Nothing, nada, zilch. You'll pay nothing to visit many of Scotland's top attractions. There is plenty of free things to do in Scotland, and there’s an array of free events and experiences to enjoy too. Explore castles, museums, art galleries and more, all for free. It might sound unbelievable, but there are some great free days out to be had in Scotland that won’t leave you out of pocket. It’s on us.
Most Visited Free Attractions
Take a look at some of Scotland’s most visited free attractions, to find a whole array of things to do without breaking the bank.
The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, designed and built to connect the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal.
National Museum of Scotland
Fire your imagination at the National Museum of Scotland, one of the UK’s top 10 visitor attractions.
Calanais Standing Stones
Located in the west coast of Lewis, the 5,000 year old Callanish Stones are famous all over the world.
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Visit an exhibition, see a film, take a print course and enjoy great food at Dundee's international centre for contemporary arts.
Shetland Museum & Archives
Set on the waterfront within a restored 19th century dock in Lerwick, this fascinating museum tells the story of Shetland’s heritage and culture.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea.
Strathclyde Country Park
Strathclyde Country Park is an iconic North Lanarkshire Country park which lies in 400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde.
Highland Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples.
Explore Scotland for Free
Take a trip to Scotland and save money with top free attractions.
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Free things to do
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Free Events in Scotland
Browse our free events in Scotland and explore incredible buildings, watch swinging balls of fire or dance along to a ceilidh.
Free Fringe Events
Browse free events during Edinburgh's iconic Fringe Festival from 4 - 28 August 2023.
Scotland Opens its Doors in September
Doors Open Days offers access to places that are often closed to the public, giving visitors the key to some of the country’s best-kept sites.
Experience Stonehaven's unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours.
Open Studios - Craft Scotland
See the work of crafters and artists in their creative spaces at open studio events.
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