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We can just picture it: Sir James Lamont, 1st Baronet of Knockdow and 16th Laird of Knockdow, sitting at his desk by candlelight, penning his next book.  

He was an intelligent and incredibly well-travelled man, and it is easy to imagine a typical evening in for him – when he wasn’t off on his adventures – either reading a book on geography, history or sport, or doing research for his next book.

Knockdow House would make for the perfect setting to sit by the fire and read a book, or even to write one! This is a quiet, tranquil location far from the bustling crowds that can be found in many of Scotland’s busy towns and cities.

Nowadays, Knockdow House is a privately owned property, but Scotland remains a very popular location for an evening or night out.

Whether you prefer low key or crazy there’s something for everyone in this spirited, fun and exciting nation.

Dining Out in Scotland

The start of an evening of course begins with dinner, and in Dunoon, hometown of Knockdow House, there are many local dining options to choose from serving the freshest and most delicious recipes – many of which feature ingredients sourced and foraged locally.

If it’s fresh seafood you’re after, there’s no better place to dine than in Argyll, where there’s an abundance of cafés and restaurants to choose from serving up some of the freshest and finest seafood on offer. From Tarbert and Portavadie to Inveraray and the Crinan Canal, you’ll be truly spolit for choice, and will certainly want to come back for more!

Drinks at a Local Bar

Once dinner is done and dusted, it’s time to head out to some of the local bars!

Some of the most popular spots include Edinburgh, which is renowned for its vast array of bars and clubs.

The Dome, on Edinburgh’s historical George Street, is a bar-cum-nightclub with a number of sophisticated rooms to choose from. There’s also The Last Drop, on Grassmarket Street, which merges traditional with trendy for a truly memorable night out!

If whiskey is your top tipple, head to Whiski Bar & Restaurant, which is an internationally renowned, award-winning whiskey bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s world-famous royal mile. Here, you will find more than 300 varieties of whiskey!

Haunted History Walking Tour

If you want to try something unique, why not take one of Edinburgh’s Haunted History Walking Tours. Here, you’ll explore many of the city’s darkest spots as you learn all about historical murders, trials, pagan rituals and much more.

Evidently, there are plenty of ways to while away an evening (and night!) out in Scotland, and this list is by no means exhaustive!