Are you a self proclaimed history buff? Scotland is the place for you to be! From castles on (almost) every corner, and lochs strewn across the land – our country is packed full of fascinating historical locations which make for a great day out.
As if you needed another reason to get exploring, 2017 has been designated as the ‘Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology’ by Visit Scotland! If you need some inspiration, below are some of our favourite suggestions for ‘historic’ days out in Scotland. Many of these locations are around 1 hour from New Lanark, making the New Lanark Hotel or Wee Row Hostel a perfect base to explore from if you’re planning a holiday to Scotland.
Visit New Lanark Mills to discover one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal importance’. Explore the stunning woodland surroundings and see the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Experience over 200 years of social history and industrial heritage.
Find out more about visiting at www.newlanark.org
Scottish Fisheries Museum (2 hours from New Lanark)
“In a spectacular location opposite the harbour in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife, we are a National Museum, telling the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its boats, harbours and communities.”
Find out more about visiting at www.scotfishmuseum.org
Glasgow Cathedral (50 minutes from New Lanark)
The first stone built Glasgow Cathedral was dedicated in the presence of King David I in 1136. The present building was consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and the worship of God has been carried out within its walls for more than 800 years.
The splendid achievements of the architects and builders of those far off days can be studied and admired. Not everything, however, is old and the Cathedral has one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows to be found in Britain.
Find out more about visiting at www.glasgowcathedral.org
National Mining Museum (1 hour from New Lanark)
“The museum provides a great day out for all ages! We’re based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles south of Edinburgh. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps and struggles of the thousands of miners and their families before them.”
Find out more about visiting at www.nationalminingmuseum.com
Rosslyn Chapel (1 hour from New Lanark)
Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003, and the subsequent film. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access.
Find out more about visiting at www.rosslynchapel.com
Palace of Holyroodhouse ( 1 hour 15 minutes from New Lanark)
Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
Find out more about visiting here.
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (1 hour from New Lanark)
“Our heritage railway is only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are located in the historic town of Bo’ness. Friendly staff will welcome you aboard a heritage steam or diesel-hauled train and wish you a pleasant journey. The train travels along the shore of the Firth of Forth with views of the majestic Ochil Hills, before climbing a tree-lined gradient, passing woodland, wild flowers and waterfalls to the country station of Birkhill. Alight here to take a stroll in the ancient woodlands of the Avon Gorge.”
Find out more about visiting at www.www.bkrailway.co.uk
Dunadd Fort (suggested by our Facebook fan Samantha Grant)
Dunadd Fort rises proudly from Moine Mhor – the ‘great moss’ – an expanse of bog that carpets the southern end of Kilmartin Glen. It was home to a fort 2,000 years ago, and a royal power centre of Gaelic kings in the 500s to 800s AD. Below the mighty fort site are some extraordinary features carved into the rock, including two human footprint shapes – similar to a pair found at Clickimin Broch.
Find out more about visiting here.
Govan Stones (suggested by our Facebook fan Philip Pohler)
History buffs can discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde. One of Glasgow’s most important historical and cultural assets, explore the 31 monuments within the beautiful setting of Govan Old Church.
Find out more about visiting at www.thegovanstones.org.uk
We’ve definitely been inspired to get out and explore after reading about all of these amazing locations! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark here.
Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer