Last updated on September 27th, 2020
Scotland is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and the country has a fantastic collection of attractions that are guaranteed to offer something for every visitor, no matter their age or interests. Whisky distilleries, zoos, aquariums, museums and everything in-between are waiting for your next visit.
Discover the very best of Scotland’s top attractions when you book a ticket from the list below.
Enjoy entrance to all the attractions within Edinburgh Castle and discover the city’s most iconic monument. Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great volcanic summit, and its story has helped shape the nation’s story: battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it.
With this full-day entrance ticket you can avoid the lines at the ticket office to explore its treasures at your leisure. Highlights include the magnificent Great Hall, tranquil Queen Anne Gardens and the serene Chapel Royal, which dates back to 1594.
Get closer than ever before as you come face to face with Sumatran tigers, or witness the world-famous Penguin Parade featuring the knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav. Why not visit Edinburgh Zoo’s newest attraction? Wee Beasties, which is home to a number of exciting species including reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Travel back to the beginning of time in a time machine and witness the big bang first hand. Rocket through the universe in a spaceship travelling billions of times faster than the speed of light and see stars explode on the other side of the galaxy. Feel the ground shudder as a molten lava flow speeds straight towards you and volcanoes throw clouds of ash and gas into the sky.
During her 40 years of service, The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed a million miles on a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, Britannia is a fascinating 5-star visitor attraction. Book your ticket to tour this top British attraction today.
As you weave your way through the World of Illusions, remember nothing is as it seems. Venture through 5 floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions. Start at the rooftop terrace and enjoy 360-degree views of Edinburgh, then get closer to the sights using a range of telescopes and binoculars.
Whether you’re looking for a family day out or have an interest in Scottish History you’ll find plenty to do at over 70 paid visitor attractions managed by Historic Scotland, all of which are easy to get to. Purchase a 3-day, 7-day, or 14-day Explorer Pass and you’ll only have to pay once to enjoy admission to Scotland’s top historic visitor attractions.
Visit the vaults under old Edinburgh, stand on top of towering monuments, see inside stately homes, delve deep in a coal mine, escape on a boat trip on the River Forth, be enthralled by the supernatural on a haunted history tour, and marvel within a medieval house with an Edinburgh city pass.
Get up close to over 1,500 creatures and find out what it feels like to touch a starfish and other creatures living in the interactive rock pool. Visit the playful family of otters Lily, Pickle and Cub, then journey through the tropical ocean tunnel and come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and other critters of the sea.
Pre-book bus transfers between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre and take the worry and stress out of your journey to and from the Scottish capital. Airlink 100 buses are located just outside the main airport entrance and are easy to find. They offer comfortable seating, generous luggage space and free Wi-Fi to keep you connected.
Live and breathe Edinburgh’s darkest history, if you dare. The Edinburgh Dungeon is an award-winning, 70-minute interactive and immersive walk-through experience covering 1000 years of Edinburgh and Scottish history through 11 live actor shows, theatrical sets, special effects, and 2 thrilling rides.
Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland and is set on the largest river in the UK. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour.
Wander the opulent state rooms and lavish gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official Scottish residence, located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Once inside the baroque palace, learn about its close associations with Scotland’s history via a complimentary audio guide.
Famous for its hospitality, The Royal Highland Braemar Gathering is held annually on the first Saturday in September. It is a spectacle of fun and games, featuring Scottish pipers and Highland dancers on heather-clad hills.
This guided whisky tour tells the story of Scotland’s most famous product. A highlight of these tours is the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles.