Heritage and History

Introducing

Something Scotland has a lot of and here are some thought starters if you fancy seeing a little bit of our past…..

Mary Kings Close

Below the Royal Mile discover uniquely preserved 17th century streets that were once the bustling heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Find out how they came to be sealed off and hidden from sight. A costumed character guide leads visitors on an hour long fully guided tour through the uniquely preserved streets and spaces. Wear some warm clothes as it can be a little chilly!

Open:

April-October, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm

November: Sunday 9.30am – 6.30pm
Monday to Thursday 9am – 5.30pm
Friday & Saturday 9.30am – 9pm

December-March Sunday to Thursday 10am – 5pm (last tour)
Friday & Saturday 10am – 9pm (last tour)

2 Warriston’s Cl, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, UK

The Callanish Stones

The west coast of Lewis, the most northerly island in the Outer Hebrides, is rich in prehistoric remains, and no visitor to the island will ever lack for an interesting place to visit or something fascinating to see.  The magnificent Standing Stones of Callanish (or Calanais in Gaelic) are famous worldwide. No matter what the weather or how many visitors might be present, these ancient stones have an enigmatic, magical quality that never fails to move.
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Calanais Visitor Centre, Calanais, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9DY

Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when she generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust. The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness, in the parish of Canisbay, about 15 miles east of Thurso and six miles west of John O’Groats. It stands on rising ground about 400 yards from the seashore, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. The recently opened visitor centre makes it a very interesting place to visit.

Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH

Rosslyn Chapel

Founded in 1446, as the Collegiate Church of St Matthew, Rosslyn Chapel today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting. Located just outside Edinburgh ,there are countless theories, myths and legends associated with the Chapel, many of which are impossible to prove or disprove conclusively. In more recent times the chapel was featured in the search for the Holy Grail in Dan Brown’s book and film The Da Vinci Code.

Open Mon-Sat: 09:30-17:00 & Sun: 12 noon – 16:45

Chapel Loan, Roslin EH25 9PU

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. It sits high up over the town of Stirling and offers breathtaking views from its ramparts. Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who welcome all visitors into 16th century life.

Open: 1st April – 30th Sept: 09:30-6pm & 1st Oct – 31st March: 09:30-5pm

Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade, Stirling, FK8 1EJ

Culzean Castle

Woods to play in, beaches to run along, secret follies hidden among trees, and to crown it all, a cliff-top castle of monumental size. Highlights of the castle include Adam’s sweeping Oval Staircase and a fine collection of paintings and furniture. Children love to spot the Lego figure hidden in each room. From shingle beaches to soaring cliffs, a towering pagoda to a huge Deer Park, there is something for all the family at Culzean.

Country Park – Open all year round

Castle – Open 1st April-29th Oct: 10:30-17:00

Maybole KA19 8LE

Skara Brea

Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago. Consisting of eight clustered houses, it was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC. Europe’s most complete Neolithic village, Skara Brae has gained The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO World Heritage alongside sites such as  Stonehenge and The Great Pyramids. It has been called the “Scottish Pompeii’  because of its excellent preservation

Open: 7 days a week 09:30-5.30pm

Sandwick, Stromness KW16 3LR

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan is recognised all over the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.  With a history dating back to the 13th Century the castle has a rich and varied past including involvement in both Jacobite Rebellions.

Open: 1st Feb-24th March: 10am-4pm & 25th March-29th Oct: 10am-6pm

Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX