Here are just a few things to do in and around Scotland......
Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story.
Kelvingrove is a very special museum. For generations of people from Glasgow and the surrounding neighbourhoods, it has a deep, personal significance linked with every stage of their lives. Visits to ‘the art galleries’ are highlights of childhood memories; many people did their courting there; parenthood and grandparenthood see the cycle begin again.
Visitors develop favourites, which, like old friends, they drop in to see whenever they get a chance. And although everyone thinks their cherished local institution is special, the sense of Kelvingrove’s uniqueness is backed up by facts – it is the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with collections of international importance.
Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
The Burrel Collection
Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance, Lady Burrell gifted his collection of over 9,000 works of art to Glasgow in 1944. The city acquired one of the greatest collections created by one person. William Burrell had been an art collector since his teens, and the collection is made up of a vast array of works of all periods and from all over the world.
At the Burrell Collection you can wander round important collections of medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture. There are many European paintings, including works by Degas and Cézanne, an important collection of Islamic art, and modern sculpture including works by Epstein and Rodin. Children will be fascinated by the works from days of long ago - we have a fine collection of works from ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Architectural features from the collection have been integrated into the structure of the building. You can walk under arches built for medieval lords and ladies. There are also reconstructions of rooms from Sir William’s home, furnished in gothic style with items from the collection.
Glasgow Museums has an extensive collection of over 21,000 objects related to transport and technology. These objects date from about 1700 to the present.
This collection comprises objects ranging from small ship models to large steam locomotives. Many of these objects are unique to Glasgow, while boasting national and international significance. Road transport, including horse-drawn vehicles, is represented by an impressive array of automobiles, many Scottish-built. Other motorized vehicles, such as lorries and buses, are also represented. The railways collection, also emblematic of Scottish builders, encompasses several trams. These were built in the city to operate on Glasgow’s city-wide system. They form the largest grouping from a civic tram system anywhere in Europe. The marine engineering collection contains four notable engines, while the air transport collection notably includes the Vickers-Armstrongs Supermarine Spitfire. Technology is represented by electronic communications equipment, optical technology, scientific instruments and, on the engineering side, stationary steam engines, generators and dynamos.
National Portrait Gallery
Our collection of Scottish and international art is among the best in the world, and is housed in five galleries across Edinburgh. We are open daily and entrance is free.The Scottish National Portrait Gallery opened to the public in 1889, and is the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world.
The aims are to restore and reveal much more of our magnificent building, provide new visitor services and to show many more works of art.
When the Gallery re-opens in late 2011, the way in which the collection is displayed will also be transformed. The portraits will be shown within the context of various historical and thematic exhibitions, bringing to the foreground the fascinating stories behind the sitters and the artists. Much more photography will be on display, and there will be a strong focus on Scottish art.
Welcome to Drumlanrig Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold and Dumfriesshire home of the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE. Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle is brimming with centuries-old heritage and culture, period furnishings, fine art and antiques.
The magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, constructed from distinctive pink sandstone, was finished in 1691 by architect William Douglas, the first Duke of Queensberry and represents one of the first and most important Renaissance buildings in Scotland.