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Abbot House Heritage Centre
Fife
Maygate, Dunfermline
Tel. 0 1383 733 266
1000 years of history on display in pink sandstone building; administrative headquarters of Scotland’s richest Benedictine abbey; abbey built by king David, son of Queen Margaret; burial place of Scottish monarch; graves of pilgrims in garden; visited by kings; served as abbot’s house, laird’s mansion, iron foundry, and art school; café; shop; exhibitions.

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Aberdeen City
Tel. 01224 646 333
Contemporary art; Scottish collection; silver and glass.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Provost Ross’s House, Shiprow
Aberdeen City
Tel. 01224 337 700
Housed in two 16th century town houses; galleries trace early development of the harbour and the history of shipbuilding; North Sea Oil and Gas Gallery.

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
Fife
Moodie St, Heritage Quarter, Dunfermline
Tel. 0 1383 724 302
Andrew Carnegie's birthplace; life in 19th century Dunfermline; information on Carnegie; interactive displays; artefacts; weaving demonstrations; temporary exhibitions; children’s activities; café; garden; shop; events space
Web: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Angus Folk Museum
Angus and Dundee
Kirkwynd, Glamis, Forfar, off the A94/A928
Tel. 01307 840 288
National Trust for Scotland property; six 18th century cottages with collections showing rural life over 200 years; Life on the Land exhibition with reconstructed farm courtyard, bothy, smithy, stables, and hearse house; small car park.

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
Stirlingshire
Stirling Castle, Stirling
200 years of regiment history shown in Battle Honours, Colours, medals, uniforms, documents and pictures; outstanding collection of regimental silver.

Armadale Castle Museum of the Isles
Isle of Skye
Armadale, Inner Hebrides, on the A851
Governed by Highland
Tel. 0 1471 844 305
Clan Donald Centre with an exhibition on the Lords of the Isles and the Gaelic culture; weapons, crafts, paintings, and other artefacts are incorporated into galleries with the themes ancient highland, sea kingdom, lifestyles of the chieftains and crofters, history of the highlands, collapse of the clan system and emigration to the new world; restaurant; gift shop; woodland walks and nature trails
Web: Clan Donald

Aros Experience
Isle of Skye
Portree, on the A87
Tel. 0 1478 613 649
History, Gaelic language and way of life on Skye; AV presentation.

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Banff Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Banff on the A97/A98
Tel. 01261 622 906
Displays on Banff silver, local geology, history and nature.

Bannockburn Heritage Centre
Stirlingshire
2 miles (3km) south of Stirling on the Glasgow Rd
Tel. 01786 812 664
Open: The site is closed for demolition. A new heritage centre is in construction and will open in 2014 and have improved amenities.
National Trust for Scotland property; situated at the site of the battle of Bannockburn when, in 1314, Robert the Bruce routed King Edward II’s forces and won freedom for the Scots from English domination; AV presentation of the battle and exhibitions; statue of Robert the Bruce on the grounds; parking; cafe; shop.

Barra Heritage Centre
Hebrides
Island of Barra, Outer Hebrides
Governed by the Western Isles council
Tel. 01871 810413
Displays on the island’s Gaelic heritage.

Bennie Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
9-11 Mansefield St, Bathgate
Tel. 0 1506 634 944
Small local heritage museum with artefacts of social, industrial, and historic interest; special exhibitions; parking across the street
Web: Bennie Museum

Biggar Gasworks Museum
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Biggar, South Lanarkshire
On the A702
Only coalfired gasworks left in Britain.

Black Watch Regimental Museum
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Balhousie Castle, Perth
Tel. 0131 310 8530
History of the Black Watch Regiment; battles, paintings, silver, and uniforms.

Bod of Gremista Museum
Shetland Isles
Northern outskirts of Lerwick, Mainland
Birthplace in 1897 of Arthur Anderson, cofounder of the P & O Shipping Company; now restored.

Braemar Highland Heritage Centre
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Braemar, Grampian Tourist Information Centre
On the A835
Tel. 0 1339 741 944
Displays and videos on the area.

Breadalbane Folklore Centre
Stirlingshire
Killin, on the A827
Tel. 0 1567 820 254 (local VIC number which is housed in the Folklore Centre)
In historic St Fillans mill overlooking the Falls of Dochart; facts and fables of the local area are covered in displays, videos, and artefacts; clan Gregor information; information on wildlife of the Breadalbane area; shop; parking.

Brechin Museum
Angus and Dundee
Brechin, on the A935 just off the A90
Tel. 01674 622687 for opening details
Local history museum.

