15 Best Things to do in Scotland

By Revati Tamboli on Aug 28, 2018
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If you are wondering whether it is safe to travel to Scotland, then know that it is one of the countries where 1 Coronavirus patient has been detected until this date. While the authorities in Scotland are taking all the steps to contain the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended to take precautionary measures while visiting Scotland. Also, we suggest that you check flight operations to and from Scotland as they might be affected amidst the virus outbreak.

Note: The Coronavirus statistics mentioned in this article are based on the updated reports available on March 03, 2020. These figures will be updated depending on how the outbreak unfolds.

Scotland seduces travelers with its unswerving beauty and opulent history. Scotland is all about world-class architecture which is pretty evident from the stunning Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Not just these man-made wonders, but nature here also does not fail to fascinate you. The sites like Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis, and Staffa will make you go awestruck with unusual beauty. Not just your eyes, Scotland even pleases your taste buds. The Scottish cuisine is the lifeblood of their culture. If you are planning the trip of your life to Scotland, then this list of things to do in Scotland will surely guide you!

1. Marvel at the enormity of Edinburgh Castle


The Edinburgh Castle located in Old Town is undoubtedly the most significant structure in Scotland. The most popular national monument in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been there since the 12th century. The National War History Museum of Scotland exhibits Scotland’s brief military history through interesting exhibits. The Mons Meg, Half Moon Battery and David’s Tower and Royal Palace are some popular points of attraction in the Castle. 

Popularly known for 450-year-old Portcullis Gate

2. Kayaking at Loch Lomond 


Located in southern Scotland, the Loch Lomond is a popular getaway spot in Scotland. The Loch Lomond Golf Club and West Lomond Cycle Path are some popular spots for land-based activities near the Loch Lomond. With facilities for activities like fly and coarse fishing, Loch Lomond is one of the popular places to see in Scotland. 

Popularly known for: Watersports

3. Visit the Holyrood Palace 


Also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Palace is built very skillfully in a Neoclassical style. This stunningly beautiful palace is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. The Holyrood Park and the Northwest Tower housed by the Palace are some significant structures. The Holyrood Palace is one of the top attractions in Scotland. 

Popularly known for: Great Gallery and 16th-century apartments

4. Shopping spree at Princes Street 


The Princes Street in Edinburgh is much more than just a shopping destination. It is one of the busiest streets in Scotland. Along with the high-end brands that the street houses, the Ross Bandstand(an open theater) and a floral clock also make up for major attractions on the street, the Princes street is home to two of Scotland’s popular art galleries- Royal Scottish Academy and National Gallery of Scotland. 

Popularly known for: Princes Street Gardens 

5. Enjoy the stunning view of Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat

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Situated just 1 mile east to the Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat is a popular peak amongst the group of hills in Scotland. The peak provides stunning panoramic views of the city. It is mainly visited for hillwalking and rock climbing. The Arthur’s Seat is one of the must-see places in Scotland.

Popularly known for: Hiking and hillclimbing

6. Ice climbing at Ben Nevis 

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Located at the western end of the Grampian mountains, the Ben Nevis stands 1345 meters above the sea level. It is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Ben Nevis is a perfect spot for all the mountaineers and rock climbers. The Pony Track is one of the most visited trails of the mountain. Hiking the Ben Nevis is one of the things that you must do in Scotland.

Popularly known for: Ruined walls of the observatory on the summit

7. Enjoy the exquisite scenery at The Trossachs National Park

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The Trossachs National Park is the first of the two national parks created by the Scottish Parliament. The West Highland Way passing through the park is famous amongst hikers. You can also enjoy cruises to the Loch Lomond and many water cab services around the park. The Falls of Dochart is also a noteworthy place to see in the park.

Popularly known for: Loch Katrine

8. Revel in the beauty of nature at Cairngorms National Park

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The Cairngorms National Park located in northeast Scotland is the largest national park in the British Isles. This park has something for everything. You can enjoy several snowsports, watersports, wildlife watching, and cycling. The Cairngorms National Park is one of the popular Scotland points of interest.

Popularly known for: Northern Lights

9. Museum of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland along with the adjacently located Royal Museum houses exhibits related to Scottish history and culture. The exhibits also include collections related to science and technology and world cultures. The Ancient Egyptian exhibits, Millennium Clock and Elton John’s extravagant suits are some of the most popular points of interest in the museum.

Popularly known for: the Stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep

10. Visit the Caledonian Canal 

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Constructed in the early nineteenth century, the Caledonian Canal runs 60 miles from the northeast to the southwest Scottish coast. The Dochgarroch Lock, Fort Augustus, Gairlochy and the Corpach Sea Lock are some of the popular sites across the canal. The Caledonian Canal is one of the most scenic things to see in Scotland.

Popularly known for: Boating

11. Have a learning experience at the Glasgow Science Centre

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Located in the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration Area, the Glasgow Science Center is one of the most popular paid attractions in Scotland. The crescent-shaped titanium clad buildings, the Big Explorer and Body Works are some popular features of the Science Center. The Center consists of three floors with 250 science-learning exhibits.

Popularly known for: Scotland’s only IMAX Cinema and Scottish Power Planetarium

12. Explore art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 


Located in Glasgow, Scotland, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of the top things to do in Scotland. This huge sandstone structure is built in a Victorian style. The Museum houses a variety of exhibits like the Spitfire plane, Micronesian shark-tooth swords, stuffed animals, Scottish art and Renaissance paintings. 

Popularly known for: Pipe organ built by Lewis & Co.

13. Have the Scotch Whisky Experience

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Situated in the Old Town of Edinburgh, the facility offers whisky tutoring sessions and tours. The center also consists of corporate spaces, a shop, and a restaurant. The center is awarded many accolades and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The Scottish Whisky Experience is one of the most fun things to do in Scotland.

Popularly known for: World’s largest collection of Scotch and Whisky

14. Experience nature at its best at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Still confused about what to see in Scotland? The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is your answer. The Garden works on three major themes: Scottish Biodiversity, Plants & Climate Change, and Conservation. Some notable collections of the Botanic Garden are Alpine Plants, Cryptogamic Garden, Orchids and Cycads, Rainforest Riches, and Arid Lands.

Popularly known for: RBGE Herbarium

15. Be fascinated at Staffa

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The unique basalt formations of Staffa are the most prominent feature. The islands can be reached by ferries and the ferry ride in itself is very scenic and enjoyable. You can also sight puffins on the island during a specific season. The Isle of Staffa should not be missed during your trip to Scotland.

Popularly known for Fingal’s cave

Make the most of your time in Scotland with the help of this list!

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