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  • #1043608
    darkstar
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    In case you weren’t aware, every year Historic Scotland has free entry to many of it’s sites that charge admission.

    They usually have a free weekend in April and on St. Andrew’s Day.

    This can save you a fortune as you can visit as many sites as you like during these times.

    Here’s some of the sites that are included –

    Aberdeen and Grampian

    * Balvenie Castle
    * Corgarff Castle
    * Dallas Dhu Distillery
    * Duff House, Banff 11am – 5pm
    * Elgin Cathedral
    * Huntly Castle
    * Kildrummy Castle
    * Kinnaird Head Castle and Lighthouse, Museum (11am-5pm)
    * Spynie Palace
    * Tolquhon Castle

    Edinburgh and Lothians

    * Cairnpapple Hill
    * Craigmillar Castle
    * Crichton Castle, Pathhead
    * Dirleton Castle and Garden
    * Edinburgh Castle (9.30am- 6pm, last admission 5.15pm)
    * Linlithgow Palace
    * Seton Collegiate Church
    * Tantallon Castle, North Berwick
    * Torphicen Preceptory (Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 2pm to 5pm)

    Fife

    * Aberdour Castle and garden
    * Dunfermline Palace and Abbey
    * St Andrews Castle
    * St Andrews Cathedral
    * Inchcolm Abbey (charge for ferry crossing)

    Angus and City of Dundee

    * Arbroath Abbey
    * Edzell Castle and Garden
    * Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

    Argyll the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs

    * Blackness Castle
    * Bonawe Iron Furnace
    * Castle Campbell and Gardens, Dollar
    * Doune Castle
    * Dumbarton Castle
    * Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel, near Oban
    * Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith
    * Iona Abbey
    * Stirling Castle (9.30am-6pm, last admission 5.15pm)
    * Argyll’s Lodging, Stirling (9.30am-6pm, last admission 5.15pm)

    Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley

    * Bothwell Castle, Uddingston
    * Craignethan Castle
    * Glasgow Cathedral (9.30pm-6.00pm Sunday 1pm – 5pm)
    * Newark Castle, Port Glasgow

    Highlands

    * Rothesay Castle
    * Fort George, Ardersier (last admission 5.45pm)
    * Urquhart Castle (last admission 5.45pm)

    Orkney

    * Skara Brae and Skaill House
    * Broch of Gurness
    * Bishop’s Earl’s Palaces, Kirkwall
    * Maes Howe

    Ayrshire and Arran

    * Crossaguel Abbey, near Maybole
    * Dundonald Castle (10am-5pm, both days)

    Scottish Borders

    * Dryburgh Abbey
    * Hermitage Castle
    * Jedburgh Abbey
    * Melrose Abbey and Cloister House (10am-5pm)
    * Smailholm Tower

    Perthshire

    * Elcho Castle
    * Huntingtower Castle
    * Lochlevan Castle, Kinross
    * St Serf’s Church & Dupplin Cross, Dunning

    Shetland

    * Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

    Dumfries and Galloway

    * Caerlaverock Castle
    * Cardoness Castle
    * Dundrennan Abbey
    * Glenluce Abbey
    * MacLellan’s Castle, Kircudbright
    * New Abbey Corn Mill
    * Sweetheart Abbey
    * Threave Castle
    * Whithorn Priory (10.30am-5pm)

    Western Isles (open Saturday only)

    * Blackhouse Complex, Arnol (open Sat only)
    * Calanais Standing Stones and visitor centre open Saturday only.
    * Kisimul Castle – Barra open Sat & Sun

    I have emailed Historic Scotland as there isn’t any info on the 2008 dates on their website as yet. I will update ASAP.

    http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index.htm

    raaa

    There are also Doors Open Days that gives you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. This is your chance to discover the heritage on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country.

    Buildings of every age, shape and function take part, from ancient forts to cutting-edge arts venues. We have even had a crematorium, paddle steamer and cave in the programme!

    There are also many different activities running. Events include a bicycle tour, musical concert, canal trip, art exhibition, model aeroplane fly-by and storytelling. You could be treated to demonstrations of everything from guide-dog training and star-gazing to archery and honey production.

    http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/

    Please note that this link also has links to other UK and European events too.

    raaa

    #1154725
    Djredrum
    Participant

    Cool, heard about that but never knew when it was, gonna check the castle in Edinburgh, £10 for student is a joke. which day is it tho?

    #1211981
    Djredrum
    Participant

    Cool, heard about that but never knew when it was, gonna check the castle in Edinburgh, £10 for student is a joke. which day is it tho?

    #1154697
    Anonymous

    Come on get the Buccky out n shout ‘fuck the pope’! :laugh_at:

    #1211949
    Anonymous

    Come on get the Buccky out n shout ‘fuck the pope’! :laugh_at:

    #1154704
    darkstar
    Participant
    Djredrum wrote:
    Cool, heard about that but never knew when it was, gonna check the castle in Edinburgh, £10 for student is a joke. which day is it tho?

