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Free Visitor Attractions in Scotland : The Top Tourist Sites with no admission charge

Top Free Admission Attractions in Scotland
Attraction Location Visitors in 2009
Abbot House Heritage Centre & Gardens Dunfermline 71,797
Aberdeen Art Gallery Aberdeen 178,344
Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen 76,558
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum Mintlaw 15,027
Alyth Museum Perth 1,055
An Lanntair Stornoway 201,005
Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Dunfermline 10,420
Arbroath Museum Arbroath 13,687
Arbuthnot Museum Peterhead 4,983
Ardencraig Gardens Rothesay 10,500
Argyll’s Lodging Stirling 32,439
AromaSciences Aultbea,   Achnasheen 19,000
Assynt Visitor Centre Lochinver 13,881
Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch 14,378
Baird Institute Museum & Local History Centre Cumnock 2,097
Banchory Museum Banchory 3,160
Banff Museum Banff 771
Bank of Scotland Museum on the Mound Edinburgh 34,924
Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Shop Birnam 30,000
Beinn Eighe NNR Visitor Centre (SNH) Achnasheen (Near)  13,064
Bennie Museum Bathgate 2,642
Black Watch Regimental Museum Perth 14,128
Bod of Gremista Lerwick 611
Bonhoga Gallery Weisdale 15,854
Bourne Fine Arts Edinburgh 6,800
Brander Museum Huntly 1,098
Brass Rubbing Centre Edinburgh 6,818
Bridge of Allan Brewery Limited Bridge of Allan 10,128
Bridge of Allan Parish Church Bridge of Allan 205
Bright Water Visitor Centre Kyleakin 5,047
Broughty Castle Museum Dundee 35,365
Burghead Headland Trust Elgin 2,939
Burns House Museum Mauchline 5,614
Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR Gatehouse of Fleet 9,935
Caithness Horizons Thurso 76,931
Calanais Visitor Centre Calanais 25,347
Calderglen Country Park East Kilbride 680,226
Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre Fort Augustus 29,043
Callendar House Falkirk 32,172
Cardrona Forest nr Peebles Peebles (Near)  15,514
Carnegie Museum Inverurie 1,223
Carsphairn Heritage Centre Castle Douglas 1,351
Castle Douglas Art Gallery Castle Douglas 9,153
Cathedral Church of St Machar Aberdeen 25,186
Cathedral Church of St. Andrew Aberdeen 2,484
Catsrand Castle Douglas 20,000
Charlestown Workshops Charlestown 495
Chatelherault Country Park Hamilton 674,876
Christian Heritage Museum Largs 100
Church of the Holy Rude Stirling 32,000
City Art Centre Edinburgh 35,518
Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre New Galloway (Near)  47,555
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Cornalees Centre Lochwinnoch 9,421
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park,  Castle Semple Centre Lochwinnoch 75,896
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park,  Muirshiel Centre Lochwinnoch 9,310
Clydebank Museum Clydebank 4,748
Cockburn Museum of Geology and Geophysics Edinburgh 200
Coldstream Museum Coldstream 5,643
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (Ness Historical Society) Habost 2,272
Cornice Museum of Ornamental Plasterwork Peebles 200
Corrie Fee NNR Kirriemuir (Near)  14,784
Corrigall Farm Museum Harray 5,455
Crail Museum Crail 11,289
Crathie Parish Church Crathie 37,195
Creag Meagaidh NNR Newtonmore 11,716
Cromarty Courthouse Museumix Cromarty 8,337
Crombie Country Park Broughty Ferry 115,040
Customs and Excise Museum Greenock 1,291
Dalbeattie Forest Dalbeattie 105,000
David Marshall Lodge Aberfoyle 173,348
David Welch Winter Gardens Aberdeen 313,217
Dean Castle Country Park Kilmarnock 244,050
Dean Castle Kilmarnock 32,473
Dean Gallery Edinburgh 105,536
Dick Institute Museum Kilmarnock 156,198
Dollar Museum Dollar 2,011
Dolphin & Seal Centre at North Kessock Spey Bay 17,085
Doon Valley Museum Dalmellington 1,586
Douglas Heritage Museum Douglas 623
Drumpellier Country Park Motherwell 1,041,444
Dumfries Museum/Camera Obscura Dumfries 17,568
Dunbar Townhouse Museum Dunbar 8,683
Dunblane Cathedral Dunblane 9,869
Dundee Contemporary Arts Dundee 273,750
Dunkeld Cathedral Dunkeld 70,269
Durness Visitor Centre Durness 23,182
Edradour Distillery Pitlochry (Near)  82,195
Edrom Nurseries Eyemouth 2,400
Eglinton Country Park Irvine 53,117
Eilean Donan Castle and Visitor Centre Kyle of Lochalsh (Near)  314,636
