From the picturesque rolling Highlands to the bustling, trendy cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland is an eclectic mix of old and new; the perfect place to embark on an adventure. It’s no wonder that the quaint cobbled streets and grand historic buildings of Edinburgh served as inspiration for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, or that the legend of the Loch Ness Monster lives on in the hopeful hearts of cryptozoologists everywhere – Scotland has a certain kind of magic! Whether you’re looking to indulge in a spot of tea, or relax at the spa, our list of gift experiences in Scotland is full of ideas. Treat yourself or a loved one to a Scotland gift experience, and create some memories on the way.
Not everyone can say they’ve climbed a towering wall of ice. If you’ve tried rock climbing (or if you haven’t), and you fancy trying something a little different, this indoor ice climbing experience in Kinlochleven is an exhilarating activity for any adventurer. Before you head off to start climbing Cairn Gorm & Ben Nevis, this is the perfect starter for Ice Climbing beginners. You can get to grips with the basics, as well as receive some expert tuition from professional instructors. Plus, it’s available all year round!
You don’t have to go to America to learn how to shoot a gun like a pro, you can do it in Falkirk, Scotland! This two-hour shooting experience will teach you to handle a shot gun, and hopefully hit some of the clay disc targets as they fly up into the air (it’s a lot harder than it looks). You and your instructor will work one-on-one to improve your stance, gun hold and aim. You’ll be a professional sniper in no time!
Tackle some tough terrain with this intense one-hour quad biking adventure in the Scottish Highlands. You’ll get to drive through a tailor-made assault course, designed to ensure you get the most enjoyment possible out of the quad bikes. It’ll teach you the essential skills of control and balance, before heading off into the forest to experience how the quads handle natural terrain.
Climb aboard this freshly kitted-out restaurant bus to explore one of Scotland’s top cities and all it’s landmarks, all while you enjoy a beautifully British three-tiered afternoon tea. This tour takes place in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and even comes in different variations. Try the Edinburgh Harry Potter Afternoon Tea or the Gin and Tea tour. Dine with a difference and explore Scotland in style with this fun and luxurious bus tour.
Whether you’re from Scotland or not, everyone knows a Scottish whisky fanatic. That’s because Scotland is one of the best distillers of whisky in the world! If you have a friend or loved one who’s a whisky fan, they’ll go crazy for this tour and tasting experience in Glasgow. This experience will take you away from the best-known distilleries, and show you some hidden gems on the Glasgow whisky scene.
This two-hour trampolining session is a perfect activity for the whole family. It's a great way to keep the kids (as well as the adults!) active and fit. You’ll get to bounce across over 100 interconnected trampolines, showing off all the tricks you haven’t had a chance to whip out in years. With rope swings and foam pits as well as gladiator style foam fighting equipment, you’ll never want to leave the endless bouncy fun!
Our driving experiences are extremely popular across the UK, and Scotland is no exception. This one supercar driving experience is available at the famous Knockhill circuit in Fife, and gives the recipient a choice of which supercar they want to take on! With a wide range of some of the best modern and classic cars available to drive, this £49 voucher is a very affordable gift for any petrol head.
Similarly, this experience is held at Knockhill, with a wide range of different supercars available to test. However, for £109 this voucher allows you to try four different cars, as well as a high-speed passenger ride (hot lap) with a professional driver.
Moving away from supercars, this awesome 4X4 driving experience is equally as thrilling, but in a very different way. Unlike the previously mentioned experiences, this one does not take place at Knockhill. This purpose-built off-road driving circuit is designed to give beginner 4X4 drivers a challenge, as you manoeuvre your powerful vehicles through fun and testing obstacles.
Edinburgh city Helicopter Sightseeing Tour for Three
It would be rude not to mention one of our latest editions to the Experience Days website, a 30-minute helicopter sightseeing tour for three people, across the city of Edinburgh. It’s safe to say we’re very excited about this one. Helicopter flights are a must try on everyone’s bucket list, whether it’s to conquer your fear of heights, or to marvel at the incredible views. We can guarantee this Edinburgh pleasure flight will not disappoint, so gather a couple of friends and take a trip up to the skies to explore Edinburgh like never before!
If you’d prefer a more hands-on approach to flying, this 30-minute lesson in a fixed-wing aircraft is the perfect experience for you - whether it’s your first time in the air, or you’re ready to move on from pleasure flights to try your own hand at manoeuvring through the skies. Flying an aircraft requires a lot of concentration and skill, but this is guaranteed to be 30-minutes well spent!
Loch Lomond Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
One of my personal favourites, the Loch Lomond sightseeing tour takes you away from the towering city skyscrapers and into the picturesque Scottish Highlands, where you will experience breath-taking views of the serene landscape from a totally unique vantage point. Marvel at the rolling hills and tranquil lake as this 40-minute helicopter tour takes you on an adventure like no other, with in-flight commentary and a headset to communicate directly with the pilot, you’ll really get the most out of this tour!
Apparently, record-breaking amounts of Scots have decided to go vegan for 2019, and with Veganuary 2020 coming up, it’s guaranteed more are to follow. So, whether your friend is cutting out / cutting down on their meat intake, or you’re keen to learn how to cook for a veggie loving family member, these vegetarian and vegan classes in Glasgow are sure to impress.
