel: 0141 334 2422.

Gallery of Modern ArtAttractionsGallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH. Tel: 0141 229 1996. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the centre of Glasgow, just off Buchanan Street and close to Central Station.

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