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Discover the best attractions and activities that Scotland has to offer

Home to some of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Scotland has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year

Experience the great outdoors, learn vivid history or explore elegant stately homes, throughout the marvellous country of Scotland. Outdoor enthusiasts can discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Ramble through the spectacular Glen Coe Valley, or travel to Fort William and climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Immerse yourself in the country’s history at some of the most popular heritage attractions in Scotland. Visit the castles at Stirling and Edinburgh, the Neolithic ruins of Skara Brae, or the Culloden Battlefield near Inverness. The site of the infamous battle between Jacobite and Loyalist troops that has been dramatised in the television series Outlander.

Take kids to the Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, admire the tropical fish and walk through the UK’s largest underwater tunnel. Also visit Almond Valley Museum, Farm and Discovery Centre in West Lothian for a wide range of activities.

  • Almond Valley

    Almond Valley Museum, Farm and Discovery Centre

    12 Millfield
    Livingston
    EH54 7AR

    01506 414957

    The old stone buildings of the watermill and byres are now a home to a number of friendly farm animals, pets and poultry on this wooded riverside park and museum.

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  • Cowal Festival

    Cowal Walking Festival

    A three day walking festival around the Cowal Peninsula. Guided, friendly, Dunoon based walks offered for all levels. Wonderful scenery and wildlife.

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  • Craggon Outdoor

    Craggan Outdoors

    Award-winning outdoor activity centre, offering one of the widest ranges of activities available across the Highlands, from a beautiful Speyside location at Grantown-on-Spey

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden Moor
    Inverness
    IV2 5EU

    01463 796090

    Situated on the dramatic Culloden Moor the site of the infamous final stand of the Jacobites against Loyalist troops in 1746, Culloden Battlefield is now home to a visitors centre educating the public on the fateful events, as well as a mass grave for the many that fell there.

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Castlehill
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2NG

    0131 225 9846

    Sat atop of Castle Rock, overlooking the skyline of the historic city of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish attraction, the site of which dates back to at least the Iron Age.

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  • Glencoe

    Carved out thousands of years ago by volcanic eruptions and icy glaciers, the deep valley has been recently been voted Scotland’s most famous, most historic and most romantic glen.

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  • County Galway

    North Coast 500

    01463 229 849

    A road-tripper’s paradise – starting and finishing at the magnificent Inverness Castle – the North Coast 500 is an awe-inspiring route showcasing supreme coastline, countryside, architecture and heritage across 516 miles.

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  • Scotch Whisky Experience

    Scotch Whisky Experience

    The Royal Mile
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2NE

    0131 220 0441

    From ‘virtual’ distillery tours to expert tasting secrets, the Scotch Whisky Experience showcases Scotland’s historic whisky culture with fascinating, five-star tour packages designed for experts and casual fans alike. 

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  • Skara Brae

    One of the earliest prehistoric sites in Scotland, Skara Brae is a Neolithic settlement built out of stone that had been preserved for millennia under deep sand dunes, and that is now open to the public

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  • Trout Salmon Fishing in Scotland

    Trout and Salmon Fishing in Scotland

    A comprehensive guide to game fishing in Scotland, featuring maps and information on the major Scottish salmon and sea-trout rivers and the top wild brown trout fishing locations, together with complementary articles and information on tackle shops, fishing clubs, tackle and techniques etc.

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