Best things to do in Scotland
That settles it! Scotland will be your next destination! Pack your bags and set off to explore Scotland, an exceptional nation, a land of legends.
And why not let yourself be guided by your desires? Check out some of the best experiences, tours and activities in Scotland and create your own a la carte trip for a unique stay in Scotland, a journey that matches who you are.
Visit one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is one of the symbols of the Scottish capital. During this tour you will learn the history of the Scottish monarchs, see the Stone of Destiny and your guide will share with you the most incredible anecdotes about the famous characters who lived in this castle.
To make the most of your trip, book your skip the line ticket for Edinburgh Castle online. Make the most of the 30 minutes gained and go shopping down the Royal Mile or in Princes Street.
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh and reach the city centre (30 minutes by bus (Airlink 100 line) or taxi.
Where to stay: The "Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh". Stay in the heart of the capital in the only 5-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile.
Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster
Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, has been haunting people’s lives since the 6th century. You may have heard of the dishonest people who tried to create a monster in the 20th century and were unmasked. Nevertheless, this real legend is based on scientific and tangible facts.
Loch Ness is the second largest lake (loch) in Scotland and also the deepest; some atmospheric phenomenon may occur in the centre of the lake creating a type of mirage (enlarging what passes in front of this precise zone). Any otter, seal or log of wood can thus seem to be 5 to 10 times larger from the banks of the lake. This is the scientific explanation to this phenomenon but, who knows, a giant monster might rise from the deep and greet you during your visit to the lake!
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness, Loch Ness is 30 minutes away by car.
Where to stay: "The Highland Club". This property features a sauna to warm you up after your expedition into the Loch Ness mist.
Eilean Donan Castle
Dornie - Western Highlands
Eilean Donan is one of Scotland's most famous castles. You can book flights to Edinburgh and stay for a few days in the Scottish capital or fly directly to Inverness, a two-hour drive from Eilean Donan Castle.
This place is particularly romantic and has been awarded as being one of the best places for a marriage proposal. Eilean Donan Castle is also considered to be the most romantic castle in Europe and the most photographed with Urquhart Castle (Loch Ness Castle).
Opening hours: The castle is open every day from 10.00 to 16.00 (last admission at 15.00 - the castle is closed in January).
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness (2h drive from Eilean Donan Castle).
Where to stay: "Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant". Stay near Eilean Donan Castle.
From Edinburgh: Magical Highland tour on board the Hogwarts Express
Hop on board the Harry Potter train, the Hogwarts Express, also known as the "Jacobite Steam Train". Discover the magical places which inspired J.K Rowling to write one of the most incredible literary sagas.
You will visit several places from the Harry Potter movies, ride the Hogwarts Express steam train and visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This tour includes your trip from Edinburgh to Fort William Station.
Where to stay: "Tigerlily" is an award-winning boutique hotel with a cocktail bar.
Visit the Wallace Monument
Located a little away from the city centre, at the top of Abbey Craig Hill, the Wallace Monument was built in memory of a 13th century Scottish hero, William Wallace. He is the hero of the movie ‘Braveheart’, the hero who stood up to the English King Edward I and fought for Scotland’s independence.
You may not see Mel Gibson at the top of the tower but you can see objects that belonged to William Wallace such as his sword.
How to get there: Book your flights to Glasgow or Edinburgh and reach Stirling (50 minutes by car - 2 hours by train).
Where to stay: "The Allan Park" offers a restaurant and a bar.
Isle of Skye
Portree is the largest city on the Isle of Skye. It is a perfect starting point for excursions in the Inner Hebrides. No need to use a ferry to get to Portree, just cross the bridge in Loch Aillse.
If you are a fan of highland games the first two weeks of August are perfect, but if you want to avoid crowds, book before or after the event when prices are more attractive.
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness (3h by car - 5h by train).
Where to stay: "Harbor House" is one of our top picks in Portree.
Visit the Royal Residence of Balmoral
Where will you be landing? Inverness airport? Dundee or Aberdeen or even Edinburgh (2 hours drive ). Just like the Royal Family, you'll be spoiled for choice.
Please note that Balmoral Castle is open to the public from April 1st until July 31st only. Every summer, Balmoral Castle welcomes the royal family for the Highland Games in the village of Braemar, (5-minutes drive from their castle).
If you also want to see this incredible show of strength in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and family book your flights to Edinburgh or Inverness and your accommodation at the best price around Balmoral Castle and your tours and activities in Scotland.
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness, Dundee, Aberdeen (1h30 by car) or Edinburgh (2h).
Where to stay: "The Auld Kirk" is a former church that has been converted into a hotel.
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
Isle of Skye
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls is located in the North of the Isle of Skye, a 30-minute drive from Portree, the main town on the island.
This extraordinary show is free and open 24 hours a day. The easiest way is to drive along the A855 to Mealt Falls and park in the Viewpoint car park. You can also go there by public transport (bus 57A).
The sound caused by the waterfalls is incredible: both strong and soothing. You may be wondering why this place is called "Kilt Rock"? Come on site and you will see that these basalt rocks resemble a giant Kilt.
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness and join Portree (2.5 hours by car, 4 hours by train).
Where to stay: "Harbour House" is one of our top picks in Portree. Whisky lovers will be tempted as it is situated only 28 km from the famous malt Talisker whisky Distillery.
Visit the Dunmore pineapple building
This amazing building with a huge pineapple on its roof is considered one of the most incredible buildings in Scotland.
This was the brainchild of a Scottish Lord, Lord Dunmore. On his return from Virginia he had a gigantic pineapple built on the roof of his summerhouse and a greenhouse to grow this exotic fruit.
The Dunmore Pineapple is managed by the Landmark Trust and, incredible as it may seem, it is possible to rent it as a holiday home at a very attractive price (60 pounds per night for 4 people). You can even buy pineapples at the grocer’s in Dunmore!
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh or Glasgow and join Dunmore (40 minutes by car - 2 hours by public transport).
Where to stay: 5km from the "Dunmore Pineapple", "Inglewood House and Spa" features treatments rooms, a thermal suite and an outdoor hot tub.
Isle of Skye
You can reach the majestic Isle of Skye either on your own by booking your flights to Inverness and driving to Glenbrittle, the nearest town to the Fairy Pools or ask an operator for an "Isle of Skye tour with fairy pools from Inverness".
All you have to do is book your tour online and wait for your guide in front of St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness.
How to get there: Book your flights to Inverness (3h drive to Glenbrittle).
Where to stay: "Ballifeary Guest House" is set in Inverness, 1km from Inverness Castle.
The Scotch Wisky Experience
There is no better place than The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky to learn about the history of Scottish whisky and enjoy this drink created in Scotland.
The place is both serious and fun and you will discover the best whiskies while sitting comfortably on a barrel of whisky on wheels, like in an amusement park.
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh and join the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center, 354 Castlehill (1 min walk from Edinburgh Castle).
Where to stay: "Le Monde Hotel" is just 100 m from Princes Street.
New Year's Eve
Edinburgh is ranked as one of the best destinations in Europe to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Unlike any other cities of Europe, the passage to the new year is so extraordinary in Edinburgh that the Scots gave it a name "Edinburgh's Hogmanay".
This informal festival, which has developed in popular neighbourhoods, has become a must-attend event that brings together people from all parts of Edinburgh and across Scotland.
The party is so big that it is considered by the Guinness Book of Record as the World's largest New Year Party.
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh and join the city centre with the Airlink 100 Bus (20 min).
Where to stay: "Le Monde Hotel" is just 100 m from Princes Street.
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