Day Trips in Edinburgh

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When surrounded by the beauty of Edinburgh, it may be hard to believe that Scotland offers other such equally stunning locales. However you do not have to venture far to find any number of enjoyable day trips.

Scottish Highlands

For starters, the world famous Scottish Highlands sit nearby. Book one of the many bus tours embarking from Edinburgh or rent a car so you can explore the region's scenic routes filled with mountains, glens and green rolling hills. Make a stop along the way in the charming city of Inverness where you can walk the grounds of the Inverness Castle and the Old High Church. While touring the Highlands you can also enjoy a boat ride upon the blue waters of the famed Loch Ness.

St. Andrews

Set aside some time to wander the enchanting county of Fife, parts of which remain situated along Scotland's gorgeous coastline. Tour the town of St Andrews, which hosts one of the oldest universities in all of Europe, the University of St Andrews, established in 1413. This wonderful town also lays claim to a charming pier and several lovely beaches. However St Andrews is primarily known as the world home of golf.


Dunfermline is another excellent spot to visit while touring Fife. This former capital of Scotland offers a host of impressive churches to visit, including the ruins of the Dunfermline Abbey. The quaint town also houses the Carnegie Library, Carnegie Hall and the sprawling Pittencrieff Park.


Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and sits a mere 45 miles from Edinburgh. It can be easily reached via train, bus or car. In fact multiple train lines run with great frequency between the two major cities.

Glasgow hosts a series of music festivals throughout the year. Scores of small clubs and venues sit littered throughout the city while The Clyde Auditorium and The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre cater to larger acts.

Culture vultures will no doubt enjoy a trip to the enormous Mitchell Library, an afternoon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, as well as a stop off at the Glasgow School of Art. Be aware, however, as the latter requires early reservations.

Other popular sites amongst tourists and locals alike include the Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Cathedral, and Glasgow Green, a large public park in the midst of the city. The "Golden Z" maintains an impressive compilation of shopping arcades and thoroughfares lined with specialty boutiques and stores.

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Edinburgh Tours and Excursions

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Edinburgh offers various tours from different operators. Full day tours are available from Edinburgh to such places as Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Western Highlands, the borders and more. Below are some of the more popular ones...

- Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle Tour
- Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Tour
- Oban and West Highland Castles Tour
- The Famous Grouse Experience Whisky Tour
- Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Tour
- Day Tour to St. Andrews and Fife

If you prefer private guides for a more personal touch itineraries can be more..

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