Their mountain shapes, their sudden profile at the end of many an Edinburgh street, the tangible imprint in history, their neighbourly wilderness - all these endear the Pentland Hills to countless thousands. They offer a huge range of walking from gentle strolling to more strenuous routes.
THE NEW LANARK WORLD HERITAGE VILLAGE Surrounded by beautiful native woodland and close to the Falls of Clyde, the 200 year old cotton mill village of New Lanark is Scotland's most important memorial to the Industrial Revolution. In the new ride at the Visitor Centre, the 'New Millennium Experience' has amazing special effects and dazzling illusions which bring the past - and the future - to life. Take a stroll along the riverside on one of the woodland walks and experience the outstanding beauty the Falls of Clyde - where the River Clyde cascades 85ft.
LIVINGSTON DESIGNER OUTLET You will find your personal shopping paradise at Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland's largest designer outlet. There are over 100 famous brands under one roof — all with up to 60% off. Our 'Cathedral Mall' is the brainchild of architect Don Hisaka, with its opulent glass roof inspired by London's Crystal Palace.
THE UNION CANAL
Work on the canal was started in March 1818 and continued night and day until it opened in May 1822 at a cost of £290,000. It is 31.5 miles long and linked to the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. It closed to commercial traffic in 1933. The Millennium Link project has restored the canals from the Forth to the Clyde. The unique Falkirk Wheel has now replaced the previous connecting locks. Cruise the calm and peaceful Union Canal in comfort on a canal boat trip from the Linlithgow Canal Centre where there is a small museum, a tea room and a picnic area. The Edinburgh Canal Centre at Ratho, nr Livingston offers year round cruises, sightseeing trips and and dinners on canal boats.
Our capital city and a definitely a must for a day trip or two. Take a walk along the Royal Mile, the original main street of Edinburgh, which links the Castle, perched high on its volcanic rock, and The Palace of Holyroodhouse, check out the Museum of Childhood and St Giles Cathedral. Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, is an easy climb with magnificent views over Edinburgh, Fife and the open sea.
Travel West to Glasgow's towering spires, elegant crescents, magnificent civic architecture and restful open spaces. Experience the distinctive neo- classical style of Alexander "Greek" Thomson and the unique art nouveau creations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Visit Pollock House and the Burrell Collection set in the 361acre Pollock Country Park. If a bit of shopping takes you fancy Princes Square is set in a renovated Square dating from 1841.
Cross the Forth Road Bridge and up the motorway. Pitlochry is a colourful and vibrant Victorian town surrounded by the most brilliant mountain scenery. Its fame as a holiday resort dates from the 1860's. One of the town's best-loved attractions is the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder.
Visit the outstandingly beautiful Pass of Killiecrankie, three miles north of Pitlochry and the Queens View, one of the most famous views in Scotland.
The Kingdom Fife in Scotland has some of the most picturesque towns and villages to be found and the East Neuk in particular is steeped in history. Situated on the east coast, close to St Andrews, there are a vast variety of attractions and facilities on offer with something to suit everyone of all ages.
THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
From rolling hills to moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains, to rocky coastline with secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. Friendly towns and charming villages, visit the castles, abbeys, stately homes and museums. Traquair House, Innerleithen is the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, with its tales of Scottish kings and catholic priests who have stayed there. Wander round Peebles, on the banks of the River Tweed, and enjoy its nice shops and wonderful atmosphere.