Scotland is steeped in history, just waiting on you to come and explore it ! Please check these are open before setting out.
There is something for everyone.
True tales of Glasgow’s ghoulish past – Scotlands People
It’s the Glasgow bus tour that takes you back to a time when hapless criminals had their ears nailed to the Tolbooth door. It also points out the location of the biggest dunghill in the city. Wicked witches, mad scientists, grim executioners and ghosts all feature in the tour as well. The Ghoulish Glasgow audio tour has been a hit since its recent launch. Emily and Ingleramus, two ‘ghosts’ from the city’s past act as storytellers. The tour has been devised by City Sightseeing Glasgow, which operates open-top bus tours. The one hour, 45-minute tour takes visitors to all the 24 stops on the firm’s usual city tour; the difference is the audio commentary, which focuses on the darker side of the city’s past.collection of objects relating to the explorer including many of the medical and scientific instruments Livingston used in Africa.
Moat Park Heritage Centre in Biggar tells the story of Clydesdale’s geological past and it’s people from the Stone Age to the 20th Century.
David Livingston Centre in Blantyre is based around Shuttle Row, the tenement building where Livingston was born and spent his childhood. The museum is home to a large collection of objects relating to the explorer including many of the medical and scientific instruments Livingstone used in Africa. A rare surviving example of 18th century industrial workers housing.
Douglas Heritage Museum in Douglas has 6 stained glass windows depicting coats of arms of the Douglas Earls. Artefacts from the demolished Douglas Castle.
Low Parks Museum in Hamilton is a 5 star visitor attraction situated in the former Duke of Hamiltons estates. The museum traces the local history of South Lanarkshire, with displays relating to Hamilton Palace, early settlement, working life including agriculture, weaving, and coal mining, and also the history of the local regiment.
National Museum of Rural Life
in this museum in East Kilbride you will discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped Scotland’s countryside. Tour the period farmhouse and get a feel for what living on a farm was really like 50 years ago.With each season there’s always something fresh to see, from newly born lambs, to harvesting and haymaking. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with all the objects and animals. A great day out!
Drumboy Lodge is built on the lands where the Battle of Loudounhill and the Battle of Drumclog were fought. The Battle of Loudoun Hill was fought in May 1307 between a Scots force led by Robert Bruce and the English commanded by Aymer de Valence. It took place beneath Loudoun Hill, in Ayrshire, and ended in a victory for Bruce. It was Bruce’s first major military victory. The battlefield is currently under research to be inventoried and protected by Historic Scotland.
The Covenanters The Battle of Drumclog
There are two monuments to the Battle of Drumclog very close to your holiday cottage. This battle was on the 1st of June 1679, and was where the Covenanters (people who were opposed to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland), were attacked by English horse soldiers while holding a large religious Conventicle in Drumclog. The horse soldiers (dragoons) had underestimated the might and the determination of the Covenanters and William Wallace himself, who mainly fought with basic farm tools. The English dragoons, on this occasion, were severely defeated !!
Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, was born in Lochfield near Darvel, in 1881.
I can’t believe someone so famous was born only minutes away from our holiday accommodation !
There are also old limestone mines within a short walk from your holiday cottage.
Loudounhill itself, is part of our history. This was created by glacial action during the Ice Age which smoothed out the valley, leaving behind this ‘plug’ of harder stone, which we believe to be granite. You can walk to Loudounhill from your holiday lodge, and can even climb it (a personal challenge) !!
Not bad history for such a small village !!
Burns cottage and the Robert Burns National Heritage Park (the home of the Scots poet Rabbie Burns) and Burns monument are situated in Alloway (near Ayr) and are well worth a visit.
There are also boat trips from Girvan to Ailsa Craig (a dormant volcano arising from the sea).
Some suggestions for while you stay at Drumboy Lodge and where they are:
The local town of Strathaven has a castle ruin, and there are also stunning castles including Blair Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Culzean Castle, and Stirling Castle, to explore. Not to mention all the museums, theatres, cathedrals and country houses within a short drive of Drumboy Lodge.
Dean Castle Country Park – Kilmarnock
Culzean Castle & Country Park – Maidens
Dundonald Castle – Dundonald
Kelburn Castle & Country Park – Largs
Bothwell Castle – Uddingston
Newark Castle – Greenock
Craignethan Castle – Stonehouse
Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh
Dumbarton Castle – Dumbarton
Stirling Castle – Stirling
Castle Campbell – Dollar
Blackness Castle – Bo’ness
Bothwell Castle – Bothwell
Souter Johnnie’s Cottage – Kirkoswald
Bachelor’s Club – Tarbolton
Antonine Wall – Falkirk
National Wallace Monument – Bridge of Allan
Rob Roys grave – Baluhidder
The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – Bo’ness
Burns National Heritage Park – Alloway
Tenement House – Glasgow
Chatelherault – Hamilton
Holmwood House – Giffnock
Pollock House – Glasgow
House for an Art Lover – Glasgow
Hill House – Helensburgh
Callendar House – Falkirk
House of the Binns – Bo’ness
Glasgow City Chambers – Glasgow
Hamilton Mausoleum – Hamilton
Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway – Wanlockhead
Cameronian’s Regimental Memorial
Antonine War World Heritage Site – Bo’Ness
Clydebank Museum – Glasgow
David Livingston Museum – Blantyre
National Piping Centre – Glasgow
Low Parks Museum and Hamilton Mousoleum- Hamilton
John Hastie (local history) – Strathaven
National Museum of Rural Life – East Kilbride
Airdrie Observatory – Airdrie
Scottish Meritime Museum – Irvine
Vennel Gallery – Irvine
Rozelle House – Alloway
Regimental Museum – Stirling
Scottish Antique & Arts Centre – Doune
Smith Art Gallery & Museum – Stirling
Hamilton Toy Collection – Callander
Burns House Museum – Mauchline
The Dick Museum – Kilmarnock
Dalgarven Mill – Museum of Country Life & Costume – Kilwinning