Attractions Near Aran House

Bathgate Golf Club - Bathgate - 4.09 miles
The Club is situated 2 miles from the main M8 motorway which bisects central Scotland and Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling can all be reached by car in under half an hour. The course has 18 holes measuring 6328 yards par 71, SSS 71. The layout is generally flat and easy walking. There is a practice area, practice green, nets and three putting greens. The course provides an excellent test of golf, evidenced by the quality of players it has produced. The Club has the probably unique claim to be the only Club ever to have produced two Ryder Cup Captains in Eric Brown and Bernard Gallacher.

Palacerigg Golf Club - Cumbernauld - 11.9 miles
Palacerigg is located 10 miles North East of Glasgow on the outskirts of Cumbernauld and is located within Palacerigg Country Park. As well as the golf course the public park offers such attractions as Scottish and European wildlife, nature trails, millennium longhouses, visitors centre, childrens play area ,etc. The benefits of membership include competitions every week-end and a mid-week senior medal every Wednesday plus access to a private clubhouse with facilities. There are team matches as well as singles and doubles competitions. All members will receive a national handicap. All new members and visitors are given a very warm welcome.

Alloa Tower - Clackmannanshire - 11.93 miles
Alloa Tower, the largest surviving keep in Scotland, dates from the 14th century. It was home to successive generations of the Earls of Mar, who played host to and were guardians of many Scots monarchs. Here, Mary, Queen of Scots was reconciled with Darnley and granted the 5th Lord Erskine the much-coveted earldom in 1565. One tradition holds that Mary's infant son, later James VI and I, died here and was replaced by the baby son of the Earl of Mar. The Tower has seen six major alterations, the most dramatic being the sweeping Italianate staircase and dome added in the early 1700s by the 6th Earl of Mar. But it still retains original medieval features such as the dungeon, first-floor well and magnificent roof timbers.

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