Things to do in Scotland

Scotland, with its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cities, offers something different for every type of holiday goer – so you'll be sure to find things to do in Scotland no matter who you are!


Staying at an Away Resorts holiday park while exploring Scotland provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the country's heart, explore its scenic beauty, and try various fun-filled activities – including hiking and golfing to partake in different water sports.

Here, you'll find some of the best things to do in Scotland, focusing on Edinburgh and Perth and ensuring a memorable holiday experience for all, especially families and couples. So, let's make a start on the exploration of this beautiful country!

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  • Things to do in Perth and Dundee, Scotland
  • Things to do in Perth for couples
  • Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Things to do in Scotland with kids
  • Adventure-based activities in Scotland
  • Things to do near Piperdam Leisure Resort
  • Things to do near Moffat Manor
  • Best things to do in Scotland

Things to do in Perth and Dundee, Scotland

Perth and Dundee offer charming Scottish cities brimming with culture, history and scenic beauty. From riverside strolls to world-class golf, here are some of the top things to do:

Things to do in Perth and Dundee, Scotland:

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Scone Palace

Explore Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were once crowned.

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Golf at Piperdam

Tee off at championship golf courses at the Piperdam Resort golf course itself.

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Blair Athol Distillery

Sample whiskies and learn the distilling history at Blair Athol Distillery.

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Branklyn Garden

Marvel at views from Kinnoull Hill and Branklyn Garden.

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Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Visit the Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee to learn about the amazing world of animals. European Brown Bears, Ring-tailed Lemurs, Meerkats, Hyacinth Macaws, and many more are among the highlights.

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Outlander TV Show filming locations tour

Visit the impressive grounds of Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), an intriguing and remarkably intact mediaeval fortification, before taking a tour of the historic Kingdom of Fife to visit some of the most iconic sites from the Outlander production.

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Black Watch Castle and Museum

You can also visit the Black Watch Castle and Museum and learn about Scotland's military history—perfect for history buffs!

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And with Piperdam Leisure Resort just a 30-40-minute drive from Perth and a 20-minute drive from Dundee, you have the perfect base to explore it all. It offers the perfect blend of comfort and proximity to the city's attractions, especially if you're a golf superfan!

So, why not discover the essence of Perth and create cherished memories with your loved ones during your next Scottish getaway?

Things to do in Perth for couples

If you're searching for a romantic getaway, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of things to do in Perth for couples.

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Piperdam Leisure Resort Spa

Piperdam Leisure Resort Spa is an especially great park that provides an intimate setting for a retreat with your loved one as you explore the sites and attractions of Perth in Scotland. Perth is an especially great location for a couple's escape.

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Kinnoull Hill

You can take romantic strolls through Scone Palace or Branklyn Garden, or witness beautiful views over Kinnoull Hill. Then, you can conclude your day with a candlelit dinner in one of Perth's fine dining establishments, filled with local cuisine.

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Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland

If you're looking to visit Edinburgh during your Scottish break, as Scotland's capital city, it's a captivating blend of history and modernity.

As you wander through the cobblestone streets, you'll immerse yourself in this iconic city's cultural tapestry.

But what activities and things are there to do in Edinburgh?

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Edinburgh Castle

If you do decide to visit this city, you must travel to Edinburgh Castle. It stands as a sentinel on Castle Rock and is steeped in centuries of Scottish history.

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The National Museum of Scotland

With hundreds of fascinating artefacts spread over several galleries, the museum provides you with access to an entire world of exploration.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Discover the Palace's intimate ties to some of Scotland's most illustrious historical personalities, such Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary, Queen of Scots, and learn how The King still uses it for official visits to Scotland.

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Adventure-based activities in Scotland

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Loch Lomond

For water enthusiasts, Loch Lomond offers an array of water sports, including paddle boarding, wakeboarding, and kayaking.

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Cairngorms National Park

But if you're more of a land adventure seeker, you can explore mountain bike trails throughout the Cairngorms National Park.

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Things to do in Scotland with kids

History is a big part of Scotland, and whilst this may seem just right for adults, there are plenty of ways to make it fun for the children, too. It's clear that family holidays here are extraordinary, as there are plenty of things to do in Scotland with kids.

