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What To Do With Your Free Time in Scotland

From pristine beaches, legendary beasts , crumbling castles, cultural attractions, heritage and the birth place of Whiskey and golf. Scotland has it all.


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Surgeons’ Hall Museum
You’ll need a strong stomach and a morbid sense of humor to enjoy the fascinating Surgeons’ Hall Museums. There are life-sized tableaux, tools of the surgical and dental trade that will make your toes curl (there’s probably a device for that), gruesome photographs, and pickled and preserved body parts. The unnervingly extensive collections include pathology and histories of surgery and dentistry.
Hours: 10.00 am – 5 pm, daily
Location: Nicolson Street

Palace of Holyrodhouse
A tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Queen Elizabeth II’s official gaff in Scotland –  will show you more tapestries, portraits, and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at. You’ll also be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers, where her courtier Rizzio was stabbed 56 times and then thrown down the stairs by her jealous husband. There are free audio tours, a gift shop and a smart courtyard café.
FREE – $$
Hours: 9.30 am- 4.30 am, daily
Location: Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

Loch Ness

At the head of Urquhart Bay on Loch Ness’s northern shore, the village of Drumnadrochit is a great place to begin exploring Scotland’s most famous lake, along with its many myths and legends, as well as nearby Urquhart Castle. You’ll find plenty of things to do here. In addition to guesthouses, bed-and-breakfasts, cafés, and gift shops, it’s home to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, which tells the fascinating story of the loch’s most famous resident, Nessie.
FREE – $$$
Hours: 24/7
Location: Loch Ness Northern shore