Tired of the same old activities? Then it might just be time to try something totally different. There are plenty of weird and wonderful things to do in Central Scotland – some suitable for little ones, and some best left to the grownups.

Living in Fife gives you excellent access to these extraordinary days out – hop on a bus, a train, or get in the car and try out these unconventional things to do in Central Scotland.


1.       Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Edinburgh

This famous Edinburgh attraction, located on the steep walkway up to Edinburgh Castle, is home to a fascinating piece of Victorian technology – the Camera Obscura. This clever device projects moving images using mirrors – no batteries required!

The centre is also home to a feast of fantastical exhibitions, including a mesmerising mirror maze and proportion distorting props. Remember to catch the great views of Edinburgh from the rooftop terrace.

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2.       Snow Factor, Glasgow

You can get your ski on without ever leaving the city – Snow Factor is a climate controlled indoor snow sports centre, with a mountain of snow piled high. Head there to ski or snowboard and learn from expert instructors. This is a great starting point for beginners or a way for advanced winter sport enthusiast to hone their technique under more predictable conditions.

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3.       Fossil Grove, Glasgow

Fascinated by fossils? Inside an inconspicuous building in Glasgow’s Victoria Park sits a grove of fossilised tree stumps which date back 330 million years. Discovered in the 1800s, when the park was being constructed, they are now visible to the public from a viewing platform. If you have ever had your mind blown trying to comprehend the unfathomable age of our planet, this is the place for you.

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4.       Giant Water Inflatables, Taymouth Marina, Perthshire

Luxury accommodation and wellness resort, Taymouth Marina, is known for being a relaxing space to soak up the gorgeous views of Loch Tay. However, insiders know it as one of the best places in Scotland to make a splash. Their watersports offering includes kayaks, stand up paddle boards and motor boats – as well as giant water inflatables. Try out the floating trampoline or the iceberg climbing wall – perfect for adventurous families or the wild at heart.

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5.       Scotland’s Secret Bunker, Fife

Did you know that during the 1970s, Scotland built a giant military shelter 100ft underneath a farmhouse in Fife, to be used in the event of a nuclear strike? A pretty spooky thought, but one that makes for fascinating exploration – walk the walls of this post-apocalyptic accommodation-turned-tourist attraction and see how the bunker-confined group would have lived.

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6.       Ghost Tour, St Andrews

Are you a horror movie fan, or love the thrill of a spooky story? The ancient town of St Andrews provides perfect fodder for terrifying tales. Explore haunted sites with ghostly experts who promise to enthral and alarm you with their real-life ghost stories.

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7.        Dundee Science Centre, Dundee

Dundee Science Centre is a great place to inspire young minds. Get them thinking about how things work and learn all about different aspects of science – from the medical to the Martian!

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8.       Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

Discover the history of Mary King’s Close, the once vibrant Edinburgh street which 400 years on now sits underneath the Royal Mile. Learn about its residents, its secrets and its mysteries as you are transported to the 16th century.

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9.       Canyoning, Nae Limits, Perthshire

Fancy trying your hand at gorge walking, white water rafting or canyoning? Then grab your hard hat and head over to Nae Limits in Perthshire. These adventure sports are one of the most adrenaline-inducing things to do in Central Scotland.

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10.  Land Yachting, St Andrews

What on earth is a land yacht? It looks like a reclined tricycle with a sail… think of it like go karting but harnessing the power of the wind! Blustery West Sands beach in St Andrews is a great location to try out this wacky activity.

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What do you think about these unconventional activities in Central Scotland? Will you give them a go, or do you prefer to stick to the gentler things to do in Scotland?

Fife’s excellent location makes getting around Scotland simple. Take a look at Campion Homes’ beautiful developments in great locations or get in touch with a member of our team to arrange a viewing!