British Golf Museum
Fife
St. Andrews
On the A915/917 opposite the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
Tel. 01334 478 880
AV displays, golf memorabilia.

Brodick Heritage Museum
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
1.5 miles (2.4km) north of Brodick, Arran, on the A841
Tel. 01770 302 636
Early 20th century furnished cottage; blacksmith shop; exhibits on local archaeology and geology.

Brora Heritage Centre
Highlands
Col Bheinn Rd, Fascally, Brora, Sutherland
Tel. 0 1408 685 214
Heritage, archaeology, and artefacts of Brora.

Burrell Collection
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Pollok Country Park
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow G43 1AT
Tel. 0141 287 2550
Contains 8000 items, including medieval glass and tapestries, Chinese ceramics and 19th century French paintings; parking; restaurant; allow a full day to visit.

Bute Museum
Argyll and Bute
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
On the A844
Tel. 01700 505 067
Collection covers archaeology, history and geology of the island.

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Caithness Broch Centre
Highlands
The Old Schoolhouse, Auckengill
Tel. 0 1955 631 377
Exhibition on brochs, way of life of time; excavations; parking.

Caithness Horizons
Highlands
High St, Thurso, on the A9
Tel. 0 1847 892 459
Folk museum telling story of county of Caithness; Pictish stones; social and industrial history; fossils, etc; shop; cafe; temporary exhibitions; park opposite the museum.

Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) Regimental Museum
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Just off the M74, south of Glasgow
Located behind the District Museum in the Duke of Hamilton’s old riding school; displays of uniforms, medals, banners and photos.

City Art Centre
Edinburgh and the Lothians
2 Market St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 3993
Six exhibition galleries of the visual arts; Edinburgh’s collection of Scottish Art includes 3500 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and tapestries—works by McTaggart, Fergusson, Peploe and Eardley; temporary exhibitions; café.

Clan Armstrong Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Lodge Walk, Langholm
Tel. NA; contact form on website
Memorabilia and artefacts of the Armstrong clan; family research documents; shop.

Clan Cameron Museum
Highlands
Achnacarry, on the B8005
Tel. 01397 712 480
Displays the history of the clan and its involvement with the Jacobite rebellion.

Clan Gunn Heritage Centre
Highlands
Latheron, on the A9 north Dunbeath on way to Wick before Hill Stanes
Tel. 0 1593 721 325
Museum and heritage centre of Clan Gunn in old church; tartans; artefacts; antiques; pictures; archives; shop
Web: Clan Gunn Society

Clan MacPherson Museum
Highlands
Newtonmore, at junction of A86/B9150
Tel. 01540 673 332
History of Clan MacPherson and Badenoch area.

Clay Donnachaidh Museum
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Blair Atholl, on the A9, beyond the Falls of Bruar
Tells the clan story and work of the clan society.

Coldstream Museum
The Borders
Coldstream, Berwickshire, on the A697
Tel. 01890 882 630
Local museum with a section on the Coldstream Guards, a famous Guard Regiment.

Corrigall Farm Museum
Orkney Isles
14 miles (22.5km) northwest of Kirkwall
by the A965 and A986
Museum of farming and rural life with group of stones; 18th century buildings containing exhibitions.

Creetown Gem Rock Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Chain Rd, Creetown, near Newton Stewart
Tel. 01671 820 357
Collection of gems, crystals, and minerals from around the world; AV presentation; shop; tea-room; workshop.

Croft House Museum
Shetland Isles
On A970 at Boddam, Lerwick to Jarlshof road, Mainland
Croft house gives a picture of mid-19th century rural life.

Cromarty Courthouse
Highlands
Church St, Cromarty, on the A832
Tel. 01381 600 418
18th century town courthouse with visitor centre and museum.

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Discovery and Unicorn Ships Museum
Angus and Dundee
Dundee, on the bank of the Firth of Tay, near the Tay Road bridge
Captain Scott’s ship Discovery; building with exhibitions and AV presentations; also the Unicorn, an 1824 warship, at Victoria Dock east of the Tay bridge.

District Museum
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
129 Muir St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, just off the M74, south of Glasgow
Former coaching inn with local history collection; transport section; local industries, including lacemaking with sample laces.

Drumlanrig’s Tower Visitor Centre
Borders
Hawick High St
Tel. 0 1450 377 615
Early 1500s building built as a tower house; both Douglas and Scott family connections; restored as exhibition and museum of Hawick life; Hawick Visitor Centre; shop; use town car parks.

