Nothing To See Here
A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland
Nothing To See Here is a guide to the unusual places in Scotland overlooked by glossy brochures and coach parties. Step inside for illuminating writing and photographs of odd museums, quirky cafés, art-deco factories and Victorian public conveniences. Based on the website at nothingtoseehere.net, which has been cataloguing unusual places to go worldwide since 2006, the book features previously unpublished material from its much loved country of origin.
144 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide
Step inside for illuminating writing and photographs of odd museums, quirky cafés, art-deco factories and Victorian public conveniences.
Nothing To See Here is a guide to the unusual places in Scotland overlooked by glossy brochures and coach parties. It all started on the B8476, a lonely, bypassed old road in Perthshire with a glorious past. The Fortingall Yew, a 5000-year-old yew tree – reported to be Europe’s oldest living thing – clinched it. The strange glee of finding this remarkable thing hidden away in a quiet Perthshire churchyard, with the minimum of fuss – no expensive car park, no gift shop selling souvenirs, no nothing – suggested that searching out and celebrating these amazing hidden places would be a project that could go somewhere.
Nothing To See Here was born. Since 2006, the website nothingtoseehere.net has been collecting these delightful destinations – whether it’s interesting art, remarkable buildings, unusual museums or geographical curiosities in Scotland and further afield. If anyone tells you that there’s ’nothing to see’, take it with a pinch of salt and have a look anyway. Wandering about can be so rewarding on a sunny day (they do happen in Scotland), with a picnic packed and a spring in your step. Who knows what you might find?
The B7076/7078, Blessed St John Duns Scotus, Carfin Lourdes Grotto, The Carron Fish Bar, Clootie Well, Cramond Island, Crawick Multiverse, Cultybraggan Camp, Darvel Telephone Museum, The Drovers Inn, Dunbar’s Close, Earthquake House, Easdale Island, Ebenezer Place, Electric Brae, Forsinard Flows, Footdee, The Fortingall Yew, The Gem Rock Museum, The Giant Angus MacAskill Museum, Gladstone Court, Glenfinnan Station Museum, The Hamilton Toy Collection, The Horn Milk Bar, India of Inchinnan, The Italian Chapel, Keir Mill, Kelburn Castle, Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, Little Sparta, Lower Largo, Meikleour Beech Hedge, Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Pennan, The Pineapple, Robert Smail’s Printing Works, Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre, The Savings Bank Museum, Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Spa Pump Room, The Stewartry Museum, Storybook Glen, Surgeon’s Hall Museum, Tam Shepherd’s Trick Shop, Titan Crane, Torridon Deer Museum, Tunnock’s Factory, Ukrainian POW Chapel, Victorian Toilets, Rothesay, Voltaire & Rousseau, Whaligoe Steps, Ulbster, Whitelee Windfarm, World’s Shortest Flight