Local Attractions

There are a number of attractions in Central Scotland that are worth a visit, for more information on these places:

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Some favourites are:

The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel boat-lift is an exceptional feat of modern engineering and is already being recognised as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st Century.
Designed to reconnect the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and sited in a natural open amphitheatre at Rough Castle near Falkirk, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boat lift in the world and truly one of a kind.
Visitors can soon enjoy 'The Falkirk Wheel Experience' using special amphibious "trip" boats at the site and the distinctive new visitor centre gives an absolutely sensational viewpoint from which to see the Wheel in action. The Falkirk Wheel boat lift can carry eight or more boats at a time with a single trip taking about 15 minutes and providing an unforgettable experience and great 'day out' for all the family.
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Postcode: FK1 4RS
Telephone: 01324 619888

Loch Katrine Steamer - Sir Walter Scott
The Steamship Sir Walter Scott has been sailing sedately on Loch Katrine since 1900. Cruises start from Trossachs Pier and the trip takes passengers as far as Stronachlachar before returning to the departure point. The boat is aptly named as it was Loch Katrine that inspired the author Sir Walter Scott to write the Lady of the lake.
Loch Katrine is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists of all ages. It offers a fine opportunity to admire close at hand the tumbling, clear burns, the beautiful woodlands and a chance to glimpse the wildlife that inhabits the surrounding area.
Trossachs Pier has ample car parking, located here is Katrinewheelz cycle hire, Captains rest Licensed café, gift shop. There is also as tearoom at Stronachlachar. Why not take the Steamer to Stronachlachar and walk or cycle back to Trossachs Pier?
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Postcode: FK178HZ
Telephone: 01877 376316

The Royal Botanical Gardens
Home to over 6% of all known plants, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world where unusual and beautiful plants can be found. Tender plants have always been an important part of the Living Collections and the Glasshouses featuring Britain's tallest Palm House, is a haven for botanical wonders in ten climate zones. Discover some of the world's oldest plants in the Orchid & Cycad House. Edinburgh's most famous tropical rainforest, the Tropical Aquatic House, displays well-known and economically important plants, including bananas and rubber, as well as some familiar houseplants. The world's largest collection of vireya rhododendrons, originally from the mountains of New Guinea and Borneo, are on display in the Peat and Rock House. These beautiful species share their house with plants that feed on insects!
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Postcode: EH3 5LR
Telephone : 0131 552 7171

Museum of Scotland
Description The Museum of Scotland is a striking new landmark in Edinburgh's historic Old Town and has been described as the finest Scottish building of the twentieth century. The museum presents for the first time, the history of Scotland - its land, its people and their achievements - through rich national collections. It houses more than 10,000 of the nation's most precious artefacts, as well as everyday objects which throw light on life in Scotland throughout the ages. Adjacent to the Royal Museum. Individual admission to the regular exhibits is FREE!
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Postcode: EH1 1JF
Telephone: 0131 247 4422

The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia, a five-star attraction in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith.
The experience starts in the Visitor Centre where you can discover Britannia's fascinating story. Then step aboard for a self-led audio tour (available in 11 languages with a special handset for children in English) which takes you around five decks, giving a unique insight into what life was like for the Royal Family, Officers and Yachtsmen.

Following Britannia's move to Ocean Terminal in October 2001 there is even more to see with the opening of further areas of the ship, including the Royal Marine Barracks, the Laundry and the Sick Bay.
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Postcode: EH6 6JJ
Telephone: 0131 555 5566

Our Dynamic Earth
Our Dynamic Earth is one of the newest and most exciting attractions to have opened in Edinburgh in recent times. Housed in a striking, tented structure, there is plenty of interactive entertainment on offer for both kids and adults alike. Charting the Earth's progress and development over the last 4,500 million years might sound like an intimidating prospect for anyone planning to visit a city centre attraction, but Our Dynamic Earth makes it easy. The floors shake, volcanoes erupt, rain falls and all the while children giggle and whoop, delighted by buttons to press and beasties to touch and cower from.
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Postcode: EH8 8AS
Telephone : 0131 550 7800