Delve into a site that saw a great deal of action during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, was hotly fought over.
Cross the moat to find yourself in a fairytale setting, complete twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements.
Seek out the unusual defences of the last great private stronghold built in Scotland, including its rare caponier or shooting gallery.
Contrast the peacefulness of the abbey with the conflict that the monks’ loyalty to Robert the Bruce attracted.
Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area now known as Strathclyde.
See the mighty hilltop castle built by Robert II in the 1370s, soon after he came to the Scottish throne.
Visit the secluded spot where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland.
See in the remains of Sir Thomas MacLellan’s tower house how castle building had evolved by the late 1500s to favour comfort over cannons.
Stand in awe of one of Europe’s finest chambered tombs, built 5,000 years ago, its entrance aligned with the setting of the midwinter sun.
Contrast the beauty of this rediscovered treasure with the notoriety of its most famous noble resident.
Survey a fortress famous for its long and close association with the Stewart kings of Scotland.
Step back 5,000 years in time to explore the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.