Rainy Day Attractions

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.

  1. Museums Across Scotland

    Image: A family enjoy a day out at the National Museum of Scotland

    Did you know most museums in Scotland are free to visit? There are a variety of museums you can enjoy up and down that country that delve into the history, ancient and modern, of Scotland and it's people. With fascinating displays, exhibitions and family-friendly interactives, it's an ideal choice for when the weather just isn't that great.

  2. Historic Ships & Boats Across Scotland

    Image: Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship

    Scotland is home to some interesting ships and boats that tell the tales of Scotland's past. From the RRS Discovery in Dundee, and Royal Yacht Brittannia in Edinburgh, to Tall Ship Glenlee in Glasgow City Centre, these vessels will take you back in time to experience what life was like on the seas.

  3. Watersports Across Scotland

    Image: Two friends wild swimming at Arbirlot Falls

    © VisitScotland / Kate Abbey

    From kayaking and canoeing, to white water rafting, gorge walking and more, Scotland is a playground for thrilling watersports that the whole family can get involved in.

  4. Children's Attractions Across Scotland

    Image: Dundee Science Centre

    © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

    The wee ones won't have to sit out in Scotland. No matter where you venture in Scotland you'll find soft play centres, trampoline parks, paintball centres, skate parks, go-karting tracks and more where the kids can play and run off all that steam. The adults can even join in too!

  5. Indoor Climbing Walls Across Scotland

    Image: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

    Venture to new heights, scale challenging climbs and learn a new skill at an indoor climbing wall. These are a great choice to take the kids to, with safety measures, instructors, lessons and even summer camps, the kids can go wild and climb the walls - literally!

  6. Science Centres Across Scotland

    Image: Glasgow Science Centre

    Expand your mind, learn about the universe, biology, the planet, the solar system, the ocean and much more at science centres across the country. With hands-on displays, interactive exhibitions, and family-friendly activities, everyone can have a great time.

  7. Historic Buildings Across Scotland

    Image: Blackness Castle

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    You'll be spoilt for choice if you decide to visit a historic building in Scotland. From castles, stately homes, and ruined fortresses, to cathedrals, abbeys, cairns and more. There may even be a few hidden nearby that you didn't know about too.

  8. Farm Shops Across Scotland

    Image: The Balgove Larder Flower Shed

    Tucked away in the countryside across Scotland you'll find lovely little working farms with sheep, cows, horses, stable cats, geese, chickens and more, that make a living off the Scottish landscape. Lots of farms also grow and make their own delectable produce which you can buy at local farm shops - from fresh fruit and jams, to homebaked goods, flowers and more.

  9. Aquariums Across Scotland

    Image: A diver swimming In A Tank At Deep Sea World, North Queensferry

    Dive into Scotland's seas and visit an exciting aquarium. See a variety of sea creatures up close, learn about Scotland's seas and all the animals that make their homes here - you may even find out about a whole new species you hadn't heard of before!

  10. Galleries Across Scotland

    Image: Aberdeen Art Gallery

    © VisitScotland

    Our galleries are just as spectacular to explore, with decades of art, paintings, displays and collections to admire, you could spend hours wandering the halls and rooms in some truly jaw-dropping buildings.

  11. Shopping Across Scotland

    Image: Dunnottar Castle

    Who doesn't love a bit of retail therapy? Scotland's cities boast some great shopping experiences, from big brand names, to local boutiques, you'll find something to match your style no problem. Pick up a Harris Tweed souvenir or some Scottish tartan to take home with you too.

  12. Theatre Across Scotland

    Image: Edinburgh's Festival Theatre

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Big and small you'll find a range of theatres across Scotland showcasing everything from local productions to big hitter performances. Stop off for a pre-theatre meal at a local cafe or restaurant before relaxing and enjoying the show.

  13. Pubs & Bars Across Scotland

    Image: The interior, bar of The Drovers Inn and pub

    There's nothing like some hearty pub grub to warm you up on a rainy day in Scotland. Across our towns and cities you'll find welcoming pubs and bars to cosy into, serving homemade and locally grown dishes to enjoy.

  14. Cinema Across Scotland

    Image: A state of the art independent cinema and café bar in Fort William

    If you love the theatre you'll also love our cinemas. Relax and get stuck into the latest blockbuster films at one of our luxury cinemas, complete with delicious popcorn or your snack of choice.

  15. Whisky Distilleries Across Scotland

    Image: Johnnie Walker, Princes Street, Edinburgh

    © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

    No matter where you go in Scotland, you won't be far from a whisky distillery or two. Head on a tour, learn about the distilling processes and try a dram along the way. Why not buy a bottle of your favourite tipple to take home with you?

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