things to do in Scotland

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.

Keep reading to discover even more things to do in Scotland…

  • the forth bridge edinburgh

    Forth Bridge

    United Kingdom

    The Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, is the second-longest cantilever railway bridge in the world, standing at 2,467 metres long. The bridge connects Edinburgh to Aberdeen and is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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  • Fruitmarket Gallery

    45 Market St
    EH1 1DF

    0131 225 2383

    Open since 1974, Fruitmarket Gallery is a free art gallery that features fascinating, rotating exhibitions. The space welcomes all ages, with a range of Scottish and international works available.

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  • Gladstones Land Golden Gled

    Gladstone’s Land

    477B Lawnmarket
    EH1 2NT

    0131 226 5856

    Gladstone’s Land is over 500 years old and is a gem of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile! Bring the family along for a specialist tour and a visit to the property’s ice cream parlour.

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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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  • Glenfiddich Distillery

    AB55 4DH

    01340 820373

    One of the last independent distilleries left in Scotland, here you can discover how the world’s best-selling single malt whisky has been made since 1886.

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  • Glenshee Ski Centre

    Glenshee Ski Centre

    Old Military Rd
    AB35 5XU

    01339 741320

    Ski or snowboard through the picturesque, natural slopes of the Cairngorms – Glenshee boasts 40km worth of runs to suit all abilities.

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  • Grassmarket Edinburgh Shopfronts

    Grassmarket, Edinburgh

    EH1 2HY

    This iconic marketplace of Grassmarket, Edinburgh, is nestled amongst the city’s Old Town and is steeped in history. With a selection of shops and eateries available, the area is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in Edinburgh’s culture.

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  • Greyfriars Bobby Statue Edinburgh
    Image Credits: Sumit Surai - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Nr Greyfriars Kirkyard
    EH1 2QQ

    Nestled on the edge of Greyfriars Kirkyard, near Candlemaker Row, is this adorable monument of Greyfriars Bobby. This Skye Terrier statue attracts a wealth of visitors with its story of loyalty and companionship.

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  • greyfriars kirkyard entrance gates

    Greyfriars Kirkyard

    26A Candlemaker Row
    EH1 2QE

    0131 225 1900

    You can find this historic gem on the outskirts of Old Town. Greyfriars Kirkyard is a great location to visit if you’re into history, with its graves having links to Harry Potter as well as being home to well-known Scots.

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  • Holyrood Park Edinburgh

    Holyrood Park

    Queen's Drive
    EH8 8HG


    This splendid parkland is the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy hikes and bike rides amidst scenic views. Glens, lochs and cliffs await discovery, as well as a free exhibition.

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