Duff House
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
County House Gallery, Banff, on the A947/97
Tel. 01261 818 181
Historic Scotland property; imposing Georgian mansion in classical style; permanent collection of paintings and visiting exhibitions; outstation of National Galleries of Scotland; shop; tea-room; woodland walks; music and lecture events; parking.

Dumfries Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Rotchell Rd, Dumfries
Tel. 0 1387 253 374
Converted 18th century windmill houses local geology, archaeology and history; displays of early Christian stones and local lifestyle.

Dunbar Townhouse Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
High St, Dunbar, E Lothian
Tel. 0 1368 863 734
16th century townhouse; local history; hands-on archaeology; temporary exhibitions.

Dunbeath Heritage Centre
Highlands
Old School, Dunbeath
Tel. 0 1593 731 233
Exhibition of local culture; research data and manuscripts; photos; other collections; special events
Web: Dunbeath Heritage Centre

Dunfermline District Museum
Fife
Dunfermline
Local collections and an interesting display on Dunfermline linen weaving and damask, looms, weaving tools and patterns.

Durness Visitor Centre
Highlands
Sangamore, Durness, Sutherland
Tel. 01971 511 756
Standing stone exhibit in grounds; in visitor centre are exhibits on history of crofting, local natural history, customs and culture; visitor information centre.

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Elgin Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
High St, Elgin, on the A96, A941
Tel. 01343 543 675
Local history museum; fossil collection ; incised Pictish stones.

Eyemouth Museum
The Borders
Auld Kirk, Manse Rd, Eyemouth, on the A1107
Tel: 018907 50678
Displays on rural life: farming, water milling, blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, fishing, homes and customs; 15 x 4 foot Eyemouth Tapestry relates to the 1881 fishing disaster; TIC in the building.

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Fort Augustus Clansman Centre
Highlands
Fort Augustus
On the A82
Tel. 01320 366 444
Exhibition of traditional and historical Highland ways; presentations that recount old legends given in the summer.

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Gairloch Heritage Museum
Highlands
Gairloch, Ross-shire
At junction of A832 and B8031
Tel. 0 1445 712 287
History of Gairloch over the centuries in 21 sections such as croft-house room, schoolroom; interior of local light-house; special exhibitions and events; shop; parking
Web: Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gallery of Modern Art
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Greater Glasgow Museums
Queen St, Glasgow, on the (M8/M77)
Tel. 0141 229 1996
Contemporary paintings, ceramics, furniture and sculpture.

Gladstone Court
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
North Back Rd, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on the A702
Indoor street museum showing historic shops.

Glasgow Science Centre
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Reached by public bus, train; directions on website
Tel. 0 141 420 5000
Scientific experiences for children—games and experiments; special events; education program; IMAX theatre and planetarium on site; parking (fee charged)
Web: Glasgow Science Centre

Glenbarr Abbey Visitor Centre
Argyll and Bute
Glenbarr, on the Kintyre peninsula, Argyll
On the A83
Tel. 01583 421 247
18th century house with collection of thimbles, china, and clothing.

Gracefield Arts Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
28 Edinburgh Road
DG1 1JQ
Tel. 0 1387 262 084
Art gallery with over 400 Scottish paintings; changing exhibitions; café; studio.

Grampian Transport Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Alford, on the A944
Tel. 01975 562 292
Cars, cycles, buses, engines, trams and carriages of the north-east.

Greenhill Convenanter’s House
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on the A702
Relocated farmhouse with 17th century furnishings and artefacts; displays and relics of covenanting times when Presbyterians and Royalists clashed.

Greenock Custom House Museum
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Greenock, North Ayrshire
Tel. 01475 726 331
1800s Custom House with museum that traces the history of the Customs and Excise service.

Groam House Museum
Highlands
High St, Rosemarkie, on the A832
Tel. 01381 620 961
Collection of Pictish stones.

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Halliwell’s House Museum
The Borders
Halliwell’s Close, Market Place, High St, Selkirk, on the A7
Tel. 01750 20096
Re-creation of buildings used as a house and ironmonger’s shop.

Highland Aviation Museum
Highlands
9 Dalcross Industrial Estate, by Inverness airport, Inverness
Tel. 0 1667 461 100
Heritage of flight and the machines developed throughout 20th century; aircraft on display outdoors; exhibits in building include models and memorabilia; history of Inverness airport.