Falconer Museum Forres 14,677
Fergusson Gallery Perth 11,144
Findhorn Heritage Centre & Ice House Forres 6,113
Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre Fochabers 1,946
Forest of Ae Dumfries 55,000
Forfar Loch Country Park Forfar 199,317
Friends of Govan Old Parish Church Glasgow 2,372
Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh 177,600
Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow 536,916
Galloway House Gardens Trust Newton Stewart 9,000
Gateway Galleries St Andrews 5,500
Glasdrum Wood NNR Creagan 2,596
Glasgow Botanic Gardens Glasgow 400,000
Glasgow Cathedral Glasgow 169,833
Glasgow Police Museumx Glasgow 4,992
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (Ionad Nibheis) Fort William (Near)  110,000
Gleniffer Braes Country Park Paisley 416,688
Glenlivet Distillery Glenlivet 40,939
Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre Aviemore (Near)  57,744
Glentress Forest Peebles (Near)  263,999
Glentrool Visitor Centre Newton Stewart 41,336
Gore Glen Woodland Park Newtongrange 100,000
Gracefield Arts Centre Dumfries 21,111
Grangemouth Heritage Trust Grangemouth 800
Grangemouth Museum Grangemouth 754
Greyfriars’ Kirk Edinburgh 20,150
Groam House Museum Rosemarkie 7,078
Halliwell’s House Museum & Robson Gallery Selkirk 7,293
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Jedburgh 30,300
Hawick Museum and the Scott Gallery Hawick 12,105
Heart of Hawick Hawick 176,747
Heriot Watt University Archive Edinburgh 404
Hermaness Visitor Centre Unst 777
Highland Folk Museum Newtonmore 40,613
Highlanders Regimental Museum Inverness (Near)  54,060
Hoswick Visitor Centre Sandwick 10,282
House for an Art Lover Glasgow 92,034
Hunter House Museum East Kilbride 1,792
Hunterian Art Gallery Glasgow 80,039
Hunterian Museum Glasgow 79,248
Inshriach Nursery Aviemore 25,000
Invereshie and Inshriach NNR Aviemore (Near)  3,121
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Inverness 44,379
Island of Mousa Boat Trips Sandwick 4,589
Island of Noss Lerwick 1,365
Isle of Jura Distillery Craighouse 6,781
Isle of Mull Museum Tobermory 21,119
Italian Chapel Lambholm 92,148
James Pringle Weavers of Inverness Inverness 195,100
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum Jedburgh 24,146
John Hastie Museum Strathaven 2,473
John Muir Country Park Dunbar 435,000
John Muir’s Birthplace Dunbar 29,439
Johnston’s Cashmere Visitor Centre Elgin 202,200
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow 1,368,096
Kinneil Museum Bo’ness 5,097
Kirbuster Museum Birsay 5,171
Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery Kirkcaldy 59,319
Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum Kirriemuir 9,595
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Newton Stewart 56,455
Knockan Crag Visitor Centre Ullapool 10,000
Laing Museum Newburgh 1,429
Lauriston Castle and Grounds Edinburgh 46,786
Leighton Library Dunblane 977
Linlithgow Canal Centre Linlithgow 5,358
Loch a’ Mhuilinn NNR Scourie (Near)  2,000
Loch Fleet NNR Golspie (Near)  7,500
Loch Lomond Park Centre Balmaha 31,960
Loch Muick & Lochnagar Wildlife Reserve Ballater (Near)  50,397
Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve Perth 6,000
Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve Fraserburgh 16,834
Loch Tay Pottery Aberfeldy 660
Logie Steading Visitor Centre Forres 55,000
Low Parks Museum Hamilton 30,068
Mabie Forest Dumfries 135,000
MacDougall Collection Oban 18,000
Mary Queen of Scot’s Visitor Centre Jedburgh 25,662
McKechnie Institute Girvan 3,862
McLean Museum and Art Gallery Greenock 38,672
Methil Heritage Centre Methil 4,397
Michael Bruce Cottage Museum Kinross 161
Mill on the Fleet Castle Douglas 29,431
Mills Observatory Dundee 11,651
Moine Mhor NNR Kilmartin 7,021
Motherwell Heritage Centre Motherwell 20,500
Mugdock Country Park Milngavie 585,288
Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve Dinnet 25,000
Muiravonside Country Park Westfield, Falkirk 225,837
MUSA: The Museum of The University of St Andrews St Andrews 25,434
Museum of Abernethy Abernethy 1,055
Museum of Childhood Edinburgh 247,454
Museum of Edinburgh Edinburgh 60,429
Museum of Transport Glasgow 468,963
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh 589,621
