Scotland Things to Do

  • McLennan Arch
    McLennan Arch
    by kehale
  • A Pedestrian Bridge
    A Pedestrian Bridge
    by travelfrosch
  • out front
    out front
    by iaint

Scotland Things to Do

  • Castle, including National War Museum...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Definitely worth seeing if you are in the city. The castle towers above the city, affording visitors panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. It's history is turbulent and tragic and definitely worth looking into while there. Go in the morning or book your tickets in advance online. This way you'll avoid the massive lines of tourists...

    more
  • Necropolis

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The Necropolis is located behind the Cathedral. The foot bridge to access it is just to the right of the Cathedral, and it's definitely worth the visit. Some of the monuments you will find there are incredibly impressive and the place is huge. Though I would describe Glasgow as a city with incredible views, it's nice to get a glimpse of the city...

    more
  • The Cuiraing

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    This circular walk takes around three to four hours from Flodigarry on the North east coast of Skye. If you have the time, it's one of the best short walk on Skye. From Flodigarry head south for two hundred metres until you see a track heading south east past Loch Langaig and heading towards the cliff in the distance. On reaching the base of...

    more
  • Culloden Battlefield

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Inverness Things to Do

    This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites were soundly defeated by the king’s forces. The museum has an ‘immersion room’ that really gives a sense of what the fighting was like. You stand in the middle of the room while floor to ceiling 3D screens on all four sides of the room play battle scenes with sound effects. When cannons fire on one...

    more
  • Linlithgow Palace

    Linlithgow Things to Do

    Fifteen miles from Falkirk and Edinburgh rears Linlithgow Palace, one of Scotland's most visited ruins. A splendid 15th-century fortress, it rises impressively on the edge of Linlithgow Loch. From here, and their three other palaces, the Stuart kings and queens ruled Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots entered the world here in 1542, but ended it in...

    more
  • Dunnotar Castle

    Scotland Things to Do

    Unbelievable! You could hear the audible gasps as the full extent of the castle came into view.Sited on an enormous flat-topped rock with sheer cliffs on 3 sides (OK, so couldn't see the third side:)) jutting into the sea, connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. This 9th century fortress was once the most important in NE Scotland, held...

    more
  • Mousa Broch

    Shetland Things to Do

    If you haven't arrived in your own boat a boat-trip will show you a side of Shetland which is otherwise inaccessible. There are several trips operating out of Lerwick, including the 'Seabirds-and-seals' trip which I took (see the Lerwick page for the review). Well worth the money. Or you could take the Mousa ferry from Aithsvoe (see my Mousa...

    more
  • Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park and...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Whenever I am in Edinburgh I try and do this hill. 5 minutes from the city centre but when you are on it it's a world away from the cars, noise and pollution that comes with any city. The views are exceptional and the history of the hill is also interesting. Definitely worth checking out.

    more
  • People's Palace

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The People’s Palace sits at the heart of the historic Glasgow Green by the River Clyde. This free museum covers the social history of Glasgow, with displays on how ordinary people have lived their lives since the industrial age. You can see paintings, prints, and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artifacts, film, and...

    more
  • Loch Ness

    Inverness Things to Do

    It seems every tourist's favorite activity (and with good reason) is to go to Loch Ness and search for a glimpse of Nessie. Located just south of Inverness, the Loch is easy to explore on a day-trip. Renting a car is likely the best way to get up close and personal, but the public bus to Fort William will also do the trick. There are numerous stops...

    more
  • Blackness Castle

    Linlithgow Things to Do

    We just happened to stumble onto this castle. You might say that we were a little lost; and then we saw a sign for Blackness Castle. It just happened to be included in the *L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2439e4/] Explorer Pass so since the admission was free we popped in for a look. Blackness Castle was built around 1440's .At this...

