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There is so much to see and do in Scotland. Here is a quick guide to fun activities and attractions if you are planning a holiday in Scotland.

Watersports and Snowsports

Scotland is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers. For example, there is a good chance of snow in the Cairngorms National Park during the winter months. You can hit the slopes or enjoy some après-ski activities in Aviemore. The town has quaint shops and restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. And there are plenty of places to stay in the area. Check out luxury self-catering Highlands accommodation.

Scotland’s water scene is also popular thanks to plenty of lochs and sea. Popular activities include coasteering, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. For those looking for a more adrenaline-fuelled experience, give wakeboarding, jet skiing and kitesurfing a go. There is a range of companies offering guided tours and equipment hire.

Free Exhibitions at Art Galleries and Museums

You can discover masterpieces and modern art in different cities across the country. Here are some of Scotland’s outstanding art galleries and museums.

  • Kelvin grove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow is the perfect place to spend 2-3 hours or more. It has something for everyone in its 22 themed galleries.
  • The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh features art by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Matisse and more.
  • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, also in Edinburgh, has a stunning collection of art from the 1900s to the present day. There are activities for children too, such as exploring the outdoor sculpture park. Great for a family day out.
  • V&A Museum in Dundee is a thriving space of exhibitions and learning. This includes family-friendly workshops inspired by architecture, fashion, illustration and more. For example, does anyone fancy becoming a toy tester for an afternoon?

To find out where you can get free entry to art galleries and museums in Scotland, visit the Museums Association.

Check out the Magical Kelpies

The Kelpies are striking equine sculptures. You’ll find these incredible horse head sculptures in The Helix near Falkirk. You can’t miss them – they stand 30 metres (100ft) tall. Artist Andy Scott created these works of art. The Kelpies represent Scottish mythology and are said to possess the strength of one hundred horses. Check out more top visitor attractions in Scotland.

Go in Search of the Aurora Borealis

Look up at the night sky in Scotland. You might get lucky and see the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis occurs when charged particles from the sun interact with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere. This natural light display is typically visible at high altitudes (Arctic and Antarctic). However, you can also see them in Scotland in the right conditions and where there is minimal light pollution.

Walking, Hiking and Island Hopping

There are many mountains and islands to explore in Scotland. For example, you can climb one or more of the 282 Munros if you want to. A Munro is a Scottish mountain of more than 914 metres (3,000ft). Put on your hiking boots and set off! If you want to combine climbing in the Cairngorms with relaxation, check out luxury Highland lodges with hot tubs.

Scotland has almost 800 islands, many of which are uninhabited. Some of the most popular ones include Skye, Lewis and Harris, Mull, Iona, Tiree and Coll. These islands are known for their dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and unique wildlife. On the west coast of Scotland, you’ll find beautiful Arran. Or you can take the ferry to Islay, home to world-famous single malt whisky. On your travels, you can discover the best places to eat in Scotland, too.

To sum up, a holiday in Scotland offers something for everyone. You have world-famous art, outdoor adventure, islands and mountains and mythical sculptures. There are also plenty of gorgeous places to stay. Book Highland holiday cottages, a range of luxury properties  that ensure a comfortable and relaxing getaway.