Highland Folk Museum
Highlands
Kingussie Rd, Newtownmore
Tel. 0 1540 673 551
Social and rural life of early Highland people including agricultural, craft, domestic collections; histgoric buildings include smokehouse, school, church, clockmaker’s workshop, croft house, railway halt, post office, joiner’s shop; collection of textiles and costume; shop
Web: Highland Folk Museum

Highland Museum of Childhood
Highlands
The Old Station, Strathpeffer
Tel. 0 1997 421 031
Displays and photos showing customs and traditions of childhood; doll collection, toys, childhood treasures of past 200 years; changing themed exhibitions; car park; picnic area; garden; shop; coffee shop; special events; workshops
Web: Highland Museum of Childhood

Historical Society Museum
Hebrides
On Isle of Lismore, Inner Hebrides
Governed by Argyll.

Historylinks Museum
Highlands
The Meadows, Donorch
Tel. 0 1862 811 275
Local history; interactive exhibits; artefacts, documents; small car park at museum, larger one at The Meadows
Web: Historylinks Museum

Hunterian Art Gallery
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
82 Hillhead St, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
Tel. 0141 330 5431
Collection of Scottish colourists paintings.

Hunterian Museum
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Main/Gilbert-Scott Building, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
Tel. 0141 330 4221
Fossils, coin and medal collection; archaeological history of Scotland; how man evolved; when Romans patrolled the Antonine Wall; civilisation of ancient Egypt; what Captain Cook brought back from the South Seas
Web: Hunterian Museum

Hutcheson’s Hall
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
158 Ingram St, Glasgow
Tel. 0 141 552 8391
National Trust for Scotland property; elegant listed building of 1802-05, reconstructed in 1876; impressive staircase, portraits; visitor centre with AV presentation on Glasgow and exhibitions; metered street parking; shop.

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Inveraray Maritime Museum
Argyll and Bute
Inveraray, Argyll, on the A83
Tel. 01499 302 213
Museum on a floating rig; 1911 schooner, one of the world’s last iron sailing ships; displays on maritime history of the area and highland clearances; videos.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Highlands
Castle Wynd, Inverness, on the A9/A82
Tel. 0 1463 237 114
Displays on the heritage of the Highlands: way of life, local history, the Picts, the Caledonian Canal, and the silver producing centres; special exhibitions; shop; coffee shop.

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JD Ferguson Gallery
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Perth
Tel. 01738 441 944
Paintings by JD Ferguson, one of the Scottish colourists.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Argyle St, Kelvin Park, Glasgow
Tel.0141 276 9599
Greater Glasgow Museums group; Scottish Natural History display; European arms and armour; Scottish weapons, glass, silver, ceramics, jewellery and more; cinema; shops; cafe; restaurant.

Kildonan Museum
Hebrides
On main South Uist road, 15 miles after Benbeculla causeway
Tel. 0 1878 710 343
Information on archaeology and land use of South Uist from earliest time until 18th century; South Uist artefacts; cafe, craft shop
Web: Kildonan Museum

Kilmartin House Museum
Argyll and Bute
Kilmartin, Argyll
Tel. 01546 510 278
Centre for landscape and archaeology interpretation; museum of ancient culture; visitor centre; AV presentation; café
Web: Kilmartin Museum

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery
Fife
Kirkcaldy, on the A921/A915/A955 off the A92
Tel. 0 1592 412 860
Small collection of paintings; exhibition on the district; display on local potteries, including handpainted Wemyss Ware, known for its bold flowers, fruit and birds.

Kirkcudbright Stewarty Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
St Mary St (off High St), Kirkcudbright
Tel. 0 1557 331 643
Collection of natural/social history of eastern half of Galloway; shop.

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Laidhay Croft Museum
Highlands
Just north of the village of Dunbeath, Caithness
Tel. 0 7563 70232
200 year old rush thatched Caithness longhouse; stable, kitchen, byre, living area, scullery; all with furniture and implements of the times.

Lead Mining Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Wanlockhead
Tel. 0 1659 74387
Visitor centre tells story of past lead mining (closed in 1861) in the village; mineral display; information on families who lived there; guided tours down a former lead mine; visitors’ trail; miners’ cottages; beam engine; village is highest in Scotland; tea-room; gift shop
Web: Lead Mining Museum

Lewis Loom Center
Hebrides
The Old Grainstore, 3 Bayhead, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Tel. 0 1851 704 500
Weaving demonstrations; tour/lecture on Harris tweed; craft/gift shop.

Liddesdale Trust Museum
Borders
South Hermitage Street, Newcastleton
Tel. 0 13873 75283/75259
The history of Liddesdale and its people.

