Explore Tinto and Biggar on this great day out

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Start: Tinto Hill at 10:00 AM
Finish: Biggar Museum at 4:00 PM
Method of transport: Car
Estimated duration of trip: 6 hours
Travel distance 7 miles:
Tinto Hill car park, ML12 6PD to Biggar High St, ML12 6DH - 9 mins (6 miles)
Whilst the path up Tinto is well defined, the weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing.
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  • Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with this day out. The day starts with a walk up Tinto Hill, probably the most iconic hill in South Lanarkshire and at 707 metres it is the highest point in central Scotland. With a distance of 5 miles (height gain 450m) and a time of around 2-3 hours, a walk up Tinto is the perfect introduction to hill walking. Parking at the car park at the base of the hill, at first the going is easy as the path crosses the gently rising heathery moor. There then follows three steep sections separated by enough easier walking to allow you to get your breath back. Dating back to the Bronze Age the summit cairn is the largest cairn in Scotland. You would be forgiven for missing this however given the stunning views from the top of the hill. On the clearest days the view takes in the Lake District, the mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland, Ailsa Craig and Arran in the Firth of Clyde, the Arrochar Alps and as far north as Lochnagar in the Cairngorms. Observant walkers will also spot signs of an Iron Age fort. The double ditches and ramparts of t his prehistoric defensive site are more obvious on the walk back down off the hill.
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  • 1:30 PM
    Biggar - Lunch
    Lunch at the Tinto Tea Room or various options at A packed lunch is no substitute is no for a hot lunch or a nice cuppa and hot baking. Various re-fueling options are at hand. Why not visit the Tinto Hill tearoom (please check website for opening days and times), a lovely tearoom that was established back in 1938. Alternatively head to Biggar High Street where you will be spoilt for choice.
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  • Opened in July 2015, this 5 star VisitScotland rated museum explores 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. The museum focuses on the people who have lived and worked here from prehistoric times up to the mid-20th century. The objects on display illuminate a small part of their ordinary and extraordinary lives. In addition to the museum galleries, the building encompasses an archive room, stores, retail outlet and a separate area for temporary exhibitions. After the morning’s exertions a trip to this small but magnificent museum will provide a fascinating end to a relaxing day out. *Please note museum opening hours are as follows: 1 April – 31 October, Tues – Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm; 1 November – 31 March, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm.
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Whilst the path up Tinto is well defined, the weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing.
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"The summit of Tinto offers a glorious view on a clear day." Peter, Edinburgh "The Biggar Museum is a cracking wee museum. We learned loads from our visit." Jim, Cumbernauld
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Whilst the path up Tinto is well defined, the weather is Scotland can be unpredictable, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing.
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