Top Things to Do and See in Scotland
Ah, Bonnie Scotland - the land of kilts, bagpipes, ceilidhs, haggis and Andy Murray.
The best thing about this historic country for intrepid travellers far and wide is its diversity. From bustling cities with thriving foodie scenes to awe-inspiring verdant landscapes and epic ice-capped mountain peaks, Scotland has something to enchant each and every one of its visitors.
But with so many unmissable places to visit in Scotland, where do you start when planning your killer itinerary? Fear not! We're on hand to provide some inspo – read on to discover our top picks for the best things to do and see in Scotland.
A Break in Edinburgh
Home to the world-renowned Fringe Festival, four MICHELIN-starred restaurants and an extinct volcano that provides some of the best views of this wonderful city, Edinburgh has it all.
History buffs can satisfy their thirst for knowledge with a trip to Edinburgh Castle or the National Museum of Scotland, adventurers can wander through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or tackle the 251 metre climb up Arthur's Seat, and art lovers can marvel over endless masterpieces at Scottish National Galleries.
An unforgettable UK trip for the whole family, Auld Reekie's ancient cobbled streets and rich cultural history will charm you from the moment you check-in to your hotel and take your first steps along the enchanting Royal Mile.
Five Night Escape to Edinburgh
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With so much to see and do in the Scottish capital, its doubtful that one weekend alone will suffice. A five-night luxury escape for two is much more fitting for your adventures in Edinburgh! Take your pick from our handpicked selection of stunning 4 and 5-star hotels, with a choice of room-only, breakfast and half-board options. Spend your days discovering the secrets of Edinburgh Castle, before retiring to your stylish room to recharge your batteries - wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting day of being a culture vulture.
Adventures in Scotland
Scotland's beautifully rugged and wild terrain is nothing short of paradise for those who are adventurers at heart. From the rolling hills of the Highlands to the Isle of Skye's spectacular hiking trails and Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain peak, the great outdoors of Scotland were made to be explored and admired. From bungee jumps in Perth and Kinross to sightseeing cruises and helicopter tours, here are our top experience picks for how to have a memorable adventure in Scotland.
Bungee Jump for One in Scotland
When you think of Scotland, bungee jumping may not immediately spring to mind (pardon the pun). But if you're after a thrilling experience and wouldn't mind soaking up some breathtaking views in the process, this bungee jump over the Pass of Killiecrankie is just the ticket! This incredible experience is guaranteed to make your trip one to remember as you ascend 132 feet above the River Tay and take the leap of lifetime. With a safety briefing included, as well as a good pep talk from the qualified instructors, get ready to understand what William Wallace meant when he cried ‘Freedom'!
Forth Boat Tours Sightseeing Cruise for Two
Discover the beauty of Edinburgh with this fantastic sightseeing cruise for two. Setting sail from South Queensferry, have your cameras at the ready as Forth Boat Tours guide you around a number of magnificent landmarks and point out some spectacular views, from the Forth Railway Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife. You'll have the choice to sit inside or outside during the cruise and, if you're really lucky, you might even spot some seabirds, seals and porpoises! As relaxing as it is enjoyable, this calming cruise is a fabulously unique way to explore the Scottish capital with a loved one.
6 Mile Blue Skies Helicopter Tour with Bubbly for Two
If you're wanting to see the Scottish sights in style, there's no better way than to take to the skies on a helicopter tour complete with bubbly! After a thorough safety briefing and meeting your friendly qualified pilot, spoil your special someone with a six-mile ride aboard a jet-powered helicopter and share the unforgettable experience of taking in the awe-inspiring views of the Scottish Isles together from 1000 feet above the ground. Once you've safely floated down from your cruise along the clouds, you'll then raise toast to your new memories with a glass of chilled bubbles each. Slàinte Mhath!
Eating in Scotland
Despite what people may have jokingly told you in the past, the Scots live off more than just fried Mars Bars, Haggis and whisky! In actual fact, Scotland boasts 10 MICHELIN-starred restaurants and is home to an incredible range of top quality produce, from meat to seafood, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables. Whether you're looking to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea during your Scottish tour or indulge in an evening of fine dining, our options for eating in Scotland will not disappoint!