National War Museum Edinburgh 494,213
Nelson’s Tower Forres 2,632
New Lanark Village and Visitor Centre Lanark 334,185
North Ayrshire Museum Saltcoats 24,115
Oban War and Peace Museum Oban 30,491
Old Bridge House Museum Dumfries 13,632
Old Gala House and Christopher Boyd Gallery Galashiels 5,337
Old Haa Yell 2,994
Orkney Museum Kirkwall 26,656
Paisley Museum and Art Gallery Paisley 51,149
Palacerigg Country Park Cumbernauld 617,081
Parish Church of St. Cuthbert Edinburgh 5,542
Park Gallery Falkirk 6,936
Peacock Visual Arts Aberdeen 10,000
People’s Palace Glasgow 268,591
People’s Story Museum Edinburgh 72,070
Perth Museum & Art Gallery Perth 106,438
Peterhead Maritime Heritage Peterhead 2,817
Pittencrieff House Museum Dunfermline 24,765
Plean Country Park Plean 100,000
Prestongrange Museum Prestongrange 8,246
Provand’s Lordship Glasgow 116,533
Provanhall Glasgow 5,483
Provost Skene’s House Aberdeen 61,071
Queens’ View Visitor Centre Pitlochry 150,000
Queensferry Museum South Queensferry 9,048
Renfrew Community Museum Renfrew 1,561
Revack Estate Grantown on Spey 35,000
Robert Burns Centre Dumfries 37,929
Robert Burns House Dumfries 15,153
Roslin Glen Country Park Roslin 50,000
Ross of Mull Historical Centre Bunesan 1,005
Rothiemurchus Estate Aviemore (Near)  274,602
RSPB Forsinard Reserve Forsinard 3,870
RSPB Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve Bridgend 15,000
RSPB Shetland (Sumburgh Head Reserve) Virkie 30,000
Saltire Flag Site North Berwick 929
Samye Ling Monastery Langholm 33,231
Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve Collieston 32,000
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Sanquar 3,048
Savings Banks Museum Dumfries 1,161
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum Lyness 12,308
Scotland Street School Museum Glasgow 64,866
Scottish and Southern Energy Visitor Centre Pitlochry 51,435
Scottish Liqueur Centre Perth 29,978
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh 169,439
Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh 53,295
Scottish Wool Centre Aberfoyle 240,373
Shawbost School Museum Shawbost 500
Sheila Fleet Jewellery Tankerness 5,175
Shetland Croft House Museum Dunrossness 4,021
Shetland Jewellery Weisdale 7,891
Shetland Museum and Archives Lerwick 84,679
Sir Walter Scotts Courtroom Selkirk 5,134
Speyside Heather Centre Dulnian Bridge 72,414
Speyside Way Visitor Centre Aberlour 5,401
St Andrews Museum St Andrews 43,556
St Athernase Norman Church Leuchars 1,005
St Cyrus Nature Reserve Montrose (Near)  33,182
St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh 653,864
St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall 120,193
St Margaret’s Cave Dunfermline 6,150
St Mary’s Parish Church Haddington 4,555
St Mungo Museum Glasgow 144,366
St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre lnnerleithen 5,395
St Serf Dunning 3,292
Stewartry Museum Kirkcudbright 12,894
Stills Gallery Edinburgh 21,423
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum Stirling 39,408
Stranraer Museum Stranraer 10,303
Strathclyde Country Park Motherwell 6,352,131
Tangwick Haa Museum Eshaness 4,241
Taylor Bowls Visitor Centre Glasgow 5,000
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve Tayport (Near)  25,000
Teviot Watergardens Kelso 172,686
The Burrell Collection Glasgow 203,153
The Meffan [Forfar Museum] Forfar 12,785
The National Gallery Complex Edinburgh 890,361
The National Park Gateway Balloch 328,204
Tolbooth Art Centre Kirkcudbright 27,144
Tolbooth Museum of Civic History Aberdeen 7,127
Tolbooth Museum Stonehaven 9,215
Tomintoul Museum & Visitor Centre Tomintoul 11,985
Trades Hall Glasgow 1,404
Travelling Gallery Edinburgh 19,802
Tweeddale Museum Peebles 10,554
Victorian Pharmacy Museum Edinburgh 100
Vogrie Country Park Gorebridge 170,000
Water of Leith Visitor Centre Edinburgh 16,561
WDCS Wildlife Centre Spey Bay 56,582
West Kilbride Museum West Kilbride 1,086
William Lamb Sculpture Studio Montrose 490
World Famous Old Blacksmith’s Shop Centre Gretna Green 706,633
Writers’ Museum Edinburgh 53,257
Yair Forest Galashiels (Near)  13,357
 

Note: The Top listings exclude Country and Forest Parks.

 

 

  

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