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Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow, is a Church of Scotland cathedral in Glasgow. This gothic cathedral is one of the few Scottish medieval churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed. The history of the cathedral is linked with that of the city, and is allegedly located where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, built his church.

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University of Glasgow:

The University of Glasgow is a major seat of Scottish learning dating from the middle of the fifteenth century. Modelled on the University of Bologna, Glasgow was, and has remained, a University in the great European tradition. Playing a pivotal role in the Enlightenment, leading to the Industrial Revolution where Glasgow was to play a world role.

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Burrell Collection

The world famous Burrell Collection, a purpose-built gallery opened in 1984 to house the unorthodox and eclectic collection of artefacts gifted to Glasgow by Sir William Burrell

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Kelvingrove Glasgow Art Gallery

The magnificent Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove, which houses the city’s principal collection of paintings.and is the Scotland’s most frequently visited attraction.

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is one of the majestic of all Scottish castles, both in its key strategic position and architecture. The Castle has played a central role in Scotland’s history since the 13th Century, was a favourite royal residence of the Stuart Monarchs and played an important role in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

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St Andrews Castle

The ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews date back in part from the 13th century. Notable features include 'bottle-dungeon' and mine and counter-mine tunnelled during the siege that followed the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546. These siege works are the finest of their kind in Europe.

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St Andrews Cathedral

The largest cathedral in Scotland was the centre of religious life in Scotland from 10th to the 16th Century. During 16th Century Reformation the Cathedral was wrecked and laid waste, but today the Cathedral Museum houses an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site, including the magnificent St Andrews Sarcophagus of Pictish date. There are splendid views from the top.

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St Giles Cathedral

Discover 1,000 years of history in the heart of Edinburgh. Founded in the 1120s, St Giles' was the church of John Knox during the Reformation and is often referred to as the 'Cradle of Presbyterianism'. Highlights of a visit include the beautiful stained glass windows, impressive Rieger organ and the famous Thistle Chapel, home of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's great order of chivalry designed by Robert Lorimer for the Order of the Thistle, was added in 1911

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National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland represent a magnificent collection of art from the 14th to the 19th Century, comprising of 5 Edinburgh based Galleries and 2 partner galleries featuring superb collections, each gallery with a specific speciality. The Galleries are all connected by free shuttle buses between the sites.

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Edinburgh Castle

An imposing fortress over the Edinburgh skyline, dating from the 12th Century. Rich in historical and cultural heritage, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and recently the Stone of Destiny. The Castle can be found at the top of the Royal Mile, itself dating from the 16th Century and leads to the Place of Holyrood House, a Royal Palace, at the bottom of the Royal Mile. On St Andrews Day, 30th November 1996, Scotland's coronation stone, the Stone of Destiny, was installed in Edinburgh Castle. A gun is traditionally fired at 1.00 p.m. each day.

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Palace of Holyrood House

Dates from 1498 when it was built by James IV, and it has been closely linked with royalty ever since. The Palace is located on the site of Holyrood Abbey, an Augustine monastery dating from 1128. The Palace is closely associated with Mary Queen of Scots. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is now the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland, and she is usually in residence for a few weeks in May and July each year.

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a show given by military bands and display teams. The word "tattoo" comes from the last order and closing time shouts in Dutch, or horn signals, meaning "Doe den tap toe", or just "tap toe", heard across The Netherlands in the 18th and 19th Century, and which means "turn off the taps".

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