Last updated on January 6th, 2021

Hello, and welcome to Out About Scotland, your guide to finding the best things to do in Scotland!

This site has been created with one purpose in mind – to help you find the very best Scottish attractions. My mission is to provide you with all the information you need to find things to do in Scotland and give you lots of ideas for amazing experiences to enjoy while you’re here.

Holy Isle
Isle of Arran

I’m Craig, English-born but now living in Scotland thanks to my Scottish family history that saw me return to Edinburgh after spending my formative years down south.

I started outaboutscotland.com after becoming fed up with trying to find new places to visit in Scotland but then becoming overwhelmed by the amount of information on the internet.

I found that a web search for Scottish attractions brings up a dozen or more search results, and choosing one to visit means you have to trawl through each website to discover the location, opening times and details on what it’s all about.

While there are a few sites out there that try to give you some of this information I found they’re quite difficult to navigate, so I figured I could do better myself.

Due to the fact that I’ve travelled so much around Scotland I’ve got the experience and knowledge to share the very best places to visit with you, and I promise that I’ve personally visited each featured Scottish attraction so my reviews are genuine.

And unlike some of the large corporate travel sites I can also show you all the little hidden-away gems that are off the standard tourist trails.

Craig Smith
The Highlands

On the front page you’ll find tourist attractions in Scotland listed by region and category, and an interactive map will help you see where each attraction is located.

There are also handy links to a route planner, weather information, travel tips and advice and walking maps, and there’s even a calendar of Scottish events that are held throughout the year.

And to give you the best glimpse into what each attraction is like before you make the journey you’ll find a 360° virtual tour as well as a YouTube video on most attraction feature pages.

If you have any suggestions for the website then please contact me via my Facebook page and I’ll be sure to respond as quickly as possible. I hope you have as much fun looking through the site as I’ve had making it 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and happy exploring!


P.s. If you’re a tourist attraction operator and you are interested in getting a customised, high-definition virtual tour of your attraction to display on your website and share on social media take a look at my commercial virtual tour website – Vartour.com.

Craig Smith
Edinburgh’s Christmas

My latest posts

  • The Complete Guide to Arran Forest Walks
    The forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.
  • The Complete Guide to The Arran Coastal Way
    The Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.
  • The Complete Guide to Visiting Holy Isle, Arran
    Holy Isle is located close to the eastern shore of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This small (one square mile) island has a rich religious history dating back hundreds of years and the tradition of quiet seclusion continues to this day thanks to the Centre for World Peace and Health located on the western edge of the isle.
  • The Complete Guide to Visiting Brodick Castle on Arran
    Brodick Castle, former seat of power of the Dukes of Hamilton, is a grand 19th-century castle located a few miles north of the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The castle is surrounded by an exceptionally large and well-maintained garden and country park and is currently managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • The Complete Guide to Visiting Loch Leven in Kinross
    Loch Leven is a large expanse of water situated in the rural Scottish county of Perth and Kinross. The National Nature Reserve is renowned for the number of wildfowl that live there and in fact, it’s home to more breeding ducks than anywhere else in Europe.