Royal Botanic Gardens - An oasis of tranquility in the fringes of the New Town of Edinburgh, not just for the plant enthusiast.
National Museums of Scotland - Sometimes referred to as the Chambers Street Museum, the National Museum of Scotland is a fascinating visit for all ages
No 28 Charlotte Square - The National Trust for Scotland have restored an Edinburgh New Town house to its former glory. A chance to see how these beautiful properties were lived in at the time they were built.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Comes under the heading of the National Galleries of Scotland with the National Art Galleries Complex on The Mound and the Galleries of Modern Art just along the River Dean
Linlithgow Palace - The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived at the Palace. Numerous renovations to the palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.
Linlithgow Union Canal Centre - The Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal is 31½ miles [50 km] long from Edinburgh to Falkirk and is linked to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk by the new Falkirk Wheel to continue the journey to Glasgow.
Beecraigs Country Park - Nestled high in the Bathgate Hills near the historic town of Linlithgow, Beecraigs caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares (913 acres).
House of The Binns - The House of the Binns stands as a living monument to one of Scotland’s oldest families, the Dalyells, who have lived here since 1612. The family home of the Dalyell family for nearly 400 years. The house was gifted to the NTS in 1944, along with the Parkland, contents and an endowment, under the Country House Scheme by Eleanor Dalyell, who retained the right of the family to live in the house.
Bo’ness Scottish Railway Preservation Society - The Scottish Railway Preservation Society operates the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, which has been developed since 1979 on a green-field site by the south shore of the Firth of Forth. Several historic buildings have been obtained and re-erected to provide a traditional railway setting. Bo'ness station opened in 1981. The line was extended to Kinneil in 1987 and to Birkhill in 1989, where the fireclay mine is open to the public. From 2010 the passenger service continues to Manuel, where it is intended that a new station will be constructed.
Queensferry Museum - Situated in the historic former royal burgh of Queensferry, the museum commands magnificent views of the two great bridges spanning the Forth. Its collections trace the history of the people of Queensferry and Dalmeny, the historic ferry passage to Fife.
Maid of the Forth Cruises – take a sightseeing boat trip on the Firth of Forth under the world famous Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland’s most famous landmark.
Hopetoun House - discover a place of beauty, tranquility and architectural magnificence dating from the 17th century. It has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600s and the present Lord Hopetoun and his family still live in Hopetoun House.
Falkirk (38 miles)
Falkirk Wheel - The Falkirk Wheel was created as part of the Millennium Link project to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these has been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.
Roslin (34 miles)
Rosslyn Chapel - made famous by Hollywood and the Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is atmospheric and fully of history with a time line spanning nearly 500 years
Loch Lomond - gateway to the west coast and to the Trossachs.
Culzean Castle - one of Scotland’s best loved and most scenic castles, set right on the coast just south of Ayr.
Brodick Castle - a National Trust for Scotland property situated on a beautiful island in the Clyde
Drumlanrig Castle- the ancient Douglas stronghold and Dumfriesshire home of the Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE.
Melrose Abbey - Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry. The Abbey is thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds. Visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.
Stirling Castle - 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.
Wallace Monument - it’s now a national landmark, but controversy surrounded the National Wallace Monument when it was constructed in the 1860’s. Find out more and climb to the top for spectacular views of the Trossachs.
St Andrews - a stunning coastal medieval city housing an ancient Scottish University and known world wide as the home of golf.
E. Neuk of Fife
Kellie Castle & Gardens - A National Trust for Scotland property. An ancient, and reputedly haunted, Scottish Castle with enchanting walled garden, woodland and meadow walks, Scottish furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, beautiful painted panelling fine plasterwork ceilings from the 17th century, and an exhibition on the life and work of Scottish Sculptor Hew Lorimer. Extensive views of the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock. There is an organic walled garden with fresh produce available to buy.
East Lothian - With over 40 miles of magnificent coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, spectacular cliffs, award-winning tourist attractions and the world’s finest selection of links golf courses, East Lothian combines the best of Scotland in miniature!
Falkland Palace & Garden - The only Royal Palace in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Falkland Palace is an impressive Renaissance building set in the heart of the town at the foot of the Lomond Hills. Built by James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541 the Palace was a country residence of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland for over 200 years. Lush green lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and many unusual shrubs and trees complete the setting for this memorable property.
Alloa Tower - The ancestral home of the Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie, Alloa Tower is one of Scotland’s largest surviving medieval tower houses and has an important collection of portraits, silver and furniture, which are loaned from the family’s private collections.
Inveraray, Inveraray Castle & Inveraray Jail - enjoy scenery as you drive to visit Inveraray, history and education when you arrive and a cosy seat by and open fire in The George for lunch. Well worth a day visit.
Horse racing at – Musselburgh, Ayr, Kelso, Perth or Hamilton Park