14 Best Cafes in Edinburgh

Ever wondered where the best places to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee in Edinburgh would be? Well here it is! The list of cafes which are highly recommended by locals and tourists in Edinburgh. Have a cup of coffee while reading.

Edinburgh Cafes

1.Machina Espresso

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They are best known for the quality of their coffee, which is considered to be one of Edinburgh’s best. They also sell coffee beans and coffee making equipment.

They currently have 2 shops. One is in Brougham Place and the other one is in Nicolson Street.

Brougham Place:

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8 am to 6 pm

Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 229 3495

Address: 2 Brougham Place, Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9HW, UK

Nicolson Street:

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Contact Infomation: +44 131 629 9825

Address: 80 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9EW, UK

Price Range: $4- $12

Bestsellers:  Espressos

 

2.Thomas J Walls Coffee

The cafe has a cozy kind of feel to it and is great for both kids and adults. It’s a large and elegant cafe just located on the Southside of Edinburgh’s busy old town. It was once an optometry shop turned into a trendy coffee shop, that has received high ratings from their customers.

 

Opening hours: Sunday – Monday 8 am to 7 pm

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 am to 7 pm

Contact Info: +44 131 221 7242

Email: sharpjd@hotmail.com

Address: Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, UK

Price Range:  £2.90 – £9

Best sellers: Espresso, ice americano, iced latte, avocado toast with feta and pumpkin seeds, spicy eggs Benedict with Sriracha hollandaise, and smoked salmon rosti

 

3.The Milkman

Opened way back in 2015 and has currently been a success, the coffee shop is highly rated from their customers due to their super friendly staff and a nice atmosphere for everyone and good quality coffee.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm

Saturday – Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

Contact Information

Phone Number . +44 7772 077920

Email: mark@themilkman.coffee

Address: 7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, UK

Price Range:  £7 – £10

Best sellers: Espressos, batch brew coffee, cake, and light meals

 

 

4.Brew Lab Coffee

It’s trendy and an innovative coffee shop offering single origin brews and artisanal products. It is also Edinburgh’s home for specialty coffee and also has become a home away from home  for locals and visitors alike. They offer two espressos and two filters everyday, each different, each delicious.

Opening hours: Monday 8 am to 6 pm

Tuesday – Friday 8 am to 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday 9 am to 8 pm

Contact Info: +44 131 662 8963

Email: info@brewlabcoffee.co.uk

Address: 6 – 8 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, UK

Price Range:  £5.50 – £15

Best sellers: Espressos, filter coffee, cakes, pastries, handmade baguettes, soup, and salad

5.Leo’s Beanery

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It’s a small family run daytime coffee shop, opened since 2004 and also has high recommendations from their customers.  From what most customers say, it’s a must go to cafe in Edinburgh.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday 9:30 am to 5 pm

Contact Info: +44 131 556 8403

Email: info@leosbeanery.co.uk

Address: 23A Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TF, UK

Price Range:  £10 – £25

Best sellers: Gluten free cakes and brownies, coffee, croque mon scone, and fresh flaky cheese scone topped with melted mature cheddar

6.Artisan Roast

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The coffee shop has a very relaxing atmosphere they’re very laid back and snug. They offer great quality coffee and very friendly staff. 10BEST (critic review) said that “Artisan Roast is the Mecca of coffee lovers in Edinburgh”

They currently have 3 shops Edinburgh.  One in Broughton, one in Bruntsfield, and one in Stockbridge.

Broughton:

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday 9 am to 6:30 pm

Contact Information: 07522321893

Address: 57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ, UK

Bruntsfield:

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Sunday 9 am to 2 pm

Contact Information: 07858884771

Address: 138 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4ER, UK

 

Stockbridge:

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm

Saturday to Sunday 9:30 am to 5 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 332 8834

Address: 100A Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HH, UK

Price Range: £5 – £15

Best sellers: Coffee, soup, light meals, cakes, and pastries

 

 

7.Wellington Coffee

You can unwind in this coffee shop and relax because of the coziness it offers to customers and it’s also a great place to just enjoy your coffee,talk with friends, and just a great place to just chill.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 6 pm

Saturday 8 am to 6 pm

Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 225 6854

Address: 33A George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HN, UK

Price Range: £2.50 – £10

Best sellers: Espressos, batch brew coffee, and scones

8.Lowdown Coffee

A contemporary coffee shop that offers a wide variety of coffee blends and baked goods. It’s a coffee shop that has a minimalist decor or kind of feel to it and they showcase single origin espressos and filter coffee with craft and creativity. It’s located on the lower ground floor of a multi-story Georgian town house.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm

Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Contact Info: +44 131 226 2132

Email: hello@lowdowncoffee.com

Address: 40 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LE, UK

Price Range:  £2 – £7

Best sellers: Espresso, coffee, pastries, and cakes

9.The Coffee Mill Cafe

Coffee Mill Cafe edinburgh

Started in 2008, the small family owned business The Coffee Mill Cafe is everything a cafe should be: simple, cozy, and offers a variety of glorious food and drinks. They use local Scottish products from local suppliers. The cafe serves warm hearted breakfast, lunch, and afternoon cakes with a smile. The cafe is highly rated by their customers for having a wonderful staff and a great quality of food and drinks.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday 8 am to 6 pm

Thursday – Sunday 8 am to 10 pm

Contact Information: +44 7754 121624

Address: 54 – 55 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD, UK

Price Range: £2.20 – £9.80

Best sellers: Full British breakfast, coffee, and fish and chips

 

10.Fortitude Coffee

“Fortitude” translates as courage, bravery, or resilience. The compact and style conscious coffee shop opened in March 2014, the coffee they offer is seasonal and lightly roasted to bring  out the delicate and complex flavours in every cup and aside from their expertly made coffee, they also have a wide selection of teas by Anteaques, milk and dark hot chocolate, a light food menu, and cakes and bakes from a selection of Edinburgh’s bakeries. Whether you’re a local or tourist, make sure to visit the small and friendly speciality coffee bar Fortitude Coffee in Edinburgh’s New Town.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 557 3063

Address: 3C York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB, UK

Price Range: £8 – £11

Best sellers: Filter coffee, espresso, light meals, and cakes

 

11.Cult Espresso

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A contemporary coffee shop featuring local roasters and typical brunch fare in a modern space. Opened around 2014, located on the South Side of the Old Town, near Edinburgh University, lies the genuine looking cafe which looks small on the outside but opens out into a deceptively large space with plenty of seating to enjoy specialty, single-origin coffee.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm

Saturday 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Address: 104 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NG, UK

Price Range: £2 – £8

Best sellers: Single-origin coffee, and espresso

 

12.The Edinburgh Larder

Launched in 2009, The Edinburgh Larder which is located on Blackfriars Street, is a very relaxed deli and licensed cafe which specializes in a wide variety of Scottish produce. Delicious local food is what The Edinburgh Larder offers best and they have the reputation of being the go to place to eat hearty and locally sourced food, which explains the high recommendation they receive from their customers and from List Food and Drink Guide.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Saturday – Sunday 8:30 am to 4 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 556 6922

Email: info@edinburghlarder.co.uk

Address: 15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NB, UK

Price Range: £4.50 – £8

Best sellers: Full breakfast, homemade granola, soup, porridge, cake, and coffee

13.Papii Cafe

Papii Cafe has an unfussy venue and serves a menu of sweet and savoury breakfasts plus snack meals and coffee. The cafe offers a very relaxing vibe which you can just really feel like you’re right at home and be served with the most lovely comfort foods plus the staff are super friendly and very accommodating to their customers. Even though the cafe is highly rated by their customers, they still remain humble plus their food speaks for itself! From artisan roast coffee to international flavours like spanakopita and patisserie goods, the cafe doesn’t skimp on quality.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday 9 am to 4 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 466 2033

Email: papii.edinburgh@gmail.com

Address: 101 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ, UK

Price Range: ₱256 – ₱511 / £1.60 – £6.75

Best sellers: Coffee, smoothies, waffles, scones, breakfast, eggs royale, and eggs Benedict

14.Cafe Portrait

Cafe Portrait is set within the magnificent Scottish National Portrait Gallery, one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings and home to a collection of world class paintings and photography. The cafe specializes in homemade soups, sandwiches, and light bites, as well as serving a traditional afternoon tea. Cafe Portrait is a large and well loved cafe with stunningly palatial national gallery and the cafe also cooks everything from scratch , they specialize in using organic, seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients which means the menu changes daily. They are also the winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2015 to 2019 awarded by tripadvisor. What’s not to like about this place, you can enjoy your order while also looking at great national artworks.

 

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Contact Information: +44 131 624 6421

Email: yvonne@heritageportfolio.co.uk

Address: 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, UK

Price Range: ₱307 – ₱818 / £1.50 – £16.20

Best sellers: Homemade soup, sandwiches, salads, and baked scones

 

15.Caffe Centro

Cafe Centro Edinburgh

Caffe Centro is an informal family run restaurant that started in 2009, the place serves delicious Italian food which the locals can’t seem to get enough of, the restaurant also welcomes customers to a warm and relaxing atmosphere. They have a fantastic reputation among locals because of their well known authentic Italian food with quaint and homely vibes.

 

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 9:30 am to 9 pm

Friday – Saturday 9:30 am to 10 pm

Contact Info: +44 131 225 3419

Email: contact@centroedinburgh.co.uk

Address: 38 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LE, UK

Price Range: £2.50 – £18.95

Best sellers: Bacon rolls, coffee, pescatora, Italian breakfast, Full Centro breakfast, and cannoli

 

What’s your favorite Cafe in Edinburgh, Let  us know so we can add it to the list.

 

18 Things to Do in Dundee, Scotland

The breathtaking city that is Dundee was often overlooked as a tourist destination despite being Scotland’s fourth-largest city – after Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. Nevertheless, there are numerous hidden gems nestled within its flourishing corners just waiting to be discovered.

Being home to the rich history of jam, jute, and journalism, Dundee is now accommodating hundreds and thousands of visitors a year. It offers a multitude of activities and attractions for guests of all ages, from scenic hotspots to educational and interesting facilities. Here, we have collated 18 best things to do in Dundee, Scotland.

18 Things to Do in Dundee, Scotland

1. Drop by the V&A Museum

V&A Dundee Scotland

Dundee boasts of its newest attraction, V’A Dundee, naturally because it happens to be the only one of its kind in the country and outside of London as well. V’A is Scotland’s first-ever design museum, serving as the “living room for the city” as described by its Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma.

The structure features a contemporary design with natural lights and views of the Tay filling the interior. There are seasonal and permanent exhibitions showcased in the museum, one of which is the Scottish Design Galleries displaying several illustrated films, costumes, theater sets, and the Isle of Skye architecture, to name a few.

2. Admire the art at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum

Housed in a Victorian, Gothic Revival building located in the city center, the McManus museum features nearly 400 million years of rich history and art. It is home to the city’s primary art collection dating back to the 19th and 20th-century European artists. There is a total of eight open-plan galleries within the museum, all retelling the city’s heritage and history.

There are local history exhibits that delve into Dundee’s shipping and jute industries. There is also an international section displaying fascinating artifacts from the ancient Egyptians, as well as wildlife and nature-themed exhibits.

3. Hop aboard the RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery holds a significant history of the city as it happens to be the last British ship built in Dundee using the traditional three-masted wooden style. The vessel was used for the British National Antarctic Expedition under Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton from 1901 to 1904.

She is now docked at Discovery Point which also houses additional information and history of the ship. Visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfront of the city, all while enjoying a cup of coffee in the café and shops located around the area.

4. Learn the local history at Scotland’s Jute Museum at Verdant Works

The jute industry accounts for much of Dundee’s development, making the city the former global producer of jute. This natural fiber used in the rope and sack manufacturing is now featured in one of Dundee’s most visited attractions, the Verdant Works, commonly called as Scotland’s Jute Museum.

The establishment has formerly used a mill, featuring fully restored machinery, hands-on demonstrations, and several other multimedia exhibits showcasing the history and impact of this industry in the city. The staff offers daily demos of their machines to the guests, along with interactive activities that the family will surely enjoy.

5. Hunt for shooting stars at the Mills Observatory

Mills Observatory Dundee Scotland
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The Mills Observatory happens to be Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory dating back to 1935. It was formerly used as a venue for workshops and seminars, space exploration exhibits, planetarium, and for solar viewing.

The observatory houses a powerful Victorian refracting telescope capable of seeing 30,000 objects in the night sky. Aside from the space-related collections in the observatory, visitors flock to the site because of its strategic location for viewing the River Tay.

6. Immerse yourself in science at Dundee Science Centre

Science is always fun in the Dundee Science Center. This is among the top go-to places for families with kids, but adults will surely experience an exciting trip to the science center as well. This is also one of the best places to go when the weather is too nasty for outdoor sightseeing.

The building features a handful of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays, on top of the fascinating robots and interesting film screenings. There is also a fun planetarium in the vicinity where kids can enjoy learning the solar system.

7. Explore the Broughty Castle Museum

This ancient castle was constructed way back 1495 in the borough of Broughty Ferry, witnessing the wars of the English and Scots. Today, the castle shelters the Broughty Castle Museum where visitors can explore its grounds, marvel at the artistic architecture of the age-old structure, and learn more of the city’s people and culture.

There is a viewing platform in the castle’s highest vantage points featuring a panoramic view of the river and the surrounding city. Souvenirs and quick snacks are available in the café and gift shop inside the vicinity.

8. Buy a quick snack from the Auld Tram

Of course, what better way to learn more about Dundee than through its local delicacies? The Auld Tram offers just that and more. This city vendor stands out among the rest as it provides a unique food experience for all the visitors coming into the city.

Auld Tram uses a Dundee District Tramways Horse Drawn Tram that dates way back to the 1870s. This novelty look is what attracted tourists far and wide, not to mention the quality food and drinks available on its menu. Try their authentic stovies, a Scottish potato dish, and the Auld Tram will surely not disappoint.

9. Snap a photo of the Tay Rail Bridge

River Tay Dundee Scotland

Coming into Dundee by train, you might have stumbled upon the iron bridge over the River Tay. It was once the longest bridge across the globe, spanning an original two-mile length from the city to Edinburg.

When a storm destroyed the Tay Rail Bridge in 1879, the reconstructed bridge was built with some of the girders recovered from the collapsed one. It took nine years to finish the second bridge, but it remained as among the world’s most spectacular railways. There are two viewing platforms in the bridge where visitors can see the panoramic view of the city and the Firth of Tay.

10. Enjoy history and attractions at the Camperdown Country Park

Like what most people say, hit two birds with one stone. Enjoy a variety of attractions and learn more history at the Camperdown Country Park! Have fun while enjoying the country breeze and immerse yourself to the classic ambiance of the place.

The Camperdown Country Park is known for its centerpiece; the neo-classical Camperdown House. It has over 400 acres of property and serves as the residence for around one hundred ninety kinds of trees. Camperdown is one of Dundee’s many visited attractions for both tourists and local residents. It is easily accessible throughout the year and provides a wide variety of amenities and functions.

Architect William Burn was responsible for the design or built of the Camperdown House back in 1828. It is said that the house’s name was inspired by the Battle of Camperdown’s history.

Another attraction you should visit is the Camperdown Play Complex that is located near the area’s wildlife center. The Play Complex is play area for all ages that offers various gaming gears. Some of the favorites are the climbing nets, fun slides, and of course, suspension bridges.

11. Get close with nature at the Camperdown Wildlife Centre

A trip to Camperdown Wildlife Center is a must during your visit to the Camperdown Country Park. This wildlife facility contains at least around three hundred of wildlife animals. Two of their most famous animals are the European Brown Bear couple; Comet and Star. Aside from the bear couple, they also cater to numerous birds such as the golden eagle, and several lemurs.

You can learn how zoo keeping works and also feed the creatures. Lastly, the wildlife center offers a café and store where you can blow off some steam, shop, and relax.

12. Learn Salmo Fly Fishing at Dundee

One way to experience Dundee to its fullest is by experiencing one of their ways to get food supplies and work. Learning how to fish the “Dundee Way” is a great start if you want to experience their usual routines personally.

Salmo Fly Fishing offers competent, enjoyable, directed fly fishing for Dundee’s tourists. They offer guided trips to either freshwater and saltwater areas of Scotland. Some of their services are guides to predator fishing, premium Scottish salmon ocean fish fishing, and more.

They also provide training for fishing newbies and sell tailor-made fishing kits. Tourists have a free choice between half-day, complete-day, or even longer fishing trips. Aside from that, they also have lodging options and transportation assistance for tourists or guests’ needs.

13. Enjoy a world-class music experience at the Caird Hall

Caird Hall Dundee Scotland
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Experience an unforgettable music show and hear world-class music that the Caird Hall offers. This famous hall was built around the twentieth decade and was named after its sponsor, James Key Caird. Up to this day, the Caird Hall is home to Dundee’s concerts as its primary performance auditorium and is frequently occupied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

It is also used by the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as a venue for reception events and graduation ceremonies. Furthermore, a lot of tourists visit this hall because of its distinguished appearance in the 1983 film titled, “An Englishman Abroad.”

14. Bond with your kids at the Fun Factory

If you’re traveling with your kids or siblings, taking them to an excellent play area would be a great way to let them have fun during your trip. It is the newest indoor play center at Dundee and is open for customers, seven days a week. The Fun Factory serves children one to four for their toddler section and five to eleven for their junior zone. They also opened a nursery zone in addition to their current play zones.

Enjoy a lovely day with your family and kids at the Play Area! The facility includes a convenient game zone for all children to use. It has a ball pit, swinging areas, tunnels, suspension bridges and one of the favorites; slides. The adults can chill or hangout out at the place’s cafe while the kids are having their own fun. Try out the Fun Factory’s food and beverages!

15. Take a glimpse of St. Andrews

If you’d like, you can take a brief twenty to thirty minutes drive and take a day tour to the iconic St. Andrews, which is renowned for being the home of golf and the University of St. Andrews. Despite being a small town,

St. Andrews possesses three beaches, scenic university buildings that are around six hundred years old, as well as, the globe-famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club. One way for you to have a souvenir is by taking a picture on the Swilcan Bridge, which can be found at the Old Course’s eighteenth hole.

16. Visit the Dundee Contemporary Arts

For people who adore artistic attractions and art galleries, Dundee Contemporary Arts is definitely the place to go. It is one of the most magnificent architectural treasures throughout the city.

This art space deals with all types and sizes of creativeness and targets every artistic factor with its offer of two modern and contemporary exhibitions, a two-screen movie theatre, print workshops, a graphical research facility, and a cafe with delicious food choices.

17. Dance the night away at Dundee’s Reading Rooms

The Reading Rooms has a sleek industrial design and is a major point of the subterranean party scene in Scotland. It is, in fact, a former library that became a major source of innovation and gateway to different groups that offer a bewildering array of musical genres. Some of these genres involve electro music, dubstep, pop, jazz and more, perfect for setting up an exquisite club environment.

18. Go on an underground journey at the Tealing Earth House

Telling Earth House is a trench-like underground path or rock-lined tunnel that goes back to the historic Iron Age. It was uncovered on the 1800s and according to the proof that archeologists found, they assume that its probable origin dates back to the earlier decades AD, some period during the Roman occupation.

Dundee is definitely a lot more things than what we have listed here. There’s so much to the city. Do come and visit!


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Breathtaking Walks in and Around Edinburgh

A perfect place to wander, an easy place to put our best foot forward while escaping the City lights. Here is a comprehensive guide to have magnificent walks in and around Edinburgh that will surely take your breath away.

Best Hikes in Edinburgh

1.Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat

An iconic landmark situated in the center of Edinburgh that gives you a breathtaking view from the summit. Suitable to all ages from casual walkers, joggers, hikers to dog walkers. The most direct and easiest route is from Dunsapie Loch. Approach the summit from the east along either of the two paths starting at the car park. This is an easy stroll that takes only 15 minutes to reach the summit if you’re reasonably fit. If you want to start at the Palace of Holyrood, just follow the Radical Road and footpath to St. Anthony’s Chapel and head up to the well-marked path link with the paths coming from the east side of the hill. From there, continue over to the volcanic rock to the summit of Arthur’s Seat. For more quiet and leisurely walks, Whinny Hill, Crow Hill, and Nether Hill can serve as alternative routes.

Time Required: one to two hours

Height: 251 above sea level

Difficulty: Moderate

Start/Finish Points: Dunsapie Loch, Palace of Holyrood, Whinny Hill, Crow Hill, and Nether Hill

2.Water of Leith Walkway

Water of Leith Walkway
Water of Leith Walkway

A beautiful and stunning twelve- and three-quarter mile walk through the heart of Edinburgh with the River Leith as your mate. Leaving you with gentle walk tour with diverse plants and wildlife like trout, herons, and otters while passing through various areas of interest like Colinton Village, the Union Canal, the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Village, Stockbridge, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Fit for regular walkers who wants to walk a few miles and to those persons with wheelchairs. Gives you and your family an enjoyable stroll away from the noisy and busy crowd.

Time Required: seven to nine hours

Distance: twelve- and three-quarter miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Start/Finish Points: Village of Balerno

3.Blackford Hill

Blackford Hill

A wild and wind-swept hill considered as one of the highest peaks in Edinburgh giving you a view match for any of the better-known hills. An easy to moderate walk tour as its terrain is consisting of woodland and grassy paths, and can be quite muddy in places but rewarded by the scenery and outstanding views from the top. Perfect for all walkers of all ages and is popular to dog walkers. This is best reached by public transportation.Take the bus to Comiston Road and get off by the church near the junction with heading along Braidburn Terrace and then turn right onto Braid Road. The walk itself then begins on a path on the left into the wooded glen of the Hermitage of Braid.

Time Required: 1.5 hours

Distance: 4.25 km/2.75 miles

Difficulty: Easy to moderate walk

Start/Finish Points: Braid Road

4.Braid Hills

The southernmost of Edinburgh’s famous seven hills situated near the Comiston Road largely occupied by golf courses. A long steady climb and easy to moderate walk to reach its summit with 213m high above sea level for a fascinating panorama view. Some steep sections are present in the area but is suitable for all walkers of all ages and dog walkers also.

Time Required: 1.5 hours

Distance: 4.25 km/2.75 miles

Difficulty: Easy to moderate walk

Start/Finish Points: Braid Road

5.Inverleith Park

Inverleith Park

“An oasis of green in the heart of Edinburgh”. Green and spacious park situated beside the Royal Botanic Gardens the in the northern part of the city. It is on high ground boasting great views of the city. A gentle walk perfect for family outings while enjoying a picturesque stroll down the tree-lined paths, watch a sports game at one of the many pitches or sit by the pond and watch the swans, a play park for children and is the best place to watch the fireworks from the Castle at Hogmanay and during the Festival.

Time Required: 7 minutes

Distance: 530 meters

Difficulty: Easy

Start/Finish Points: Stockbridge

6.Dean Village

 

Dean VillageCharming, picturesque and stunning village featuring a beautiful bridge that takes you back in time. A Beautiful, peaceful and tranquil walk perfect for everyone who wants to leave the busy city life for a while. A mild, short and gentle stroll from Stockbridge that takes you to the New Town and a beautiful Georgian architecture to reach the National Galleries of Scotland. The walk returns along the Water of Leith, passing through a deep gorge and the beautiful Dean Village.

