Top attractions in Scotland
Our most recommended things to do in Scotland
1. Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket
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. Get closer to the sights using the range of telescopes and binoculars. Then join your guide inside the Victorian rooftop chamber to see Edinburgh as never before. Discover the Camera Obscura, a live moving image of Edinburgh projected through a periscope, while listening to a fascinating account of the city’s history. Make your way down through 5 floors of interactive displays and clever illusions. Discover a swirling light vortex, a maze of mirrors, get the chance to swap noses with a friend, see yourself grow, shrink and stretch, and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects.
My partner and I have never been to a place like this so it was really interesting! There’s different mirrors, tools and illusions to explore. The only negative for us was that the staff didn’t stagger people coming in, which made every room feel very busy and made you feel as though you had to rush to allow the next people to look, which I would have thought during covid times would be more so! However, the overall experience was good and a great way to have a bit of fun and kill time. The view at the top is amazing!
2. Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour
This vaults tour takes you beneath the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town into a dimly lit space that many considered to be haunted. Your 1-hour tour visits the vaults of the South Bridge that date back to the 1700s.
These are the same vaults mentioned on Most Haunted Live as one of the scariest places on earth. Learn how the vaults have been used over the years, and the living conditions endured by the poor and homeless residents who frequented them.
The darker side of Edinburgh's history will unfold as you wander through the candle-lit underground area. From your costumed guide, you'll hear about the Burke and Hare murders and the persecution of witches.
Discover the characters who stalked the streets of Edinburgh, and the paranormal stories associated with the vaults. The Haunted Vaults tour option will cover more paranormal and ghost stori...
Really good guide, unfortunately cannot remember his name but I think a career in stand up beckons!
3. Loch Lomond: 1-Hour Cruise
Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro. From there, continue towards Inchmurrin Island, the largest inland island in Great Britain and home to the ruins of the 12th century Lennox Castle. Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland". The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, open and closed deck space and full bar facilities.
Very informative trip, beautiful scenery. Staff at kiosk very pleasant and helpful.
4. Edinburgh: The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket
During her 40 years of service, The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed a million miles on a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Book your ticket to tour this top British attraction. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, Britannia is a fascinating 5-star visitor attraction. A free handset tour (available in 30 languages) takes visitors round 5 decks at a leisurely pace and provides a rare glimpse into the public and private lives of the British Royal Family. Highlights of the tour include the fabulous State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms, the relaxing Sun Lounge, life below decks in the Sick Bay and Laundry and the gleaming Engine Room. Enjoy stunning waterfront views and waiter service in the Royal Deck Tea Room, with a menu of delicious cakes, scones, soups, and sandwiches made on board in the original Royal Galley. The majority of items on view are original...
Great two hours exploring this fantastic yacht’s history. The headset information was enlightening and super clear. We had a great lunch in the restaurant enhanced by the the waiters and waitresses. A must to do if you visit Edinburgh.
5. From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle
Cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle on this coach and boat tour that transports you directly from Inverness city center to the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the stirring past of these famous shores as you relax on a guided coach tour. After departing from Inverness by coach, you will drive to Loch Ness. Once you arrive, hop on board a boat to cruise across the Loch’s world-famous waters. Keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie! There is a fully stocked bar on board and a selection of Scottish snacks. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also served, should you require a little warming up. Once you are back on shore, explore the historic ruins of the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle. After you have seen the castle, relax on the coach as you make the return drive to Inverness city center.
Beautiful way to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Really interesting tour and alot of fun
6. Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise
Climb aboard a small cruise boat for a truly inspiring tour of Loch Ness, departing from Clansman Harbour, just south of Inverness, and sailing as far as Urquhart Castle and back. Once on board, you will sail to the heart of Loch Ness, famous around the world for its mysterious - and elusive - monster. A selection of Scottish produce, as well as hot and cold snacks are available to purchase from the bar, if you fancy a wee dram as you cruise. Boats also have free WiFi for your convenience. Soak up the stunning mountain views as you cruise to the remains of Urquhart Castle, the envy of Scotland’s romantic ruins. Once you reach the blunt peninsula of Urquhart Bay, the boat will turn around and sail at back to Clansman Harbour.
On-time, polite staff, leisurely cruise with informative commentary during the cruise
7. Loch Lomond: Island Discovery 2-Hour Cruise
Discover the legends and secrets of the islands of Loch Lomond, known as “the jewels in her crown.” Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. This leisurely 2-hour circular cruise passes the world-famous Loch Lomond Golf Club and explores the middle island of Loch Lomond, sailing through an area known to locals as "The Narrows", and continues onwards to the village of Luss. Enjoy cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC's "Coast" and "A History of Scotland." The luxurious and smooth passenger boats offer excellent viewing, opened and closed deck space, and full bar facilities.
Well organised tour of Loch Lomond on a very comfortable boat. Good seating arrangements across two levels with open areas front and back. Excellent pre recorded commentary well synchronised at all the appropriate points. Luckily we had a mostly sunny day which really showed the scenery at its best. We purchased drinks on board but no snacks or crisps etc available which I am sure most people would have had so maybe they are missing a trick not providing them. Very pleased with the the adjacent parking and easy access to the boat dock.
8. Edinburgh: Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour
Spook yourself on a guided tour of the most haunted sites in Edinburgh and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard to learn the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Look at the Gothic mausoleums and learn about notable burials as you explore the grim history of the cemetery. Continue to the nearby Edinburgh Vaults, located in the arches of South Bridge. Hear about regular paranormal occurrences and how some of the characters from history have never really left. Discover the former home of the destitute, witches and a hellfire club, and hear how the haunted vault is now possessed by something truly evil.
Great tour, lots of information and humour and fairly enjoyed. Also a few spooks along the way. Fascinating city with a fascinating history
9. Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise
Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.
A very interesting and informative tour.It was a lovely day weatherwise and we thoroughly enjoyed it
10. Glasgow: Celtic Park Stadium Tour
Celtic Park is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe. Making Celtic Park the perfect place to learn all about the colorful history and heritage of Celtic Football Club from its inception in 1888. Enjoy a one hour tour experiencing the stadium from new perspectives. Experience first hand, Celtic's heritage and culture that has made the club famous and renowned the world over. Take a guided tour of the stadium as well as taking a trip through the history of the club through our various informative and impressive exhibitions.Your tour with include a visit to the home team dressing room and Celtic FC Boardroom before walking in the footsteps of legends down the tunnel, sitting in the dugout and taking in the atmosphere pitch-side.
Brilliant tour, Martin was fantastic and so helpful. Would highly recommend going on this tour
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What people are saying about Scotland
Do it! Honestly I booked this tour under duress. My son wanted to look for Nessie (eye roll) and I didn't want to spend all that time on the bus. But the hours on the bus passed very quickly. Stuart, our tour guide and driver, was a very erudite and entertaining host. He talked about films, music, books and history and geography in a very interesting and low key way. And of course we get to get off the bus to see a very beautiful part of the world. I really recommend it.
Rory your a legend, absolutely loved this tour! Great history lessons fantastic views and funny jokes. Would definitely book again next year with this company.
I had fun with the tour.Andrew,our tour guide was a great storyteller.He made the long trip so much fun. Overall,it was a good value for money.
Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .
Andrew J and Jim were amazing, very funny they made the experience enjoyable!!