There is a lot of different things to do in Scotland, and lots of things to see in this beautiful country. There is something to fit all tastes and budgets. Taking a break in Scotland allows you to enjoy both the countryside and the picturesque coastlines. There is a wide selection of historical attractions and a number of shopping centres, which makes Scotland the ideal destination for families and couples. Scotland has a number of locations where you can relax and kick back whether this be enjoying one of the many walks or relaxing on of the beaches.
Things To Do In Scotland When It’s Raining
Even when it is raining there is still a lot of things to do and see in Scotland. The climate can be rather changeable in Scotland therefore it is handy that there is a vast array of indoor activities.
Deep Sea World
One of the attractions in this area that will be popular with people of all ages is Deep Sea World, which is located at North Queensferry. This attraction will entertain and educate visitors of all ages.
The Battle of Bannockburn 3D Attraction
The Battle Of Bannockburn is a multi-award winning attraction and the 3D technology that they use has the ability to take you into the heart of the action. This attraction is located near the city of Stirling and it tells a chapter of Scottish history.
Wonder World of Play
For the younger visitors the Wonder World of Play at Falkirk is a great places to visit, as it is a large indoor adventure centre which is housed in a custom built centre.
Days Out For Couples In Scotland
There is a lot of things for couple’s to see and do in Scotland, as they can enjoy one of the many walks that are available in the area or try their hand at some wine or gin tasting at one of the many distilleries.
Cairn O’Mohr Distillery
Even if the weather is a bit damp this area still has plenty to do including wine tasting at Cairn O’Mohr Distillery and this attraction has an onsite café which serves some very tasty food.
Pickering’s Gin Distillery
If you prefer gin then you can enjoy some gin tasting at Pickering’s Gin Distillery, the guided tours allow you to explore how your favourite tipple is produced.
Royal Yacht Britannia
For people who prefer to explore historical attractions the Royal Yacht Britannia is worth a visit, step abroad The Queen’s former floating palace and this is a five star attraction.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum located in Glasgow is a great day out for people who have an interest in art. This attraction is home to twenty two themed art collections and includes eight thousand objects.
Places To Visit in Scotland For Free
Looking to save some pennies whilst in Scotland then don’t worry as there is a lot of free activities that you can enjoy. Scotland is home to some lovely beaches and picturesque countryside with many walking routes that you can follow.
One of the walks that is worth doing is the hike up to Arthur’s Seat, which is a result of volcanic activity which took place millions of years ago. A visit to this location is brilliant way to enjoy the breath-taking views across the city of Edinburgh and this activity is free to do.
For people with an interest in politics a trip to see the Scottish Parliament although this attraction is closed during the summer recess but you can still enjoy the outside of the building. At other times of year it is possible to enjoy a guided tour around the building.
As well as these attractions there is a number of walks including coastal walks or for the more adventure you could climb Ben Nevis, which is Scotland’s largest mountain.
Days Out For Families in Scotland
Loch Ness Cruises
Loch Ness cruises is a great day out for all the family and it allows you the chance to learn about Loch Ness and see if you can spot the famous Loch Ness monster.
Bowhill Country House
Bowhill Country Estate near Selkirk is a good way to spend a day and it will be enjoyed by all ages. This is a secluded enchanted estate which is home to a lovely lake and acres of woodland. There is a number of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed at this estate including horse riding., hiking and fishing. There are indoor tours available therefore providing a great day out regardless of the weather.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling is an ideal location for people of all ages, as there is so much to see and do. This attraction will enable you to get up and personal with wildlife at one of the Scotland’s most famous safari parks. This park is home to a wide array of animals including tigers, lions, meerkats, elephants and it is also possible to take a boat trip around Chimp Island.
West Coast of Scotland in a Motorhome
The West Coast of Scotland is known for its melodious mixture of rugged mountains, a throng of picturesque islands, its surplus of lochs, gardens, parks and beaches and not to be omitted, its sea food and whiskey heritage for which it is renowned.
