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Things to do in Scotland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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““At the center of Scottish life for more than nine hundred years,Edinburgh Castle was one of the strongest fortresses in the kingdom.It has served as a royal palace arsenal ,gun foundry,state prison,a place of safe-keeping ”
  • 675 locals recommend
Mountain
“ Hike a trail to the peak of an extinct volcano for panoramic views of the whole city.”
  • 898 locals recommend
Museum
“Fantastic free day out, you can spend hours here. Also have a restaurant on top floor”
  • 571 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A gem of a an Art Gallery with world famous paintings by the Great Masters of the Impressionist era as well as some uniquely GLASGOW artifacts. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to arrive at least two hours before closing time at 5.00 pm and the best thing, it’s free!”
  • 360 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens .Visitor can discover the Garden’s fascinating history dating back 350 years,learn about its planting and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape .”
  • 564 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“My favourite of all the Scottish Galleries. But then I am a modern art fan. There are two galleries here No 1 and No 2 literally opposite each other across a road you could easily spend a full day in each of them. Located in Edinburgh’s West End there is a gallery link bus from the national gallery on Princes Street( £1 charge each way). From the Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore sculpture in the garden setting to the Lichtenstein in the gallery this setting keeps on giving. Inspired curation provides a host of specialist exhibitions throughout the year. Currently a Paula Rego exhibition (spring 2020). You cant see everything on a short trip to Edinburgh but if you love art this is a must. Great cafe which is just as well as a bit of a walk to alternatives. ”
  • 340 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful stop to run, walk, cycle, play football/rugby/cricket, or just sit and watch the world do all of these.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Park
“This is my top recommendation for visitors, particularly on short visits. It's like being on a movie set with its iconic, surprising buildings. Climb the Tower to get 360 degree views over the city, sea and countryside. It's the best place to get your bearings after arrival.”
  • 281 locals recommend
Park
“One of Glasgow's most loved parks. It's a place for joggers, walkers, parents with strollers, and lots of students pretending to study as they enjoy the nature around them. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“If you fancy being out in the fresh air, there is a lovely walk through the Kelvingrove park, along the river and up to the botanical gardens. Don't worry about getting lost, Glasgow locals are really friendly and will happily point you in the right direction. ”
  • 178 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 210 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The nearest gallery to the flat. Packed with interest in terms of biography in art. Aside from that the building itself is an absolute star. Short walk then across St Andrews Square to the Scottish National Gallery. 10/15 minute bus ride depending on traffic or 25/30 minute walk but uphill. ”
  • 215 locals recommend
Museum
“Riverside Museum is Glasgow's award-winning transport museum. With over 3,000 objects on display there's everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams and cars to a Stormtrooper. Get hands on with our interactive displays. Walk through Glasgow streets and visit the shops, bar and subway. Climb aboard a train, tram or bus and get a real feel for old public transport. Discover Glasgow's rich shipbuilding history, explore the car and motorbike walls and help put out a fire with our interactive fire engine. There are over 90 large touch screens panels full of images, memories and films that tell the fascinating stories behind the objects. There really is something for all ages to enjoy at the Riverside Museum.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
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“A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway should be on everyones bucket list when visiting Northern Ireland. The 40,000 interlocking basalt columns are a result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. (Check out the story of Irish giant Finn McCool to get the legendary story of how the Giant's Causeway was formed)”
  • 99 locals recommend
Park
“This is a fantastic space right down the road from our flat. (take a left out of the door and walk down the hill past the small roundabout, then up the hill slightly, keep an eye out for a small gate on the left, that will take you down into the gardens) It is a beautiful park in its own right, and also a great shortcut to Princes Street and beyond. It used to be my walk to work in the morning!”
  • 161 locals recommend
Palace
“The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen's official Edinburgh residence and has frequently been at the center of Scottish history.”
  • 190 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 153 locals recommend
Bakery
“The Manna House, 3 minutes walk from the flat, is a wonderful artisan bakery with an on-site cafe, selling handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Check out "A Play, A Pie, A Pint" at Oran Mor. A Play, a Pie and a Pint produce the most new-writing of any theatre in the UK. The theatre company now yields 35 new plays, running for 42 weeks of the year, 6 days a week. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Bar
“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Pub
“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“Tom Kitchen’s Michelin star restaurant. For top value check out the set lunch menu. 20 minutes walk from the flat at Leith Shore. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Tasty thai food at good prices. Usually have to queue to get a table but never a long wait. ”
  • 144 locals recommend

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