Tour Inspiration - Scottish Museums

From art lovers to golf enthusiasts, Scotland is steeped in culture and offers a plethora of museums and art galleries to suit everybody. The Burrell Collection in Glasgow offers one of the greatest collections of artefacts collected by one person, whilst Holyrood Palace houses a sample of the Queen’s highly acclaimed art collection, which changes regularly.

For the story of Scotland and its people through the ages then the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh should be your first port of call. From Bonnie Prince Charlie’s cutlery to the Lewis Chessmen made by our Viking invaders, this museum houses the nations most prized treasures. Pop next door to the Royal Museum for an international collection of dinosaur skeletons, stuffed animals and Egyptian Mummies. The impressive Victorian building is a marvel in itself.

The National Gallery of Scotland houses many works by the great names of the art world, including Rembrandt, Monet and Titian. And rightly so, as Edinburgh has long regarded itself as the cultural capital of the nation. Glaswegians would disagree, and with their big hitters like the huge Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, where Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s house has been recreated, it’s a close call.

The trams, ships, planes and prams of the Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow are not just for the boys in your party (both big and small), and the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh succeeds in delighting the big kid in all of us, bringing happy memories rushing back.

Military enthusiasts should definitely pay a visit to Fort George overlooking the Moray Firth. Built in response to the Jacobite Uprising and still serving as a barracks, it houses the Highlanders’ Museum of military artefacts within its massive walls. While still on the Jacobite theme, the Skye Museum of Island Life, near Flora Macdonald’s grave on the Isle of Skye, gives an evocative account of a crofter’s life at the close of the 19th Century.

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If you are interested in a private tour of Scotland taking in one or more of our iconic Scottish museums, Drumscot would be delighted to prepare a sample itinerary for your consideration. In the first instance please contact

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