Lighthouse Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Fraserburgh, Grampian
On the A90/A981
Tel. 0346 511 022
Guided tours to the top of Kinnaird Head lighthouse, a converted 16th century castle; large collection of lighthouse equipment, multi-media AV presentation.

Linlithgow Canal Centre and Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Manse Road, Canal Basin, Linlithgow
Tel 0 1506 671 215
On the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal; records, photographs and artifacts associated with the Union Canal; boat trips from Easter-end Sep, weekends, 2pm; tea-room; parking; special events.

Linlithgow Story
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Annet House, 143 High St, Linlithgow
Tel. 0 1506 670 677 or 843 859
Story of Linlithgow’s past; garden with herbs and fruit trees.

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Mackintosh Wing
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Glasgow University Grounds
Greater Glasgow Museums (M8/M77)
Reconstruction of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow home.

Marischal College Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Aberdeen, across the road from the TIC
Tel. 01224 273 131
History and culture of northeast Scotland; anthropological gallery.

McManus Galleries
Angus and Dundee
Dundee, on the A90/92
Tel. 01382 432 020
Victorian Gothic building houses Victorian and other Scottish paintings and local history collection.

Meigle Museum
Angus and Dundee
Meigle
7 miles (11.3km) west of Glamis, on the B954
Tel. 01828 640 612
Former village school with outstanding collection of red sandstone early Christian monuments; cross slabs and gravestones illustrate life and art of the Picts.

Moat Park Heritage Centre
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on the A702
In a renovated church; exhibits cover the natural and folk history of the area.

Moffat Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Moffat
Tel. 01683 220868
History of the town.

Moray Motor Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Bridge St, Elgin, on the A96/A941
Small collection of cars and motorcycles, including Ford Model T, 1937 Bentley, 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom, 1968 Jaguar.

Motherwell Heritage Centre
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
High Rd, Motherwell, on the A721/723, by Glasgow
Tel. 01698 251 000
Multimedia exhibit and displays on local history.

Mull Museum
Argyll and Bute
Main St, Tobermory, Island of Mull, Inner Hebrides
Governed by Argyll
Local history museum.

Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Dalgarven, Kilwinning, 30 minutes from Glasgow
Tel. 01294 552 448
Three storey grain store with collection of Ayrshire farming and domestic memorabilia; recreated 1880 house of the mill-owner; 6000 pieces in the costume section; Dalgarven mill on site
Web: Dalgarven Mill

Museum of Childhood
Edinburgh and the Lothians
42 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 529 4142
Displays relating to costume, health, upbringing and educuation of children; collections of historical toys, hobby items, dolls, and books.

Museum of Edinburgh
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Huntly House, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 529 4143
Restored 16th century mansion; museum of local history; period rooms relating to traditional industries; collections of Edinburgh silver and glass, Scottish pottery, shop signs; relics relating to Field Marshal Earl Haig, WWI general; National Covenant, signed by Scotland's Presbyterian leadership in 1638, is located here; temporary exhibitions; shop.

Museum of Flight
Edinburgh and the Lothians
East Fortune Airfield, on the B1347, off the A1
East of Haddington, Lothian
Tel. 0 1620 880 308
Outstation of the National Museums of Scotland; aircraft on display range from a 1930 Puss Moth monoplane to a 1945 Spitfire; exhibits include trainer cockpits, engines, scale models and Battle of Britain; Concorde experience; parking; shop; allow at least 3 hours
Web: Museum of Flight

Museum of Islay Life
Hebrides
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides, on the A847
Governed by Argyll
Tel. 0 1496 850 358
History of the Island with thousands of items on display.

Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Heritage Way, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
Tel. 0 1236 638 460
22 acres based around site of 19th century Summerlee Ironworks; social and industrial history of central Scotland in exhibition hall with interactive displays, machinery, documents; electric tramway; reconstructed mine and miners' cottages; playpark; cafe; shop; parking; free.

Myreton Motor Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Aberlady, E Lothian
Tel. 0 1875 870 288
1899 to 1970’s display of cars, motorcycles, bikes, period advertising posters, signs, pedal cars, petrol pumps, other automobilia
Web: Myreton Motor Museum

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National Gallery of Scotland
Edinburgh and the Lothians
The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 556 8921
National collection of European art from 15th century to 19th century; special exhibitions; restaurant; cafe; shop.

National Library of Scotland
Edinburgh and the Lothians
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 623 3700
Exhibitions on various topics such as Scottish theatre or music; books and maps; publishing archive; family history; visitor centre; café; bookshop
Web: National Library of Scotland

National Museum of Rural Life
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Wester Kittochside Philipshill Road, East Kilbride
Near A726, south of Glasgow
Tel. 0 300 123 6789
Scotland’s rural past told in exhibits, text, photos, farming implements, details of house interiors; historic working farm; cafe; shop; parking.

