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…

  • Inverleith Park Edinburgh
    Image Credits: Kim Traynor - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Inverleith Park

    Inverleith Park
    Arboretum Road
    EH3 5NZ

    0131 529 5050

    The stunning Inverleith Park sits between Edinburgh’s coast and its centre. It’s around 54 acres in size and is home to plenty of activities and events for all ages to enjoy.

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  • Inverness

    Inverness Cathedral

    Ardross St
    IV3 5NN

    01463 225553

    Resting on the attractive banks of the River Ness, Inverness Cathedral is a breath-taking example of Victorian Episcopalian architecture and promises an unforgettable visit.

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  • Jacobite steam train

    Jacobite Steam Railway

    PH33 6GD

    0844 850 4685

    Deemed as the greatest railway journey in the world, passing some of Scotland’s most spectacular examples of natural beauty, including the strikingly iconic Ben Nevis.

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  • Bartender pouring whisky with dry ice

    Johnnie Walker Princes Street

    145 Princes St
    EH2 4BL

    0131 376 9494

    Discover 200 years of one of Scotland’s favourite tipples’ history during a tour of Johnnie Walker Princes Street. A superb destination for whisky enthusiasts, this distillery not only offers tastings and tours, but is home to two fabulous rooftop bars.

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  • Jupiter Artland sculpture park
    Image Credits: Steve Hodgson - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Jupiter Artland

    The Steadings
    Bonnington House
    EH27 8BY


    Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh is an intriguing attraction packed with modern art and show-stopping sculptures. Set within the grounds of the 19th-century Bonnington House, the gallery offers families fantastic tours, events and workshops.

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  • A view from the top of Kinnoull Hill

    Kinnoull Hill

    PH2 7XZ

    Kinnoull Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that impressively sits at the highest point of the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, the views from which are among some of the most incredible in Perth.

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  • Lauriston Castle Exterior
    Image Credits: Supergolden - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Lauriston Castle

    2 Cramond Rd S
    EH4 6AD

    0131 336 2060

    A history lover’s dream, Lauriston Castle offers visitors tours of its stunning grounds and 16th-century tower house. Families can experience the delights of Mimi’s Bakehouse, the Japanese Gardens, ornate décor and more at this venue!

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  • Ben A'an and Loch Katrine

    Loch Katrine

    FK8 3TY

    An unmissable day out at the ‘Gateway to the Great Trossachs Forest National Park’, with something to suit every taste. From walking, camping and cruises on the historical Sir Walter Scott Steamship to music festivals, eating and drinking, Loch Katrine has it all.

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  • Loch Morlich

    Loch Morlich

    Forest Park
    PH22 1QY

    Whether you want to sit on the award-winning beach and admire the surrounding peaks, or get in the water and enjoy some enthralling water sports, Loch Morlich ensures a memorable day of activities.

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  • Loch Ness

    IV63 6XR

    01456 450573

    Loch Ness is perhaps Scotland’s most well-known attraction; aside from seeking the infamous Loch Ness Monster, you can also appreciate the wondrous scenery and captivating heritage on foot or by bicycle.

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