    more
  • Calton Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Scottish National Monument is enigmatic but unfinished. It was intended to be something much grander - a homage to the Parthenon, a Scottish Valhalla to inter the greatest people in the land. But it was never completely funded, and despite several attempts, nobody seems to have the will, drive or imagination to finish it.

    more
  • Byres Rd - West End

    Glasgow Things to Do

    There is plenty things you can do at Byres Road. I discribe Byres Road as Small Happening Shopping Area. In the weekend you can just drop by at Hillhead Library that situated along Byres Road. After that you can relaxing at bar or coffe shop nearby.

    more
  • Fort George

    Inverness Things to Do

    Ft. George is still a working fort. It was built to subdue the rowdy Highlanders after the Jacobite Rebellion. You cross an interesting draw bridge over the moat to enter the fort and then can walk around to visit the ramparts, the chapel, the museum and a few other places that are open to the public. The ramparts are great for seeing dolphins in...

    more
  • Scott Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The high esteem in which Sir Walter Scott is held by the Scottish people is shown by this huge monument to him in East Princes St Gardens. He is regarded as not only the first writer of historical novels but also arguably, the best. Born in Edinburgh in 1771, his poems and books brought him world wide acclaim during his lifetime and when he died in...

    more
  • George Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The City Chambers were designed by William Young in 1880, and was one of the 19th centureies finest public buildings. It took seven years to build and craftsmen were brought from Italy and France to complete the building of this important building. A great deal of extravagence was lavished upon the project and today this can still be seen by...

    more
  • Urquhart Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    This is a local and national icon. One of the most photographed... It is on the west shore of Loch Ness. We visited on a very cold, frosty, December morning. It was sunny and beautiful, with frost covering the ground and the trees, and mist floating around the nearby hills. Could not ask for better. It was relatively quiet, but I can imagine it...

    more
  • Tours

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Did this tour last week with and had a great time. Chris the guide is very friendly and accommodating but he also knows a lot about the city and Scotland. We didn't book a private tour but we were the only ones there and that added to the experience. The tour lasted for 3 hours and we covered a lot of ground seeing the Old and New Towns. Worth...

    more
  • Kelvingrove

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is still going strong. In the UK only London museums can match its popularity. Its curious red sandstone Spanish Baroque building holds 8,000 display items and is the most popular in Glasgow. On entering beautifully gilded ceilings and magnificent stonework greeted us. A Glasgow Squadron...

    more
  • Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    The first castle on this sport was built in 1057 by Malcolm III. The castle was erected to replace another one which was destroyed by Malcolm as that one was the place where his father was presumably killed by MacBeth. That 11th century castle was a wooden structure and throughout the centuries, many other castles have stood on this spot. Mary,...

    more
  • Greyfriars Kirk or Church including...

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Of all the history and tales about Greyfriars, there’s probably one that captures the public imagination more than any other - that of Greyfriars Bobby. During the 1850s, a man by the name of John Gray, walked the streets of Edinburgh as a night watchman for the local police, and with him, went his trusty Skye Terrier Bobby. They trudged the...

    more
  • Museum of Transport

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Contains so many different forms of transport - all kinds and ages of cars, bicycles, motorbike, old buses and Glasgow trams and a special exhibit of model ships in honour of Glasgows strong tradition of shipbuilding. There is also a cool replica of Kelvin Street in 1938 with shop fronts and a working cinema. I could have spent longer here but was...

    more
  • Clava Cairns

    Inverness Things to Do

    It is an 4000 years old burial site, consisting of 3 doughnut shaped rock mounds, 2 with passage to the inner circle.You will probably not spend 3 hours to this site, but it's free, mysterious, old and for me north american, it is just amazing to see how far the history goes.

    more
  • Camera Obscura

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Welcome to the world of illusions! Camera Obscura has 6 levels of amazing illusions. This is a very interesting place to visit - from a maze of mirrors, a vortex tunnel, fiber optics to the top of the roof where you can peek through telescopes at the people below on the Royal Mile. My son and I decided to take a run through here while we waited...

