If you're a fan of history, culture, beautiful landscapes or the occasional dram of whisky, Scotland should definitely be high on your travel list. Whether it's your first time visiting this wild and wonderful country, or you keep coming back for more, we've put together our list of the top 10 things to see and do in Scotland, and in particular in its wonderful capital, Edinburgh. From nature tours in the Scottish Highlands, Nessie-spotting in Loch Ness & exploring the historic Edinburgh Castle, read on to see our top picks of activities you won't find in the guidebooks.

1. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination.
Of course you can go up the cableway or choose to hike. We know how we think you should discover this iconic mountain!

Edinburgh City Photography Tour Edinburgh Photography Adventure
For those who want to get the very best out of your photography, we have a photography tour that will guide you to the very best vantage points around the city to get the very best opportunity to capture some stunning architectural, landscape and portrait photography.


2. Whisky Distillery Tour & Tasting

Scotland is split into five whisky-producing regions; Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Take a tour and sample some of Scotland's finest.

North Coast 500 Adventure The Whisky Making Adventure
Enjoy a scenic raft trip down the River Tay and then off for a tour of the local distillery in Aberfeldy where they make the famous malt.


3. Explore the Scottish Mountains and Munro's in all their beauty

Whether its climbing up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh or the heights of Ben Nevis (Scotland's highest Munro) in the Grampian Mountains - let us show you the sights, explore hidden gems and experience the beauty of natural Scotland.

North Coast 500 Adventure Scotland Munro Adventure
Join us in exploring some truly stunning parts of Scotlands natural landscapes...the Scottish Munro's.Scotland is home to 282 Munro's. These are mountains that are over 3000 feet in height. That may not sound very high but most Scottish mountain treks start from close to seas level so they should not be taken lightly.


4. Adrenaline Activities

Whitewater Rafting, Canyoning, Bungee Jumping and a host of other adventure activities are on offer in Scotland, the home of adventure.

White Water Rafting with Splash Scotland Adrenaline Adventure Break
Over the two days, you will go White Water Rafting one of Scotland's best rivers, experience the crazy sport of River Bugging that we inherited from the Kiwis's, find yourself in a deep Scottish canyon on the end of a rope and finish the break off by jumping off a bridge. Yes, we attach the bungee to you first. Scotland has the highest fixed bungee jump in the UK.


5. Edinburgh Festival

It’s the biggest carnival in the world and you can enjoy it for free. A good option is to take a walk along the Royal Mile to see jugglers, acrobats, comics and musicians.


6. Highland Gatherings and Games

As Scottish as chasing Haggis, Highland Games will be taking place all over the country. Ones to catch are the 'Atholl Gathering' and Braemar Gathering - see cabers being tossed, tug-of-wars being fought, pipes being played and traditional dances being performed.


7. Landyatching on the stunning St Andrews coast

Land yachting combines the grace of sailing with the adrenalin buzz of motor racing – imagine yourself sitting a few inches from the ground and racing your friends and family across the sands at top speed.

Blown Away By Scotland Adventure Blown Away By Scotland Adventure
On Stunning St Andrews beach in front of the Old Course and the home of golf what not take advantage of the wind coming in from the North Sea and race across the beach and experience Land yachting.


8. North Coast 500 Adventure

The North Coast 500 is a circular road trip in the north of Scotland that takes in some of the very best and most remote landscapes Scotland has to offer.

North Coast 500 Adventure North Coast 500 Adventure
This adventure is best enjoyed with a relaxed approach, by cycling or by self-drive (Bike, Car, Camper) over a few days. Get in touch with us to help organise your visit to get the best of your stay.


9. Wildlife Photography

Join us on one of our many tailor made photography tours as we guide you around all the best locations off and on the beaten track, getting you to achieve those once in a lifetime shots. A guided photography tour with us is more than just about the picture.

Scotland Wildlife Photography Adventure
You tell us how long you have got and what wildlife you would like to get the chance to take photography of and we will design a day or a break that will give you the very best chance to capture some of Scotland's best birdlife or wild animals.


10. Sea Kayaking off the Scottish Coast

Scotland is one of the best Sea Kayaking destinations in the world. Rugged coastline with many islands providing shelter and interest. Towering cliffs and silver sand beaches with fantastic camping on short grass. Wildlife watching opportunities, otters, seals, deer, dolphins, eagles, and whales.

Island Sea Kayak Adventure Island Kayak Adventure
Sea Kayaking for most people is a comfortable and dry way of visiting some beautiful places that are otherwise often difficult to access. With a little practice and basic fitness, you can quickly adapt to this environment and revel in what it is to be on a  Sea Kayaking Holiday in Scotland.


11. Spend a night wild camping

In Scotland wild camping is a great way to explore remote areas, hidden glens and nature at it's pace, but make sure you follow the guidelines in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code if you head into the great unknown.

Take only memories and leave only footprints.


12. Loch Ness

With depths reaching 700 feet and a length of more than 20 miles, Loch Ness provides plenty of hiding places for its legendary monster.

This scenic section of the Scottish Highlands also has charming villages like Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus, open-air Shakespearean productions, multiple golf courses and medieval Urquhart Castle. Wildlife of the non-mythological variety and ancient Caledonian pine forests can be found in the Glen Affric nature reserve.

Watch out for monsters.


13. Cruise the Crinan canal on a vintage steam boat

Enjoy the nostalgia of genuine steamboat cruising and relive the romance of a generation gone.
Vic 32 is a beautiful 1943 steam ship, or as the owners describe her: "A firey, smokey, living museum." Week-long cruises depart from Ardrishaig in Argyll and Bute and take in the stunning Crinan Canal built over 200 years ago.

The ever varying light on the hills, the pure-air of the sea lochs, the Hebridean sunsets , the small towns and fishing villages beneath the heather – all will give you, rain or sun, a holiday unequalled anywhere else in the world.


14. Basking shark watching

We are lucky to have the second largest fish in the world cruising Scottish waters each summer - an exciting sight! The basking shark grows up to 10m (33ft) long, and a few places in Scotland are particular hotspots for seeing them.

Scotland Basking Shark Adventure Scotland Basking Shark Adventure
We can arrange for boat tours to see these huge fish in action or for the more adventurous we can arrange a unique experience with snorkeling dives and swimming with the basking sharks. This is a truly unique wildlife experience.