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Regional route Scotland | United Kingdom

Scotland is internationally famous for its landscape of beautiful mountains and lochs which cover the majority of the country. The major industrial areas are largely confined to Scotland’s Central Belt, which includes Edinburgh and Glasgow, and it is also where the coal fields lay and communications were ... more

The Scottish Route of Industrial Heritage

Scotland is internationally famous for its landscape of beautiful mountains and lochs which cover the majority of the country. The major industrial areas are largely confined to Scotland’s Central Belt, which includes Edinburgh and Glasgow, and it is also where the coal fields lay and communications were relatively easy to develop. Despite this relatively limited geographic area Scotland’s industrial history is of world significance.  

Scotland played a leading role in the Industrial Revolution, both in the formative years in the late 18th and 19th  century and in the first half of the 20th century. James Watt is often referred to as the father of the Industrial Revolution with the invention of his steam engine in 1776.  Scotland was a major producer of coal, iron, steel, shale oil, slate and other products and heavy engineering items such as steam engines, railway locomotives and ships, including the famous ocean liners built at Clydebank in the early 20th century. Countless consumer goods were also manufactured including jute, cotton, linen, woollens and a multiplicity of items from tyres to marmalade, not forgetting whisky and beer. To service these industries a network of canals and railways were constructed including the Caledonian Canal, linking the east and west coast, by Thomas Telford completed in 1822 and the iconic Forth Railway Bridge completed in 1890, now a World Heritage Site.

Scottish influence on world development was extended through very high levels of emigration and Scottish engineering and commercial expertise assisted greatly in the economic development of many nations around the globe. At home workers’ solidarity in the face of harsh living and working conditions and the economic realities of industrial competition is a vital part of Scotland’s industrial history exemplified by the dramatic struggles during the decline of the world famous Clyde shipyards.

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Dundee | United Kingdom
The ground shakes when the factory thunders into life. Carding machines, drawing frames, spinning machines and weaving looms comb, stretch, whirl, spin and weave the very same thread for which Dundee was once famous. Jute. In the late 19th century the Scottish port had more jute factories than ...
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Verdant Works
West Henderson´s Wynd
DD1 5BT Dundee, United Kingdom

Lanark | United Kingdom
A small village nestles in the heart of a romantic landscape, and yet cotton was once manufactured here in large quantities. New Lanark was created for this very reason alone. The powerful currents of the River Clyde were the driving force behind Scotland's most profitable spinning mills, the first ...
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New Lanark World Heritage Site
New Lanark Mills
ML11 9DB Lanark, United Kingdom

Perth | United Kingdom
The noise of the web and carding machines thwart any normal conversation. That is why the women who operate the machines use their own sign language to communicate. This special language is also understood by the children, whose tasks include crawling under the running machines to clean them…  ...
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Stanley Mills
Mill Square
PH1 4QE Perth, United Kingdom

Anstruther | United Kingdom
The Scottish Fisheries Museum is in a spectacular location opposite the harbour in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife. From the earliest recorded history of Anstruther, fishing was the mainstay of the town. At one time, more fish were caught, processed and traded ...
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Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles, Harbourhead
KY10 3AB Anstruther, United Kingdom

Coatbridge | United Kingdom
Summerlee is a heritage park with a large exhibition hall whose aim is ‘to preserve and interpret the history of the local coal, iron, steel and engineering industries, and of the communities that depended upon them’. It is located in Coatbridge, once known as ‘the iron burgh’. Features include the ...
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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Heritage Way
ML5 1QD Coatbridge, United Kingdom

Dumbarton | United Kingdom
The award-winning Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine and Dumbarton is home to Scotland's seafaring heritage. At two  sites in the west of Scotland you can learn about Scotland’s importance to maritime history, including about the people that built and sailed Scottish ships around the world. At the ...
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Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
Castle Street
G82 1QS Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Forres | United Kingdom
Dallas Dhu Distillery was built in 1898, at the tail end of a major boom in the Scotch whisky demand resulting from severe damage to the French brandy production caused by Phylloxera, which had ravaged vinyards in France since the 1860s. Situated on the edge of the town of Forres, Dallas Dhu falls ...
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Dallas Dhu Distillery
Mannachie Road
IV36 2RR Forres, United Kingdom

