Things to Do in Scotland

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Best for live music, especially during the Celtic Colours Festival. Read More

 Producers of a rare triple-distilled whisky; tours available. Read More

Riverside outfit with a weekend Whisky School Read More

In a 16th-century edifice of rough and smooth stone, the textile museum opened in the spring of 2008. Move from sobering displays on the second floor (a... Read More

Three-day course at a seaside distillery on the Isle of Islay that also includes evening trips to the pub, live folk-music performances, and informal... Read More

Established in 1842, this bottler deals in fine aged single-cask whiskey from distilleries like Banff, Glenlivet Minmore, and Royal Brackla; the... Read More

New president and CEO Massimiliano “Max” Zegna Baruffa plans to bring much needed energy to Scottish cashmere’s most luxurious label.... Read More

Behind a narrow red storefront on Victoria Street, this self-proclaimed “liquid deli” is a cross between a liquor store and an old-fashioned... Read More

In a funky chandeliered lounge known for the Adidas sneaker collection displayed above the bar, sip an Ape Expectations (local Monkey Shoulder Whiskey,... Read More

Rent a Mini Cooper S—a sporty classic that hugs the winding Scottish roads nicely. Read More

The hottest contemporary-arts gallery in the city once housed a 1938 produce market; now displayed are the works of Scottish artists like Christine... Read More

Browse bolts of house-woven tartans or pick up one of the leather pouches that adorn traditional men's dress. Downstairs at 21st Century Kilts, the... Read More

 Scotland’s largest stills and a whisky-making exhibit, just outside Edinburgh; tours available. Read More

Top fashion houses commission Rohde's cashmere handiwork. The designer, who only works with the finest yarns from Scotland in her town-house atelier... Read More

The House of Bruar, a compound of buildings surrounding a courtyard, including the Men’s and Women’s Wear Hall, Food Hall, Knitwear and... Read More

The shop carries pottery, art, and jewelry produced by Scottish artisans. Read More

Johnstons (est. 1797) is one of the oldest mills in Scotland. Certainly, its approach to business is up-to-date. Here is a company that recognizes that... Read More

The glass cases in this boutique are stocked with notable estate pieces like vintage square-cut emerald necklaces and antique gentlemen's pocketknives;... Read More

A 10-day celebration of film, theater, and food that takes place along the Edinburgh harbor. Read More

Each of the 1,300 tartans Lochcarron makes is a meaningful interpretation of a grid, and every design is copyrighted and listed with the Scottish... Read More

Edinburgh's most glamorous set congregates at the city's buzziest club under the Tigerlily Hotel. The black-and-rose wallpaper is embedded with... Read More

This Edinburgh neighborhood is dominated by Georgian architecture and lined with cafés and boutiques. Read More

Formerly the reception room of the Scotsman, one of the country's national newspapers, this galleried, oak-paneled space is now a civilized hotel bar.... Read More

Salty locals haunt this no-frills establishment with long literary traditions; it's favored by writers and is featured in native Ian Rankin's Inspector... Read More

Every summer, en route to Balmoral from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II stops at this spectacular, if lesser-known, 16th-century royal residence... Read More

At Peter Scott, a label most associated with golf sweaters customized with club logos, signing up for a factory tour is as straightforward as entering... Read More

Since 1670, when it was established for cultivating medicinal plants, the gardens have been an exemplar of botanical conservation. On the immaculate... Read More

Just west of the Princes Street Gardens, the Lyceum is an impressive Victorian theatre dating back to 1883. Over the centuries, the theatre hosted some... Read More

Catalonian architect Enric Miralles went $767 million over budget on his 2004 architectural masterpiece, which won the U.K.'s most prestigious... Read More

Weeklong program at a still-operating 1828 distillery in Campbelltown, a historic whisky town (it was home to more than 30 distilleries in its 19th... Read More

Check out the first hole, where a public path crosses the famous fairway where golf was born. Read More

Four-day course on one of Scotland's most remote islands (Jura is a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland town of Kennacraig). Students are housed at... Read More

Tour this warren of recently opened underground alleyways for a fascinating account of the city's past (victims of the 1644 plague died here) and a... Read More

Thirty Miles from Edinburgh, on the North Sea, lies a blossoming, 20-acre meadow filled with ponds, trails, and wildlife—including thousands of... Read More

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