Out About Scotland
Craig Neil Out About Scotland

Hello, and welcome to Out About Scotland, the independent website that helps you find things to do in Scotland.

I’m Craig, I’m from Edinburgh, and I’m passionate about exploring this amazing country and seeing its best tourist attractions.

In this website you’ll find visitor guides about recommended places of interest, a handy tourist attractions map, information-packed articles about Scotland, travel gear reviews, and much more.

Not sure where to start? Try the tourist map first.

Things to Do in Scotland

Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train Visitor Guide

The Jacobite steam train has been described as one of the greatest train journeys in the world. Covering 84 miles, the Jacobite travels from Fort William to Mallaig on the north-west coast of Scotland.

Visitors can sit back in the historic carriages and experience the best of the Scottish Highlands, from lochs and mountains to forests and glens. Discover The Jacobite steam train in this guide which includes an overview and useful visiting tips.

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Leith Visitor Guide

Leith is a historic district in Edinburgh that centres around the Water of Leith, Leith harbour, and the restaurant-packed Shore.

Visitors will discover a rich maritime history that revolved around shipbuilding and fishing but Leith is now best known as a popular tourist destination thanks to its combination of trendy bars, award-winning restaurants and attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Ocean Terminal shopping mall.

The Kelpies

The Kelpies Visitor Guide

The Kelpies are two 30-metre steel sculptures of horse heads that stand in a custom-built extension of the Forth and Clyde canal near Falkirk.

The sculptures are based on Clydesdale horses that were used extensively for heavy farming and industrial work in the 18th and 19th centuries, but they also represent water kelpies, which are prevalent in Scottish mythology.

Blair Castle

Blair Castle Visitor Guide

Blair Castle – situated near Blair Atholl in Perthshire – has been the ancestral home of Clan Murray since its construction in the 13th-century. The castle is privately-managed but is open to the public for tours.

Discover Blair Castle in this guide which includes lots of helpful visiting advice.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia Visitor Guide

The Royal Yacht Britannia is the former royal yacht of HM Queen Elizabeth II which is located in the Ocean Terminal shopping centre at Leith in Edinburgh.

The yacht is one of Scotland’s premier tourist attractions and visitors can explore it on a self-guided tour that takes them through the main dining hall, the royal family’s private quarters, and the engine room.

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Duart Castle Visitor Guide

For 700 years Duart Castle has dominated the Sound of Mull on the Isle of Mull, where its mighty curtain walls have defended the seat of Clan Maclean.

The castle is located on a peninsula on the southeast of the island where it welcomes visitors with facilities including knowledgeable tour guides, nature walks, a café, and a gift shop.

Tourist Information

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Tips & Advice For Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the most-visited cities on the planet but first-time visitors can become overwhelmed by the culture, the festivals and the diverse range of tourist attractions.

This article gives you tips and advice for visiting Edinburgh that includes how to get to the city, how to travel around it, what to expect from the weather and much more.

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Summer in Scotland – Must-Know Travel Tips & Advice

Scotland’s high latitude means it gets long daylight hours in summer, with July seeing the sunrise and sunset from around 5 am to 10 pm. From June to July average temperatures are between 15°c and 17°c.

Discover more facts about summer in Scotland along with travel advice and tips to avoid midges in this ultimate guide.

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Islay Whisky Distillery Tours – The Ultimate Guide

Islay is one of Scotland’s most popular whisky-producing regions thanks to distilleries that include; Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Ardnahoe.

Discover everything you need to know about taking an Islay whisky distillery tour in this ultimate guide.

Best castles scotland

The Best Castles in Scotland – Ultimate Visitor Guide

In total, there are over 1,500 castles in Scotland, ranging from tiny lookout towers in the far northern Highlands to immense royal palaces in the south-east of the country.

Some of the best Scottish castles to include in a sightseeing itinerary are; Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and Eilean Donan Castle. Discover more about them in this ultimate visitor guide to the best castles in Scotland.

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How to Tour Scotland by Train – The Ultimate Guide

Scotland has several train lines that are perfect for exploring the country including; the Kyle Line, the Far North Line, the West Highland Line, the Carlisle Line, the Stranraer Line and the Borders Railway.

Discover the best train journeys in Scotland in this ultimate guide that includes train travel tips, advice on saving money on tickets, and a complete 8-day train tour of Scotland.

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