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Edinburgh Zoo

One of the best things to do in Scotland with kids is to visit the Edinburgh Zoo, where your little ones can marvel at all the different animals.

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Dynamic Earth Museum

If you've decided on an Edinburgh day trip, why not take your little ones to the Dynamic Earth Museum? Here, learning is fun, with various interactive exhibits based on science and nature. And with plenty more things to do in Scotland with kids, they'll never get bored!

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But what else can you do? Here are thing to do near the Piperdam Leisure Resort:

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Camperdown Country Park

Nature trails, wildlife watching, golfing, and more are just a 10–20-minute drive away.

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Mills Observatory

Historic observatory with telescopes – a 20-minute drive away.

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Dundee Law

Hill in Dundee city center featuring walking trails and views – 20-minute drive away.

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Trottick Ponds Nature Reserve

Wildlife spotting plus walking trails – 20-minute drive away.

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Discovery Point & RRS Discovery

Home to the ship which carried Captain Scott on his first expedition across the Antarctic – a 20-minute drive away.

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Here are thing to do near the Moffat Manor:

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Mabie Forest Park

Offers walking, cycling and even horseback riding – a 40-50 minute drive away.

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Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve

60-metre hanging valley waterfall – a 25-minute drive away

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Devil's Beef Tub

A shallow hollow between four hills – a 15-minute drive.

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Drumlanrig Castle

Renaissance castle that dates back to the 17th century – a 45-minute drive away.

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7stanes Mountain Biking

Network of mountain bike trails for various skill levels – a 50-minute drive away.

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Best things to do in Scotland

With a grand list of things to do in Scotland, you may be wondering, what are the best things to do in Scotland?

With so many Scottish discoveries, it becomes challenging to pinpoint the best activities, but here's a quick list of what to do:

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North Coast 500

Discover the North Coast 500, a driving route through the Scottish Highlands, where you'll witness breathtaking landscapes and charming villages.

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Bladnoch Distillery

Tour the main areas of the 207-year-old distillery to learn firsthand how Bladnoch and Pure Scot Whiskies are made. A sample of three of our best-loved Bladnoch and Pure Scot releases is included in the tour.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct

Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct, known for its appearances in the Harry Potter films (the train to Hogwarts) and Marvel movies.

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Celtic Park

For sports fans, why not visit Celtic Park, the iconic football stadium?

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Torabhaig Distillery

Visit Torabhaig Distillery, the second-ever licensed Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye.

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We have listed three of the best things to do in Scotland, but there is more to discover! Your Scottish holiday awaits!

Things to do in Scotland FAQs

Many of your questions may have already been answered with our guide to the best things to do in Scotland, but here are a few more of the most frequently asked questions.

What is the number one thing to see in Scotland?

The number one thing to see in Scotland is often regarded as being Edinburgh Castle, especially as it's set on top of an extinct volcano – be honest, who wouldn't want to see that?

There are many ways to experience the castle – you can follow an itinerary, opt for an audio guide, or get straight into it.

Along the way, you'll learn about some fascinating history, and you can even have an afternoon tea experience as a lovely treat – the perfect date!

What is the prettiest place in Scotland?

There are so many places that could be considered the prettiest in Scotland, but ultimately, the decision is yours.

Here are a few of the top contenders for the prettiest place in Scotland:

How many days is enough for Scotland?

The number of days that are enough for exploring Scotland varies and depends on your choice of holiday.

A 9-10 days holiday is often recommended for exploring everything the country offers, but that's not to say that a three-day or weekend break isn't enough if that's all the time you have.

To make the most of your Scottish getaway, it's a good idea to plan where you're staying and what you want to do while on holiday.

What are the Fun things to do in Scotland

It may seem that Scotland is all about history and landscapes, but there is much more to Scotland than this! Scotland is the ideal place for holidaygoers seeking excitement, as there are so many fun things to do.

What's more, staying at a Scottish Away Resorts holiday park enhances the joy of your Scottish holiday, as there are fun activities to do both at the resort and surrounding areas!

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