Best Things To Do In Scotland

What it lacks in weather, this country makes up for in entertainment, as there's a fun range of experiences North of the border. Maybe you're looking for non-touristy activities or plan on grabbing your wand and becoming a wizard for the day? Whatever tickles your tattie scone, we've got you covered with our guide to unique places to visit in Scotland.

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Last updated on 25th March 2024




Aberdeen: Slains Castle

Housing scarily good food and cocktails inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, Slains Castle is a haunt you won't want to skip on your next trip to Aberdeen. Set inside a church, this Dracula-esque pub fronts gothic architecture that's sure to add some drama to your drinking sessions. Drinks range from the Sloth – containing Baileys, Kahlua and Disaronno before being topped off with whipped cream – to the multi-coloured Ragnarok. As for the food, expect small plates for under £6 and pub classics from steak pie to an all-day Scottish brekkie. 

Edinburgh: Ballie Ballerson

On the hunt for free things to do in Scotland? Release your inner child at Ballie Ballerson and explore a double-level playhouse that's home to an enormous mirrored ball bit. There are live DJs on the weekend, extravagant cocktails and exclusive tickets on offer that grant you access to the venue from 6pm til' 12am.

Falkirk: XOXO

Searching for the best things to do in Scotland this weekend? Party at top late-night venue, XOXO. Think dancers, fire eaters, and even saxophone players as you step into an entirely different (sparkly) world. Make sure to dress up and get down to DJs, while enjoying some delicious tipples.

Aberdeen: Palm Court Hotel

Venture to the Palm Court Hotel for their entertaining live music night and plenty of traditional Scottish food served in stylish surroundings. If you're more brains than beats, check out their Monday quiz nights and quench your thirst with a range of drinks from the well-stocked bar.

Perth: Bothy

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Located in Perth, the Bothy is a gorgeous restaurant and bar that's decorated with pretty hanging plants and comfy leather seating. They've got live music taking place every Friday and Saturday, as well as cocktail masterclasses if you fancy something more hands on. The food here is not to be missed either, with everything from steak burgers to mushroom risotto and Sunday roasts, all made using the finest Scottish produce. And if you're feeling classy? Try out their sophisticated high tea too.

Glasgow: Level X

Impress your mates by taking them to Level X, a quirky activity bar located in Glasgow's St Enoch Square. Lace up your bowling shoes and hit the lanes or get lost in an alternate universe with wild VR experiences. There's also karaoke for the divas among you, making it on the list of fun things to do in Scotland for adults.

Edinburgh & Glasgow: Yo! Sushi School

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Ever wanted to learn how to construct your own maki? Head to Edinburgh or Glasgow and enroll in the sushi making school by none other than YO!. Learn everything from knife cutting skills to all about the fresh ingredients used in your favourite salmon and avocado hand rolls. Tickets include tasty drinks, plus edamame and gyozas to share.

Scottish Staycations

If you're the type of person to make a weekend of it and fancy incorporating all the activities you can, then plan your very own staycation. From romantic getaways to shepherd's huts in the middle of nowhere and exploring the wonders of the picturesque Fort William, we've got you covered.