museums and attractions

Attractions in Scotland

Scotland has several scenic heritage railways and a large range of transport museums, such as Glasgow's new Riverside Museum, as well as a wide range of maritime, road and aviation museums. Don't miss the lovely Loch Lomond paddle steamer the Maid of the Loch, a great place for a meal or a cuppa.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across the whole of Scotland.

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Mill End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JS.
Tel: 0141 847 1111.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum aims to preserve the social and industrial heritage of the Paisley & Renfrewshire Thread Mills for the education and enjoyment of all by collecting…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

ShipSpace

16 Clachnaharry Road, Inverness, Highlands, IV3 8QH.
Tel: 01463 716 839.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Interactive museum with nautical artefacts & large ships: 1:10 scale 'Titanic', Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more. Free entry.

Transport / Maritime

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre 2017

Quarry Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DT.
Tel: 01346 512 888 .

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Step back in time through 400+ years of history with displays from different aspects of the town including railways, maritime and road transport.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Lighthouse Visitor Centre

The Lighthouse, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, .
Tel: 01857 633 297.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Learn about the history of North Ronaldsay’s lighthouse and its relationship with the island. Find out more about the famous Stevenson lighthouse family…

Transport / Maritime

Bridgeton Bus Garage

76-136 Fordneuk Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 3AH.
Tel: 0141 554 0544.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Visitors can wander around and look at what goes on, seeing vehicle restoration work at all stages. This will include a large display of restored vehicles…

Transport / Road

Salmon Bothy Museum

Links Road, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, AB45 2SS.
Tel: 01261 842 951.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Housed in what were the ground floor ice house chambers, with displays, artefacts and information about Portsoy’s harbours, industry, trade and Salmon…

Transport / Maritime

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Rosaburn, Brodick, Ayrshire, KA27 8DP.
Tel: 01770 302 636.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room.…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural / Country Life

Fairfield Heritage Centre

1048 Govan Road, Glasgow, Glasgow, G51 4XS.
Tel: 0141 445 5866.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard. For 100 years, Govan was the centre of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Today there are few visual reminders of this…

Transport / Maritime

Waterlines

Lybster Harbour, Shore Road, Lybster, Caithness, KW3 6DB.
Tel: 01593 721 520.

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  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Visitor centre and museum stand in restored buildings close to the attractive harbour at Lybster.

Transport / Maritime

Laidhay Croft Museum 2017

Inver, Dunbeath, Caithness, KW6 6EH.
Tel: 01593 731 270.

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  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Laidhay is a two hundred year old rush thatched Caithness longhouse just north of Dunbeath, and is a typical example of the older style of Caithness croft…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Museum & Heritage Centre

The Fire Station, Wallace Place, off Dalrymple Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, PA15 1LY.
Tel: 01698 300 999.

  • Part disabled access

The fire engines, uniforms and firefighting equipment on display recreate the original atmosphere of this old Fire Station. Exhibits and interactive displays…

Other Sites of Interest / Fire

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank Scottish Maritime Museum

Castle Street, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1QS.
Tel: 01389 763 444.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Discover how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative and experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s…

Transport / Maritime

Oban War & Peace Museum

Old Oban Times Building, Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5PX.
Tel: 01631 570 007.

  • Full disabled access

A fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people. Learn about the fishing…

Other Sites of Interest / Military

Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

156 High Street, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6DH.
Tel: 01899 221 050.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The Museum explores 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale, and focuses on the people who have lived and worked in the area up to…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Historylinks Museum

The Meadows, Dornoch, Sutherland, IV25 3SF.
Tel: 01862 811 275.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Local history museum with displays on the Dornoch Light Railway.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

The Jim Clark Museum

44 Newtown St, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3AU.
Tel: 01361 884 114.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Trophy collection featuring both Jim Clark’s historic Formula One World Championship cups from 1963 and 1965 and the Indianapolis 500 clock trophy from…

Transport / Road

Maggie Law Maritime Museum

William Street, Gourdon, Nr Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, DD10 0LW.
Tel: 01569 750 730.

  • Part disabled access

Housed in the old two storey coastguard building, beside the old harbour and slipway (the Gutty) in the centre of Gourdon, the 'Maggie Law' was one of…

Transport / Maritime

Dundee Museum of Transport

Unit 10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee, Angus, DD1 3LA.
Tel: 01382 455 196.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Learn about Dundee’s tram network, railway and marine history. Look around the constantly changing selection of cars, commercial vehicles and buses.…

Transport / Road

Mull of Galloway Experience

The Rhins, Nr Drummore, Mull of Galloway, Dumfriesshire, DG9 9HP.
Tel: 01776 840 554.

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  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

85ft tall lighthouse built by Robert Stephenson in 1830. Also exhibition and foghorn. 115 steps to top of lighthouse. Also RSPB Reserve nearby.

Transport / Maritime

Strathspey Railway

Aviemore Station, Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, PH22 1PY.
Tel: 01479 810 725.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Steam and diesel trains between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill on 9.5 miles of the former Highland Railway route between Perth and Inverness.

Railways / Heritage Railways

HMS Unicorn

Victoria Dock, South Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, Angus, DD1 3BP.
Tel: 01382 200 900.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Nearly 200 years old, the Frigate 'Unicorn' is one of the world’s most remarkable historic ships and Scotland’s only example of a wooden warship, now…

Transport / Maritime

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Achtercairn, Gairloch, Ross & Cromarty, IV21 2BP.
Tel: 01445 712 287 .

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The fascinating story of the heritage and culture of a large part of coastal Western Ross and should be considered an essential stopping off point for…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Campbeltown Heritage Centre

Lorne Street Church, Big Kiln Street, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6JF.
Tel: 01586 551 400.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

Explores the key themes that have influenced the area: farming, fishing, distilling, mining and the military. Some of the themes are also addressed by…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Unst Boat Haven

Unst , Haroldswick, Shetland, ZE2 9ED.
Tel: 01957 755 282.

Maritime history of Shetland boats. Original wooden boats of various types that have been in use over the past 140 years. Old tools, fishing gear, documents…

Transport / Maritime

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