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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Home of Scotland’s National poet, Rabbie Burns. Perhaps best known the world over for the song “For Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at New Year celebrations. Our daughter Hannah will be holding her wedding reception here in March 2020. Don't miss a visit to the thatched cottage and follow the "Poet's Walk" along to the museum. Have a drink or a coffee in the "Brig O' Doon" Hotel which is close by, and don't forget to visit the Auld Brig at Alloway where the drunken Tam's horse Meg lost her tail to Cutty Sark in the famous story of "Tam O' Shanter"”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“About an hour south of Glasgow, access to the grounds is free and parking is also free if you park at the beach (Maidens) and walk up into the grounds. Incredibly scenic and often the weather is mysteriously different from other parts of West Scotland.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A dark sky’s park and a wild goat and deer park and plenty of walks and mountain biking routes ! Look out for the ancient carved stones !”
  • 22 locals recommend
Castle
“Carlisle castle is a must see attraction for visitors to Carlisle. It was built during the reign of William II of England (William Rufus) who was the son of William the Conquerer who invaded England in 1066.”
  • 19 locals recommend
History Museum
“An award winning display of our history. Roman, Viking, Reiving, Military, Fighting, Industry and Trains. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Nature
“There are guides in most rooms of the castle, who are always happy to answer questions. Information sheets are provided in each room, which detail the architecture, furniture, objects and paintings. Highlights of the castle include Adam’s sweeping Oval Staircase and a fine collection of paintings and furniture. Children love to spot the Lego figure hidden in each room. Explore the grounds of Culzean by following the waymarked trails. From shingle beaches to soaring cliffs, a towering pagoda to a huge Deer Park filled with deer, llamas and Highland cows, there really is something for all the family to fall in love with there.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Store
“Get a scoop or two of there organic and ethical dairy ice cream a short walk or drive from the cottage. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Health and wellness
“Not cheap - but an afternoon tea at Turnberry is a really delicious treat and one you won't forget. Lovely surroundings and a chance to view one of Scotland's premier golf courses and (not a lot of people know this), you can borrow a pitching iron and putter and play their pitch and putt for free. Then you can say you have played one of the top golf courses in Scotland! Even if you are not into golf, it's good for a laugh :) Book in advance”
  • 14 locals recommend
Castle
“Stunning ruins of a great medieval fortress notable for it's unique triangular ground plan. The site has nature walks, a visitor centre, cafe, picnic benches and plenty of parking. Open 7 days a week. 1stApril-30Sep: 9.30am-5.30pm 1stOct-31Mar: 10am-4pm Dogs welcome except in cafe and visitor centre. Check on line for prices or phone : 01387 770244 Caerlaverock, Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Have an outdoor adventure or a spot of lunch with a great view. A lovely day out.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Bassenthwaite, Nr Keswick, brew Gin, Whiskey and Vodka. They have free parking, amazing hand crafted gates, great cafe with outdoor seating in the courtyard and garden, cosy indoor seating, very good toilets, Lamas (or they may be Alpacas!), brewery tour and gift shop.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Home of the Duke of Buccleuch. 25 minutes drive from Leadhills. Fabulous grounds and woodland to walk in. You can hire bikes here and ride the the off-road bike tracks through the forest. There is also a fantastic adventure playground here. Castle open occasionally for visits. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
“Fab for young kids under 12..making their own chocolate. Adults can chill in the cafe. Outside play area also. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A walk up skiddaw will offer spectacular views from the top on a nice day. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Home of our National Bard. Robert (Rabbie) Burns is recognised the world over as one of the finest poets who ever lived. ‘O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!’ Traditional Scottish cottage. They used to sleep next to their animals for warmth........ We hope Woodside is cosier than that!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“Local Pub that offers a relaxing place to eat good food, enjoy a drink and meet the locals.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Local Pub that offers a relaxing place to eat good food, enjoy a drink and meet the locals.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Still retaining many of the old features from its monastic days including a tunnel that once ran under the city to the Cathedral, the Thin White Duke has became one of Carlisle's favoured eating and drinking establishments.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing restaurant in Castle Douglas with a focus on local and foraged produce. Early evening menu is good value Mon-Thur, also open for lunch.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Good food and drinks. There is a nice bar next door (T-Bar) with live music most nights.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“Fabulous local restaurant open for lunch and dinner (booking advised). A short walk from The Smithy Seaside Cottage.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and a lovely place for lunch or dinner. Really lovely atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favourite places to eat I would highly recommend the chicken skewers, food is amazing as is the atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A rarity, a fine dining wholly vegetarian restaurant. The owners are lovely and very friendly and the food is so good even hardened meat eaters will be impressed. All the food is prepared on the premises from seasonal produce and presented in a formal manner. I'm salivating as I write this.....its that good”
  • 8 locals recommend

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