A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, inns, lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc across The Lowlands. Includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Troassachs National Park and the Scottish Borders. Pictured is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.
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The Lowlands, Visitor & Tourism Guide

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Unitary authorities/counties include:* Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway.

National Park: Part of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

National Scenic Area: The Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Upper Tweeddale, Eildon & Leaderfoot, Nith Estuary, East Stewartry Coast, Fleet Valley.

We've carved Scotland into two regions
We've divided Scotland into two regions north and south of a major geological feature called The Highland Boundary Fault which runs from Arran to the west across to Stonehaven in the east. If you click on the 'Terrain' setting on the Google map, you will see a flat area running into a crumpled, mountainous area north of Glasgow. This is the Boundary Fault.

To the north of this lies The Highlands & Islands and to the south are The Lowlands. Unlike England's regions, these are not officially recognised areas but it's necessary to carve up the country because there's so much to see and do.

This unofficial border cuts through many of Scotland's 'unitary authorities' so we've placed some of those in The Highlands & Islands region and others in The Lowlands region.

Glasgow and Edinburgh
The region contains most of Scotland's unitary authorities and much of the country's population which is concentrated in the area around Glasgow and Edinburgh. As the name suggest, the landscape is different to that north of The Highland Boundary Fault.

Over 2 million people or about 40% of the Scottish population live in and around Glasgow. The city itself is impressive. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre, The Burrell Collection and St Mungo Museum. A short distance from the city centre is the internationlly important Burrell Collection.

Edinburgh attracts millions of visitors a year and is, behind London, the UK's second most popular destination. Its castle, National Gallery Complex and Arthur's Seat must be experienced. Edinburgh Old Town and New Town form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Park and National Scenic Areas
On the border of The Lowlands and The Highlands & Islands is Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are a number of National Scenic Areas, too.

Stirling, with its impressive castle, is often described as a gateway to The Highlands & Islands.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The Lowlands region has three of Scotland's five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To the south east of Glasgow is New Lanark. Over in Edinburgh are the city's Old Town and New Town and spanning the coastlines close to these cities from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth is the Antonine Wall.

The Scottish Borders and Robert Burns
Given that the region shares a border with England, the built environment in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway tells a fascinating story. The abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso must be visited. Castles such as Hermitage and peel towers such as Smailholm are bleakly functional.

To the east of the region is Alloway Kirk where Robert Burns was baptised. Further up the coast, explore the history of Largs where Scottish and Norweigan armies once clashed, a reminder of the Scandinavian influence over these lands.

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* A note on Scotland's 32 unitary authorities

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New Lanark World Heritage Site

Located in New Lanark, South Lanarkshire, The Lowlands, Scotland

Approximately 9.5 miles away.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark is a model cotton mill village dating from the eighteenth century. One of Scotland's top tourist attractions, located in central Scotland. From its website: 'The village first ros...

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Neidpath Castle

Located in Peebles, Scottish Borders, The Lowlands, Scotland

Approximately 15.0 miles away.

Built in the thirteenth century. Neidpath Castle is located in the Borders of Scotland. Visitors have included Mary, Queen of Scots, James VI, William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. Privately owned by the Earl of Wemys...

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Bothwell Castle

Located in Bothwell, South Lanarkshire, The Lowlands, Scotland

Approximately 25.4 miles away.

A short distance from Glasgow. Bothwell Castle is billed as Scotland's 'largest and finest 13th century castle' by Historic Scotland who manage the site...

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Tinto House Hotel, Symington
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Approximately 1.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 37; Rates: 69 - 150 Per Night

In 5 acres of beautiful, peaceful grounds, at the foot of Tinto Hill in the stunning Scottish Borders, the Tinto House Hotel was established in 1914 and fully refurbished in the late spring of 2009...

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Days Inn Hotel Abington Glasgow , Abington
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Approximately 7.0 miles away.

Total Rooms: 54; Rates: 29 - 55 Per Night

Located directly off junction 13 of the M74, Days Inn Abington is in the Upper Clyde Valley of the Southern Uplands, within easy reach Glasgow and Edinburgh...

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Abington Hotel, By Biggar
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Approximately 7.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 28; Rates: 45 - 90 Per Night

Less than a mile from junction 13 of the M74, this hotel is easy to find and features free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, and ample free parking...

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