11 Scottish Winter Wonderlands

The Trust cares for some of Scotland's most iconic places which you can explore all year round. Here's 11 Scottish Winter Wonderlands to visit.

 1. Bannockburn

Harnessing state-of-the-art 3D technology, visitors to Bannockburn can experience medieval combat like never before to learn about this crucial event in Scottish history. You can even walk the site of the battle with the iconic Bruce Monument.

Bannockburn

 

 2. Culzean Castle

On the Ayrshire coast, Culzean Castle sits on a dramatic clifftop setting with fascinating history and beautiful surroundings. The country park which surrounds the castle includes woodland, landscaped gardens and a rugged coastline.

Culzean

 

 3. Drum Castle

Set beside an ancient oak woodland, Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire covers an enormous sweep of Scottish history. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses with origins stretching back to medieval times.

Drum Castle

 

4. Castle Fraser

A visit to the spectacular Castle Fraser is a great day out for the whole family, set amidst woodland, parkland and farmland. The castle gardens feature the ‘Woodland Secrets’ adventure playground and trails.

Castle Fraser

 

 5. Craigievar Castle

The fairytale Craigievar Castle stands just as it did when completed in 1626. Some beautiful walks can be enjoyed in the castle grounds during the winter months, offering beautiful views of the castle and surrounding hills.

Craigievar Castle

 

 6. Crathes Castle

Turrets and towers, winding staircases, ornate ceilings and ancient sculpted yew trees provide the setting for Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire. The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside.

Crathes Castle

 

 7. Glencoe and Dalness

Walkers and climbers are drawn from all over the world to tackle the many mountaineering routes in Glencoe, which include eight Munros. For families, the landscape is full of wonders to dsicover, from rushing waterfalls to wildlife.

Glencoe and Dalness

 

 8. Kintail and Morvich

One of the last few areas of wild land in Scotland, the rugged landscape of Kintail is a true wilderness experience. Amongst the mountains, lochs, glens and coastline there are some low-level walks for families to enjoy.

Kintail and Morvich

 

 9. Newhailes

Explore the grounds of Newhailes in Musselburgh and see if you can find the remains of the 18th-century tea house, or the enchanting and mysterious shell grotto.

Newhailes

 

 10. Inverewe Garden

You'll find Inverewe perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross. Throughout the year it's possible to spot wildlife including seals, otters, pine martens and a variety of seabirds and waders.

Inverewe Garden

 

 11. Pollok House

Set in the scenic surroundings of a country park and in easy reach of Glasgow City Centre, visit Pollok House is a grand country house which gives you a real taste of upstairs/downstairs life in the 1930s.

Pollok House

 

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