Celebrate the great Scottish summer with some fab ideas for get-aways and day trips. Whether it’s a whole staycation or a day out somewhere new, use the great #YSDiscount at our heritage sites. We’ve highlighted a few of the top historical sites for this month, so have a look!
Visit this gorgeous moated castle that is straight out of a fairytale! An ideal location to picnic with pals or for a daytrip. Enjoy the beautiful architecture as Caerlaverock’s triangular shape is unique among British castles. Caerlaverock was besieged and captured on numerous occasions, notably in 1300 by Edward I. Many rare animals and plants live in the castle grounds, which lies next to Caerlaverock Nature Reserve.
While you're there you can learn all about siege warfare by paying a visit to the permanent exhibition,take a fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the castle or download the Caerlaverock Castle Quest App augmented reality game !
Where: Caerlaverock Castle, Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU
The closest train station is Dumfries, and then from Dumfries the 6A bus towards Glencaple operates near the castle.
Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle on a fun day out, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings. Inside the castle you’ll find a labyrinth of cultural history, from family portraits to fine antique furniture. The walled garden is a wonderful display of beautiful plants and flowers. While exploring the grounds, see if you can spot a rich variety of wildlife along the six waymarked trails, including roe deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers, buzzards and herons.
Looking to add some adventure to your day out at Crathes Castle? Explore the tree-tops of Crathes forestby visiting Go Ape and save 15% when you book online with your Young Scot card. Put your best foot forward on daring crossings, thrilling zip lines (including the hair-raising skateboard zip line) and unforgettable Tarzan swings.
Where: Crathes Castle, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ
Crathes Castle is 15 miles west of Aberdeen, the closest train station, where you can get a bus heading towards Banchory for the castle. The entrance to the castle and grounds is via the signposted main drive off the A93. If you travel by bus it is a 1 mile walk from the driveway entrance to the ticket office, café and gift shop.
Witness to over 1,000 years of history is the stunning and historic Glamis Castle. Ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and childhood home of H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, this stunning castle is sure to spark your imagination as you explore the grounds and interior.
The gardens surrounding Glamis Castle are beautiful all year round. Walks have been created to take in a mixture of habitats ranging from park land in the immediate vicinity of the castle to the formal Italian Garden, mixed woodland and Pinetum to the North East. At Glamis you can see a wide variety of flora & fauna so keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife and natural delights!
Where: Glamis, by Forfar, Angus, DD8 1RJ
The closest train station is Dundee Train Station which is situated 12 miles from Glamis. Public bus services depart from the Seagate bus station in Dundee to Forfar. A connecting bus service is available from Forfar to Glamis.
Travelling by train or bus?
Remember to use your Young Scot card to save money on travel and accommodation! All Young Scot cardholders can get 20% off Citylink fares or if you're aged 16 - 18 you can get 1/3 off single fares on the bus or train.
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