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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, relax at tranquil beaches or beautiful green spaces, and experience a wide selection of walks through the landscape, where wonderful wildlife lurks around every corner.

All of Scotland’s regions have a broad range of activities and diverse array of attractions available, perfect for those planning a holiday on a budget. Walk amongst the ancient history of Orkney, with important relics from the World Wars, museums and magnificent standing stones, or tear down the epic mountain biking trails of the 7stanes routes situated across Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Uncover a treasure trove of cultural delights in the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. In the capital, wander down the cobbled Royal Mile at the height of the Fringe Festival, where you can enjoy thousands of shows for free, or explore inside historic buildings and admire the beautiful Impressionist paintings in some of Glasgow’s world-class museums.

Wherever you go, Scotland is bursting with exciting new things to do, and the best part of it is, your adventures don’t have to break the bank!

  • 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

Beaches

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

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