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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.

 

Morayvia

North Road, Kinloss, Moray, IV36 3YA.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Visit Moray’s unique science & technology experience project, developed and delivered by volunteers. Key to the experience are your guides who range…

Transport / Aircraft / Other Sites of Interest / Fire

Dalbeattie Museum

81 High Street, Dalbeattie, Dumfriesshire, DG5 4BT.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Tommy Henderson's dream of a museum started with his private collection of memorabilia that he gifted to the museum to encourage visitors and locals through…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

The Mill on the Fleet

High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Dumfriesshire, DG7 2HS.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The main exhibition floor houses displays focusing on the history and heritage of Gatehouse, and exploring the Fleet Valley and surrounding areas.

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Newton Stewart Museum

St John's Church, York Road, Newton Stewart, Dumfriesshire, DG8 6HH.

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The museum is home to a large collection of artefacts, all set in their own section: Nursery; Tradesman's Tools; Carpentry; Diary; Kitchen Smithy; Fabrics…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Mill End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 1JS.

  • 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

Quarry Road, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DT.

  • 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, .

  • Parking
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

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

Transport / Maritime

Laidhay Croft Museum

Inver, Dunbeath, Caithness, KW6 6EH.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parking
  • 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.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Local history museum with displays on the Dornoch Light Railway.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Maggie Law Maritime Museum

William Street, Gourdon, Nr Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, DD10 0LW.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Parking
  • 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

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