Time Required: 10 minutes

Distance: Half-mile walk

Difficulty: Easy

Start/Finish Points: Charlotte Square

7.Pentland Hills

This Pentland Hills gives a fantastic day in the hills – and it is just outside Edinburgh. Perfect for those who want a moderate to challenging walk tour. The Pentlands are a range of 5 hills or peaks to the south-west of Edinburgh, around 20 miles in length, and runs south west from Edinburgh towards Biggar giving you are very romantic scenery. One of the best walks starts at the picturesque Swanston Village and the easiest walk is from the car park at the Flotterstone Inn. Reasonably fit for walkers of all ages but requires stamina if tackling the longer sections. Dog walkers are also welcome.

Time Required: 5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging walk

Start/Finish Points: Flotterstone Inn

A comprehensive guide to be stress-free and lets you breathe for a while. Get on your shoes and trek to the thrilling and exciting hikes in and around Edinburgh.

8.The Pentlands

The Pentlands

A 579 meter incredibly large and beautiful hills rise majestically to the south of Edinburgh. Perfect for people who want to hop, skip, and jump away from the centre of the city. Those who like a bit of ridge walking can take on Carnethy Hill, Scald Law, and the Kips. In order to fully appreciate the stunning panoramic views, head to Allermuir Hill. Those who like to get lost and venture off the map can pick any place on the Pentlands. The route starts at the car park behind the Flotterstone Inn. If you’ve got a car they’re a 20-minute drive from the city and you can drive to Flotterstone, Threipmuir or right up to the Harlaw reservoirs to get a head start if you want to.

Time Required: three hours

Height: 579 metres

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging hike

Start/Finish Points: Flotterstone Inn

9.North Berwick Law

North Berwick Law

An impressive and striking hill and volcanic plug of hard rock with a breathtaking beautiful view from the summit. Take the train to the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick and don’t stop walking until you reach North Berwick Law. As for its terrain, the ground is relatively clear and a grassy pathway that wraps the hill. Set your sights on the Bass Rock — a famous seabird sanctuary in the middle of the sea — and catch a glimpse of Edinburgh and the Pentlands from a different perspective. The replica whale jawbones (which were once real) offer a unique Kodak moment. Offers excellent views of the Forth Islands, and across Fife, the Lothians and beyond

Time Required: 20 minutes

Height: 187 m

Difficulty: moderate

Start/Finish Points: Law Primary School and North Berwick Sports Centre

10.Arthur’s Seat

Impressively prime pick for a proper adventure, the Arthur’s seat. Its peak is a great place to see the sunset over the city, with great views of Edinburgh castle, the Pentlands, Calton Hill, and the entire old and new town.

Time Required: one to two hours

Height: 251 metres

Difficulty: Moderate

Start/Finish Points: Holyrood

Arthurs Seat – Arthur’s Seat Loop from Abbeyhill

Time Required: one hour and forty-even minutes

Height: 725 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • St Giles’ Cathedral – Calton Hill Loop from Edinburgh Waverley

Time Required: two hours and a half

Height: 450 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Grass market Loop from Start

Time Required: three hours

Height: 825 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • • Scald Law Loop from Balerno

Time Required: four hours and thirty-six minutes

Height: 1425 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthurs Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: one hour and twenty-three minutes

Height: 600 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • • Allemuir Hill Loop from Start

Time Required: two hours and eight minutes

Height: 1050 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • • Hiking Loop from Balerno

Time Required: almost four hours

Height: 675 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Scott Monument – Edinburgh | New Town Loop from Edinburgh Waverley

Time Required: one hour and eight minutes

Height: 150 ft

Difficulty: Easy

  • Arthurs Seat – Arthur’s Seat Loop from Craigentinny/Meadowbank

Time Required: one hour and thirty-seven minutes

Height: 625 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Grass market – Calton Hill Loop from Haymarket

Time Required: four and twenty-six minutes

Height: 700 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthurs Seat – Arthur’s Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: one hour and thirty-four minutes

Height: 600 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthur’s Seat Loop from Abbeyhill

Time Required: almost two hours

Height: 675 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthur’s Seat Loop from Old Town

Time Required: two hours and thirteen minutes

Height: 775 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Grass market – Greyfriar’s Bobby Loop from Edinburgh Waverley\

Time Required: one hour and forty-six minutes

Height: 275 ft

Difficulty: Easy

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthurs Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: one hour and thirty-three minutes

Height: 550 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthurs Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: two hours and seven minutes

Height: 775 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Arthur’s Seat – Arthurs Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: almost two hours

Height: 650 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Nelson Monument – Calton Hill Lop from Edinburgh Waverley

Time Required: two hours and thirty minutes

Height: 550 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Scott Monument – St. Gile’s Cathedral Loop from Start

Time Required: one hour

Height: 125 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Arthur’s Seat – Arthurs Seat Loop from Start

Time Required: almost two hours

Height: 750 ft

Difficulty: Intermediate

11.Cockleroy Hill

A magnificent viewpoint with a commanding view over the entire Forth Valley that gives a divine view. Expect to see Linlithgow, the loch, palace, and kirk and a clear day both Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran and Bass Rock off North Berwick can be seen too. Go to West Lothian and you’ll come across Beecraigs Country Park and the Bathgate Hills. Start at the car park, stroll through the wee woods, and begin the climb of Cockleroy. Perfect pick for those who want the feeling of a hike without a military-style workout. Its terrain is very manageable, with some forest paths and grassy areas.

Time Required: two to three hours

Height: 278 metres

Difficulty: easy

Start/Finish Points: Car park on minor road just over a mile south of Linlithgow

12.Garleton Hills

Photo by Keith Burns

A one good spot for a brief hike near Haddington. Start at the car park to get on to the extremely steep ascent for one to two hours. When the summit is reached, prepare to be enthralled by the Hopetoun Monument, or Garleton Monument. Those who are unfazed by heights or pokey spaces can climb the 132 stone steps for a panoramic view and the 360-degree view is a little piece of heaven on earth.

Time Required: one to two hours

Height: 186 m

Difficulty:

Start/Finish Points: Athelstaneford Primary School

13.Traprain Law

Another appealing hiking spots on the outskirts of Edinburgh in the East Lothian. Traprain Law is another appealing hiking spot on the outskirts of Edinburgh in East Lothian. This beautiful hill is hardly steep but completely manageable for not-so-seasoned hikers. Expect grassy earth paths with a rocky outcrop. The climb is short and the summit offers magnificent panoramic views over the local area and beyond.

Time Required: one hour

Height: 221 metres

Difficulty: moderate

Start/Finish Points: Dedicated carpark 6km east of Haddington

Best Museums in Glasgow

Glasgow is known to be Scotland’s largest city and also the epicenter and main attraction for artists. The people here are just truly amazing. From their vast knowledge and creativity to their incomparable taste for the arts, the city is just blooming with natural artists and an aesthetic atmosphere to indulge in. The city slogan itself is ‘People Make Glasgow’ which leads to their beautiful attractions to be shown to the public for free! Glasgow’s free attractions really are the gift that just keeps on giving.

The city is just filled with monumental museums and art galleries to store the masterpieces of each artist. Glasgow has some of the best museums to visit and here are the 10 BEST MUSEUMS in Glasgow.

10 BEST MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN GLASGOW

  1. KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUMKelvingrove Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is the city’s most iconic attraction. It contains one of the most impressive sets of arms and armor that also contains a lot of historical value and lore. It is a perfect place for art lovers and weapon enthusiasts to be in. The museum itself brags about its unique European artworks collections. These include marvelous works by Old Masters such as Gerard de Lairesse, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jozef Israëls. There are also works from Impressionists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt.

How to get here: Ask a cab driver to drop you off at the given address. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum can be seen positioned adjacent to the Kelvingrove Park.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 276 9599

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

  1. PROVAND’S WORSHIP

This majestic historical building was constructed in the year 1471 and was a part of the St Nicholas Hospital. During the late 19th century, the Lord Prebendary of Balenock had resided in this establishment. In 1978 the historical structure was surrendered to the City of Glasgow, wherein it underwent a lot of renovations and was opened to the public as a house museum in the year 1983.

As you visit the house, you can truly appreciate the authentic wooden furnishings of the epoch. Behind the house is the St Nicholas Garden where there are assortments of medicinal herbs that grow. Take a trip back into the medieval times of Glasgow by taking a visit to this fascinating building.

How To get there:

The museum can be spotted at the top end of Castle Street. This can be ventured with the use of public transportation.

Admission Fee:

Free

Address:

Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0RB

Opening Hours:

10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 276 1625

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. RIVERSIDE MUSEUMRiverside Museum

This majestic and beautiful structure is Glasgow’s award winning transport museum. It was crowned as the winner of the European Museum of the Year in 2013. It has various objects on display for the public to adore. These items vary from skateboards to locomotives, colorful paintings, luxurious cars and it even has a Stormtrooper in display.

It also has interactive displays with its futuristic style. Know about Glasgow’s amusing shipbuilding history or just play around with the 90 large touch screens panels filled with images, memories and films that portray Glasgow’s histories.

How To get there:

The museum is located on the banks of the river Clyde. The landmark that you can us as a guide is the Tall Ship, Glenlee which is docked outside. Take the opportunity to visit the ship as well.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 2720

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. GALLERY OF MODERN ART

GALLERY OF MODERN ART

This glorious structure is ​​​​​​found at the heart of Glasgow in the Royal Exchange Square. The gallery offers mind-blowing attractions such as artworks and displays of local and international artists. It is filled with contemporary themed art styles and a public display that maps the history of the building. It also has a lot of wonderful shops to visit and a very majestic atmosphere to adore.

The statue of the Duke of Wellington can be seen just outside, at the front entrance of the gallery for passers-by to admire and appreciate. At night, the museum lights up like a colorful Christmas tree, a truly extravagant sight to see. It is described to be a world class art museum.

How To get there: It is very easy to spot the museum as it rests at the center of the city. Any transportation route will do.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 3050

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

5. SCOTLAND’S STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

SCOTLAND’S STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

The museum was constructed between the years 1903 and 1906. The Scotland Street School Museum is a mesmerizing gallery was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It stands tall and grand with its impressive glass front, turret staircases and Redstone bricks. The museum is more inclined in showcasing the stories of the 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

The museum is popular for featuring a classroom from the 50s or 60s. It gives the visitors of being in school back in the days in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s

How To get there:  The museum can be seen located in the Tradeston district of Glasgow. It can be reached with the use of public transportation.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QB

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 287 0500

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

6. THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

This historic museum was established back in the year 1783 at the University of Glasgow. The university had received a lot of attention from the Scottish anatomist and physician William Hunter, wherein he had shared a lot of his priceless collections. The museum showcases a wide range bequeathed artifacts and memorabilia, from zoological and geological to archaeological, anthropological and anatomical objects found in nature. The Hunterian Museum is known to be Scotland’s oldest public museum that is home to the largest historical collections to date. It promotes the sharing of the country’s treasures as well as seeing an in-depth history of discovery, research and innovation of the university.

To get there:  The Hunterian Museum is located at the center of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s neo-Gothic University of Glasgow building

 Admission Fee: Free

Address: University of Glasgow | 82 Hillhead St., Glasgow G12 8QE, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 330 4221

Email: hunterian-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk

 

  1. THE BURRELL COLLECTION

THE BURRELL COLLECTION

The museum’s collection was founded by Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) a well-known business man and international art collector. The Burrell Collection boasts about its magnificent world-class antiques, relics, collectibles and figurines. The cost estimate of the products in display is crazy to begin with! Tha.t is why the owners and staff prioritize the security of the vicinity with strict guidelines and regulations to be given to the visitors. The collection ranges from pottery and porcelain which is over 5,000-years old, paintings by renowned French artists and medieval treasures that consist of stained glass, arms and armor. Sadly, the museum is temporarily closed until the year 2020, to give way for further renovations and restorations of the areas of the building.

