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Abbot House Heritage Centre
Maygate, Dunfermline
Tel. 0 1383 733 266
Open: March-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-Feb, Sun-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat from 10am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
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
Web: Abbot House Heritage Centre

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Aberdeen City
Tel. 01224 646 333
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
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
Moodie St, Heritage Quarter, Dunfermline
Tel. 0 1383 724 302
Open: March-end Nov, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: Good Fri-end June, and Sep: Fri-Tue, noon-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; July and Aug: daily, 11am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
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
Stirling Castle, Stirling
Open: Easter-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5:45pm; Sun, 11am-4:45pm; Oct-Easter, daily, 10am-4:45pm
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
Open: April-Oct, daily, 9:30am-5:30pm
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
Open: daily, 9am-6pm, until 11pm in summer
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
Open: June-Sep, daily except Thu, 2-5:15pm
Displays on Banff silver, local geology, history and nature

Bannockburn Heritage Centre
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
Island of Barra, Outer Hebrides
Governed by the Western Isles council
Tel. 01871 810413
Open: April-Sep, daily except Sat, 11am-5pm
Displays on the island’s Gaelic heritage

Bennie Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
9-11 Mansefield St, Bathgate
Tel. 0 1506 634 944
Open: April-Sep, 11am-4pm; Oct-March, 11am-3.30pm; days not given
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
Open: June-Sep, daily, 2-5pm
Only coalfired gasworks left in Britain

Black Watch Regimental Museum
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Balhousie Castle, Perth
Tel. 0131 310 8530
Open: May-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-4:30pm; Oct-April, Mon-Fri, from 10am-3:30pm
History of the Black Watch Regiment; battles, paintings, silver, and uniforms

Bod of Gremista Museum
Shetland Isles
Northern outskirts of Lerwick, Mainland
Open: June-mid Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
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
Open: April-Oct, daily, 9am-6pm, except closed on Fri; Nov-March, daily, 9am-5pm
Displays and videos on the area

Breadalbane Folklore Centre
Killin, on the A827
Tel. 0 1567 820 254 (local VIC number which is housed in the Folklore Centre)
Open: March-June and Sep-Oct, 10am-6pm; July and Aug, 9am-6pm; Nov, Dec, Jan, weekends only, 10am-4pm
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
St. Andrews
On the A915/917 opposite the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
Tel. 01334 478 880
Open: April-Oct, daily from 9:30am-5:30pm, closed on Tue and Wed in winter.
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
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 11am-4pm; June-Aug, 11am-5pm
Early 20th century furnished cottage; blacksmith shop; exhibits on local archaeology and geology

Brora Heritage Centre
Col Bheinn Rd, Fascally, Brora, Sutherland
Tel. 0 1408 685 214
Open: May-Sep, 10.30am-4.30pm weekdays
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
Open: all year, Mon-Thu and Sat, 10am-5pm; Fri and Sun 11am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1/2 Jan
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
The Old Schoolhouse, Auckengill
Tel. 0 1955 631 377
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm; also open on Sat in July and Aug, same times
Exhibition on brochs, way of life of time; excavations; parking
Web: Caithness Broch Centre

Caithness Horizons
High St, Thurso, on the A9
Tel. 0 1847 892 459
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; also open April-Sep on Sun from 11am-4pm
Folk museum telling story of county of Caithness; Pictish stones; social and industrial history; fossils, etc; shop; cafe; temporary exhibitions; park opposite the museum
Web: Caithness Horizons

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
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
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
Open: Good Fri-mid Oct, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun, 2-5pm
Memorabilia and artefacts of the Armstrong clan; family research documents; shop
Web: Armstrong Clan Museum

Clan Cameron Museum
Achnacarry, on the B8005
Tel. 01397 712 480
Open: daily, 1:30pm-5pm; July and Aug, 11am-5pm
Displays the history of the clan and its involvement with the Jacobite rebellion

