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Top things to do on a rainy day in Scotland

Usually a wet day on holiday means sheltering inside with not much to do. Luckily we're used to having a rainy day or two in Scotland and you'll find lots of world-class indoor activities and attractions for kids and adults alike. Find rainy day attractions and activities by area, or be inspired by ideas for things to do in wet weather from the list below.

15 ideas for a rainy day in Scotland

1. Browse fascinating museum exhibits

Kelvingrove floating heads
Floating heads at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

2. Climb aboard a historic ship

Royal Yacht Britannia
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

3. Try thrilling watersports which can be enjoyed come rain or shine

White water rafting Perthshire
White water rafting, Perthshire © Timex/Andrew McCandlis

4. Have fun at children's attractions such as soft play centres, trampoline parks, paintball centres, skate parks, go-karting tracks and more

Giant drop slide, Heads of Ayr Farm Park
Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway

5. Scale great heights at an indoor climbing wall

Ice wall climbing at the Ice Factor
Ice Factor, Kinlochleven

6. Expand your mind at a science centre

IMAX Glasgow Science Centre Clyde
Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX Cinema

7. Visit a historic building and revisit the past

Cawdor Castle fireplace dining room
Cawdor Castle, Nairn

8. Pick up tasty treats in a farm shop and have your own indoor picnic

Balgove Larder
Balgove Larder Farm Shop, St Andrews

9. See creatures from the deep at an aquarium

Deep Sea World Diver
Deep Sea World, North Queensferry

10. Admire priceless works of art at a gallery

GoMA art installation
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

11. Hunt for great buys at a shopping centre

Princes Square Shopping Centre
Princes Square, Glasgow

12. Shelter from the rain in the magnificent surroundings of a traditional theatre

Majestys Theatre Aberdeen
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

13. Enjoy a long lunch in a cosy pub

West Brewery meal
West Brewery, Glasgow

14. Head to your nearest cinema and watch a great film

Edinburgh film festival at filmhouse
Edinburgh Filmhouse

15. Tour a whisky distillery and learn how the 'water of life' is crafted

Isle of Arran Distillery Tour
Arran Distillery