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There are a variety of free attractions in Scotland where you can immerse yourself in the country's rich culture and past. Spend hours wandering around fascinating museums and art galleries, explore inside historic buildings, and enjoy tranquil green spaces at beautiful parks and gardens.

Discover the extraordinary choice of free attractions offered by Scotland. Uncover a treasure trove of cultural delights in the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and discover other places where you can experience a diverse array of attractions without paying a penny.

Soak up the atmosphere of the capital’s cobbled Royal Mile at the height of the Fringe when the street is filled with street performers, and watch up and coming acts at perform at countless free shows and events. Admire stunning art in the city’s world-class galleries, view the breathtaking collections of the National Museum of Scotland which span millions of years and stretch around the globe, and step inside the magnificent interior of a medieval cathedral.

Glasgow also has its fair share of stunning architecutre and unique museums offering free admission. See beautiful Impressionist paintings alongside ancient Roman artefacts, step aboard an 18th century tall ship, and even experience what it was like walking down a Glaswegian street over a hundred years ago.

  • Statue of Greyfriars Bobby a Skye Terrier that would guarding the grave of his owner
    Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh © Kenny Lam
  • Looking over the gardens towards Pollok House
    Pollok House
  • Sands of Mussetter, Eday
    Sands of Mussetter, Eday
  • the view across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers, a Munro, from near Kenmore, Perthshire
    Loch Tay and the Munro of Ben Lawers, Perthshire
Beach near Bornish, South Uist


Enjoy peaceful seaside wanderings all over Scotland, and discover breathtaking beaches and dramatic coastlines

A dazzling display of hyacinths, crocuses and tulips

Parks and gardens

Why not explore some of Scotland's magnificent parks and green spaces, many of which are free to explore

A forest track on a hillside above Loch Lochy, through Glen Mor in the Highlands

Mountains and hills

Bag a munro, head for the hills or just enjoy a gentle walk in some of Scotland's awe-inspiring landscapes


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Hostels are a great option for holidaymakers of all ages on a budget and are a great way to make new friends.