Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in Scotland
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Free Places to Visit / Things to Do in Scotland

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Mod & Ed
Found 13th Apr 2016
Having had some friends recently move back to Scotland, we're planning on visiting them this year, so I've been looking for some places to visit for FREE, have found quite a few really decent looking places! I've even found some that my friends didn't know about & since I know we have a fair few members / browsing guests that live in Scotland & lots that visit / holiday there, I thought it might be worth popping a thread up to share those I've found & for anyone else to share those that they know about. So please feel free to add anything you know of, events coming up, that sort of thing!

So far I've just searched Edinburgh, but will be adding more in as I go
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Original Poster Mod & Ed
I've been looking at all sorts of things / places to visit for free, hope some of the links help!!

Edinburgh Area
Scottish National Gallery of Art
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
St Giles Cathedral
Royal Botanic Garden Entry to gardens is free, if you wish to go into the glasshouses then they do charge, but the gardens are amazing & we have never been into the glasshouses, plenty to do/see without that.
Carlton Hill Monuments
City Observatory complex (currently undergoing refurb works so only partially open at present & will be fully re-open to the public in 2017
Museum of Edinburgh
City Art Centre
Museum of Childhood
The Writers Museum
People's Story Musuem
Queensferry Museum
Lauriston Castle Gardens Free Entry to gardens, admission payable if you want to go inside the castle
Museums Collections Centre holds the overflow from all the museums
Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Bobby, the little dog who waited by his master’s grave for years and whose statue sits opposite the church gates on the fountain Candlemaker’s Row.
National Museum of Scotland
Museum On The Mound - Money and so much more.
Opened in 2006, this fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money. Art & design, technology, crime, trade and security – all feature in the story of money
Scottish Parliament Tour & Others inc Art, History & Literature


Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 13th Apr 2016
Original Poster Mod & Ed
Many thanks have added all links to my to do list : )
No idea if I'll ever go to Scotland, I want to, especially to see or go on that canal lift which looks amazing, but is not free. Well done for the effort.
Useful list, thanks
Great effort OP. Heat added.
Thank you.

This thread and a story about the Loch Ness Monster on the news today.
I guess Scotland's tourism campaign for 2016 has started X)
Great work, have some heat.
#1 - Leave

I joke, of course, Scotland is so beautiful. I've only been to Elgin and Lossiemouth, flying into Inverness, but loved it.
Have a look on Eventbrite & Facebook for free events
Bloody Edinburgh. Hmfff. What about beautiful Glasgow and the west
Original Poster Mod & Ed
bluebearjam

Bloody Edinburgh. Hmfff. What about beautiful Glasgow and the west



I'm getting on to that at the moment
Shatwell

Thank you.This thread and a story about the Loch Ness Monster on the news … Thank you.This thread and a story about the Loch Ness Monster on the news today.I guess Scotland's tourism campaign for 2016 has started X)



If this is anything to go by:

Loch Ness Monster Thames Video Captures Second Sighting Of Mystery Creature
m.huffpost.com/uk/…=uk

WATCH: Another video emerges appearing to show the Loch Ness Monster in London - Press and Journal
pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/…on/

We actually have Loch Ness here now?

AND in London/O2 Arena area (and at least a second sighting of the same too, etc?)

Looks like to see Loch Ness now all I'll have to fork out for now is a simple 1 Day Bus Pass to South East London (no National Express/Magic Bus needed again ..... hehehe).

I'm joking!.

I am actually mad curious of this Loch Ness thing though?, I want to see Loch Ness!, lol, (be it in Scotland?, or ..... lol). :-)
jdbigguy

No idea if I'll ever go to Scotland, I want to, especially to see or go … No idea if I'll ever go to Scotland, I want to, especially to see or go on that canal lift which looks amazing, but is not free. Well done for the effort.


The Falkirk Wheel. scottishcanals.co.uk/fal…ks/
wishihadadonkey

I'm getting on to that at the moment


Magic. Cheers
Original Poster Mod & Ed
A few Glasgow ones now added, hope they help, will add more as I find them, if anyone knows of anything in other parts of Scotland, please feel free to add, it would be really helpful
Thanks, living in scotland at the minute and have a lot of weekend getaways planned (via groupon etc) so this will be a good guide to have!
Great, thanks OP
Don't forget Stirling.

Wallace monument and the castle.
Lovely walk along the Falls of Clyde next to New Lanark. The walk is free and you can wander around New Lanark free of charge however there is a fee if you want to go into the visitor centres. There's also Lanark Loch and Castlebank Park in the area which have lovely walks and are also free. Castlebank Park has a 'Fairy Dell' with beautifully carved benches for the kids
Thanks for this post. We're off to Edinburgh next week for a few nights.
wishihadadonkey

Dr Neil’s Garden Described as Edinburgh's Secret GardenDunbars Close inc g … Dr Neil’s Garden Described as Edinburgh's Secret GardenDunbars Close inc garden laid out in the character of the seventeenth centuryEdinburgh Farmers’ Market Listed as one of the World's Best Farmers Markets - Every SaturdayHolyrood Park & Arthur's SeatPlaces of interest in / around the Royal Mile - many of them freeArchivists' GardenDownload walking trails of the World Heritage Site and discover the hidden gems of the Old and New TownsEdinburgh Film Maps - visit film locationsEdinburgh ParksThe wonderful Helix & Kelpies at Falkirk - an amazing place that everyone should visit


What's with the long face? X)
glasgowcathedral.org/vis…-2/

Glasgow's actual Cathedral, which is not part of the St Mungo's Museum link.


In scotland we drove from glasgow to the isle of skye. Along the way, we stopped at a few places in loch lomond and glencoe, as the views are spectacular.. and of course isle of skye itself has many wonderful places to visit free. But then it is a long drive and you most likely need to spend a night or two over there.
Has anyone bought this? Id like to visit the aquarium and this looks like a decent price, I'm just not sure about the site, its not the official sea-life site.

50% Off Loch Lomond Sealife Family Pass -> forth-offers.com/loc…her
JustinScot

Has anyone bought this? Id like to visit the aquarium and this looks like … Has anyone bought this? Id like to visit the aquarium and this looks like a decent price, I'm just not sure about the site, its not the official sea-life site.50% Off Loch Lomond Sealife Family Pass ->http://www.forth-offers.com/loch-lomond-sea-life-centre-family-voucher



Yes, we have bought that pass. It's fine.
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