National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Chambers St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 225 7534
Exhibits of natural world, scientific and industrial development and decorative arts; history of Scotland exhibits; cafe; refurbished 2010-2011
Web: National Museum of Scotland

National Portrait Gallery
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Queen St, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 624 6200
Portraits of persons of historic interest.

National War Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 3848
Six gallleries with exhibitions on the story of soldiers, Scotland’s military past, battles, uniforms and other related subjects.

Network Heritage Centre
Argyll and Bute
On the B879, at Carradale, on the Kintyre peninsula, Argyll
Tel. 01586 431 1296
Old schoolhouse, fishing, farming and forestry displays.

Newton Stewart Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
York Rd, Newton Stewart
Natural and social history of Galloway.

North Berwick Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
School Rd, North Berwick, Lothian, on the A198
Tel. 0 1620 895 457
Local museum with sections on history, archaeology and natural history; exhibits on gold and seabirds.

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Old Bridgehouse Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries, on the Devorgilla Bridge
Tel. 01387 256 904
In Dumfries’ oldest house on bridge built in 1600s; Victorian nursery; early dentist’s surgery; 19th century kitchen.

Orkneyinga Saga Centre
Orkney Isles
Orphir, nine miles west of Kirkwall
Story of the Vikings in Orkney and video show.

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Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
High St, Paisley, off the M8 by Glasgow
Tel. 0141 889 3151
19th century building with section on the Paisley shawl; art gallery has works by the Scottish School; pottery; local and natural history exhibits.

People’s Story
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 529 4057
In late 16th century tolbooth; oral and written history sources tell story of lives, work and leisure of ordinary Edinburgh people from late 18th century to present; photographs, objects and rare artifacts include trade union banners and society regalia; video presentation; cooper’s workshop; prison cell; 1940s kitchen and other reconstructions.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
78 George St, Perth
Tel. 01738 632 488
Displays on natural history, furniture, local glass, silver, and clock making industry; paintings.

Pittencrief House
Fife
South of A994 in Pittencrief Park
Tel. 01383 313 838
17th century house with a collection of costumes, displays on history of the house and park; art gallery.

Pollok Country Park Museum and House
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
2060 Pollokshaws Rd
Off M77, junction 1, 2.5 miles south of city centre of Glasgow; follow signs for Burrell Collection
Tel. 0141 616 6410
Part of the Glasgow Museum group. Pollok Estate was Maxwell family since the mid-13th century; house is 18th century mansion with collections of Spanish art, antique furniture, silverware and ceramics, and library; gardens have collection of over 1000 species of rhododendrons.

Prestongrange Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Morrison’s Haven, Prestongrange
Tel. 0131 653 2904 (in season) 0 1620 828 203 (out of season)
Location of 16th century harbour, 17th century glass works, 18th-19th century potteries, and 19th-20th century coal mine and brick works; remnants of the industries remain including Hoffman Kiln built 1937 and the Cornish Beam Engine; Visitor Centre, Power House; guided or self tours; exhibition; parking; refreshments; shop.

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Queensferry Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
53 High St, South Queensferry
Tel. 0131 331 5545
History of people of Queensferry and Dalmeny; historic ferry passage to Fife; building of road and rail bridges; wildlife of the Forth estuary; Burry man display.

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Riverside Museum: Glasgow Transport and Travel
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
100 Pointhouse Quay, Yorkhill, River Clyde, Glasgow
Tel. 0141 287 2720
Transport collection of 3000 exhibits in 150 displays; tall ship Glenlee built 1896 berthed beside the museum; three re-created streets (1890–1930, 1930–60, and 1960–80) with shops including an Edwardian photography studio, a 1930s Italian cafe and a 1960s garage; car park; dedicated bus service
Web: Glasgow Museums

Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre
Stirlingshire
Callander, in former church, central town square, on the A84
Tel. 01877 330 342
AV show on Rob Roy.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Heritage Park
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Alloway, Ayr, KA7 4PQ
Tel. 0 844 493 260
National Trust property; modern museum (frame of local Douglas fir, wave-shaped turf roof) with collection of 5000 historic artefacts, manuscripts, personal items and letters, artworks and memorabilia of Robert Burns’s life and works; footbridge links museum to other sites with connection to Burns: 1757 birthplace cottage, Burns Monument with countryside views, Alloway Auld Kirk; education pavilion and Auld Brig O’Doon; gardens; AV presentation of four poems; interactive Burns Supper; tea-room (June-Sep); ruins of kirk; garden; shop; parking.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works
The Borders
7/9 High St, Innerleithen, on the A72
Tel. 01896 830 206
National Trust for Scotland property; completely restored and working Victorian printing works with office, press rooms, paper store, water wheel; historic items on display.