To get there:  Temporarily closed

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Pollokshaws Road, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, G43 1AT

Opening Hours: TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Contact Information

Phone: 0141 420 5000

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

  1. GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTER

Glasgow Science Center

This is just more than a place to look at artifacts at. The Glasgow Science Center is one whole interactive establishment, meant to entertain its viewers and guests with the latest technology it has to offer. The museum houses never-ending rooms filled with touch screen panels, physics related concepts and everything an aspiring scientist can think of. It provides a wide range of facilities as well, from a Science theatre, Planetarium, and hands-on interactive science exhibits for up to three floors to. The entertainment is meant for everyone! As it aims to educates their visitors in the most entertaining way possible.

To get there:  The Science Center can be reached by public transport links or a 15 minute walk along the Clyde from the City center.

Admission Fee: £8.60- £10.45

Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 420 5000

Email: contact.us@gsc.org.uk.

 

  1. PEOPLE’S PALACE

PEOPLE’S PALACE

The People’s Palace is a museum designed to showcase the lives of the Glaswegians. It was opened for the public in the year 1898 and its objective is to be the cultural center for the people. The establishment educates its visitors about the history and stories in the city of Glasgow and gives them an understanding on how the people there lived, worked and their leisure times

To get there:  You can get to The People’s Palace by Bus or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby

  • Train: SCOTRAIL
  • Bus: 18, 263.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: Glasgow Green, G40 1AT Glasgow

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 554 0223

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

 

  1. GLASGOW’S POLICE MUSEUM

Police Museum

Throughout history, Glasgow has had numerous events and this museum aims to present it all through the people who served and protected the residents throughout the years. The Glasgow Police Historical Exhibition gives the visitors an insight about the history of Britain’s first Police force, the City of Glasgow Police from the years 1779 to 1975.

How To get there:  You can get to the Glasgow Police Museum either by Bus or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby

  • Train: SCOTRAIL
  • Bus: 18, 1A, 240, 41, 57, 6.

Admission Fee: Free

Address: 30 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1LG, Scotland

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +44 141 552 1818

Email: curator@policemuseum.org.uk


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Things to Do in Paisley

Paisley is a small town located in the lowlands of Scotland. It borders the city of Glasgow to the east and overlooks the banks of White Cart Water, a tributary to the most prominent river in Scotland — River Clyde. 

You might not know Paisley as the small suburban town, but instead, you are familiar with the paisley pattern found in fabrics. This pattern is characterized by a large buta or boteh (a tear drop shape with a curved end) adorned with small dots and other motifs. 

While this pattern for fabrics originated in the Mughal empire of India, it was produced widely by textile factories here in Paisley, in Scotland. Thus, the pattern was named after the small town. 

In the onset of the industrial revolution, large textile factories and thread work companies settled here in Paisley. Including Coats and Clark that provided employment to most town natives or workers from nearby towns. While at present, Paisley’s textile factories have mostly diminished in activity, the town still thrives from this wealth. 

Let’s take a lot around this small town west of Glasgow that used to be favored by Kings of Scotland and unravel its long history of textile and Scottish territory. 

Things to do in Paisley

1. Visit the Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey
Paisley Abbey

In the center town of Paisley, just right beside the town hall is Paisley Abbey. It is the only surviving abbey in Scotland to have survived the reformation. And at present, it is now used as a Protestant church. 

The Abbey is now 800 years old, dating back to the 12th century. It is considered as the “Mother Church” of all churches in Scotland and has its doors open for anyone who wish to visit, in order to show the the love of God. 

As it was constructed in the 12th century, it boasts the typical architecture style found in Scotland during the Middle Ages. It boasts thick columns decorated with angular motifs and filled with colorful stained glass windows depicting different scenes from the bible. 

Several Kings of Scotland are buried in the abbey, and you are sure to learn a lot and enjoy your time attending mass there, as assured by the Paisley Abbey website itself. 

Admission Fee

The Paisley Abbey has its doors open for everyone and anyone for free. 

Operation Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10AM – 3:30PM

It is only open exclusively on Sundays for services only. 

Contact Information

Address 575 Cotton St., Paisley PA1 1JG, UK

Phone  +44 141 889 7654

Website https://www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

Email: info@paisleyabbey.org.uk

2.Have Fun at Barshaw Park

Barshaw Park
Barshaw Park

Barshaw Park is a huge recreational centre and parkland of 55 acres. It was built in 1912 by local authorities of Paisley as a public recreational park and has since then served its purpose as being open to the public. 

It is free of charge, and is open to Paisley locals and tourists of all ages and sizes. There are a lot a lot of amenities: from children’s park play area, a boating pond, a walled garden, a BMX track, a municipal golf course, a miniature railroad and so much more! 

There are lots of things to do in Barshaw Park itself — from feeding the animals in the animal corner, to riding a bike along the BMX track, or even sailing through the yachts that are available — everyone is bound to find their cup of tea. The Park also hosts special galas and events on holidays.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Paisley if you are coming with your family because it is a family recreational park, after all. 

Admission Fee

There is no admission fee to get into Barshaw Park. However, some selected amenities and equipment aren’t for free. Price can range anywhere from 5 – 20 GBP. 

Operation Hours

On summers

Monday to Saturday: 7:30AM to 9PM

Sunday: 7AM to 9PM

On winters

Monday to Saturday: 8:30AM to 4PM

Closed on Sundays

Contact Information 

Address  176A Glasgow Road, Paisley PA1 3LT, UK

Phone +44 141 889 2908

Website https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/BarshawPark

Email: am-serv.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk

3.Drop by the Paisley Cenotaph

Standing proudly in the middle of the Paisley towns square at 25 meters, the Paisley War Memorial is a bronze depiction of Meredith Williams, flunked by four infantrymen. The inscription on the memorial reads, “In glorious memory of the 1,953 men of Paisley who gave their lives in the Great War.” 

It is to serve as a reminder to the current generations (and generations to come) of Paisley to strive for the ideal which stimulated these 1,953 men who gave up their lives for their town, for their country. It was unveiled in 1924 to a crowd of 20 thousand people. 

There really is nothing to do at the Cenotaph, except to take pictures and learn about its history, origin and significance. It’s an icon of Paisley and is a good representative monument of the town. 

Admission Fee

It requires no money to drop by the Cenotaph. 

Operation Hours

It is open any hour of any day. 

Contact Information

Address

The Paisley Cenotaph, Paisley PA1 1BG, UK

Website

paisely.org.uk/paisley-history/paisley-war-memorial

4.Get lost in the Fountain Gardens

Fountain Gardens Paisley
Fountain Gardens Paisley

Paisley’s oldest public garden is the Fountain Gardens, which is also home to a large parkland and recreational play area. 

Right smack in the center of the garden is an A list fountain, intricately decorated with dolphins, herons, cherubs and walruses. It was designed by George Smith and the Company of Sun Foundry in Glasgow. It’s color of red, green and cream is from the idea of Daniel Cottier, the stained glass artist who painted the fountain. 

The Fountain Gardens’ layout consists of large geometric walkways that all lead to the iron-cast fountains from different areas such as playgrounds and recreational corners. 

The Park is also home to one of the finest statues of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. 

Admission Fee

The park is open to visit by anyone for free. 

Operation Hours

Monday to Sunday: 8:45AM to 7PM 

Contact Information 

Address Love St., Paisley PA3 2DZ, UK

Phone  +44 300 300 0380

Website https://paisley.is/

5.Marvel at the Historical Artifacts that is the Sma’ Shot Cottages

Sma' Shot Cottages
Sma’ Shot Cottages

Right after stepping foot at Shuttle Street, you would feel as if you were transported in the 18th century. Especially when you get close and manage to witness the Sma’ Shot Cottages, which are weaving cottages built in the 1750s. 

These cottages are well-preserved and provide a good insight into the two textile eras that happened in Paisley in the 18th century. Textile was a huge part of the Renfrewshire era back then, and the Sma’ Shot Cottages serve as the best living witness of this history. 

Inside the white, tiny cottages are weaving looms, and local guides will actually fill you in the information about the typical life of weaving families here in Paisley back in the day. Overall, it’s a great experience one should grab when visiting Paisley. 

There is also the Sma’ Shot Day Celebration, held every Sixth of July, ever month. If you ever happened around Paisley in July, don’t miss this festival celebration. 

Admission Fee

This museum had no entrance fee. Local guides also offer their service for free. 

Operation Hours

Open from April to September:

Wednesday: 12PM to 4PM

Friday: 1PM to 5PM

Saturday: 12PM to 4PM 

Contact Information 

Address 2 Sma’ Shot Land, Shuttle Str., Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 2HG

Phone +44 141 889 1708

Website www.smashotcottages.co.uk

Email: smashotcottages@outlook.com

6.Enjoy at Glenifer Braes Country Park 

Glenifer Braes Country Park
Glenifer Braes Country Park

Recommended as the best place to unwind in Paisley, the Glenkfer Braes Country Park offers a lot of nature related scenery — from woodland area of birds and grazing cattle to hiking trails with a lot of footpaths to choose from that lead to the very top of the hill. 

You can enjoy the great outdoors in here by watching the wildlife — which is mostly of grazing cattle and the occasional birds teetering in the tree branches. Aside from the wildlife, it is also a good place to have a picnic in Paisley. 

The trees and grazing land, almost feel like you are transported somewhere in Africa. The orchids and wild flowers growing are also quite the sight to behold in this park in the country. 

One of the best parts about Glenifer Braes Country Park is it’s hiking trails. There are lots of footpaths to choose from, and the trail is well-marked and pretty easy to find your way around to get to the top. But once you get to the top, the view is so worth it — it is simply stunning. 

Bonus points if you hike in liminal times of sunrise and sunset, when the colors of the sky turn different hues of oranges, reds, yellows and purples. 

Admission Fee

All amenities and activities in Glenifer Braes Country Park are available for free. 

Operation Hours

It is open 24 hours, every day of the week. 

Contact Information 

Address Glenfield Rd., Paisley PA2 8TE, UK

Phone +44 300 300 0300

Website  www.discoverthebraes.co.uk

 

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Things to do in East Kilbride

East Kilbride is the largest town in South Lanarkshire and is the sixth-largest settlement in Scotland. It’s the first of the new towns declared in the 1950s and is located on a raised plateau south of the Cathkin Braes, eight miles southeast of Glasgow. 

It is bordered by the White Cart Water to the west and the Rotten Calder Water to the east. The area used to be a site where a small village stood, before the declaration of East Kilbride as a new town. The village still exists and is now incorporated with the town close to its town center. 

The town is said to have been named after the Irish Saint St. Bride, who was alleged to have found a monastery for nuns and monks in Kildare in Leinster, Ireland. There are various translations of the name ‘Kilbride’ which could mean, “church of bride”, “burial place dedicated to the bride” and other more translations. 

The history of East Kilbride is rich and long — dating back to the early Neolithic period, as it has been discovered that settlements existed here during this time period. Throughout the centuries, various cults have also been formed in East Kilbride, adding to its rich heritage. 

Let’s take a tour around this town and find out more about it through the various activities and places in East Kilbride. 

Things to do in East Kilbride

1.Learn more at the National Museum of Rural Life

It was previously known as the Museum of Scottish Country Life and is based on Wester Kittochside farm, located between the town of East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire and the village of Carmunnock in Glasgow. 

The National Museum of Rural Life has been described both as a museum and a living, working historical countryside farm depicting the rural way of life in Early Scotland. 

