Scotland's Bucket List Ideas

Scotland boasts a variety of unique bucket list ideas that will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. From soaring above picturesque valleys and mountains in a hot air balloon, and exploring underwater shipwrecks, to galloping along pristine white sand beaches, or enjoying a tranquil island getaway, there's plenty to choose from.

Whether you're looking for simple bucket list ideas, cool places to go on holiday or even those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Scotland has something for everyone, here are just a few ideas we think you'll love.

  1. Make a Splash Scotland

    Watersports at South Queensferry

    Head out on the water and explore miles of secluded beaches, cliffs, caves, and hidden coves by kayaking along Scotland's unique coastline. Or take it inland and try sailing, river kayaking, or canoeing on many scenic lochs and rivers. If you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, why not try white water rafting in our waterfalls and gorges, or what about coasteering along our rocky shoreline?

    Why not head to Orkney where you can scuba dive to the depths of Scapa Flow where you can uncover historic shipwrecks of submarines and war vessels dating all the way back to World War I. In St Andrews, try out land yachting on West Sands Beach - this unique activity combines the grace of sailing with the adrenaline buzz of motor racing!

    Elsewhere, the Isle of Tiree is renowned as the perfect spot for surfing the waves. The island is a pretty windy place during a few months in the year, but this makes it a mecca for windsurfers, particularly each October when the island hosts the Tiree Wave Classic - the most prestigious and longest standing windsurfing event in the UK.

  2. Take a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon Crieff

    Webster Adventures

    If you're not a fan of water but are looking for an adventurous thing to do, why not take to the sky and soak in the incredible panoramic views of Perthshire's lush landscape from a hot air balloon? Just a 1h 30m drive north from Edinburgh, head to Crieff where you can take off from amongst the areas' scenic surroundings and float through the air, spotting many landmarks and locations en route. Elsewhere in Perthshire, Webster Adventures also offers a thrilling experience in Scotland's skies.

  3. Take a hike... up a Munro Scotland

    The landscape surrounding the famous Munro of Schiehallion

    © Perth and Kinross council / Fred Murray

    If you'd rather stay on two feet, why not conquer a Munro? Munros are uniquely Scottish mountains that tower over an incredible 3,000ft. (914.4m) high and all boast magnificent views on the ascent. There are 282 peaks to choose, each making their home in a beautiful corner of Scotland. After all, a Scotland themed bucket list wouldn't be complete without bagging a Munro! So, take your pick and get climbing!

  4. Tee Off on World Famous Golf Courses Scotland

    A golfer plays the Old Course at St Andrews

    © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

    Scotland, the Home of Golf, boasts over 550 bucket list-worthy courses for you to play on, including links courses, heathland courses, parkland courses and more. Head to St Andrews where you can tee off on one of 10 world-famous golf courses in the region, including the Old CourseNew Course and The Castle Course. Also in St Andrews, head to the British Golf Museum where you can uncover over 500 years of golfing history through displays and interactive galleries full of fascinating facts, stories and more. Why not get involved in a prestigious golfing event? There's nothing quite like seeing some of the world's top golfers battle it out for the trophy on a famous Scottish course.

  5. Indulge in a relaxing spa retreat Scotland

    Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

    Nothing quite beats a trip away with your other half, and where else can you enjoy lots of unique and memorable experiences that you can tick off your romantic bucket list, or even add to it, than Scotland? If you fancy a relaxing weekend away for two, you're in the right place. Scotland has many cosy cabins and lodges that are complete with your own private hot tub often nestled away from the bustle of city life. Or if you fancy a spa retreat set amongst Scotland's lush landscapes, then look no further. Head to places such as Stobo Castle in the Scottish Borders, Atholl Palace in Pitlochry or The Ugadale Hotel in Argyll, to name a few.