Taking your motorhome on a trip to the West Coast of Scotland is a joy and one of the many highlights of your time in this part of the British Isles is the journey to the coast where you can breath in some of the UK’s finest scenery.
Argyll And Bute
Argyll and Bute is the county which covers a large part of the West Coast. There are countless attractions from castles, distilleries and museums. Golfing courses and horse riding trails are readily available or you might like to take a walk to Cowal Way. The county also plays host to many different festivals and events including the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival and Bute Jazz Festival, Sea Food Festival in Tarbet and the Mull Rally.
Villages And Towns On The West Coast Of Scotland
The main villages and towns on the West Coast of Scotland are made up of:
This town is positioned to the south west of Kintyre whose name is used in the famous Paul McCartney song, Mull of Kintyre.
This town sits in between Inverary (to the north) and Tarbert (to the south). It is often a popular stop off point for travellers on the way up to Oban.
is a well known part of the West Coast where there are a number of different tourist attractions including Inverary Jail, Inverary Castle, and the Woolen Mill.
Carradale and Musasdale
are both small villages with local amenities but each having its own stunning position on the picturesque coast.
is one of the main towns that draws in thousands of tourists every year. It comes alive with the many attractions available there including water sports, sea food restaurants and Highland Games.
Places To visit On The West Coast
Oban is known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland. There is something for everyone in this picturesque seaside town which is visited time and time again by tourists. As the area is located next to the Gulf Stream it is popular with both novice and experienced divers. There is an abundance of marine life to be seen making it popular for wreck diving in both shallow and deep waters. You can also experience a walewatching boating expedition on a Seafari. White water rafting, canoeing and kayaking are other popular water sports available in Oban. There are also museums, including the Kilmartin Museum and Oban War and Peace Museum. Oban Distillery, Inverary Jail and Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull are other popular attractions here.
Fort William is another popular town on the West Coast, partly due to the outstanding countryside around it and its proximity to Ben Nevis and other Munro Mountains. There are several small towns and villages in this, the second largest town in the Scottish Highlands. These include Caol, Inverlochy, Corpach and Fort William; each consisting of a range of shops and eateries. There are also three camping parks available in the Fort William and Glen Nevis areas. Visit the Ben Nevis Distillery, take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train or go and see the West Highlands Museum.
Croabh Haven is a purpose built village and sits about 22 miles south of Oban. It was formed in 1983 as a holiday resort. In the village there is a marina which has causeways and breakwaters built around saltwater islands. Inside there is a pub, a shop, and a water sports centre.
The Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran has been popular with tourists for centuries. You can take a ferry trip to Arran from the port of Ardrossan. Visitors can enjoy lots of activities here including paragliding, golfing, cycling and walking. Take a drive around the island or visit Lochranza Castle or the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum or you may like to take a trip to the island’s distillery
Campsites On The West Coast Of Scotland
Below are just some of the motorhome-friendly campsites available on the West Coast:
Oban Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Barcaldine by Connel, Argyll, PA37 1 SG
Facilities at the site include: hard standing pitches, gas refills, electrical hook ups, toilets and showers as well as a children’s playground. There is internet access and a shop and transport on site. Dogs are permitted and disabled facilities are also available.
The site is around 13 miles from Oban and other attractions close by are made up of Port Appin and Crarae and Kinlochlaich Gardens.
Shieling Holidays, Craignure
Isle of Mull, PA65 6AY
Facilities at the site include electrical hook ups, hard standing pitches, toilets, showers and a bath. The site also benefits from sea views, camp fires, internet access, TV, games room, kids’ play area. In addition, there is a beach, fishing and boating on site. Within a miles of the site there is a shop, restaurants, bars, golfing and horse riding on site.
Carradale Bay Caravan Park
Carradale estate, Carradal, Kintrye, Argyll, PA28 6QG
Facilities at the site consist of: showers, toilets and laundry facilities. Guests can take advantage of electrical hook ups, internet access and chemical disposal services also. Dogs are permitted on the site and rallies are also welcome. Fishing, water sports and a beach are also available. Within one mile there are shops, bars and restaurants, golfing, public transport and horse riding.