This experience is one of our best-selling cooking lessons across the whole of the UK. The clever guys at Tennent’s Training Academy have levelled up the standard cooking lesson into so much more. This evening of fun will start with cooking a delicious curry. You’ll then sit down with a group of like-minded curry enthusiasts to enjoy the fruits of your efforts with a complimentary drink, before heading out to a local bar for a hit comedy night. Whether you want to reunite with a group of old friends or meet some new people for a fun Friday night out, this experience is the ultimate combination of food, drink and laughs!
Calling all self-proclaimed foodies of Edinburgh! This 5-course dinner is hosted by one of Scotland’s top cookery schools, and boasts a new and exciting theme each month. All five courses will be cooked for you personally by professionally trained chefs. The event will help you explore a whole world of different cuisines, with evenings specialising in Mediterranean, South American and Italian menus to name a few. This experience is the definition of the saying 'wined and dined'. Held in a charming clock tower, diners will be spoilt with expertly prepared food and copious amounts of wine, paired skilfully with each dish to compliment the flavours perfectly. If you have a lover of fine food and wine in your life, or just someone who you’d love to gift some luxury treatment, this voucher is the ideal present.
There is much more to taking a good photo than a creative eye and an expensive camera. If you aren’t getting the results you wanted from your DSLR, a photography lesson is the perfect investment. You’ll learn how to get the most out of your digital camera, while having a lot of fun! This full day course takes a hands-on approach, with professional tuition and some like-minded photography enthusiasts.
This recording studio experience in Glasgow allows an individual or a group of friends to record their own hit song. This experience is perfect for budding musicians looking for some top tips from a professional music producer, or a group of friends looking to have some fun. The experience lasts for 2 and a half hours and at the end of the session, you’ll get 5 copies of your track to take with you and share with the rest of the world!
Who said lessons had to take place in a classroom? This 2-hour land yachting lesson will get you out on the sand, whizzing around St. Andrews beach on the uniquely designed land yacht. These vessels can reach speeds of 40mph using only the wind, and it takes a certain skill to be able to control them. This lesson will allow you to get to grips with this unusual machine, which has origins stretching back to the Egyptian times! Ideal for groups, this gift experience proves that learning something new can be an exciting adventure.
This is our number one Scottish pampering package. Located at a charming spa a little outside of Glasgow with a magnificent view of the River Clyde, this package has all the top facilities you could ask for, including indoor and outdoor hot tub Jacuzzis, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. If that wasn’t enough, this spa package comes with two 30-minute treatments of your choice to be taken in one of the six treatment rooms available onsite. With a light lunch included, this £95 experience is unarguably a bargain. So get away from the city, and enjoy the ultimate relaxing day for you or a loved one (or both!) with this all-in-one voucher.
Salt cave therapy boasts a multitude of health benefits. Apart from being relaxing, sitting in a room made of salt can help improve long standing breathing issues such as asthma and bronchitis, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and many more. This 100% natural, drug-free treatment has been used for hundreds of years with a 98% efficacy rate. If you know someone in Edinburgh who could benefit from the healing properties of salt therapy, this gift voucher makes a caring and thoughtful gift experience for a loved one.
This half day spa experience allows use of all the spa facilities (hot tubs, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym) so you can relax in whichever way best suits you. You can then indulge in a spa treatment of your choice, which includes options of massages, pedicures and facials. Finally, to top off this luxurious experience, you will be treated to a delicious afternoon tea. You can guarantee your three-tiered stand will be loaded full of patisseries, extravagant finger foods and, of course, the essential scones with clotted cream and jam. This spa experience makes the ultimate gift for birthdays and Christmas.
If you are shopping for an adrenaline junkie, then look no further. This white-water rafting experience in Perthshire is the perfect gift for an adventurous individual or a group of friends ready to have some fun. Led by an expert instructor, this experience sees you navigate across the water and around the dangerous rapids. Whether you’re gifting this experience to a local or a tourist, it’ll guarantee the recipient a thrilling ride, and an experience of Scotland that everyone should enjoy!
With incredible sights to be seen, this Edinburgh half day sailing experience takes passengers on a trip of Scotland’s capital city. See some of Edinburgh’s top sights as you glide across the water on a luxury yacht. You’ll pass under Edinburgh’s three famous bridges as well as venture out to either Inchcolm Island or the fortress of Blackness Castle. Sit back on the deck, relax, and take the chance to spot as many seals and seabirds as possible!
This gift is sure to be an unexpected one! The relatively new extreme water sport of flyboarding uses high pressure water jets, which are released from a board attached to the rider’s feet to propel them into the air. The connected power hose can accommodate thrusting the board (and its rider) up to 30 feet in the air. This is not the easiest water sport to master, but we can promise you’ll have a unique experience bursting with fun.
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… And that concludes our list of the best gift experiences in Scotland! We hope you’ve found something here for yourself or a loved one, and if you’re still looking, feel free to browse our full selection of gifts in Scotland here. Experience gifts are the perfect present for the person who has everything – after all, there’s always room for more memories!