  6. Be mesmerised by the dancing Northern Lights Scotland

    Northern Lights over Cullen bay

    © VisitScotland / Discover Fraserburgh / Fiona McRae

    Have you ever seen the Aurora Borealis with your own eyes? Did you know that there are locations in Scotland that are popular for sightings of the Northern Lights? The north of Scotland lies on the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway, which means you're in with a good chance of spotting this mesmerising display.

  7. Explore Scotland's Enchanting Dark Sky Parks Scotland

    Kirroughtree Forest

    © VisitScotland / David N Anderson

    Can you think of anything more romantic than stargazing? Scotland has many Dark Sky Discovery Spots dotted across the country that have been identified as key locations to see galaxies, stars, and constellations against the midnight sky. Don't miss the chance to tick this off your couples' bucket list.

  8. Delve into a back-to-nature escape Scotland

    Boutique Farm Bothies, Drumblade

    Why not get further off the radar with some back-to-nature escapes where you can disconnect from the world and enjoy some quality time together? Scotland is home to many treehouses, wigwams, eco-pods, yurts and more that are equipped with many facilities, so you don't have to miss out on that luxury element. Or why not enjoy some quality time with your other half with a relaxing hot tub holiday?

  9. Follow in the Footsteps of Harry Potter Glenfinnan

    Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Scotland is a great destination to tick off some family bucket list ideas. If you're a fan of Harry Potter, head to Edinburgh where you can follow in the footsteps of J.K Rowling as she brought the infamous book series to life. You can also explore Greyfriars Cemetery and Victoria Street within the city to find other places of inspiration, or why not venture on the Harry Potter Walking Tour of Edinburgh? Or head further afield to hop onboard the Jacobite Steam Train in Fort William and enjoy the journey Harry and his friends took on their way to Hogwarts.

  10. Scale Arthur's Seat Edinburgh

    Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat

    Not everything has to be remote and out in the countryside. Head to Edinburgh where you can scale the famous Arthur's Seat and soak up the fantastic panoramic views from the top. No travel bucket list would be complete without a trip to the capital. Arthur's Seat is an iconic part of Edinburgh's skyline and is actually an extinct volcano which sits 251m above sea level. The surrounding Holyrood Park is home to a diverse range of flora and geology, making the area a site of Special Scientific Interest.

  11. Keep an eye out for Scotland's resident pod of dolphins Fochabers

    WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre

    Or for something a bit calmer, but equally as exciting, why not head to the Moray Firth to see if you can spot the resident pod of dolphins playing in the water? Other great places to spot these graceful creatures are Chanonry Point, Fort George, Kessock Bridge and Merkinch Local Nature. Or why not head to the Scottish Dolphin Centre to get involved in a range of thrilling events and find out how you can get involved to make a difference for the local wildlife?

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  12. Escape to a pristine white sand beach Outer Hebrides

    St Ninians Isle

    © VisitScotland / Stuart Brunton

    In Scotland there are hundreds of locations, secluded spots, relaxing retreats and more where you can escape and get back in touch with yourself. Clear your mind with a peaceful stroll along one of the Outer Hebridean serene white sand beachesLuskentyre SandsSeilebost Beach and Horgabost Beach all boast pristine blue waters and sandy shores, and have often been mistaken for Caribbean beaches!
    Go for a lochside, woodland or valley stroll and breathe in the fresh air. Take in the almost silent atmosphere and marvel at the magnificent scenery around you - towering mountains, glittering lochs, and vast landscapes.

  13. Road trip your way around Scotland Scotland

    Highland cows on the coastal road between Applecross and Shieldaig

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Scotland has everything you need for the perfect road trip - incredible scenery, meandering roads, stunning landscapes everywhere you turn, and hundreds of fascinating attractions and landmarks to explore along the way too. There are 17 unique touring routes across Scotland, all boasting exceptional features, sights to see, and places to stop off and uncover en route - so what are you waiting for - start planning your Scottish bucket list destinations.
    Have you ever thought of venturing on a tour? They are a great way to experience what Scotland has to offer - whether you're interested in whiskycastlesghostshistoryislands and more, there is plenty to explore and enjoy.

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