Burns National Heritage Park
The Burns National Heritage Park was established in 1995 to commemorate the famous poet, Robert Burns. Burns spent the first 7 years of his life here, and fans of his work come from all over the world to pay homage to his beloved poems and songs. Visitors can visit Burns Cottage, Burns Museum, Burns Monument, Brig O’ Doon, and The Auld Kirk (Kirk Alloway is the setting for a popular tale in verse called “Tam O’ Shanter”).
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Culzean Castle was built in 1772, and is one of Scotland’s most visited sites. The castle has a lovely collection of 18th Century furniture and the armory contains a thorough collection of weapons. The surrounding grounds of the Country Park are breathtaking with the beautiful gardens overlooking the shore and trails.
Open: Apr 1 through Oct 31 11am – 5:30pm daily
Entrance Fee: Adult £8, Children £6
Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow off the A80, the areas surrounding the city of Falkirk offer plenty of beautiful parks and gardens. The parks vary in size from 2 to 200 acres, and have something for everyone. Callendar Park is known for its plentiful Daffodils, Rhododendrons and Azaleas, and has a museum at its center. Other parks in the area include Dollar Park, Muiravonside Country Park, and Bantaskine Park.
Glencoe is a huge Highland valley that is considered the homebase for those interested in exploring the highlands or just relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. There are numerous trails for hiking and biking and there are numerous places in the glen for fishing and skiing as well. Glencoe has a fascinating history dating back to the pre-Viking period of the 15th and 16th Centuries. The fauna and wildlife is limited in Glencoe due to the heavy rains and ample snowfall throughout the winter combined with a lack of natural shelter. But there are red deer, foxes, badgers, wildcats, and 40 different species of birds that live off of the land. Violets and heather cling to the slopes of the hills, offering patches of bright color..
14 miles North of Aberdeen
Recreated by the National Trust for Scotland in 1956, this garden was originally planted in 1675. Parterres of box hedging, extensive herbaceous borders, yew buttresses, pavilions, fountains and rare sundials complement the elaborate floral designs. A stable and farmhouse are part of The Museum of Farming Life. Grounds contain a Picnic area, woodland walk, and Tea Room.
Open: Daily 10am-5:30 pm May-Oct