Royal Scottish Academy
Edinburgh and the Lothians
The Mount, Edinburgh
Tel. 0 131 225 6671
Contemporary Scottish art with changing exhibitions; painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, film and more; shop
Web: Royal Scottish Academy

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Salmon Bothy Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Links Rd, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire AB45 2SS
Tel. 0 1261 842 951
Museum displays artifacts and information about Portsoy's harbours, the fishing industry and trade and the salmon fishing operations; housed in what were the ice chambers of a three story building purpose built in 1834 by the Seafield Estate, which then owned the salmon fishing rights along the coast; the buidling provided an office, a bothy, an ice house, a fish preparation area, a workshop and storage accommodation; sleeping quarters remain as it was complete with bunk beds; family history research resources; upstairs is community space and venue; parking
Web: Salmon Bothy

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
High St, Sanquhar
Tel. 01659 50186
Exhibits on Sanquhar knitting, mines and miners.

Scapa Flow Visitors Centre
Orkney Isles
Hoy Island
Tel 0 1856 791 300
Naval museum and photographic display.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 220 0441
Exhibition recounting the whisky making process.

Scottish Maritime Museum
Ayrshire and Isle of Arran
Gottries Rd, Irvine, Ayrshire, on the A78
Tel. 01294 278 283
Historic Scottish vessels.

Scottish Mining Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Lothian, on the A7
Tel. 00131 663 7519
Tableaux depicting a day in a 19th century mining family’s life; tour down to the coalface.

Scottish Museum of Woollen Textiles
Borders
Walkerburn, on the A72
History of textiles in a weaver’s cottage; machinery, exhibits, tartans.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Edinburgh and the Lothians
75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh; 15 minute walk from Princess St or by bus, in parkland
Tel. 0 131 556 8921
In a Neo-classical building; two separate galleries: Gallery of Modern Art has special exhibitions and Scottish works from c1900 to the present; Dean Gallery has Dada and Surrealist collection; shops; cafe; parking.

Shapinsay Heritage Centre
Orkney Isles
Balfour village, island of Shapinsay
Tel. 01856 711258
Displays on the island of Shapinsay.

Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Isles
Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Mainland
Tel: 01595 695 057
Development of Shetland from its geological beginnings through history, industry, environment and culture to the present day; over 3000 artefacts; events; activities; cafe; shop
Web: Shetland Museum

Skye Museum of Island Life
Isle of Skye
On the A855, Trotternish Peninsula
Tel. 0 1470 552 206
Late 19th century crofter house, weaver’s house, smithy and ceilidh house; displays of photographs and documents.

Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Stirlingshire
Dumbarton Rd., Stirling
Tel. 01786 471 917
History of Stirling; collection of paintings and natural history exhibits.

St Columba Exhibition and Welcome Centre
Hebrides
Fionnphort village, island of Mull, Inner Hebrides
Governed by Argyll
Tel. 01681 700660
Introduction to St Columba, the Celts, and Iona’s history.

St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
2 Castle St, near the Cathedral, Glasgow
Tel. 0141 553 2557
Greater Glasgow Museums group; works of art showcasing all the world’s religions.

St Vigeans Pictish Stones Museum
Angus and Dundee
St Vigeans, one mile from Arbroath, off A92
Tel. 0 1241 878 756
Historic Scotland; Collection of 38 Pictish carved stones and crosses, many decorated with carvings of animals, warriors, saints, angels, and beasts; AV display tells 1200 year old story of the stones; shop; use public car park nearby.

Stewarty Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
St Mary St, Kirkcudbright
Tel. 01557 331643
Collection of natural and social history of eastern half of Galloway; of particular importance are the 18th and 19th century collections; local and family history information services; shop.

Stranraer Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Old Town Hall, George St, Stranraer
Tel. 01776 705 088
Displays on local history, farming, and dairying; collection of Victorian 3D photos.

