You can travel by bus, train or combination bus and train to many villages in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National park. Travel times vary from 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the village. We aren’t huge fans of Outlander, but we have been to most of the locations for Outlander. These are all places worth visiting, regardless of whether or not you are a fan. If you are a fan, we’d recommend considering joining anOutlander themed tour to enjoy a day out with other fans. You can reach St. Andrews by bus, car, day tour, private transfer, or taxi.
- You can do this by bus, train or combination of bus/train.
- Cemetery containing Victorian-era sculptures and memorial stones.
- There are buses that can take you to most of the locations. However, if you plan to visit multiple towns within one day, we recommend driving or booking a day trip.
- The closest in terms of driving time is Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England which is a 2 hour drive away.
Another great place to go is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. It is home to a beautiful array of plants as well as the stunning greenhouse, Kibble Palace. You can also choose from the city’s many museums, such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, Riverside Museum, and the Hunterian Art Gallery. The Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are some of the most beautiful places in Scotland.
But as a day trip, you can still see a section of the wall and visit one of the forts. We have been twice to the island and done two boat tours, one RIB boat trip that circled the three islands, and one regular boat tour landing on the Isle of May. Both tours were educational and fun, and we got to see a lot of birds on both trips. To help you plan your trip, you can read our experiences and tips about visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre.
If you’re thinking about a day trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow, take a look at our guide to things to see in Glasgow and our Glasgow street art guide. There’s a lot to do and see in Glasgow, so I’d plan ahead so you can make the most of your day trip. Some of the city’s attractions and tours need to be booked in advance. Although sunny Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city, many tourists overlook this coast spot. That’s a shame because it’s a destination with plenty of culture and history to explore.
Today’s ride takes us inland through charming villages and country lanes before returning to North Berwick, where we can enjoy the fresh coastal air and vibrant seaside town. After a delicious lunch at a local seafood specialist, we’ll board a boat that will take us on a cruise out to the Bass Rock.
This large lump of volcanic rock was once a hermitage and castle, but now it is home to one of Scotland’s largest colonies of gannets. We’ll watch them nesting on the cliffs and diving into the sea for food.
If you have limited time, I recommend spending at least one full day in Edinburgh (unless it’s been there before) and not doing a day trip up to St. Andrews. If you only had an afternoon, you’d spend very little time in St. Andrews. I would recommend skipping the 3 hour drive unless you absolutely must see it. Nice that you have included Scotland in your Europe tour; however, you do have very little time to spend there. You’ll have approximately 2.5 days, which is more than enough time to visit Edinburgh. So I would consider streamlining your itinerary a bit so you have a bit more time at the places you most want to visit.
If you’re just looking for a few highlights, we can recommend some places that are great as day trips from Edinburgh. To help you plan your visit to Loch Lomond, take a look at our travel guide. Although you can get to many of the sites by public transportation it would be difficult to visit more than 2 or 3 locations in one day. Alongside Edinburgh, Glasgow is the other major well-known city in Scotland that travelers love to visit. Start by taking a walk starting at George Square and ending in the Merchant City district. This will allow you to see how Glasgow is different from Edinburgh.
You’ll need to plan well if you travel by public transit. If you’re just looking for a short trip from Edinburgh, then you really can’t pass up a visit to the nearby city of Stirling and town of Falkirk. Stirling is most well-known for its magnificent castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. It is widely considered to be one of the finest castles in Scotland. Loch Ness is a famous place in Scotland, and as such, it is a popular day trip from Edinburgh. A trip to Loch Ness will allow travelers to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the mysteries surrounding the deep Scottish lake. You can do this best by taking a cruise on the calm lake. During which time you can look out for its inhabitant.
Many whisky distillery tours look very similar, so we recommend that you only do one or two. If you’re traveling with someone who doesn’t like whisky, consider combining the distillery visit and another attraction of your choice. You can visit a variety of whisky distilleries within driving range of Edinburgh on a day trip. I’d try to choose one or two based on a particular brand, type , or taste (e.g., peaty or fruity) of whisky you personally enjoy.
Winter is a time when there is very little daylight, so you will likely have to drive back in the dark. We suggest ideas for 15 day trips from Edinburgh that cover a range of interests as well as a wide array of regions from the Scottish Borders to Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands. For each day trip from Edinburgh, we provide all the information you need about how to plan your day out, from how to get there to things you can do there. We provide information on traveling by car, bus, train, and as part of a guided day tour. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel is located in Roslin, just south of Edinburgh’s capital. It is a simple, but rewarding day trip. Rosslyn Chapel dates from the 15th century when it was originally intended as a Roman Catholic family church, and it has a lot going for it despite its modest size.