With lockdown easing this month and many attractions and tourist accomodation opening on Monday, April 26, we are all looking forward to rediscovering our amazing country.
We all know the Scotland has some of Europe’s finest museums – from Dundee’s V&A to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove – but there are plenty of smaller, more esoteric, examples you may be less aware of.
Here are 12 of the odder – but always fascinating – museums Scotland has to offer.
1. The Devil's Porridge Museum
Perhaps winning the award for the most oddly-named Scottish museum, the name of the Devil's Porridge Museum refers to the explosive cordite made during World War One. Over 1,000 tons a week was produced at the site of the museum, which talls the story of the 'munitions girls' and the others who worked at the explosives factory. Photo: Google Maps
2. Scotland's Secret Bunker
Set in the countryside of the East Neuk of Fife is an unassuming farmhouse with a big secret - it's the entrance to a bunker built by the RAF in 1951 when there was a very real fear of nuclear war with the USSR. Named RAF Troywood, and now called Scotland's Secret Bunker, visitors can explore the dormitories, cinemas, and operations rooms that were kept secret by the authorities until 1993. Photo: Google Maps
3. Hamilton Toy Museum
The Hamilton Toy Museum, in the town of Callander, boasts one of the largest privately owned toy collections in Britain. Curated by the Hamilton family over 175 combined years of collecting, there's certain to be something to take you back to your childhood in its two floors of toys. Photo: Google Maps
4. The Giant Angus MacAskill Museum
The Giant Angus MacAskill Museum, in the town of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, celebrates the Scotsman considered to be the world's tallest ever 'true' giant at 7ft 9in tall. Take a picture next to a sculpture of Angus, who was born in 1825, marvel at his feats of strength, and see replicas of his huge bed, table and chair. Photo: Google Maps