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Fancy a picnic this summer? ››

Plan a picnic in Scotland this summer and discover beautiful locations, delicious recipes, planning advice and inspiring ideas.

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Enjoy summer in Scotland and get great ideas on things to do with our pocket guides on camping, families and outdoor activities.

Scallops at the Loch Fyne Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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Scotland is a great choice for a family holiday. Check out free attractions, family memberships, passes and discount offers.

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  • Giant tree at Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy
    Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy
  • The Music Room of the House of an Art Lover, built to the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Bellahouston Park
    The House of an Art Lover, built to the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Bellahouston Park
  • The outdoor spa pool at the Gleneagles hotel, south west of Auchterarder, Perthshire
    The outdoor spa pool at the Gleneagles hotel
  • Visitors enjoy a tour of the newly refurbished Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle
    Stirling Castle Royal Apartments

Make the most of your time off by booking a bank holiday break. From weekend city trips and spa holidays, to active Highland getaways and relaxing country retreats, you’ll find there is plenty to pack in and many accommodation deals to enjoy.

Weekend city breaks

City breaks offer a diverse range of experiences for you to enjoy, whether you want to visit museums and galleries, take in historic sites or indulge in some retail therapy. Scotland’s seven cities each have their own unique things to see and do. 

Glasgow, Scotland’s capital of shopping is also a top destination to discover the iconic designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Inverness makes an excellent choice for a bank holiday break, offering city culture amid the stunning Highlands and Loch Ness. Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh is ideal for a weekend break, with world-famous attractions within easy reach of the city centre.  

Long weekends in the country

Leave the hustle and bustle behind and set off on a bank holiday break to Scotland’s coast and countryside.  From outdoor pursuits in Perthshire, the adventure capital of Scotland, to relaxing hotel stays, tours of Scotland and budget breaks, there are plenty short breaks to choose from.

Each season creates a different outdoors experience, from snowdrop displays at gardens and parks in early spring, to the loud bellows of the autumnal deer rut and winter blankets of snow in the Cairngorms National Park.

Family things to do

Castles, museums and other family attractions often organise great activities and events over bank holiday weekends to ensure that everyone is entertained, especially during Easter school holidays and half-term. Find great deals with family passes and free attractions which help your break to be a great success. 

Plan your half-term break

Make sure that you consider tours, holiday packages and special offers on accommodation. Take a look at itineraries and trails for inspiration, and design your own bespoke shortlist for your bank holiday break in Scotland.