There is a Georgian farmhouse, that you can explore. There are also farm animals around the actual museum — from Ayrshire cows, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens, and the Clydesdale horses and Highland calves. 

You can also ride the family-friendly tractor to the 300-year worth collection of tractors, harvesters, and machinery that tell the history of how tractors and farm machinery have transition throughout the years. 

 

It is run by the National Trust Scotland. If you are already a member of NTS, you can visit for free.

Admission Fee

Adult: 8 GBP

Family of Four: 23 GBP (two adults and two children) 

Concession: 7 GBP

Children: 5.50 GBP (children under age of five can enter for free) 

Operation Hours

Open every day: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 

Contact Information

Address Wester Kittochside Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow G76 9HR United Kingdom

Phone +44 300 123 6789

Website https://nms.ac.uk/

2.Have fun at the Carlderglen Country Park

Carlderglen Country Park

Carlderglen Country Park is the best place in East Kikbride to bond and have fun with your children. There is a children’s zoo, a tropical glasshouse, ornamental gardens, nature trails, adventure and play areas, and so many more amenities and activities that your kids will enjoy! 

The park extends along a wooded glen forged out of the Calder River, a tributary to the River Clyde. This Glen extends for over five kilometers and includes various geological features and stunning waterfalls. The northern section of the site is reserved specifically for scientific research and pursuit. 

The children’s zoo is home to endangered animals such as owls, marmosets, wallabies, and the meerkats. The park also offers a ‘zookeeper for a day’ service to kids, in which the park rangers would be teaching them how to care, feed and walk certain animals. 

Aside from their zoo and animals, there are also nature trails that you can hike if you are up for a small adventure. There are over eight miles of nature trails, where nature lovers can enjoy walking through the woods or along the riverbanks of River Clyde. 

Other attractions include: the golf course, the gift shop, and the restaurant

On special occasions and holidays, such as Easter and Halloween, Carlderglen Country Park offers diverse programs and activities. 

Admission Fee

Adult: 1.10 GBP

Children under the age of 16 can enter for free

Operation Hours

Summer

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (last entry at 5:00 PM) 

Winter

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (last entry at 3:30 PM) 

Contact Information 

Address . Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire G75 0QZ

Phone +44 1355 236644

Website https://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/

Email: carlderglencountrypark@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

3.Play in Water at the James Hamilton Heritage Park

James Hamilton Park
James Hamilton Park

James Hamilton Heritage Park is a 32-acre country park that surrounds a 16-acre loch, complete with a water sports center, adventure playgrounds, and a cafe. It is a four-star accredited activity center and definitely a must-visit when stopping by East Kilbride. 

While swimming in the loch at any time is not allowed, there are various water activities that can be done in the park. These are exciting water sports such as canoeing and windsurfing. 

Taster sessions are also offered if you are unsure of what water activity to try. These sessions can help you get a feel for various water sports and is available both for junior and adult. 

Some of these water activities include bumper boats, windsurfing, fun rafts, swimming, a waterside cafe, walking around the loch and others. 

If you are not too excited about water activities, don’t fret because there are non-water related facilities in this heritage park as well. You can try the play area, which are also star attractions. Or, if you are interested in birds, there is an on-site bird sanctuary. 

Admission Fee

Entry to the park is free. 

General Admission:

Bumper Boats from 3 GBP

Pedalo from 5 GBP

Fun raft from 13.20 GBP

Operation Hours

The park is open every hour of all the days of the week. 

Contact Information

Address Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire G74 5LB 

Phone +44 1355 276611

Website https://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/

Email: Gary.rodmell@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

4. Visit the Rainforest Adventure

The Rainforest Adventure is an indoor play park for children that provides a completely unique experience. The play park is modeled after a rainforest and you would have to delve into a jungle with state of the art facilities, slide sanda, go kate and comfortable seating for the adults. 

If your family ever goes hungry, there is a built-in restaurant inside. There are lots of exciting activities to be tried, such as the Biff Bash Forest, Spider’s Web Astra Slide, 3D Rope Maz, Roller Challenge Zone, and Drop Size just to name a few. 

The jungle is also oe to some snakes that you can view and come see with your kids. 

Admission Fee

General Admission

Kids (3-12) from 5.95 GBP

Toddle (1-3) from 4.95 GBP

Under 1 year old from 1 GBP

Operation Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10AM to 6PM

Contact Information

Address Glenburn Road, 2 College Milton, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, G74 5BA Scotland

Phone +44 1698 223622

Website www.rainforestadventure.co.uk

 

5.Watch a movie at the ODEON East Kilbride Luxe

The ODEON Movie Theatre is an absolute magic wonderland. It’s one of the best websites in Scotland to bring your kids in and it’s the best place to remake memories with your kids and their favorite movies. 

This theatre shows the latest released children’s films but they also show classic film favorites every Saturday and Sunday — Disney, Pixar, you name it — it can even be a non-animated movie. 

There are nine screens of multimedia image to enjoy. Moreover, the theatre itself is quite modern and looks like it’s from a science fiction movie set in the future. Definitely, the best place to bring your kids in while in East Kilbride. 

Admission Fee

Prices vary depending on the film and showing time. Look out for off-peak promotions to bag a discount. 

Operating Hours

The cinema opens depending on the film showing times. It’s best to check with the cinema beforehand. 

Contact Information

Address Rothesay Street, East Kilbride, The Highlands, G74 1PG, Scotland

Phone +44 333 006 7777

Website www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/east_kilbride/33/

6.East Kilbride Ice Rink

If your child (or even you) ever dreamed to be a professor figure skater, the one dancing in ice gracefully like Yuzuru Hanyu or Yuna Kim, the East Kilbride Ice Rink is the best place to revisit these fantasies. 

The ice rink is 50 meters by 25 meters, permanently placed right in the center of town catering to a variety of skaters — from kids attending their skating lessons to families having a gun time and Friday night teenagers looking to goof around. So no matter what experience you have with the rink (or lack, thereof) don’t be afraid to be judged anyone! 

If you have your own skates but the blades are blunt, you can have them sharpen it for less than 6 GBP. There are special event nights and birthday parties that you might be lucky enough to experience during your visit. 

Admission Fee

All ages are charged 4.50 GBP as an admission fee. 

Operating Hours

Thursday: 11:30 AM to 7:45 PM

Friday: 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Saturday; 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Sunday: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Contact Information

Address Olympia Shopping Center, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, G74 1PG, Scotland

Phone+44 1355 244065

Website www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/info/236/east_kilbride_ice_rink

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4 Things to do in Cumbernauld

Cumbernauld is a town in the North Lanarkshire Council, in Scotland. It is in neither east or west of Scotland – located in center of the country known as the Central Belt of Scotland. Geographically, it is by the watershed between the Forth of Firth and River of Clyde and is considered as a culturally diverse town for Scottish standards. 

“Cumbernauld”, in Spanish Gaelic, means “meeting of the waters” as an allusion to the fact that the new town is located by the watershed, where the Forth and Clyde meet. 

It is considered to be a new town as it was only established as a town in 1950, as a result of the overspill of nearby major city, Glasgow. It is best known to locals and tourists alike as the whiff of the countryside, right beside the modern city of Glasgow. 

Before Cumbernauld was given its name, and considered a town of its own, it used to be a Roman Fort by the Antonine Wall from 1306 until Reformation happened. 

While this much is known about Cumbernauld, it is difficult to fully isolate the events that took place in the town during Reformation and until it’s independence from Glasgow. 

Let’s take a tour around this new town and untangle the mystery that is Cumbernauld through its historic places and special landmarks and things to do in Cumbernauld.

Things to do in Cumbernauld

1.Visit by the Antonine Wall

Things to do in Cumbernauld

If you have ever seen the Wizard of Oz, you would probably remember the long walls that stretched across Oz. Well, this is the real-life inspiration for those walls. 

Arguably, the Antonine Wall is the most iconic monument and tag marker of Cumbernauld. It is an ancient Roman fortification system built in the 14th century as protection against possible invaders. 

In actuality, the Antonine Wall seen in Cumbernauld is just a small portion of the actual Antonine Wall that is built across the Central Belt of Scotland. It spans for about 39 miles (63 kilometers) and is 16 feet (10 meters) in height. 

The walls are now well-preserved ruins that can be visited in Cumbernauld. Specifically, the most visited site in Cumbernauld is in Westerwood. 

The walls are best for those interested in history. If you are not that person, then the only thing left to do in the walls is to take a picture of it, and move to other activities. 

Admission Fee

It is free to visit any site of the Antonine Wall. 

Operation Hours

All sites of the Antonine Wall are unmanned and can be visited at all times.

Contact Information

Address: Westerwood Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Glasgow and Strathclyde, Scotland

2.Flock around the World of Wings

World of Wings
World of Wings

Home to the largest birds of prey collection in Scotland, the World of Wings offers lots of services featuring the birds housed in the facility. From talking birds to birds trained to entertain and even display of all your feathered friends — eagles, owls, vultures, falcons, hawks, you name it. 

Aside from their main attractions and shows featuring birds, they also offer a course for introduction to falconry, at an additional cost. Sessions about handling up to two birds is also offered. 

The whole facility is just like a bird theme park, complete with restaurants that serve good food — perfect whenever you get hungry from all the bird training and bird watching you’ve done. 

It’s actually the best place to go to with family, especially if you have little boys interested in birds with your trip to Scotland. 

Admission Fee

Adult: 6.45 GBP

Child: 3.95 GBP 

Child under age three: Free

Family: 19 GBP per ticket (two adults two children)

Seniors, students, disabled, carer: 4.95 GBP per ticket

Operation Hours

Monday to Saturday: 10AM to 4:30PM

Contact Information

Address: Blairlinn Cottages, Easter Blairlinn Road, Cumbernauld, Glasgow and Strathclyde, G67 4AA, Scotland

Phone: 01236 722999

Website  worldofwings.co.uk

Email: info@worldofwings.co.uk

3.Have fun at the Palacerigg Country Park

Palacerigg Country Park
Palacerigg Country Park

Just southeast of Cumbernauld is 300 acres worth of play area and recreational activities. The Palacerigg Park is humongous in size, and there are infinite number of activities to do. It is open to the public and with 300 acres of recreational play area, everyone is bound to find an amenity that they are interested in. 

There are lots of habitats in Palacerigg — from woodlands, grasslands, and ponds — that can be explored. You can feed the animals, there is also a petting zoo that is available, if you bring your own horse, you can get a permit to ride it in the ten kilometer bridle paths. 

Palacerigg is well known for housing its rare breeds of roe deer, badger fox, hare, sparrowhawk, kestrel, long eared and short eared owls. In special occasions and holidays, the park ranges offer special activities and shows.

There are on site restaurants to dine at, whenever you feel hungry during your visit. 

Admission Fee

It is free and open to the public. Although sometimes, on special events, the park rangers may charge for special activities. 

Operation Hours 

Monday to Saturday: 9AM to 4:15PM

Contact Information

Address: Palacerigg Road, Cumbernauld, Glasgow and Strathclyde, G67 3HU Scotland

Phone:  01236 720047

Website: https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/

Email: countryside@northlan.gov.uk

4.Venture in Adventure Planet

Adventure Planet
Adventure Planet

Adventure Planet is the best place to stop by in Cumbernauld if you are visiting with your children. Considered to be suitable for children until 14 years of age, it was built to keep your family secure while enjoying and having fun in the indoor playground. 

The best thing about Adventure Planet is that it is divided into three zones, according to ages of children, to better accommodate their play needs: babies and toddlers (0-3 years old), young toddlers (4-8 years old) and older children (9-12 years old).

