Industrial Heritage Tours

Scotland is renowned world wide for its association with great feats of engineering, cialis inventions and industrial enterprise. Base your tour at the Abington Hotel and open up a world of fascinating sites all within a short drive for your tour party.


Summerlee, Museum of Industrial Life: Summerlee is set in 22 acres based around the site of the nineteenth century Summerlee Ironworks. The museum has many attractions for all the family including Scotland’s only electric tramway and recreated mine and miners’ cottages and playpark and lots lots more.

National Museum of Rural Life:  Take in the sights, smells and sounds of a 1950s working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life, complete with Ayrshire cows, pigs and sheep. Explore the work which took place in each season from ploughing fields to sowing seeds, hay making to harvesting.

Hidden Treasures, Museum of Lead Mining: Uncover treasures including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along village paths to the two miners’ cottages and see how the miners really lived before exploring the second oldest subscription Library in Europe, which has recently gained Recognition status as being a collection of National Significance. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover a fantastic display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts.

Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway: Britain’s highest adhesion railway, reaching 1498 feet above sea level, it was originally built in 1900 for the Caledonian Railway Company for transporting refined lead to the central belt of Scotland and is now operated by the L&W Railway Society.

New Lanark: New Lanark  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde. Founded by David Dale in 1785, the village became famous as a model industrial community under the enlightened management of Dale’s son-in-law, Robert Owen, from 1800-1825. Owen transformed life in New Lanark with ideas and opportunities which were at least a hundred years ahead of their time. Child labour and corporal punishment were abolished, and villagers were provided with decent homes, schools and evening classes, free health care, and affordable food. One highlight of your visit will be the fascinating ‘Annie McLeod Experience’ ride, where the ghost of a mill girl appears and takes you on a journey.

Titan Crane: Clydebank’s only Grade A’ listed structure is the Titan Crane – one of four remaining Titans designed and built by William Arrol for the Clyde shipyards. The Crane and shipyard survived the blitz in March 1941, despite being one of the key targets as it was heavily involved in the production of Royal Navy battleships. Up to sixty visitors can be accommodated on the open jib, 150ft above ground level. A lift takes visitors to the top of the Crane where they can use the viewfinders to enjoy the fabulous views down the Firth of Clyde. An exhibition in the wheelhouse sits alongside the magnificent, original workings of the Crane where guests can watch archive footage of shipbuilding on the Clyde.

Museum of Transport:  The Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museums of Transport and Travel opens to the public on 21 June 2011. Glasgow’s well-loved Museum of Transport will relocate to this spectacular waterfront landmark that was designed by internationally-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The Riverside Museum will be her first major public building in the UK.

The dynamic new Riverside Museum will display Glasgow’s rich industrial heritage, which stems from the River Clyde. The Tall Ship will be berthed alongside the Museum, creating a fantastic experience in this stunning setting.

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