Clan Gunn Heritage Centre
Latheron, on the A9 north Dunbeath on way to Wick before Hill Stanes
Tel. 0 1593 721 325
Open: June-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Museum and heritage centre of Clan Gunn in old church; tartans; artefacts; antiques; pictures; archives; shop
Web: Clan Gunn Society

Clan MacPherson Museum
Newtonmore, at junction of A86/B9150
Tel. 01540 673 332
Open: April- Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
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
Open: Easter-Oct, daily
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
Open: Easter-Sep, daily, 9am-6pm; Oct-23rd Dec and March-Easter, 10am-4pm
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
Open: May-end Sep, daily, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Croft house gives a picture of mid-19th century rural life

Cromarty Courthouse
Church St, Cromarty, on the A832
Tel. 01381 600 418
Open: April-Oct, 10am-5pm; Nov, Dec, and March, noon-4pm
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
Open: year round, daily, April-end Oct, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, 10am-4pm
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
Hawick High St
Tel. 0 1450 377 615
Open: March-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, noon-3pm (April-Sep only)
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
Open: April-end Oct, daily 11am-5pm; Nov-end March, Thu-Sun, 11am-4pm; grounds year round; tearoom, 11am-3.45pm
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
Web: Duff House

Dumfries Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Rotchell Rd, Dumfries
Tel. 0 1387 253 374
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm; Oct-March, Tue-Sat, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
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
Open: April-Oct, daily, 12.30-4.30pm; Nov-March, weekends, 2-4.30pm
16th century townhouse; local history; hands-on archaeology; temporary exhibitions
Web: Dunbar Museum

Dunbeath Heritage Centre
Old School, Dunbeath
Tel. 0 1593 731 233
Open: April-Sep, Sun-Fri, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm
Exhibition of local culture; research data and manuscripts; photos; other collections; special events
Web: Dunbeath Heritage Centre

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

Durness Visitor Centre
Sangamore, Durness, Sutherland
Tel. 01971 511 756
Open: daily, 9am-5pm
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
Open: April-Oct, weekdays, 10am-5pm; Sat, 11am-4pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Local history museum; fossil collection ; incised Pictish stones

Eyemouth Maritime Centre
Harbour Rd, Eyemouth
Tel. 0 1890 752137
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm
Collection of historic and ethnic boats; interactive displays; changing exhibitions include smugglers and other maritime themes; parking nearby; shop
Web: World of Boats

Eyemouth Museum
The Borders
Auld Kirk, Manse Rd, Eyemouth, on the A1107
Tel: 018907 50678
Open: April-end Sep; Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-3pm; Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
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
Fort Augustus
On the A82
Tel. 01320 366 444
Open: March-Oct, daily, from 10am-8pm (shorter hours in winter)
Exhibition of traditional and historical Highland ways; presentations that recount old legends given in the summer

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Gairloch Heritage Museum
Gairloch, Ross-shire
At junction of A832 and B8031
Tel. 0 1445 712 287
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, from 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Contemporary paintings, ceramics, furniture and sculpture

Gladstone Court
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
North Back Rd, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, on the A702
Open: May-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: daily, year round, 10am-5pm
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
Open Easter to Oct, daily, except Tue, 10am-5:30pm
18th century house with collection of thimbles, china, and clothing

Gracefield Arts Centre
Dumfries and Galloway
28 Edinburgh Road
Tel. 0 1387 262 084
Open: exhibitions: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; craft shop: Tue-Fri, 10.30 am–3.30pm and Sat, 10am-5pm; café: Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; lunches: noon-3pm; printmaking studio: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and evenings depending on studio diary
Art gallery with over 400 Scottish paintings; changing exhibitions; café; studio
Web: Explore Art

Grampian Transport Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Alford, on the A944
Tel. 01975 562 292
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
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
Open: May to Oct, daily, 2-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm
1800s Custom House with museum that traces the history of the Customs and Excise service

Groam House Museum
High St, Rosemarkie, on the A832
Tel. 01381 620 961
Open: May-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-4:30pm; Nov-mid Dec and March-end April, 2-4pm weekends
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
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 2-4pm; July and Aug, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-5pm
Re-creation of buildings used as a house and ironmonger’s shop