The zones and games are designed to be size related so that the kids can fully enjoy all equipment suited best for their heights. The theme of the whole park is also “planet” and “space” — perfect for honing your child’s astronomical skills while enjoying your visit. 

Admission Fee

General Admission:

Kids 3+ and above: price starts at 5.50 GBP

Under age 3: 4.95 GBP

Operation Hours

Saturday to Thursday: 10AM to 6PM

Friday to Saturday: 10AM to 7PM

Contact Information 

Address 2 Old Quarry Road, Westfield, Cumbernauld, Glasgow and Strathclyde, G68 9NB Scotland

Phone: 01236 782350

Website: www.theadventureplanet.com

Email: fun@theadventureplanet.com

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6 Best Things to Do in Greenock

 

Greenock is a town and the administrative center of the Inverclyde council area, located on the Southern Shore of the Firth of Clyde west of Glasgow. Surrounded by the hills on one part, the opposite is bounded to the waterfront that stretches for to four miles across the city. Because of this, it is a port town famous for its views overlooking the shore of the Firth of Clyde.

This port town exists in an unusual liminal time and era, wherein the cramped industrial establishments centered around the port greatly contrasts the 19th century architecture that is featured in the residential areas located nearer to the hills.

There are a lot of activities that can be done in Greenock with its unusual arrangement of two worlds combined in one. You will be shocked to find out that despite being a port town, it is pretty developed and modern. Let’s take a tour around Greenock and discover these activities.

Things to Do in Greenock

1.Play in the Ravenscraig Activity Center

Greenock Golf Club

Ravenscraig Activity Center is the perfect fun place to visit if you are traveling to Greenock with your children! It is a recreation center filled with a lot of play equipment – from slides to trampolines and climbing walls, this activity center is pretty complete. The play includes a large area where the adults can relax and have fun on their own while watching over the kids.

The staffs are super friendly, easily approachable and attentive in true Scottish fashion. The play equipment are always kept clean and spotless by the staffs and safety is ensured with all the safety equipment and precautions that accompany each play equipment. There is also a small cafeteria inside of the recreation center where you can grab a bite for you or your children.

It has recently undergone a transformation and now houses a fitness center along with other play equipment: X-height climbing, soft play equipment and even party rooms for children’s birthday parties.  

Let your kids play till they drop in this fun activity center on your trip to Greenock.

Admission Fee

Admission fee can range anywhere from 7 GBP to 15 GBP.

Operation Hours

Fitness Gym:
Monday to Friday: 5:30AM to 11PM
Saturday to Sunday: 8AM to 8PM

Soft Play & Cafe
Monday to Thursday: 9:30AM to 8PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:20AM to 6:30PM

X Height Adventure Climb (Term Time)     
Monday to Friday: 3:30PM to 8:30PM
Saturday to Sunday: 9:20AM-6:40PM

X Height (School Holidays)
Monday to Thursday: 10:30AM-3:10PM
Friday to Sunday: 9:20AM-6:40PM

Contact Information

Address 98 Auchmead Rd, Greenock, PA16 0JE, UK

Phone +44 1475 213126

2.Swim at the Waterfront Leisure Complex

This Waterfront Complex is filled with various activities that are suitable for any age group. It is filled with awesome aquatic sessions that can be done if you are looking to stretch out your muscles in the water and enjoy with your family.

There is a 25-meter training pool, a children’s kiddie pool, a fitness gym, and ice rink, body flume, health suite, tire ride, and even a wave machine. With all of these facilities and features, the Waterfront Leisure Complex is popular for both locals and travelers alike.

Aquatic sessions and lessons are also offered. Aside from the facilities, there is also a cafeteria located inside the complex. It’s always kept clean and orderly and safety is also not a concern as there are enough trained staffs overlooking the whole complex at all times.

Conveniently located on the banks of River Clyde, it boasts wonderful and stunning views while at the same time, being pretty accessible as it is located on the main road and is only a short five-minute walk from the Greenock Central Station if you plan on taking the train.

Admission Fee

Swimming prices are as follows:
Adult for 5.60 GBP
Junior for 4.40 GBP
Concession for 4.40 GBP
Inverclyde Resident Concession 3.90 GBP
Family Swim 16.50 GBP

Operation Hours

Training Pool:
Monday: 6:30AM to 9:30PM
Tuesday and Wednesday: 7AM to 8:30PM
Thursday: 6:30AM to 8PM
Saturday and Sunday: 9AM to 4:30PM

Leisure Pool:
Monday to Friday: 3:15PM to 8:30PM
During Inverclyde School Holidays: 10AM to 7PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10AM to 4:30PM

Contact Information

Address: 8 Customhouse Way, Greenock PA15 1 EW, UK, United Kingdom

Phone +44 1475 797979

Email: leisure.admin@inverclydeleisure.com

3.Unwind In the Greenock Golf Club

Greenock Golf Club
Playing Golf

Established in 1890s, the Greenock Golf Club is a historic golf facility that now boasts three designer courses. One course has nine holes; another has 18, while the third one has 27. It’s designed of utter brilliance to be essential and enjoyable, especially to the female golfers.

It hosted several professional and amateur county scholarships in the past and have welcomed to its complex the famous names of golfers who are JH Taylor, Harry Vardon, Robert de Vicenzo and other more. Located just 25 minutes from the Glasgow International airport, it is conveniently placed on a strategic location that showcases the panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde.

There are a lot of events hosted throughout the years and if you are lucky, you might even manage to visit in time for some events or competitions! Aside from the main golf courses, it also features a restaurant that serves the best Scottish flavors, a multifunctional club house and a pro shop.

Admission Fee

Day tours cost around 65 GBP – 75 GBP. You also have the option of being a member, if you plan on staying in Scotland for an extended period of time.

Operation Hours

It is opens at 8AM until 9PM at sundown.

Contact Information

Address : The Greenock Golf Club, Forsyth Street, Greenock PA16 8RE

Phone : Greenock Golf Club Secretary Mrs. Heather Sinclair: 01745 791912

Email :secretary@greenockgolfclub.co.uk

4.Feel at Peace at the Greenock West Church

Arguably the most iconic and famous landmark of Greenock, the Greenock West Church is definitely on the bucket list of any traveler visiting England.

It is a Tudor Gothic Church with a well-decorated interior and exterior design built in 1839 by John Baird I at a cost of 3650 GBP, the church features a vaulted ceiling, fine stained glass and outstanding pipe organ. Service on this church is usually known for being very solemn and very enjoyable – perfect for those looking to rediscover and strengthen their relationships with God Almighty.

They usually hold events for various holidays and church-related special occasions, such as during Christmas and on Easter. If you are planning to visit around these times, expect to experience something different from the usual worship masses.

Admission Fee:

The Greenock West Church has its doors open to anyone.

Operation Hours

Worship happens weekly every Sunday at 11PM.

The Church is open from 10:30Am to 1PM.

Contact Information

Address :George Square, Greenock PA15 1QP

Phone:  +44 1475 648486

Email greenockwest@gmail.com

5.Watch the River Clyde at Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill

The Lyle Hill is the best spot to have a panoramic view of the famous Firth of Clyde. It is a peak in Greenock that overlooks the Gourock and Tail of The Bank the Clyde River. It is definitely recommended for you to visit this hill if you are ever planning to visit Greenock as it provides the best views across this port town.

Also visible from its highest peak of 426 feet are the Cowal hills, with the town of Donoon below, the Holy Lock which was the former site of the US Navy Scottish submarine base and some settlements that originated from the 19th century such as the Kilcreggan, Rosneath and Helensberg to the east.

It is open for 24 hours, therefore, you can freely pick the time of your visit. You can visit at dawn, to witness the beautiful sunrise or visit at dusk and see the captivating orange sundown as it kisses the horizon with the blue waters.

It is a nice walk to the viewpoint where a large, white anchor stands, as a symbol for the town being a port and its history as a former fishing village.

Admission Fee

Visiting the Lyle Hill is free.

Operation Hours

The Lyle Hill is open 24 hours a day.

Contact Information

Address: 154 Lyle Rd, Greenock PA16 7QT, UK

6.Visit the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Museum

Formerly a magnificent Victorian building that functioned as an old fire station for 52 years, it was renovated to be a fire and rescue museum that opened its doors on June 28, 2012. With its renovation, the Strathclyde Fire Board, who opened the museum, opted to retain majority of its original features such as the hose racks, cobble stones and original oak doors and gas lamps.

The museum boasts a wide range of collection of artifacts, related to the former fire station that once stood in the same building that the museum is found on. On your visit, you are bound to learn about the history of fire and rescue in Greenock, including well-known fires and the brave stories of how they were put out by the courageous firefighters. There are lots of information boards that you can read in order to learn more about the museum and the fire and rescue culture of the port town of Greenock.

Artifacts such machineries and equipment are in the museum as well as displays of the fire truck models that has since then been used by the old and current fire station of Greenock.

The famous painting of a sullen firefighter after putting out a fire of famous Floridan painter Peter O’Neill is also displayed on the museum.

Admission Fee

The museum is free to be visited by anyone.

Operation Hours

It is usually open on the second and last Sunday of each month from 12NN to 4PM but opens at 10AM when there are cruise ships in town. The dates of The Museum’s openings are usually posted on the frnt door of the museum.

Contact Information

Address:  Wallace PI, Greenock PA15 1LZ, UK

Phone : 01698 300999

Email :museum@sfrheritagetrust.org

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15 Things to Do in Inverness, Scotland

things to do in inverness scotland

Scotland is a land rich in history, a paradise where abundant stories from the past accompany every corner of the landscape. It has hidden treasures packed into its territory – ancient and medieval architectures, interesting history, outstanding wildlife, exotic cuisines, and a friendly community.

The castles alone already demonstrate the progress of culture and civilization and will take you back thousands of years ago. Every destination is a new experience for travelers and tourists.

While Glasgow and Edinburgh do attract the greatest number of tourists a year, the city of Inverness has a certain vibe to it that makes its guests crave for more. Maybe it’s the fact that it shelters the ever-famous lake monster? Or maybe because the city offers a well-balanced mix of modern convenience and outdoor recreation? Or is it because of the flavorful history behind this small, but stunning city?

Either way, the city has so much more to offer. Here is a collated list of the best things to do in Inverness when you visit Scotland.

1. Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness River

Visiting Inverness without seeing Loch Ness is like going to London and missing Big Ben. The 22.5-mile long river not only boasts of its stunning beauty but also of the mysterious creature that is believed to be residing within its 240-meter deep murky waters.

Nessie, as the locals fondly call the Loch Ness Monster, was first sighted way back 565AD when images of an aquatic beast carved into rocks near the loch were seen. Ever since sightings of this large, serpent-like water creature have been reported, tons of monster hunters had tried their luck to get a glimpse of the big beast.

Up to this day, tourists are attracted to the loch brought by their curiosity on the mysterious monster lurking underneath.

There is no better chance to spot Nessie than by getting on the water. A boat trip is an exciting way of exploring the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Loch Ness cruises are always a trendy day trip, and it operates all year-round. From the water, enjoy the landscape’s historical gems, from the majestic Urquhart Castle to the Caledonian Canal, some of the wonders of the industrial age that is still present up to this day.

Whether you believe the stories or not, it’s a fantastic experience. And if you’re not lucky enough to see Nessie, the views of Loch Ness are enough consolation.

2. Stroll through Ness Islands

Take a relaxing leisure stroll along River Ness and fancy at the various attractions that are strategically situated near the riverbank. This will give you a quick insight of which tourist spot to head to next.

Not all the walks around Inverness and Loch Ness involve hiking boots and heavy bags… there are numerous shorter and gentle trails suited for a cold, evening stroll or a bright, afternoon walk with the family. A real treasure only a short brisk walk from Inverness city center are the Ness Islands.

