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Things to do in Scotland

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in Scotland

Home to some of the top tourist destinations in the UK, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Scotland all year round!

A wealth of activities and attractions await, whether that’s exploring the rugged Isle of Skye or wandering the picturesque streets of Edinburgh. However you choose to spend your time, there’s something for everyone in Scotland.

Scotland Attractions

Immerse yourself in the country’s history at some of the most popular heritage attractions in Scotland. Visit the castles of Stirling, Inveraray or Glamis, the Neolithic ruins of Skara Brae, or the Culloden Battlefield near Inverness. Take a boat tour of Loch Ness to spot the famed sea monster, whilst glens, mountains and jagged coastlines are must-see Scotland attractions.

Ramble through the spectacular Glen Coe Valley, or travel to Fort William and climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Scotland is a haven for wildlife lovers. Here, you can find puffins, dolphins and highland cows as you venture along rugged coasts or luscious valleys.

Scotland Activities

Outdoor adventures will be spoilt for choice with climbing, hiking, sailing and angling opportunities in Scotland. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a popular choice covering mountains, forests and the largest freshwater lake in Britain, all scattered with walking trails. Are you looking for family-friendly activities? Admire tropical fish at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry and walk through the UK’s largest underwater tunnel.

Almond Valley Museum, Farm and Discovery Centre in West Lothian also offer a wide range of activities. For unforgettable trips covering more ground, drive the open roads of the North Coast 500 route or catch magical glimpses on the Jacobite Steam Railway, recognisable from the Harry Potter film series.

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  • Activity Scotland

    Activity Scotland

    Activity Scotland offers a fantastic range of exciting outdoor adventure activities and activity breaks, with numerous providers all over Scotland. Choose from a range of adrenalin pumping adventures for individuals, family groups, stag and hens, charities and corporate team building.

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  • 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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  • Balmoral Castle, Scotland
    Image Credits: G Laird(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Balmoral Castle

    Balmoral Estates
    AB35 5TB

    01339 742534

    This astounding Baronial-style mansion has served as a summer home for the Royal Family since 1848, they even provide a Ranger Service, taking you to discover the idyllic gardens and mountains surrounding the castle.  

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  • Eyam Museum

    Black Watch Museum

    Hay St
    Perth
    PH1 5HP

    01738 638152

    This captivating, award-winning museum is set in Balhousie Castle, and tells the compelling story of the Black Watch Regiment using film, memorabilia, diaries and more.

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  • Blackford Hill Summit
    Image Credits: Pampuco - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Blackford Hill

    4 Charterhall Rd
    Edinburgh
    Scotland
    United Kingdom
    EH9 3HR

    0131 529 2401

    A fantastic excursion for hikers looking for scenic panoramas, Blackford Hill sits at an impressive 538 feet! This walking trail is open all-year-round and rests on the outskirts of the city.

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  • Blair Castle

    Blair Castle

    Blair Atholl
    Pitlochry
    PH18 5TL

    01796 481207

    A fascinating example of 13th century architecture, Blair Castle elegantly retains its exquisite features, arts and armour.

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  • Calton Hill

    Calton Hill
    Edinburgh
    EH7 5AA

    01312207720

    Calton Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits in the middle of Edinburgh. The mound offers sweeping views over the city and is home to an array of buildings and monuments, including The Scottish Parliament Building.

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  • Vortex Tunnel in Camera Obscura World of Illusions
    Image Credits: Christian Michelides - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

    Castlehill
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2ND

    0131 226 3709

    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions offer five floors packed with interactive displays and optical illusions! This quirky is the perfect attraction for families seeking a fun-filled excursion in the heart of Edinburgh.  

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  • Circus Lane

    Circus Lane, Edinburgh

    Circus Lane
    Edinburgh
    Scotland
    EH3 6SU

    You can reach this gorgeous gem of Edinburgh by taking a short stroll from the centre of Old Town. Dubbed the city’s ‘most charming street’, Circus Lane is a fabulous place for soaking up Edinburgh’s history. Be sure to sample a fresh pastry or two from the nearby coffee shops.

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  • City Art Centre

    2 Market St
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1DE

    0131 529 3993

    City Art Centre is a superb gallery resting in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town. A fabulous spot for a family outing, a wealth of contemporary and traditional masterpieces await.

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