    more
  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Outraged at the orgy of vandalism, in the period from 1560 that destroyed so many Scottish churches and monasteries, the ordinary people of Glasgow said a distinct ‘No’ to the destruction of their cathedral during the Reformation. They took up arms to protect Glasgow Cathedral. If it had been destroyed, this would have lost over 1,400 years of...

    more
  • Dolphins

    Inverness Things to Do

    You just gotta love dolphins, right? There are numerous companies offering tours of the Moray Firth and its dolphins, but we decided to go with the highly recommended EcoVentures on the Black Isle (not far from Inverness). Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers a truly exhilarating and memorable...

    more
  • Royal Mile aka High Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Royal Mile has many different attractions, historical buildings, cafe's, restaurants, pubs and of course souvenir shops. It is a very popular place, it is always packed with people day and night. It's great though as you can find anything you wish on this street. Whether you're out for supper, looking for that special trinket to bring home to...

    more
  • The Barras

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Held every Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Barras Market is a gigantic outdoor and indoor flea market. It's best to get here early in the morning before it gets crowded. You can get anything from antiques to new electronic appliances, collector's vinyl Beatles records, knitted goods, cigarettes, fresh produce, clothes, and bootleg...

    more
  • St. Andrew's Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Inverness Things to Do

    The Cathedral doesn't really stand out between the other churches in Inverness, such as the Old High Kirk or the Free North Church. One of the reasons might be that the original design included two spires which were never built due to lack of funds. The church was built between 1866 and 1869 in the neogothic style which was the fashion of its time....

    more
  • National Museum of Scotland, including...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Story of Scotland is housed in the modern section that sits at the junction of Chambers St and George IV Bridge. It has its own entrance at the tower on the corner, but if you’ve not been here before I reckon it’s best to enter from the main entrance further down Chambers St. (See Pt 1 - Planning your visit) At first I found this part of the...

    more
  • Shopping

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Anyone who knows me well, knows that one of my favourite pastimes is shopping! And Glasgow really is a great place to shop. Its second only to London in the UK for shopping. The main shopping streets in the centre of the city are Sauchiehall St, Buchanan St (pictured) & Argyle St and there are also a few shopping centres such as the St Enoch...

    more
  • Cawdor Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    Just east of Inverness is Cawdor Castle. Tour of part of the castle is well done. However, highlight of the show are the gardens, which are dazzling. Two distinct garden areas and several miles of paths through deep woods. Hedge maze and every type of flowers imaginable. Next to Cawdor Village, which is also a pleasant walk.

    more
  • St. Giles' Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Hovering over the top half of the High Street is the crown shaped steeple of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Technically speaking it’s not a Cathedral at all as there is no Bishop, so officially it’s known as the High Kirk. Architecturally, it’s not one of Europe’s outstanding ecclesiastical gems even though it’s been here since 1124. The main reason for...

    more
  • River Clyde

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Like many cities, Glasgow is built on the two sides of a river, in this case the River Clyde. Its hard to believe, when you look at the river now, that until the late 1700s it was so shallow people could wade across it! Thanks to work to deepen and canalise it large ships were then able to come right up into the city centre. There is a saying that...

    more
  • Culloden Moor

    Inverness Things to Do

    The battle of Culloden Moor which took place on 16 April 1746 put the end to the Stuart hopes of regaining the throne of Scotland. Bonnie Prince Charlie and his men were defeated at the battle by the English army under Cumberland in only 40 minutes.. The battlefield has monuments to both the victorious English army - the Field of the English and...

    more
  • Princes Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Princes Street is one of the main thoroughfares of Edinburgh. It is the main shopping street. There is a lot of foot traffic here. Stores such as Boots, Jenners, Marks & Spencer, HMV, H&M and many more. Surely you'll be able to find anything you are shopping for on this street. If you happen to have chosen not to drive while in Edinburgh, it looks...

