What to do in Scotland

Whether you want to discover iconic castles, enjoy fun attractions or attend traditional events, there are plenty of things to see and do around Scotland. Find out more about Scotland’s castles and stately homes and head to Aberdeen City and Shire to follow Scotland’s Castle Trail which comprises 16 magnificent castles, or enjoy a fascinating insight into the past at beautiful historic houses.

Trace your ancestry to reveal your Scottish roots. From ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh to the sites where battles played out, a variety of resources will help you in your search.

Plus, getting active In Scotland couldn’t be easier – with towering mountain peaks, lochs, glens and rivers to explore. Take an easy stroll or try something more adventurous.

Use our helpful articles below to start planning your unique break now.

Researching your ancestors can be very rewarding but nothing compares to experiencing first hand the places they lived and worked. Let us help you plan your ancestral journey to Scotland to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

Golf in Scotland
Golf in Scotland
With over 550 courses, including the oldest course in the world, the Old Links at Musselburgh, any golfer worth his salt knows that Scotland is the birthplace of golf (or ‘gowf’ as it was first named), and that (and some fine 19th holes) makes Scotland the ultimate golfing destination for golfers everywhere.

Scotland’s Islands
With over 700 islands to explore in Scotland, why not go island hopping and experience the events and activities taking place. Experience a warm welcome as you explore endless stretches of golden sandy beaches, friendly island communities and charming fishing towns.

Food and Drink in Scotland – Follow the Malt Whisky Trail

Food and Drink
What is it about Scottish food that makes it so special? Perhaps the environment and the natural ingredients? Maybe world-class producers or internationally respected chefs? One thing is for certain. The Scottish food scene is exciting and surprising.


What’s On Guide
When planning your trip to Scotland, why not tie in an event or festival. From music festivals to Highland games, food festivals to stone-skimming, search our event guide and find out what’s on across Scotland.

Highland Games
Scotland’s breathtaking scenery acts as a backdrop to our famous Highland Games! From May to September, watch events such as tossing the caber and the tug-o-war, as well as Highland dancing and pipe bands. Mix with the locals, buy Scottish souvenirs or even take part in the visitor events!

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
Scotland’s Castles and Historic Houses
Scotland’s turbulent history has left an enduring mark on the landscape in the many castles, fortresses and tower houses that pepper the countryside. Visit these historic buildings and learn about their history and experience their past.

Scotland in Season
Take a look at our season calendar, a great guide for planning your vacation to Scotland with the best events and festivals, outdoor activities and seasonal produce

Scottish Wildlife – Puffin

Wildlife in Scotland
From seabird colonies on awesome cliffs in spring, to the clash of stags’ antlers in a Highland glen in autumn, Scotland offers wildlife spectacle galore.

Get Active in Scotland
Active adventures in Scotland
Whether it’s a gentle walk, a round of golf or sea kayaking around Scotland’s islands, there’s no doubt that spending time in the great outdoors is one of the best ways to enjoy Scotland’s natural beauty.

Religious Sites in Scotland
A powerful atmosphere still lingers in the places of worship around Scotland. They are home to ancient carved stone crosses, abbeys and churches, which mark the founding of Christian religion in Scotland, and keep the beliefs and architectural feats of previous generations alive.

Luxury Scotland
Grand castle accommodation, spa treatments, exclusive clubs, cashmere and even a luxury train – whatever your definition, Scotland can deliver the quality and style.