Highland Aviation Museum
9 Dalcross Industrial Estate, by Inverness airport, Inverness
Tel. 0 1667 461 100
Open: Easter and April-Nov, Sat and Sun, 10am-4.30pm
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
Web: Highland Aviation Museum

Highland Folk Museum
Kingussie Rd, Newtownmore
Tel. 0 1540 673 551
Open: April-end Aug, daily, 10.30am-5.30pm; Sep-end Oct, daily, 11am-4.30pm
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
The Old Station, Strathpeffer
Tel. 0 1997 421 031
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
On Isle of Lismore, Inner Hebrides
Governed by Argyll

Historylinks Museum
The Meadows, Donorch
Tel. 0 1862 811 275
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-4pm; Oct, Mon-Fri; Nov-Easter, Wed and Thu; Easter week, daily
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
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm
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
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm
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
Open: Information Centre and function hall, all year except Xmas and New Year holidays, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, except 5pm in winter
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
Castle Wynd, Inverness, on the A9/A82
Tel. 0 1463 237 114
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Web: Inverness Highland Museum

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JD Ferguson Gallery
Perthshire (Perth and Kinross)
Tel. 01738 441 944
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Thu and Sat, 10am-5pm; Fri and Sun, 11am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1/2 Jan
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
On main South Uist road, 15 miles after Benbeculla causeway
Tel. 0 1878 710 343
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Information on archaeology and land use of South Uist from earliest time until 18th century; South Uist artefacts; cafe, craft shop
Web: Kildonan Museum

Kildonan Museum
On main South Uist road, 15 miles after Benbeculla causeway
Tel. 0 1878 710 343
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
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
Open: 10am-5.30pm
Centre for landscape and archaeology interpretation; museum of ancient culture; visitor centre; AV presentation; café
Web: Kilmartin Museum

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery
Kirkcaldy, on the A921/A915/A955 off the A92
Tel. 0 1592 412 860
Open: all year, daily from 10:30am-5pm, except Sun, afternoons only
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
Open: May, June, Sep, Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm, Sun, 2-5pm; July and Aug, 10am-5pm, Sun, 2-5pm; Oct, Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm, Sun, 2-5pm; Nov-April, Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm
Collection of natural/social history of eastern half of Galloway; shop

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Laidhay Croft Museum
Just north of the village of Dunbeath, Caithness
Tel. 0 7563 70232
Open: June-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-4pm; groups by pre-arranged bookings
200 year old rush thatched Caithness longhouse; stable, kitchen, byre, living area, scullery; all with furniture and implements of the times
Web: Laidhay Croft Museum

Lead Mining Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Tel. 0 1659 74387
Open: July and Aug, daily, 10am-5pm; April-June and Sep-Oct, 11am-4.30pm
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
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
South Hermitage Street, Newcastleton
Tel. 0 13873 75283/75259
Open: Easter-Sep, daily except Tue, 1.30-4.30
The history of Liddesdale and its people

Lighthouse Museum
Grampian (Aberdeenshire and Moray)
Fraserburgh, Grampian
On the A90/A981
Tel. 0346 511 022
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat, from 10am-6pm, Sun from 12:30pm; Nov-March closes at 4pm
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
Open: Canal Centre: Easter-end Aug, Sat-Sun; daily, July-mid-Aug
Museum: Easter-end Sep, weekend afternoons, 2-5pm; daily in July and Aug, 2-5pm
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
Web: Linlithgow Canal Centre and Linlithgow Canal Museum

Linlithgow Story
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Annet House, 143 High St, Linlithgow
Tel. 0 1506 670 677 or 843 859
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm, Sun, 1-4pm
Story of Linlithgow’s past; garden with herbs and fruit trees
Web: Linlithgow Story

