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Top things to do in Scotland at Easter

Family on bridge over looking a stream and redwood trees



Set sail from Ardrossan, and you'll be over on the isle of Arran in just under an hour, making it the perfect spot for a spring weekend away, a day out, or a family holiday. Bring the bikes and experience springtime from the saddle. Arran's the perfect biking location - 56 miles of road routes, you can plan a trip taking in the fantastic sights of 'Scotland in miniature', from Kings Caves to Viking Graves - so as bike trips go, that will be memorable. Arran has a growing selection of fantastic off-road routes too, from easy and moderate to suit all the family, to the more technical loops. Fun for all the family.

woman on bike  overlooking pier at Brodick facing the MV Caledonian Isles

Outer Hebrides

For the best beaches and water sports head to one of our most furthermost destinations on the Outer Hebrides. Try sea kayaking, paddleboarding, gorge walking, coasteering, surfing - as well as a more relaxing boat trip in and around the archipelago's clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Book your ferry ticket now - and you'll have a unique springtime outdoor adventure in one of the world's most stunning locations - with experts on hand to guide your water sports experiences.

Vatersay Beach


Sail over to Skye with Caledonian MacBrayne for breath-taking scenery - the ultimate spot for nature and history lovers of all ages. The drive to Mallaig to catch the ferry is one of the most memorable routes in Scotland - passing through Glenfinnan, and possibly Glencoe prior to that if you're travelling from the south. On the Trotternish peninsula, fossilised dinosaur footprints made around 170 million years ago have been discovered. You'll need to time the tide well to see them. For wildlife of the present time, take a boat trip to spot seals and the birdlife frequenting the cliffs, or head to beaches and bays for a quiet moment to wildlife watch. It's magical.

Seal sitting above water


You don't have to experience long airport queues to find white sands and turquoise waters this Easter - some of the best and most beautiful beaches are just a ferry ride away.

Twenty minutes sail from the Kintyre peninsula, with no advance booking required, and you'll land on Gigha with its wonderful twin beaches on its north end where you can swim, play and picnic the day away. A visit here is a tonic. 

man eating and drinking on Gigha looking out to water and ferry

Mull and Iona

With more than three hundred miles of coastline, beautiful sweeping bays and beaches - Mull and Iona offer the visitor a chance to really relax and embrace the restorative power of their waters. Boost your wellbeing by taking a trip to visit untouched coastlines and impressive marine wildlife.

If you're travelling to Mull or Iona this Easter break, don't miss the opportunity to discover the area's creative talent in the most exciting way through the first ever Mull and Iona Open Studios - visit 25 venues from studios and galleries to pop up events in a community hall and a restaurant - together representing the work of 60 artists. Follow the Open Studios trail to discover the local arts scene and parts of Mull and Iona that you may not otherwise see. Visit our events pages for more on the  Open Studios events on Mull and Iona. 


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