Day tours can also include other attractions such as this one to Stirling Castle or this one to Alnwick Castle. Although Loch Ness can be done as a day trip from Edinburgh and is a popular place to visit, it is a long way to go for a day trip. We recommend that you either make it an overnight trip or book a day tour to avoid driving so much in one day.
We meet at Waverley Station in the heart of Edinburgh and then transfer to Rosslyn Chapel. This 15th century gothic church is world-famous for its unique stone carvings. Depending who you ask, they hold clues to either the location of the Holy Grail or the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. We will soon reach Temple, which is a short distance away. Here we will be able to visit the Old Kirk, a ruined structure that dates back to the 13th Century. Then, we ride through rolling green countryside to Peebles.
On a nice day, you may want to walk the path around Linlithgow Loch located below the palace. We don’t know of any day tours from Edinburgh that only focus on Cairngorms but some do drive through or make a stop or two. This brochure will give you an idea of the bus, train and national cycling routes within the Cairngorms.
If you’re thinking about driving yourself, be aware that the driving laws in Scotland are very strict. Most distilleries offer to go samples for drivers and bikers. If you don’t want to drive, I’d recommend booking a driver or guided tour.
This 8-mile circular walk, which includes Sycamore Gap and Housesteads, is a great option for anyone looking to take a long, leisurely walk through the area. It takes approximately 3 hours at a normal pace, and begins and ends at the Housesteads Visitor Center. This would be a great day for anyone who wants to combine sightseeing and hiking.
After three years in Edinburgh, we’ve put together a guide to our favorite day trips from Edinburgh Scotland. Edinburgh makes a natural starting point for those looking to explore Scotland since the city is packed to the brim with things to do. You can easily spend two days in Edinburgh visiting attractions like Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile, and Calton Hill.
Lending weight to its cultural importance is the fact that Dundee is a UNESCO City of Design and the first place in the UK to receive that honor. To explore this side of the city, head to the V&A Dundee, a design museum with free public admission. Other cultural landmarks include the McManus Art Gallery & Museum set inside a grand Gothic building and the far more modern Dundee Contemporary Arts museum. The collection of historic vessels at Discovery Point, which includes the RRS Discover, and HMS Unicorn, adds a maritime theme to the city’s main attractions. Pitlochry, north of Edinburgh by Perthshire, is a charming Victorian town that offers a glimpse of the city life in Scotland. A day trip to Pitlochry will allow you plenty of time to discover the charms of this adorable destination and is best started with a walk past
You can also use public transit to reach the village and other areas of Glen Coe. You won’t be able to see all the filming locations mentioned in one day, so you will need to decide which ones are most important to you. If you head north, you can fit many places in a single day. Alnwick Castle, however, is in the exact opposite direction to all the rest. The easiest ways to reach Hadrian’s Wall are by car, booking a day tour, or booking a private transfer.
Back on dry land, there is time to explore the town and the fantastic Scottish Seabird Centre before opting to either ride or transfer back to your accommodation for the final evening. After leaving Craigmillar Castle you’ll travel south to enjoy Scott’s View, which was nominated for the Best View in Britain. It’s then a short drive to the town of Melrose where you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the town. The Abbey is one of the four Border Abbeys founded by King David I. It is also the where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried, Scotland’s famous liberator. Create your perfect Scotland vacation by booking any one of our Great Day Out 1-day tours. These great tours offer guaranteed departures and daily operation.
Fans of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey may recognize the castle since it’s been used as a filming location for many TV shows and movies over the years. These are just a few of the great day trips that you have available to you. Believe it or not. Perth was once considered the capital of Scotland because of the presence of Scone Abbey. This was where the “Stone of Scone”, or “Stone of Destiny”, was used for Scottish royal coronations. It’s not so anymore. Scone Palace, located north of Perth, where the abbey once stood is now one of Perth’s most popular attractions. The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Kinnoull Hill Tower and Kinnoull Hill Tower are two historical attractions that are close to the city centre.
Next, you can make strikingly Gothic Glasgow Cathedral. This cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow. For a nice outdoor stroll, head to the nearby Glasgow Necropolis, a Cemetery containing Victorian-era sculptures and memorial stones.