    Sorry mate I haven’t heard back from HS :yawn:

    I’d suggest either keep checking their website, or just phone them or Edinburgh Castle and annoy them.

    They seem pretty slack at informing people..

    Craigmillar Castle is pretty cool too – but all the other sites in the Lothians are well outside Edinburgh.

    If you have a car – Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace (both in West Lothian) are absolutely brilliant to visit, and Inchcolm Abbey is beautiful. My mate got married there last year. The ferry runs from South Queensferry every hour to the island.

    :bounce_fl:bounce_g::bounce_fl

    #1211957
    darkstar
    Participant
    Djredrum wrote:
    Cool, heard about that but never knew when it was, gonna check the castle in Edinburgh, £10 for student is a joke. which day is it tho?

    Sorry mate I haven’t heard back from HS :yawn:

    I’d suggest either keep checking their website, or just phone them or Edinburgh Castle and annoy them.

    They seem pretty slack at informing people..

    Craigmillar Castle is pretty cool too – but all the other sites in the Lothians are well outside Edinburgh.

    If you have a car – Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace (both in West Lothian) are absolutely brilliant to visit, and Inchcolm Abbey is beautiful. My mate got married there last year. The ferry runs from South Queensferry every hour to the island.

    :bounce_fl:bounce_g::bounce_fl

    #1154722
    JonnyQuest
    Participant

    sounds like i want to rip one of my arms off and beat myself to death with it

    #1211977
    JonnyQuest
    Participant

    sounds like i want to rip one of my arms off and beat myself to death with it

    #1154705
    darkstar
    Participant
    JonnyQuest wrote:
    sounds like i want to rip one of my arms off and beat myself to death with it

    I think you should mate.

    You live in London, England – not Bonnie Scotland.

    Best do it now, before you spend the rest of your life regretting that you didn’t end it sooner …. :laugh_at:

    #1211959
    darkstar
    Participant
    JonnyQuest wrote:
    sounds like i want to rip one of my arms off and beat myself to death with it

    I think you should mate.

    You live in London, England – not Bonnie Scotland.

    Best do it now, before you spend the rest of your life regretting that you didn’t end it sooner …. :laugh_at:

    #1154716
    GiantMidget
    Participant
    darkstar wrote:
    You live in London, England – not Bonnie Scotland.

    raaaraaaraaaraaaraaa It might be a shithole but it’s our shithole. London baby yeah!!:love:

    #1211970
    GiantMidget
    Participant
    darkstar wrote:
    You live in London, England – not Bonnie Scotland.

    raaaraaaraaaraaaraaa It might be a shithole but it’s our shithole. London baby yeah!!:love:

    #1154713
    Angel
    Moderator

    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    #1211967
    Angel
    Moderator

    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    #1154698
    Anonymous

    scotlands feckin ace realy, been allover. n did you know moscow is realy in scotland but it aint got a pub.

    #1211951
    Anonymous

    scotlands feckin ace realy, been allover. n did you know moscow is realy in scotland but it aint got a pub.

    #1154706
    darkstar
    Participant
    Angel wrote:
    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    Of course I will Angel :love:

    And in the middle of summer, if your up north in the highlands, it never gets dark ……. but it’s still wild raaa

    #1211960
    darkstar
    Participant
    Angel wrote:
    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    Of course I will Angel :love:

    And in the middle of summer, if your up north in the highlands, it never gets dark ……. but it’s still wild raaa

    #1154701
    elretardo87
    Participant
    Angel wrote:
    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    When are you coming over?

    #1211954
    elretardo87
    Participant
    Angel wrote:
    Sounds like you better show me some of these places when I get to Scotland.. 😉

    Think we will have time going camping in the wild and dark Scotland too :scared:

    And a party maybe :bounce_g:

    Or I just have to take a few more weeks there :weee:

    Really looking forward to it :group_hug

    When are you coming over?

    #1154714
    Angel
    Moderator
    elretardo87 wrote:
    When are you coming over?

    May or June..

    Want better weather raaa

    #1211968
    Angel
    Moderator
    elretardo87 wrote:
    When are you coming over?

    May or June..

    Want better weather raaa

    #1154707
    darkstar
    Participant

    I have just had a response from Historic Scotland.

    This years free weekend will be 12 & 13 April

    Full details will be posted on their website in March.

    :bounce_fl:bounce_g::bounce_fl

    #1211961
    darkstar
    Participant

    I have just had a response from Historic Scotland.

    This years free weekend will be 12 & 13 April

    Full details will be posted on their website in March.

    :bounce_fl:bounce_g::bounce_fl

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