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Mackintosh Wing
Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
Glasgow University Grounds
Greater Glasgow Museums (M8/M77)
Open: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5pm, except closed 12:30-1:30pm
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
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sun, afternoons only
History and culture of northeast Scotland; anthropological gallery

McManus Galleries
Angus and Dundee
Dundee, on the A90/92
Tel. 01382 432 020
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Victorian Gothic building houses Victorian and other Scottish paintings and local history collection

Meigle Museum
Angus and Dundee
7 miles (11.3km) west of Glamis, on the B954
Tel. 01828 640 612
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 9:30am-6:30pm
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
Open: Easter-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
In a renovated church; exhibits cover the natural and folk history of the area

Moffat Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Tel. 01683 220868
Open: May-Sep, Thu-Tue, 10:30am-1pm, 2:30-5pm
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
Open: all year, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm
Multimedia exhibit and displays on local history

Mull Museum
Argyll and Bute
Main St, Tobermory, Island of Mull, Inner Hebrides
Governed by Argyll
Open: April-Oct, weekdays, 10am-4:30pm, Sat, 10am-1:30pm
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
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm; rest of year, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm; open public holiday Mon
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
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
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun during Aug, noon-5pm
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
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm
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
Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides, on the A847
Governed by Argyll
Tel. 0 1496 850 358
Open: Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-4:30pm
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
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm except Nov-March until 4pm; closed 25 and 26 Dec, 1 and 2 Jan
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
Open: daily, 10.30am-4.30pm, closed on Wed in the winter
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5 pm
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
Open: various days and times depending on area of library accessed—check website for section you are interested in
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
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25,26 Dec and 1 Jan
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
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
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
Open: all year, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm;
Portraits of persons of historic interest

National War Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 225 3848
Open: 9:45am-5:30pm, daily, April-Nov; Dec-March, until 4.30pm
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
Open: Easter to mid-Oct, Mon-Sat, from 10:30am-5pm, Sun, from 12:30-4pm
Old schoolhouse, fishing, farming and forestry displays

Newton Stewart Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
York Rd, Newton Stewart
Open: Easter-end June, Mon-Sat, 2-5pm; July-end Aug, Mon-Fri, 10am-12.30pm and 2-5pm; Sep, Mon-Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: April-Oct, daily, 11am-5pm
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
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: year round, daily, 9am-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; also Sun in Aug, noon-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Displays on natural history, furniture, local glass, silver, and clock making industry; paintings

Pittencrief House
South of A994 in Pittencrief Park
Tel. 01383 313 838
Open: May-Sep, 11am-5pm; Oct-April, from 11am-4pm.
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
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1/2 Jan
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)
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 11am-4.30pm
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
Web: Prestongrange Museum

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Queensferry Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
53 High St, South Queensferry
Tel. 0131 331 5545
Open: year round; Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, 10am-1pm, 2.15-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
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
Open: daily, closed 25, 26 Dec and 1, 2 Jan
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
Callander, in former church, central town square, on the A84
Tel. 01877 330 342
Open: May-Sep, 9:30am-7pm; Oct-end April, 10am-5pm
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
Open: April–end Sep, daily, 10am–5.30pm; Oct-end March, daily, 10am–5pm; closed 25, 26 Dec and 1, 2 Jan
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
Web: Robert Burns Museum

Robert Smail’s Printing Works
The Borders
7/9 High St, Innerleithen, on the A72
Tel. 01896 830 206
Open: Good Fri-Easter Mon and June-end Sep, Thu-Mon, noon-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm
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
Open: June – end summer, Thu-Sun, 2-4pm
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
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Exhibits on Sanquhar knitting, mines and miners

Scapa Flow Visitors Centre
Orkney Isles
Hoy Island
Tel 0 1856 791 300
Open: year round; weekdays, 9am-4pm; mid May-end Aug, also open weekends, 10am-4pm
Naval museum and photographic display

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 220 0441
Open: daily, 10am-5:30pm
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
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Historic Scottish vessels