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Edinburgh Bus Tour with Red Bus Bistro
All aboard! Dine with a difference and take in all of Edinburgh's beautiful sightseeing hotspots with this sparkling afternoon tea bus tour on a lovingly restored 1966 Routemaster. Settle into your seats on this quirky, retro-style bus and sip on a glass of crisp prosecco as the brilliant Red Bus Bistro team spoil you rotten with a delicious array of sweet treats and savoury finger fancies. Because after all, there's nothing quite like indulging in a fluffy scone doused with jam and cream as you drive past the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse - is there?
Seven Course Tasting Menu with Wine for Two at Navadhanya
Or, if you want to sample a spot of fine dining during your Scottish jaunt, look no further than this taste bud tingling seven-course menu at Navadhanya in Edinburgh. Boasting an AA Rosette and a hoard of MICHELIN-training chefs, this sophisticated restaurant is the height of spectacular Indian cuisine. Ooh and aah your way through decadent dishes such as duck breast with shallots and king prawns with courgette and coconut sauce, alongside a selection of thoughtfully paired wines. A culinary journey from the south to the north of India, you'll be in foodie heaven from the first bite!
Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie for Two
Playing tourist is a tiring business so it's vital you schedule a much-needed tea break to rest your weary traveller legs and reboot inbetween your adventures. Plus, you need a sit down so you can upload your latest travel snaps to Instagram and craft some witty captions – obviously! Tuck into a scrumptious afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie at a number of locations in Scotland, from Aberdeen to Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. You'll enjoy treats including freshly made sandwiches, delicate cakes, buttery pastries and moreish scones, all washed down with a perfectly brewed cup of tea or five.
Driving in Scotland
Scotland has produced some unbelievable racing talent over the years, with the likes of Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard thrilling international crowds with their skills on the track. So, if you're a motorhead who wouldn't mind following in the tyre tracks of the Scottish greats, it'd be rude not to get behind the wheel during your trip! From rally driving at Knockhill to speedy supercar sessions and quad bike thrills, here are some of our favourite driving experiences in Scotland.
Triple Supercar Driving Blast with High Speed Passenger Ride
Show Scotland what you've got as you rip around the track with this high-octane triple supercar driving experience. With locations in East Lothian, Edinburgh and Fife, you'll take your pick of three of the world's most powerful supercars, with models on offer from Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin to name just a few! After a safety briefing, you'll then buckle in and take each of your chosen speed demons for a three-mile spin. And to top off your daredevil day, you'll then hop into the passenger seat next to a qualified racing instructor for an unforgettable high-speed ride. Hold on tight!
Rally Driving Experience - UK Wide
Head down to the world famous Knockhill Racing Circuit and prepare for an afternoon of exhilarating bumps, twists and turns with this rally driving experience! Your expert driving instructor will show you the ropes and run your through all the safety dos and donts before driving you around the course to help familiarise you with all the turns and race lines you need to take. Then it'll be time for you to get behind the wheel yourself and show the purpose built track who's boss. Finish off your experience with a high-speed passenger ride with your instructor to see how it's really done!
Quad Bike Thrill
Or, for something a little quirkier, why not shake things up with a quad bike driving thrill? Located in Perth, around an hour's drive north of Edinburgh, this adrenaline-fuelled racing day is fit for all quadbikers – from newbies to seasoned pros! After a safety briefing, the expert instructors will introduce you to the mean machines before letting you get to grips with them on a less intense training course. You'll then head out onto the more challenging circuit for a heart-pumping rally style session as you rev the engine, pick up speed and put your mettle to the test!
Searching for More Scottish Travel Inspo?
From places to stay to adventure activities, foodie experiences and cultural days out, make sure to browse are entire handpicked selection of things to see and do in Scotland. Or, if you want a more in-depth look at everything Scotland's enchanting capital has to offer, have a read of our Ultimate Edinburgh Travel Guide and get planning your itinerary!