The Ness Islands stroll will take you past several other known Inverness attractions and places of interest. Examples are the Whin Park for the young ones, Inverness Ice Center, Inverness Botanic Gardens and the Inverness Cathedral.

If the weather permits, you can also explore the little forests in Ness Islands nestled amid the river. Robust suspension bridges built during the Victorian times connect the river bank to these islands so that tourists can enjoy the lush greenery at the middle of the river.

Ness Islands also happens to be a natural park which meant that it is teeming with unspoiled wildlife just waiting to be discovered.

3. Appreciate Nature at Inverness Botanic Gardens and Nursery

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Explore a variety of plants and flowers in Inverness Botanical Gardens or formerly known as the Floral Hall and Gardens. Opened in 1993 by Prince Edward, admire this paradise of calm and serenity within walking distance of the bustling city.

Every season, the gardens explode with different colors and textures planted to exhibit a wide diversity of plants and growing conditions. There are also remarkable glasshouses that house the plants and present their variety ranging from the tropical rainforest plants to dry, heat-scorched desert plants.

The glasshouses inside the Botanic Gardens, like the Tropical House and the Cactus House, mimic the ambiance of the plants’ natural habitat to maintain their growing conditions and at the same time add to the whole experience. A waterfall that cascades into a pond filled with Koi carps can also be spotted inside surrounded by water plants.

Some of the locally raised plants cultivated by their gardeners are available for you to buy at great prices. The Inverness Botanic Gardens make an excellent and unwinding year-round destination, so come and treat yourself in these beautiful and well-presented gardens.

4. Watch Live Performances at Eden Court

After walking around and admiring the stunning view of River Ness, sit back and relax at Eden Court. It is situated on the riverside adjacent to Inverness Cathedral, a stunning riverside location with a view of the River Ness.

Eden Court is the best entertainment venue in the Highlands with two theatres, two cinemas, two dance studios, an aesthetically pleasing café / bar, a restaurant serving the very best local produce and a 19th-century palace and chapel.

The building is a famous attraction with over 400 live theatre performances and over 2000 cinema screenings all in a year and over 60 classes and activities weekly – plus fully accessible state-of-the-art facilities.

With all the possible activities present in just one location, you will never run out of things to do, so make sure to add Eden Court to your must-travel list in Inverness!

5. Drop by Old High St. Stephen’s Church

st. stephens church inverness
Photo by Dave Conner via Flickr

Dubbed as the oldest church and perhaps the loveliest in Inverness, the Old High St. Stephen Church offers its guests with peace of mind and serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is located at the intersection of Old Edinburgh Road and Southside Road, opposite the Crown Court Hotel.

The structure dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century during Celtic times and is still used as a place of worship up until today. Its first foundation stone was placed at the end of August 1896 and was finally completed in the Autumn of 1897 and dedicated on October 1897. You can see a plaque in the vicinity, which gives you an insight into the history and features of the church.

William Glashan states in his book entitled “Old Buildings of Inverness” that he thinks that the quality of design of St. Stephen’s Church is the best of the Inverness Churches. An architect himself has said that this church has the best architectural design so I think you wouldn’t dare miss this location.

6. Appreciate the arts at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

The flavorful history of Inverness is what makes it exciting and mysterious. If you’re either a history person who personally wants to indulge in history or a wandering tourist who wants to learn more about the city, then look no further than the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

Discover the historic city of Inverness with a visit to this infamous museum and art gallery. Found right in the historic center of the town and at the foot of the Castle hill, the museum is a collection of artifacts relating to the rich history of Highland Scotland.

As Inverness’ first museum, it was opened in 1826, and since then the museum has undergone many transformations, the most recent in 2007. The building was extensively renovated with a variety of new displays and more convenient visitor facilities.

The museum is home to age-old artifacts, interactive exhibits, and a wide array of collections that attracts both the old and young visitors. It also features the rich history of Scotland itself including the Neolithic settlers, the Vikings, and the Jacobites.

On the other hand, the gallery has various art pieces for art fanatics to enjoy. After about an hour-long tour around the museum, drop by the Cobbs Teahouse (situated inside the museum as well) for some excellent afternoon tea.

7. Enjoy the Surrounding Landscape at Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle proves to be one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Perfectly settled atop a cliff, the castle provides its guests with a breathtaking panoramic view of the town and the River Ness, with the Moray Firth on a side and the Highland hills on the other.

The castle was constructed way back the 11th century and is well-known worldwide thanks to Duncan’s murder in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Although the grounds are restricted to public access, visitors can still climb up to the highest tower for a quick photo op of the entire city.

As you ascend the tower, you will pass by two floors filled with facts and trivia about Inverness’ iconic characters, Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, and Brahan Seer.

8. Enjoy a Couple of Drinks at Hootananny

What’s a visit to Inverness without some booze and good music? Hootananny provides you with just that and more. This world-renowned pub features live music and authentic Scottish food and drinks that will surely get you hooked.

Over the years, Hootananny or “Hoots” as people like to call it has been recognized and received well-deserved awards for its food, music venue and more recently, it was included in the listing in 2017 GBG.

Located in the middle of Church Street, close to the River Ness, there is excellent entertainment and live sessions of traditional Scottish music waiting for you every night until midnight at “Hoots.”

The pub serves two regular beers namely as the Black Isle Red Kite and the Black Isle Yellowhammer that folks come back for. Not only that, among the must-try delicacies are the haggis or fish and chips and many more. You will surely be immersed in authentic Scotland culture while enjoying yourself in the pub. This is the perfect Friday night getaway for you and your friends.

9. Browse through Books at Leakey’s Bookshop

Leakeys Bookshop Inverness
Photo by Immanuel Giel via Wikimedia

If the weather isn’t good for outdoor activities, there is always a place to go where guests, especially bookworms, will not get bored — the Leakey’s Bookshop. This book paradise features a wide selection of second-hand books that radiates a rustic vibe that everyone loves.

The building itself is an age-old structure and was formerly used as a Gaelic Church way back the 18th century. The bookshop never fails to attract tourists with its natural magic.

10. Shop at Victorian Market

There is no better place to shop for authentic Scotland souvenirs than the Victorian Market. This local market is a one-stop shop for everything you need and more, from souvenir shirts and key chains to a beautiful teacup to bring home.

The Victorian Market is an enclosed market in the heart of Inverness. All of the shops, cafes, and services offer a wide range and variety of quality and excellent products.

The market has been used since 1890, and its red steel arches and lanterns are definitive proof of its age-old beauty. The site will surely give tourists an unforgettable, classic shopping experience that is like no other.

Why not pay it a visit to see and admire this magnificent Victorian style building and experience a warm Highland welcome at the heart of the city.

11. Travel to 1746 at Culloden Battlefield

Blast to the past when you visit Culloden Battlefield. The site has witnessed the Battle of Culloden that was known to be the final battle that has been fought on British soil. This dated back to April 16, 1746, and saw the last attempt to restore Stuart power to the British Throne.

There are interactive exhibits in the area showcasing the significant events leading up to the actual battle. Aside from its rich history, Culloden Battlefield became a famous site because it is home to the Clan Fraser Stone and some of the scenes in the Outlander series was filmed at the site.

Inverness is so much more than these attractions and iconic sites, and its unspeakable beauty is so much more appreciated with a personal tour around this stunning city.

12. Explore Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Immerse yourself in 1,000 years of history, glimpse a taste of medieval life and enjoy amazing views overlooking Loch Ness from the ruins of the most magnificent castle in the Highlands, the Urquhart Castle.

Inside the castle is the Grant Tower that serves a comprehensive view over the iconic loch, medieval prison cells said to have held Domhnall Donn, a legendary Gaelic bard, and splendid banquets staged in the great hall to complete the whole experience.

After the historical tour, relax and sip beverages at the café while enjoying a more comfortable view of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great Glen.

Apart from the beautifully-designed architecture, the castle has a distinctly Highland heritage, and the site was a witness to some of the most dramatic events in the nation’s history that will make your visit worthwhile.

Admission Fee

Adult: 12 GBP
Concession: 9.60 GBP (show proof that you’re aged 60+ or unemployed)
Child aged 5-15: 7.20 GBP
Child under 5: Free

Operation Hours

New Year’s Day (1 January): 11am to 4.30pm
April to May: Daily from 9.30am to 5.15pm (last entry)
June to August: Daily from 9.30am to 7.15pm (last entry)
September: Daily from 9.30am to 5.15pm (last entry)
October: Daily from 9.30am to 4.15pm (last entry)
November to March: Daily from 9.30am to 3.45pm (last entry)

Contact Information

Urquhart Castle
By Drumnadrochit
Near Inverness
IV63 6XJ
Telephone: 01456 450 551

Contact ticketing@hes.scot or call 0131 668 8095 to arrange your visit.

13. Admire the Remains of Beauly Priory

Explore this ruined church in a wooded, riverside location, the Beauly Priory. Beauly means a ‘beautiful place,’ making it the perfect location for previous monks to devote themselves to worship.

Beauly Priory is one of the three monasteries founded in Scotland by monks of the Valliscaulian order around the 1230s. These monks of the Valliscaulian order came from Val-des-Choux or’ Valley of the Cabbages’ near Dijon in France, and they adhered strictly to ideals of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Today the monks’ legacy lives on, in their ruined and roofless but otherwise intact priory, still capturing the beauty of its name, perfect for your travel list.

14. Shop at Falcon Square

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, Falcon Square is the perfect place for a day of relaxing and a treat of shopping therapy.

One of the buildings located around the square, the Falcon Foundry was one of the several operating in Inverness in the nineteenth century when the iron-founding industry was part of the industrial scene. Initially, beside Inverness Railway Station, the central section was dismantled and rebuilt there and now houses a shop and a restaurant.

Aside from the shops, the main attraction is located right in the middle of Falcon Square. A thirty-seven-foot high sandstone pillar topped by a bronze unicorn and surrounded by a swooping falcon in the different stages of its flight, seen catching its prey at its lowest point. The monument was designed by the artist and sculptor Gerald Laing, who had once set up a shop himself.

With all the foundry history and the infamous unicorn statue, you would not want to miss this iconic location.

15. Stroll Along the Caledonian Canal in the Inverness Marina

Caledonian Canal
Photo by Rojabro via Wikimedia

If you are a fan of the coast life and want to experience coasting along Inverness, add the Inverness Marina to your travel list. One of Scotland’s most protected natural harbors and located in a picturesque location, which is also a home of resident dolphins throughout the Moray Firth.

Inverness Marina recognized and awarded as NMU UK Small Coastal Marina of the Year 2018, is situated seven miles southwest of Chanonry Point in the Inverness Firth. The marina is located close to the eastern entrance of the Caledonian Canal, easy access to both the Scottish northeast coast and the Scottish west coast via the canal. Inverness Marina is also honored to be a part of THYA’s Gold Anchor Award Scheme and is graded at Four Gold Anchors.

All 150 berths of the marina have sustainable electricity, water, and free WiFi. Diesel is also available and ready on site and a 75-ton travel hoist and crane for masting. The service building is also established with an organized and welcoming marina office, toilets, showers, a spacious crew room, a training room for the crew, and laundry facilities, opened in 2013.

Inverness Marina is only one mile from the railway and bus stations and the city center of Inverness where many fine restaurants and shops are located and only 15 minutes away from the Inverness airport by taxi or bus. Inverness is known to be the hub of transport connecting to all parts of the Highlands and the rest of the UK.

16. Go Fishing at Dunlichity Trout Fishery

Come and try fishing at Dunlichity Trout Fishery, located within the grounds of Dunlichity House, 8 miles south of Inverness.

