Riccarton, below Edinburgh, is home to Heriot-Watt University and a football training camp for the Hearts of Midlothian. A historic professional school, Heriot-Watt University is renowned for successful alumni and top research. The Hearts were founded in the 19th Century and enlisted together as McCrae's Battalion in World War I. The championship team has played at Tynecastle Stadium since 1886. They were joined in 2011 by the Scotland women’s national football team. In more ancient times, Riccarton, in East Ayrshire, was a family seat of Scotland’s famous war hero, Sir William Wallace. Sir William fought Edward I for Scottish independence.
- Visit the “Weaver Poet’s” Mid Kinleith farm in Curry, near Riccarton. There James Thomson took up his grandfather’s trade of weaving and wrote Scottish dialectical accounts of local personalities and events.
- Test your grimoire tolerance at the Surgeon’s Hall Museum, on Edinburgh’s Nicolson Street. Exhibits hail from the Royal College of Surgeons, attended by Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Catch international art exhibits alongside Scottish portraits and event scenes by native artisans at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One. The Gothic structure is northeast of Riccarton.
Riccarton is closest to Glasgow International Airport (GLA). Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI) also serve it. Glasgow Shuttle bus service runs around the clock on the M8 motorway by GLA. National Rail tickets will get you from GLA to any rail station via McGill’s Bus Services. At the PIK rail station, flash your itinerary for a half-off fare or take one of the two bus services. At EDI, a tram project is under development. For now, Lothian buses will get you around, but the Stagecoach Jet Express line will drop you right in Riccarton.
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