Fraserburgh | United Kingdom
The development of lighthouses owed much to Scottish engineers, and particularly to the dynasty established by Robert Stevenson (1771-1850), who was engineer to the Northern Lighthouse Board for much of his working life, and designed 20 lighthouses, as well as building roads and bridges. He should ...
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The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Kinnaird Head
Stevenson Road
AB43 9DU Fraserburgh, United Kingdom

Irvine | United Kingdom
The award-winning Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine and Dumbarton is home to Scotland's seafaring heritage. At two  sites in the west of Scotland you can learn about Scotland’s importance to maritime history, including about the people that built and sailed Scottish ships around the world. The ...
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Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine
The Linthouse
Harbour Road
KA12 8QE Irvine, United Kingdom

New Abbey | United Kingdom
A beautiful two-storeyed mill dating from the late 18th century, built from white-washed local stone, with a grain-drying kiln and adjoining miller‘s house. The mill has been restored and brought back into working condition in order to demonstrate the milling process, and guided tours are available. ...
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New Abbey Corn Mill
DG2 8BX New Abbey, United Kingdom

Newtongrange | United Kingdom
What is the link between a certain Lady Victoria, black diamonds and a place called Newtongrange in Scotland? It’s simple? For Lady Victoria is the name of the old colliery in Newtongrange and when the locals talk about black diamonds they mean coal which was once mined in huge quantities before ...
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National Mining Museum Scotland
Lady Victoria Colliery
EH22 4QN Newtongrange, United Kingdom

Taynuilt | United Kingdom
Bonawe is a remarkably complete charcoal-fired 18th-century iron furnace. Opened in 1753, it is possible to trace the entire manufacturing process from the surviving components at the site. These include the lade directing water to and from the furnace from the River Awe, driving the waterwheel ...
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Bonawe Iron Furnace
PA35 1JQ Taynuilt, United Kingdom

Biggar | United Kingdom
Biggar is a small market town mostly built along a single main street. As in most towns in the United Kingdom, a company was established in the nineteenth to provide coal gas, initially for lighting but subsequently for cooking and heating. The Biggar Gas Light Company which completed its gasworks ...
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Biggar Gasworks Museum
Gasworks Road
ML12 6BZ Biggar, United Kingdom

The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway on the shores of the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh operates trains over an 8 km track, and includes Scotland’s largest railway museum which opened in 1995, and is located 500 m from Bo’ness station. It collection consists chiefly of characteristic Scottish locomotives, ...
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Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway | Museum of Scottish Railways
Scottish Railway Preservation Society
Bo’ness Station Union Street
EH51 9HQ Bo’ness, United Kingdom

Dundee | United Kingdom
The RRS Discovery was built in Dundee and made for adventure. At the beginning of the 20th century Antarctica was still an uncharted wilderness. Exploration was a daunting task, involving a long voyage through remote and tempestuous seas just to reach the continent. As a major whaling centre ...
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Discovery Point
Riverside Drive
DD1 4XA Dundee, United Kingdom

Inveraray | United Kingdom
Step back in time and discover Scotland’s rural history at Auchindrain, the most complete and well-preserved example of a Scottish Highland farm township. A visit to Auchindrain is a chance to see a forgotten way of Highland life. Auchindrain is the last surviving and best-preserved Highland farm ...
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Auchindrain Township
Furnace
PA32 8XN Inveraray, United Kingdom

Red, flat-topped spoil tips, known locally as ‘bings’, dominate the landscape of the Lothians. They are the legacy of the shale oil industry. Some can be seen from the approaches to the Forth Bridge. Production of oil from shales was begun in 1851 by James ‘Paraffin’ Young (1811-83), reached its ...
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Almond Valley Heritage Centre | Scottish Shale Oil Industry
Scottish Shale Oil Mines Light Railway
The Trust Millfield
EH54 7AR Livingston, United Kingdom

Wanlockhead Village | United Kingdom
The Museum of Lead Mining is set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. A visit to the Museum can include a trip down the 18th century lead mine, a drift mine set deep in the hillside. At the Straitsteps Cottages you can see how the miners really lived in1750, ...
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Lead Mining Museum
ML12 6UT Wanlockhead Village, United Kingdom

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