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Where in the world: Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  South Lanarkshire  /  East Kilbride

Top 15 things to do in East Kilbride

1. Calderglen Country Park

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. James Hamilton Heritage Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. National Museum of Rural Life

Explore Scotland's rich countryside traditions at National Museum of Rural Life, a complex documenting farming, animal husbandry, and development throughout the area's long history. Pay a visit to this living, breathing, family-friendly museum and wander its verdant grounds, replete with horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, and other popular farmyard residents. The collections of tractors, tools, and working farm equipment are likely to give you a newfound appreciation for the hard labor that for centuries went into building Scotland as a nation. Those with little ones should catch some of the many demonstrations, including cow-milking, traditional local crafts, and gardening. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about temporary exhibits, special events, and activities.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Tour Including Admission

FROM $101
*Admission to Stirling Castle is included in the tour price Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special excursion to Stirling and Loch Lomond.
Suggested duration: 9h
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5. Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boatlift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This engineering phenomenon attracts over 400,000 tourists every year to its visitor's center. Take a boat ride on the lift and into the canal to experience the ingenious mechanism. A boat departs from the harbor every hour, so you'll have frequent opportunities throughout the day to tour the canal and admire the lift's operation. The channel connects Glasgow with Edinburgh, so consider using it as your means of transport when touring these two great cities.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $122 › Learn more about Falkirk Wheel

6. Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Relive the era of the Stuart monarchy in Scotland at the ruins of Linlithgow Palace. Located just west of Edinburgh on the Linlithgow Loch, the palace served as residence to the Stuart family in the 15th and 16th centuries. Walk through the decaying ruins to learn more about the rich history of Scotland and the palace’s early inhabitants. Climb each of the towers to enjoy spectacular hillside views of the surrounding water. Take the train from Edinburgh to avoid the hassle of parking at the site.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $66 › Learn more about Linlithgow Palace

7. Mount Stuart, Rothesay

Experience the world of 18th-century luxury at Mount Stuart. Located on the Scottish Isle of Bute, the mansion features Neo-Gothic architecture and many first-class amenities of its time, including the world’s first heated indoor swimming pool. Walk through the great marble hall to admire 25 m (80 ft) high ceilings, or stroll through the expansive gardens that overlook the sea. Join a guided tour to hear the history of the property and to tour the many ornate rooms of the mansion. Take a walk-on ferry to the Isle to avoid paying to park your car.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Loch Ness and the Highlands Very Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

FROM $113
Join this very small group tour (average group size of around 12 passengers) for a classic one day tour to Loch Ness. Traveling through spectacular Highland scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see lots of Scotland and search for the famous Loch Ness monster. Highlights include stunning Glen Coe and an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness, the world’s most mysterious stretch of water. This twelve hour adventure represents great value for money.
Suggested duration: 12h
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9. Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

A location associated with the Knights Templar, Rosslyn Chapel is the setting for many stories involving alternative histories. However, these stories are more fantasy than fact, and the chapel stands today as a remarkable historical and architectural landmark. The rich medieval and Gothic architecture rewards a careful eye with a wealth of hidden symbols--many have tried to interpret their meaning. Attend one of the free introductory talks on the chapel's history that take place daily. Don't leave the basement out of your tour: There you will find the architect's original plans sketched on the wall.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $52 › Learn more about Rosslyn Chapel

11. New Lanark World Heritage Site, Lanark

New Lanark World Heritage Site was originally a cotton mill village founded in 1786, and today you can see most of the buildings as they would have looked in the 18th century as a result of restoration work. In the visitor center, learn about the rich history of the village and the life of the mill manager and social pioneer, Robert Owen. Wander the historic streets and imagine how people lived and worked in Owen’s time. Take the Annie McLeod experience ride, where the ‘ghost’ of a mill girl takes you on a journey. Head up to the Roof Garden and enjoy views of the village and the surrounding scenery. Have a bite to eat at the cafe or make use of one the many picnic spots around the village.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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12. Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Very Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

FROM $113
Join this very small group tour (average group size of around 12 passengers) and travel to the amazing and mysterious 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, across the historic Scotland/England border and south to Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage Site celebrating the power – and northern limit – of the Roman Empire. Other highlights on this tour include the mighty Abbeys of Melrose and Jedburgh as you journey at a relaxed pace through the beautiful Borderlands.
Suggested duration: 10h 30min
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13. Glentress Forest, Peebles

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Five Sisters Zoo, West Calder

Get up close and personal with endangered wildlife at Five Sisters Zoo. Spanning over 6 hectares (15 acres), the zoo is home to over 100 species of animals, birds, and reptiles. Attend one of the daily handling sessions for a chance to hold and learn more about some of your favorite animals. The grounds also include a children’s play area, gift shop, and cafe. For a small fee, don’t miss the chance to feed the zoo’s beloved lemurs.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh

Likely to sell out FROM $66
Explore the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy. Visit Stirling Castle, an important site in Scottish history, travel through the landscape of the Trossachs, also known as the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ and finish your day with lovely views of Loch Lomond from the beautiful village of Luss or by taking a 1 hour cruise on the Loch itself before returning to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Suggested duration: 9h 30min
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