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Scotland's UNESCO Heritage Sites

Updated: Mar 14

Did you know Scotland has six UNESCO Heritage Sites? These are New Lanark, St Kilda, Neolithic Orkney, Edinburgh, Antonine Wall, and The Forth Bridge. 2017 was the year of celebrating History, Heritage, and Archaeology but wait 2020 is coming and it's the year of Coasts and Waters. What better year to share Scotland's UNESCO Heritage Sites as each has its own story to tell!

Looking out of the Water of Leith to Dean Village.
Dean Village, Edinburgh ©MDHarding

Scotland's UNESCO Heritage Sites

New Lanark World Heritage Site

Discover who social pioneer and mill founder Robert Owen was, behind New Lanark World Heritage Site. Enjoy the surroundings with woodland walks and the year-round views from the rooftop terrace. Sitting along the River Clyde this unique 18th-century cotton mill village is the perfect place to step back in time to see historic working machinery, how the mill workers lived, and the nearby Falls of Clyde waterfalls.

There are interactive displays and educational rides such as the Annie MacLeod Experience ride, in which a 3-D hologram of mill girl Annie Miller reveals her amazing story on life in New Lanark during the 1820s.

There is also a cafe with delicious treats and a shop selling locally made textiles.

Located only an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is a great family day out hosting a variety of events throughout the year. This October one of the exhibitions is Shining Lives: Fortunes of Fate.

Shining Lives: Fortunes of Fate is a lighting, projection, and living history event which will tell the story of The Fortune Ship Highlanders, beginning with their ill-fated voyage from Skye to North Carolina and traveling with them to a new life at New Lanark Cotton Mills.

Journey with us through New Lanark’s iconic landscape, and watch as the 230-year-old mill buildings bring to life new films and live characters, interwoven with imagery from our rich archive.

High vantage point looking out over New Lanark World Heritage Site.
New Lanark World Heritage Site ©MDHarding