Scottish Mining Museum
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Lothian, on the A7
Tel. 00131 663 7519
Open: early March-Oct, daily, 10am-4pm
Tableaux depicting a day in a 19th century mining family’s life; tour down to the coalface

Scottish Museum of Woollen Textiles
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
Open: year round; Mon-Sat,10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
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
Open: in summer
Displays on the island of Shapinsay

Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Isles
Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Mainland
Tel: 01595 695 057
Open: Museum: Mon and Sat, 10am-5pm; Tue-Thu, 10am-6pm; Fri, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Archives: check website
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
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm
Late 19th century crofter house, weaver’s house, smithy and ceilidh house; displays of photographs and documents

Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Dumbarton Rd., Stirling
Tel. 01786 471 917
Open: all year, Tue-Sat, 10:30am-5pm, Sun, 2-5pm
History of Stirling; collection of paintings and natural history exhibits

St Columba Exhibition and Welcome Centre
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
Open: Mon-Thu and Sat, 10am-5pm; Fri and Sun, 11am-5pm
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
Open: year round; April-end Sep, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, 10am-3pm; Oct-end March, same days, 10am-1pm
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
Open: March-Oct, Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm; June-Sep, also open Sun, 2-5pm; Nov-Feb, Sat only, 11am-4pm
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
Open: year round; Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm; Sat, 2-5pm
Displays on local history, farming, and dairying; collection of Victorian 3D photos

Strathnaver Museum
Clachan, Bettyhill, on the A836
Tel. 0 1641 521 418
Open: April-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5 pm
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
Open: all year, daily, 10am-5pm (except closed Sun Oct-April)
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
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm (April-end Oct), 10am-4pm (Nov-end March)
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
Tower St, Tain, Highland, on the A9
Tel. 0 1862 894 089
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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
Open: all year; Mon-Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm except April-Sep, open Sun, 10:30am-5pm
16th century town mansion portrays life in Orkney from prehistoric times; domestic life displays

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, Ross-shire
Tel. 0 1862 87 1351
Open: 3rd week March-end April, and Oct, 2-5pm; May-end Sep, 10am-5pm; Nov, Fri and Sat, 2-4pm; closed Dec, Jan, Feb
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
Dunrobin St, Helmsdale, KW8 6JA
Tel. 0 1431 821 327
Open: late March-end Oct, Mon-Sat,10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Nov-late March, weekends, 11am-3pm, Tue 2-4pm
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
Open: June-Aug, Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm
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
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm, except Mon and Sun, morning only
Museum of civic history in 17th century building; displays in cells

Trimontium Museum
Melrose, on the B6360
Tel. 0 1896 822 651 or 0 1896 822 463
Open: April-end of Oct, daily, 10.30am-4.30pm
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
7 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-Shire
Tel. 0 1854 612 987
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
In restored Thomas Telford Parliamentary church, built in 1829; tells story of Lochbroom’s land and people using traditional, multimedia displays and AV presentation
Web: Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre

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Wallace Monument
Two miles (3km) north of Stirling, off the A91
Tel. 01786 472 140
Open: March-end May and Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; June and Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; July and Aug, daily, 9:30am-6:30pm; Nov and Dec, daily, 10am-4pm; Jan and Feb, weekends, 10am-4pm
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
Open: year round, daily, 10am-4pm; closed 24th Dec-3 Jan
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
Cameron Square, Fort William, beside the TIC
on the A82
Tel. 01397 702 169
Open: all year, Mon-Sat; until 5pm in summer and 4pm in winter; July and Aug, also open Sun afternoon
Displays include local industries, Caledonian Canal, Jacobite relics and Ben Nevis

Westray Heritage Centre
Orkney Isles
On the island of Westray
Open: May-Sep, daily, 2-5pm
Local heritage and nature displays

Whithorn Museum
Dumfries and Galloway
Whithorn Priory, Whithorn, on the A746
Tel. 0 1988 500 508
Open: April-end Oct, 10:30am-5:00pm
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
18-27 Bank Row, Wick
Tel. 0 1955 605 393
Open: Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-3.45pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
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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