Things to Do

When it comes to things to do in Scotland, you’re really only limited by your imagination. There are excellent places to visit, including castles, lochs, restaurants and activity centres, and so many ways to explore, such as tours, outdoor activities and self-guided itineraries.


Castles and country houses, museums and nature reserves, film locations, free things to do and family-friendly experiences – these are just a few of the attractions waiting for you in Scotland.

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Events and festivals

Scotland’s events calendar is bursting with wonderful reasons to get together or meet the locals, and have some fun. Highland Games, Edinburgh Festivals, Hogmanay and Burns Night are just a few. See what’s on locally and discover lively music festivals, celebrations of food & drink, ceilidhs and more.

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Joining a tour is an excellent way to explore Scotland – pick your transport, a theme or a length of time, and find your perfect break. On a guided tour you’ll benefit from the knowledge of expert guides, and on a self-guided tour you can take in the country at your own pace.

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Scotland is renowned for its mountains, lochs and glens, and with good reason! But there is so much more. Forests and woodlands, beaches and rugged coastlines, island scenery and rolling hills await.

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Trip Ideas

Enjoy a self-tour with these handy itineraries. Choose from a range of themes and get inspired. Explore top city sights, discover stunning castles, tour distilleries or visit iconic locations from films and TV – it’s up to you, as you set the pace.

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Food & drink

So you’ve heard of our haggis, whisky and salmon, but what about Scotland’s artisan gin, handmade chocolates and award-winning curries? It’s time to get stuck in and discover our fresh produce, regional delicacies and excellent range of restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars.

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Outdoor Activities

Grab your walking boots, your golf clubs or hop on a bike! There are lots of exhilarating sports to try your hand at, as well as more gentle pastimes. Sea kayak around Scotland’s beautiful coastline, climb our highest peaks or explore forests on horseback.

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