    more
  • Provands Lordship

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Provand's Lordship, opposite Glasgow Cathedral, is a rare example of 15th-century Scottish domestic architecture. Its survival has been due to the efforts of the Provand’s Lordship Society. Because of their work and later others you can step, free, into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Even better you can take...

    more
  • Town Hall

    Inverness Things to Do

    This beautiful victorian building is still in use as a town hall, although some authorities have moved to more spacious places. Still, it is one of the most remarkable building in the town centre. It was built in 1872 and features neogothic little turrets as it was the fashion at the time. There is a possibility to see take a guided tour through...

    more
  • Holyroodhouse Palace and Abbey

    4 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    At the foot of the Royal Mile you will find Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British Queen. She visits Edinburgh for one week every year, at the start of summer, and during that time the palace is obviously closed to the public. Unfortunately she was there for my visit. The palace has been a central part of Scottish history since the...

    more
  • Gallery of Modern Art

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    I was specially looking forward to visiting Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art with its though provoking exhibitions and I wasn't disappointed at all! I saw the following exhibitions: The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh 2004 by Nathan Coley, Stare by Moyna Flannigan, For Myself and Strangers by Sara Baker and Pretty much every film...

    more
  • Military Tattoo

    5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Military Tattoo is one of the many events that happens in August in Edinburgh, there are nightly performances at 9pm and on Saturdays there are two performances at 7:30pm and 10:30pm. I imagine every year it's a little different, this year they were celebrating some of the countries that were/are associated with the Scots with music and dance...

    more
  • St. Mungo's Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    This unique museum explores the importance of religion in people's lives across the world and across time with Buddha, Ganesha, Shiva, amongst other spiritual leaders, saints, and historic figures treated equally. The themes of life, death and the afterlife are explored through works of art. Admission is free. The museum promotes understanding...

    more
  • Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It was not the first visit to Ocean terminal, however it was the fist visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The interesting thing that the visit does is to confirm the class divide as a tour of the cramped staff rooms are compared to the Royal apartments. The ticket includes an audio guide available in a number of languages. There is a shop and...

    more
  • Green Park

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Glasgow boasts 70 public parks and open spaces, each with its own distinctive charm. On the north bank of the Clyde in the East End is its oldest, Glasgow Green. Originally common grazing land, it has served also for drying greens, bleaching linen, drying salmon nets, sports area, the site for Glasgow Fair, protest marches, hangings, markets,...

    more
  • National Gallery of Scotland

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Scotland perhaps doesn't have the greatest reputation for painters as it has in other areas, and this is reflected in its National Gallery. It has collections from some of Scotland's most famous painters, like Andrew Geddes, Sir Henry Raeburn and Edward Atkinson Hornel. These are not really household names, but the gallery backs them up with a...

    more

Scotland Hotels

See all 1990 Hotels in Scotland

Top Scotland Hotels

Glasgow Hotels
1308 Reviews - 2405 Photos
Edinburgh Hotels
3552 Reviews - 7300 Photos
Oban Hotels
192 Reviews - 387 Photos
Inverness Hotels
342 Reviews - 773 Photos
Fort William Hotels
211 Reviews - 382 Photos
Ayr Hotels
160 Reviews - 258 Photos
Perth Hotels
111 Reviews - 174 Photos
Pitlochry Hotels
98 Reviews - 217 Photos
Inveraray Hotels
57 Reviews - 134 Photos
Aviemore Hotels
46 Reviews - 78 Photos
Stornoway Hotels
53 Reviews - 73 Photos
Dundee Hotels
101 Reviews - 194 Photos
Isle of Skye Hotels
455 Reviews - 935 Photos
Melrose Hotels
21 Reviews - 62 Photos
Leith Hotels
66 Reviews - 192 Photos

Instant Answers: Scotland

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

25 travelers online now

Comments

Scotland Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Scotland things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Scotland sightseeing.
Map of Scotland