Things to do in Scotland

No matter what you like to do, there are endless things to see and experience in Scotland. Find out how you can have fun in your spare time.

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Hiking and hillwalking in majestic landscapes. Exploring museums and galleries galore. Sampling year-round diverse gigs and festivals.There are endless ways to fill your spare time in Scotland, no matter what your interests are.

Arts and culture

Explore Scotland's thriving theatre scene, listen to diverse musical talent and experience dance from the Highland fling to ballet. The Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe, museums and galleries are just some of the ways to delve into Scotland’s rich culture and traditions.

Eating and drinking

Loved for whisky and commended for offering some of the finest local produce in the world, Scotland is a treat for food lovers. Farmers' markets, bustling pubs and bars are great ways to whet your appetite. Whisky distillery tours and food festivals give tasty insight into how delights are created, and Michelin starred chefs like Andrew Fairlie and Tom Kitchin transform Scotland’s natural produce, game and seafood into culinary sensations.

Family activities

There’s plenty for you and your family to enjoy in Scotland – and castles are just the beginning. Explore beautiful beaches, historical landmarks and museums, exciting outdoor activities and more. Free attractions, family passes and special offers that allow children to go for free mean entertaining the family doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Festivals and events

Enjoy music, film, dance, food, literature and anything in between at one of the many festivals and events happening across Scotland year-round. Every August, the legendary Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe transform the Capital into an arts performance hub. Other exciting events include the winter music festival Celtic Connections, literary celebrations for Burns Night and the lively Highland Games.

Music

Besides our world-famous bagpipes, Scotland has a vibrant music scene brimming with everything from folk, classical, rock, dance and more with our year-round musical festivals reflecting the full spectrum. Performances and gigs happen every night in cities and towns across Scotland.If you want to get in on the action, you can even get involved in making music in Scotland too.

Shopping

Scotland boasts some of the best shopping outside London. From international Scottish design sensation Christopher Kane to quirky independent companies like Gillian Kyle, Scotland’s got style. Glasgow’s style mile, Edinburgh’s Princes Street and textile delights in the Scottish Borders are just some of the ways to satisfy your fashion cravings.

Sports

It shouldn't be a surprise that Scots love sports – we invented golf, the bicycle, rugby sevens and the Highland Games. Sailing, fishing and more await you in brilliant scenery across the country. You can watch the action unfold at a rugby or football match – or play on the pitch yourself at one of many amateur clubs.