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St MUNGO’S MUSEUM

A museum of religion - beliefs from different cultures and the past are explored with artefacts and works of art.

Region:
Location/Address: 2 Castle Street
County: Glasgow
Post Code: G4 0RH
Main Historic Period: All
Useful Website Address: St Mungo's Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Just outside Glasgow Cathedral
Primary Management: Local Authority
St Mungo's Chapel

The ruins of St Mungo’s Chapel in Culross is a place for the real history enthusiast. There is very little to see and, although on a main road, the place is easily missed. The chapel was built in 1503, by tradition on the birth site of the legendary St Kentigern, or Mungo, founder of Glasgow. It is therefore highly likely that the chapel was built on the foundations of an earlier church. It is a simple, roofless, rectangle on an east-west orientation, with a partially stone-slabbed floor and a reconstructed stone altar. The eagle-eyed will spot the remains of a doorway, and stone rood screen. It was excavated in 1926, when the remains of additional altars were found.

It can be found on the north side of the road about half a mile east of Culross. Post code is approximate.

Region:
Location/Address: Low Causeway
Culross
County: Fife
Post Code: KY12 8AH
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Culross
Primary Management: Unknown
St GILES’ CATHEDRAL

St Giles' Cathedral is the City Church or High Kirk of Edinburgh and the mother church of Presbyterianism. It was founded c1124, though little, if anything, of that building remains visible. Probably its most recognisable feature is its crown spire, a landmark on the Royal Mile between the Palace of Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle. Particular features include:

the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle - Scotland's chivalric company of knights, appointed by the Monarch;
a 6 foot tall statue of John Knox, leading Protestant reformer and probably St Giles' most famous minister (who was also buried in the churchyard);
a Copy of the National Covenant;
beautiful stained glass windows;
and at least 66 green men...bet you can't spot them all.

Region:
Location/Address: High Street
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 1RE
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Website of St Giles' Cathedral
Tip/Nearby: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland
Primary Management: Church authorities
St Andrews Cathedral

Even in a ruinous state, the remains of what was Scotland's largest cathedral, and home to the shrine of St Andrew, are impressive. It is still an enormous site and is said to have been used for worship since the 8th century. The ruins date from the 12th century and the cathedral was 'cleansed' and abandoned in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The remains of St Rule's church are still there and it is possible to climb to the top of its tower. There is also an excellent exhibition. The cathedral is now surrounded by a more modern graveyard. Just outside the walls are the remains of St Mary on the Rock, overlooking St Andrews' harbour.

Region:
Location/Address: The Pends
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9QL
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: St Andrews Castle, Blackfriars Chapel, West Port
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
St Andrews Castle

The castle at St Andrews, now ruined, was once the bishop's fortress palace and was at the heart of the Scottish Reformation. Perched on a headland, there are fabulous views from its low towers and a good exhibition in the visitor centre. Features include a gruesome bottle dungeon and a probably unique example of medieval siege mining and counter-mining.

Region:
Location/Address: The Scores
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9AR
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: St Andrews Cathedral, explore the town
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
Souter Johnnie's Cottage, Kirkoswald

Robert Burns' poem Tam o’ Shanter featured a souter - shoemaker - who was Tam's partner-in-crime. The souter was said to be based on John Davidson, who lived in this thatched cottage with his family in the late 18th century and who is buried at nearby Kirkoswald Church. Souter Johnnie's Cottage is now a showcase for local artists, with a gallery and gift shop; there is not much else to see.

Region:
Location/Address: Main Road
Kirkoswald
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA19 8HY
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Kirkoswald Church, Culzean Castle
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland
Slate Islands Heritage

Local museum telling the story of the Slate Islands - Isle of Seil, Easdale Island, the Isle of Luing, and Belnahua. It houses a collection of photographs, artefacts and genealogical records related to the social and industrial life of the Slate Islands, especially the people engaged in the former slate industry, from the 18th - 20th century. There is also a Folk Museum on the nearby island of Easdale.

Region:
Location/Address: 13A
Ellenabeich
County: Argyll
Post Code: PA34 4RQ
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Atlantic Bridge
Useful Website Address: Slate Islands Heritage website
Primary Management: Other
SKYE MUSEUM of ISLAND LIFE

The Skye Museum of Island Life is an open air museum, preserving and recreating a 19th century crofting community. The first cottage opened in 1965. There is also a barn, weaver's cottage, old smithy and meeting - ceilidh - house. It is situated on the Trotternish Peninsula, with commanding views over the sea.

Region:
Location/Address: Kilmuir
By Portree
Isle of Skye
County: Highland
Post Code: IV51 9UE
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Flora Macdonald is buried in Kilmuir Cemetery, just behind the museum
Primary Management: Unknown
SKIBO CASTLE

Now a private members club, The Carnegie Club, the medieval Skibo Castle was a residence of the Bishops of Caithness. The current building is largely 19th/20th century, when it was home to wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie. More recently, it was purchased by businessman Peter de Savary. Various celebrities have been married at the castle.

Photo copyright Graeme Smith via geograph.co.uk

Region:
Location/Address: Dornoch
County: Sutherland
Post Code: IV25 3RQ
Main Historic Period: Edwardian
Useful Website Address: Carnegie Club website
Tip/Nearby: Dunrobin Castle to the north is open to the public
Primary Management: Private - not open to the public
SILVER SANDS of MORAR

Coastal stretch running along the B8008 road between Arisaig and Morar, part of the old Road to the Isles to Mallaig and famous for its stunning beaches. There are also wonderful views across to the Isles of Muck, Eigg and Rum. The Silver Sands of Morar were featured in the movie, Local Hero (1983).

The post code is for a local golf club.

Region:
Location/Address: Arisaig
Inverness-shire
County: Highland
Post Code: PH39 4NT
Link to featured article: The Silver Sands of Morar
Tip/Nearby: The A830 Road to the Isles from Fort William is known for its scenery and takes in the Glenfinnan Monument.
Primary Management: Local Authority
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