The fishery is open all year unless the occurrence of bad weather and is only closed on Christmas Day. Its operating hours are from 9 am to 10 pm or as soon as it gets dark. It contains two lochans or lakes, the larger is approximately 3 acres, while the smaller one is about one acre. Both lochans are thriving with abundant brown, blue, and rainbow trout varying in size from 2lb to 10lb+.

Only Fly Fishing is available on the lochans, but it is guaranteed that tourists will enjoy the experience as proven by previous clients. It is the activity of trying to catch fish using a hook made to look like a fly or other insect to attract the fish or using barbless hooks. Not only experienced fly fishers are welcome to try fly fishing in Dunclichity Trout Fishery but also beginners.

Catch and Release tickets are available daily, and beginners can apply for lessons from fly fishing instructors to master the basics. The tuition can be organized for beginners using one of their preferred external fly-fishing instructors.  The instructors need to be communicated directly before the visit to be able to talk and plan on costs, timings, availability, etc.

All fishing activities are from the bank, and the lochans are accessible from the central car park and cottages. The fishery is also open for business events and inter-Club competitions. If you are interested in fishing for a tournament or solely just for recreation, this is the perfect place for you.

Inverness isn’t just a typical city in Scotland. It is a place filled with rich history and culture expressed in every tourist attraction. From beautifully-designed churches to modern and advanced facilities, you will never have a reason to get bored while in Inverness.

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5 Things to Do In Fort Williams

Experience the European outdoors through the Fort Williams, located on the northeastern shore of Loch Linhe, it is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland. Famous for being the gateway to Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak and the Glen Nevis valley, home to steal falls.

It is the home to mountain trails, hillwalks, bike paths and snow and water place. What better place to experience Europe than in Fort Williams? Let’s talk a trip around this town and find out the best activities to be done while in Fort Williams.

Things to Do In Fort Williams

1.Climb the Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, most famously known as the highest peak in the whole of United Kingdom, is located in the Grampian Mountains of Fort Williams. The name “Ben Nevis” has two meanings, one is the Gaelic word for malicious mountain and another means “the mountain whose head is high up in the clouds” – both originated because of the way the mountain is covered in mist on cold days and heavy storm.

It is 14, 411 feet in height, and takes a maximum of eight hours to climb. The Ben Nevis is no mountain trail for the feeble as the paths to the top can be quite steep and unsteady. That’s why it’s unadvisable for inexperienced climbers or children and the elderly to take on the challenge of this mountain.

Nevertheless, the hike to the top is well worth it as you can enjoy the breathtaking sunset, and see the magnificent views overlooking the whole surrounding area of Scotland and surrounding area of the British Isles, from the highest peak to have ever existed in United Kingdom.

Be prepared for a strenuous hike with the expectation of cloudy and misty climate. The path to the top of Ben Nevis is usually wet and slippery so make sure to wear with you comfortable hiking shoes and a change of clothes.

Most mountain climbers opt to set on in the morning, and camp out on the peak at night, in order to see the beautiful Scottish sunset.

While the path is generally easy to follow, if you are still not feeling confident, you have the option of availing a guide who will take you to the peak of Ben Nevis with ease.

Admission Fee

There is no admission fee needed to be paid when climbing the Ben Nevis. However, if you are doing a guided tour, they usually cost around 45 to 50 GBP, which already includes the surrounding area of Lochness and Glencoe.

Operation Hours

The Ben Nevis is open 24 hours for all mountain climbers.

Contact Information

Address:  Ben Nevis, Fort Williams, Highlands, PH33 6SY

Website:  Ben-Nevis.com

2.Experience the Nevis Mountain Range

No trip to Fort Williams is complete without the famed Nevis Mountain Range Experience. Most famous for its 650-meter tall gondola on Aonach Mor, it is the 8th highest mountain in Britain. The gondola was built to holster up skiers, but it is now currently iconic for its spectacular views.

The gondola may not be as tall as the Ben Nevis, but if you’re lucky enough to ride it on a clear, non-misty day, you will get the rare opportunity to see the lakes, valleys and coniferous forests stretching miles and miles in front of you.

There are a lot of activities that can be done in Aonach Mor, including walking along the mountain for panoramic views and scenic walks, a perfect activity for couples looking to enjoy some romance. There is also the Tree Adventure, which is a series of aerial obstacle courses if you are up for a heart-quenching challenge. Don’t forget to bike around the mountain if you are an extreme Downhill mountain biker as Aonach Mor has been the home of UCI Downhill World Cup since 2002!

The Nevis Mountain Range is also famous for being a pristine destination of paragliders as it offers the best of the most challenging winds in Britain. The gondola also prepares a convenient way to get high up the peaks easily to those looking to practice their paragliding and hang gliding skills.

Lastly, if you are visiting during the winter, there is a lot of snowsports that is available for you. These can include skiing or snowboarding down your way to the foot of the mountain once you get on top of the gondola.

Admission Fee

Tickets can be bought online and on-site the Nevis Mountain Range. They can run anywhere from 20 GBP and 55 GBP depending on the activity.

Operating Hours

It is open everyday, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Contact Information

Address: Nevis Range, Torlundy Fort Williams, Inverness-shire, PH33 6SQ

Phone: +44 (0)1397 705 825

Email: info@nevisrange.com.uk

3. Stroll Around the Old Inverlochy Castle

Old Inverlochy Castle
Old Inverlochy Castle

The Old Inverlochy Castle is now the ruins of a former 13th-century castle near Inverlochy and Fort Williams. The site of two historic wars, the first and second battles of Inverlochy, it remains largely unchanged since its construction in the 13th century.

A stop to the Old Inverlochy Castle is largely encouraged to anyone visiting Fort Williams, or the Highlands of Scotland in general. it is referred to as the Old Inverlochy Castle as in 1836, the Hobbs family build a Victorian, Chateau-style Inverlochy Castle in nearby Torlundy that has since then been converted into a luxury hotel.

While the moat that used to surround this castle has been long gone, majority of its architecture and internal structure remains the same since it was built.

The history of the Old Inverlochy Castle is high and mighty as it is the site of the first and second battles of Inverlochy, both of which has changed the castle’s appearance greatly.

A visit and a tour around this castle will provide a good idea (and sometimes a disturbing feeling) of what it is like to have lived in the early centuries, in the midst of wars and sages within a high and mighty castle.

Admission Fee:

The Inverlochy Castle is free to visit all year round.

Operating Hours:

It is open 24 hours a day.

Contact Information:

Address: Old Inverlochy Castle, Form Williams, PH33 6TF UK

Phone: +44 (0)7895 643214

Website: inverlochycastle.com.uk

4. Visit the West Highland Museum

West Highland Museum

Founded in 1922 by a group of Lochaber folk who aimed to create a museum for the people and town of West Highlands, the West Highlands Museums is quoted to have been “not a museum, but a dream”.

It currently houses a collection of various artifacts and objects from the early centuries. There are collections of archaeology, military, Jacobites (from the supporters of the line of James who had previously ruled Scotland), Victoriana from the reign of Queen Victoria in Highlands and artifacts that depict the Highland life in the early centuries.

Currently, there is a newly placed Ford Model T displayed in front of the museum. In 1911, a similar car model drove by the summit of Ben Nevis in a publicity stunt. All of this is depicted and discussed in a film that you will see during your visit.

Guides are actually volunteers who are well-experienced in touring tourists and are passionate about sharing the history of West Highlands to visitors. They are very friendly and it you can easily make friends with them.

Other major highlights of this museum are the Goldman coin collection, polished stone axes, ancient pottery and stonework from a wrecked Spanish Galleon, along with artifacts from a crannog site that are 1500 years old.

Admission Fee:

Admission fee is free and there is free Wi-Fi too!

Operating Hours:

January to April: 10AM – 4PM from Mondays to Saturdays
May to September: 10AM – 5PM from Mondays to Saturdays
October to December: 10AM – 4PM from Mondays to Saturdays
July and August: 11AM – 3PM on Sundays

Contact Information:

Address: West Highland Museum, Cameron Square, Fort Williams, Scotland, PH33 6AJ

Phone: 01397 702169

Email: info@westhighlandmusuem.org.uk

5. Ride the Jacobite Steam Train

Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train, most famous for its role in the famous Harry Potter movies as the Hogwarts Express, transverses through 84 miles of railway between Fort William and Mallaig. Riding the Jacobite Steam Train should definitely be one of the items in the bucket list of any Harry Potter enthusiast out there.

It’s given the role as the Hogwarts Express and dubbed as the greatest railway journey in the world for good reason – it provides the best views during the whole journey. You will pass by the Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch and Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater loch. You will also pass through the iconic bridge made of 21 arches, the Glefinnan Viaduct, famous for being another site in the Harry Potter movies.

The Jacobite Steam Train does not run on the late fall and winter months. And so, if you definitely must ride the train during your visit to Scotland, schedule it between late April and early October.

Book a first-class seat for the best open-coach views and be able to witness the beauty that the train ride has to offer. A first-class seat will also guarantee you the best outside the train shots of the lochs and viaduct that you will pass by. There is also a gift shop that you can stop by for some Harry-Potter memorabilia.

The destination of the train is to Mallaig, a town divided into two: a coast and a farm, well known for its fishing villages and home to former tenants of Loch Monar and Loch Nevis.

Admission Fee:

For first class seats:

Adult Day Return for 60 GBP
Child Day Return for 33 GBP
Private Table for Two for 123 GBP

For standard seats:

Adult Day Return for 38 GBP
Adult Single for 32 GBP
Child Day Return for 21 GBP
Child Single for 19 GBP

You may check the availability of your desired seats through the West Coast Railways Websites. Please do make sure that you book before 3PM of the day that the journey will take place. Otherwise, the train will be unable to receive your booking and you cannot travel.

Operating Hours:

Year 2019:

Easter Service: Friday April 19 to Sunday 21st April
Morning Service: Monday 22nd April to Friday 25th October 2019 (Mondays to Fridays); Saturday 4th May to Sunday 29th September (Saturdays and Sundays).
Afternoon Service: Monday 13th May to Friday 13th September (Mondays to Fridays); Saturday 15th June to Sunday 1st September 2019 (Saturdays to Sundays).

Contact Information:

Address: The address for the station is Tomna-Faire, Station Square, Fort Williams, Highlands, PH33 6EN

Phone: 0844 850 4685 – you can also book for your tickets through this phone number.

Website: westcoastrails.co.uk

6. Feel at Peace at the Glenfinnan Church

Glenfinnan Church
Glenfinnan Church

As the Jacobite Steam Train has Mallaig as a destination, it is a shame to not explore this small town and the hidden gems located in it. One famed tourist hotspot in Mallaig is the Glenfinnan Church, also known as St. Mary and St. Finnan’s Catholic Church, it is a fine example of Pugin architecture located in a perfect location – high above the shores of Loch Shiel.

The construction of this church was completed in 1873 by Edward Welby Pugin in the early English style. The Glenfinnan Viaduct and Station is located nearby the southern edge of the church on the shores of Loch Shiel.

The church, including its outside surroundings will make you feel at peace as you marvel at the astonishing hillsides, overlooking the sun reflecting off the waters of Loch Shiel. The wind and atmosphere high above the hill is also something unique and incredible to experience.

Inside the church is an underappreciated altar lying below a bright and colorful stained glass window in a unique flower pattern. The gothic building also boasts sculptured columns and memorial stones to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the MacDonald family.

Admission Fee:

The church is free to be visited by anyone. However, donations are welcome.

Operating Hours:

The Sunday mass is at 1PM while the Holyday Obligation Vigil Mass is 7PM.

Contact Information

Address: Glenfinnan PH37 4LT

Phone: 01397 700622 – is the phone number of the current Parish Priest President of Glenfinnan.

Email: glenfinnan@rcdai.org.uk


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