Strathnaver Museum
Highlands
Clachan, Bettyhill, on the A836
Tel. 0 1641 521 418
In former church of St Columba, built 1700; interactive hands-on displays of traditional crafts; library archive of documents and photographs of history of the region; Clan Mackay collection
Web: Strathnaver Museum

Stromness Museum
Orkney Isles
Stromness, Mainland, on the A965
Tel. 01856 850 925
Natural history and maritime museum includes displays on whaling, fishing, the Hudson Bay Company and the German Fleet in Scapa Flow.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Heritage Way, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Tel. 01236 638 460
On 20 acre site of former ironworks; remains of blast furnaces and other buildings can be seen from a viewing pod; social and industrial history of Scotland with focus on Lanarkshire; interactive displays; restored winding engine from former Cardowan Colliery at Stepps; 19th century steam locomotive; working machinery demonstrating how steel and iron were produced; operating tram car goes to a coal mine site and miners' cottages with interiors dating from 1840 to 1960; free; café; shop; parking; children’s play park.

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Tain through Time
Highlands
Tower St, Tain, Highland, on the A9
Tel. 0 1862 894 089
Museum telling the history of the town of Tain and surrounding area through objects, photos, and archives; 18th and 19th century silverware; story of Clan Ross; shop
Web: Tain through Time

Tankerness House Museum
Orkney Isles
Kirkwall, Mainland
Tel. 01856 873 191
16th century town mansion portrays life in Orkney from prehistoric times; domestic life displays.

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Highlands
Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, Ross-shire
Tel. 0 1862 87 1351
In grade A listed church; story of 8th century Pictish community uncovered by archaeologists; Pict carved stone collection; ancient crypt; gallery of Tarbat through the centuries; AV presentation;
interactive computer information; Pictish monastery archaeological dig outside the museum; shop
Web: Tarbat Discovery Centre

Timespan Museum and Arts Centre
Highlands
Dunrobin St, Helmsdale, KW8 6JA
Tel. 0 1431 821 327
Information on 1869 gold rush, fishing, domestic life, tools, geology; changing art exhibition; shop; cafe
Web: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre

Tingwall Agricultural Museum
Shetland Isles
On the B9074 north of Scalloway, Mainland
Tel. 01595 840 344
18th century granary with collection of fishing, crofting and domestic items.

Tolbooth Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Town House, Union St, Aberdeen
Tel. 01224 621 167
Museum of civic history in 17th century building; displays in cells.

Trimontium Museum
Borders
Melrose, on the B6360
Tel. 0 1896 822 651 or 0 1896 822 463
Romano-Celtic exhibition; illustrated panels; artefact display cases; aerial photographs; artists' drawings; models; maps; blacksmith's workshop; Roman kitchen and pottery; replica armour; video presentation
Web: Trimontium Museum

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Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre
Highlands
7 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-Shire
Tel. 0 1854 612 987
In restored Thomas Telford Parliamentary church, built in 1829; tells story of Lochbroom’s land and people using traditional, multimedia displays and AV presentation.

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Wallace Monument
Stirlingshire
Two miles (3km) north of Stirling, off the A91
Tel. 01786 472 140
19th century 220 foot high monument to William Wallace who rallied Scottish forces to fight the English in 1297; panoramic views from the top (246 stairs); AV presentation on Wallace and displays on Scottish heroes; cafe; shop; nearby nature trails; parking.

Water of Leith Visitor Centre
Edinburgh and the Lothians
24 Lanark Rd, Edinburgh
Four miles west of city centre on A70, map on website
Tel. 0 131 455 7367
Interactive exhibition on the heritage and wildlife of the Water of Leith; special events; small café; shop; walkway along river—map available from the visitor centre
Web: Water of Leith Visitor Centre

West Highland Museum
Highlands
Cameron Square, Fort William, beside the TIC
on the A82
Tel. 01397 702 169
Displays include local industries, Caledonian Canal, Jacobite relics and Ben Nevis.

Westray Heritage Centre
Orkney Isles
On the island of Westray
Local heritage and nature displays.

Whithorn Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Whithorn Priory, Whithorn, on the A746
Tel. 0 1988 500 508
Historic Scotland property; site of the first Christian church in Scotland, founded by St Ninian in 5th century; Visitor Centre and museum tell history of the priory; notable collection of early Christian crosses; parking; food available.

Wick Heritage Centre
Highlands
18-27 Bank Row, Wick
Tel. 0 1955 605 393
Period rooms from 1900-1925; Caithness glass display; artefacts of civic life; art gallery; 70,000 photographs taken from 1863 to 1977 of Wick and area; displays on herring industry; pilot house; lifeboat shed
Web: Wick Heritage Centre

Writers’ Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Lady Stair’s Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 529 4901
Display of the manuscripts, relics and memorabilia of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and R.L. Stevenson; temporary exhibitions on contemporary writers.

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