5 Fun Things to Do in Scotland This Summer

Scotland is well known for it’s rainy weather but you may be surprised to hear that we can have lovely weather during the summer months!

This is the best time to explore Scotland- and there are many incredible events including festivals, Highland Games, family days, wildlife spotting, as well as getting out and about in nature.

Summer is also when Scotland’s heather is in bloom and it fills the hillsides with beautiful purple tones. Here’s 5 fun things to do in Scotland this summer.

The Edinburgh Fringe and Royal Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a three week festival of performing arts that takes place annually in Edinburgh each August. With over 3000 shows including comedy, theatre, children’s entertainment, dance and more, this is not something to miss if you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh during August!

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo also runs for three weeks in August and provides a fantastic display of military tattoos performed by British Armed forces, Commonwealth and international military brands.

The show is held on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and has an incredible fireworks finale!

Kayaking in Arisaig

Book a sea kayak expedition and explore some of Scotland’s stunning Western coastline, hidden beaches and crystal clear waters. You can also expect to see plenty of wildlife including common seals and sea birds.

There are several companies which offer day trips and they are suitable for all levels including beginners with average fitness. 

Some companies have a minimum age restriction and double kayaks are usually available upon request.

Check out some Highland Games

Highland Games have been part of Scottish culture for hundreds of years and take place all over Scotland between May – September. Scotland’s Highland Games are so popular, that when Scots emigrated to other parts of the world they took the tradition of the Highland Games with them. Highland games now take place in America, New Zealand, Canada and even Brazil. But the best way to enjoy them is in their country of origin!

Enjoy a full day of traditional games such as caber tossing, hammer throwing and haggis hurling. There’s also highland dancing, fun fairs and stalls where you can sample some delicious Scottish food and drink.

Highland Games are usually a one day event taking place in outdoor areas. Some Highland Games may continue into the night with live music, ceilidhs and gigs.

Here is a list of events happening in Scotland this summer.

Go on a Sealife Safari

Explore Scotland’s coastline by boat and book on to one of the many Sealife Safaris available all around the country.

Take in the breathtaking scenery from impressive sea cliffs, stunning shore lines and uninhabited islands.

Depending on where you depart from you can expect to see seals, basking sharks, dolphins, whales, sea birds (including puffins between the months of May, June and July!) and so much more.

It's also a great opportunity to learn from the experts who are passionate about Scotland’s wildlife.

You can enjoy a group adventure or perhaps you’d like a private charter. This is definitely not an experience to miss when you visit Scotland.

Enjoy the Outdoors with Hikes and Wild Swimming

Something Scotland definitely doesn’t lack is outdoor space and outdoor activities. Enjoy some of Scotland’s most remote and beautiful areas for free such as walking and swimming. 

There are hiking and walking routes available all over Scotland and there’s something accommodate all fitness levels and experience. Go “Munro bagging” in the highlands, explore Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park, or visit the rolling hills and glens of the Scottish Lowlands.

WalkHighlands is an excellent website to find walks and hikes for all levels in Scotland.

Another way to enjoy the Scottish outdoors is to go wild swimming. Swim in lochs, float down rivers and dive under waterfalls. There’s a number of websites that can help you find the perfect spot. Remember to check any local signs for warnings or dangerous areas.

Are you exploring Scotland this summer?


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