Places to see in Scotland

Days out and attractions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas

Places to see, things to do, days out and tourist attractions in North, South and Central Scotland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Caithness, Dumfries and Galloway. Search our site for places to visit , things to do, courses or holiday accommodation in a Scottish location near you.



Edinburgh has some fantastic activities to visit including Cycle Tours and Guest Houses set in some of the most Picturesque locations in the area. You can benefit from Route Tours or take in the sites on the Insect and Butterfly World.

A The Royal Yacht Britannia visitors can discover Scotland’s best visitor attraction. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks.Discover how the Royal Family and 220 crew lived.  See where Prince Charles and Princess Diana honeymooned, and where celebrities and world leaders were entertained.

Paintball near Edinburgh.  55 Acres of game zones 18 different games. Welcome to a fun filled and action packed adventure at the UK’s finest paintballing parks. If you want to play and want information about the finest parks in the UK, or you are looking to book a paintballing game in Edinburgh or Glasgow as an exhilarating activity day-out then Skirmish Scotland   provides the best outdoor venues.

Want to spend a few hours exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town, but don’t have a clue where to turn? Why not challenge your friends or colleagues to a little detective work. Wilderness Adventures’ Edinburgh Treasure Hunt lets you take in the sights as you blaze the trail across the city. Armed with a Starter Pack of clues, a street map and a Polaroid camera, competing teams set out on a whirlwind quest round the town looking for the answers.

Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun has a great deal to offer on a day out, from a visit to its magnificent house and gardens, to woodland walks, activities, and events throughout the year.


Glasgow has no end of activities. This is a thriving place with a host of nightlife boasting Clubs, Bars and fine dining Restaurants. The West End has a Distillery open for Tours. You can visit the City Chambers and view Architectural Buildings or visit the local Art Galleries. There are also Winter Gardens to visit as well as the Concert Hall.

Finlaystone Country Estate near Glasgow offers a great family day out with play areas, woodland walks, picnic areas & barbecue sites, colourful gardens, tumbling waterfalls, events & activities, tearoom, shop and visitor centre.

Tollcross Children’s Farm is a favourite family destination in Glasgow.   The Farm provides the ideal opportunity for inner city children to learn more about country life.   Entry is free

Glengoyne Distillery located in Glasgow is offering a great range of comprehensive guided tours that take you behind the scenes at the distillery and give you an amazing insight into the production of scotch whisky

Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a fascinating art and history lovers’ destination in the west of Glasgow.  With interactive facilites for younger audiences and a running programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, as well as art workshops.

North Scotland

North Scotland has many Activity Parks and Walking Holiday locations as well and fantastic Museums. This region boasts Bike Tours with Guest Houses as well as Holiday Parks and Luxury Hotels.

Braemaer Highland Gathering has been held since 1832 and annually attracts competitors and spectators from all over the World.   Royal Patronage was afforded to the Gathering in 1866 and Reigning monarchs have attended regularily since then.

Wildlife Bird Tours in Outer Hebrides. We specialise in bird and otter tours in Uist and Benbecula.  Day tours and all-inclusive packages.  Specialist trips for Red-necked Phalarope, Corncrakes, divers; 8 species of raptor including 2 sp. of eagle, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine

The National Orienteering Centre is located at Glenmore Lodge. We offer a number of courses primarily targeted at teachers and orienteering club coaches. The National Orienteering Centre also runs coaching weekends for orienteers to improve their own skills.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 98 hectares near Dunkeld.  From early April to late August, the star attraction at Loch of the Lowes is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from our hides.

Central Scotland

Central Scotland has a large number of outdoor activities based throughout this great region. They offer a wealth of activities to cater for all tastes ranging from National Parks and Golf Courses. You can choose from many activities such as Motor Museums or Play Centres for Children as well as Stately Homes or Petting Zoos.

Visit the beautiful Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens for a chance to see spectacular rhododendron displays in spring, On the shores of Loch Fyne, set against a spectacular background of mountain and forest.

Lamont City Farm is a vibrant community project located in Erskine, Renfrewshire, where you can meet a wide variety of domesticated animals, including sheep, goats, horses, ducks, hens, llamas and rabbits.

The Almond Valley Heritage Centre is home to many friendly farm animals and offers a programme of seasonal crafts, games and activities for children in unique outdoor play facilities and indoor play areas, with picnic areas throughout the site.  A wonderful day out for all the family in the heart of Scotland just outside Livingston, West Lothian.

For water sports lovers, why not try open boat canoeing (also known as Canadian canoeing) for a truly unique way to explore the beautiful fresh waters of some of Scotland’s most picturesque and characterful lochs.

Wandering Aengus Treks offer self-guided and fully inclusive guided walking holidays in the Lake District, Northern England, Scotland and North Wales. Suitable in any weather and available all year round.


Southern Scotland

The largest UK forest park, The Galloway Forest Park offers plenty for you and your family to see and do.  It is one of only four “Dark Sky Parks” in the western world, and the only one in the UK. Situated in the heart of Galloway, southern Scotland, the Park offers spectacular views and dramatic scenery.

Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art.

Cream o’ Galloway offers a fabulous adventure playground for adults and children to play together with Flying Fox, Pedal Karts, Bicycles and 3D maze.

Enjoy a visit to Scotlands Highest Village and go underground. Gold Panning taster sessions are available daily throughout July & August and also during major Bank Holiday weekends.

The largest UK forest park, The Galloway Forest Park is one of only four “Dark Sky Parks” in the western world, and the only one in the UK. The perfect location for star-gazing.