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Top Day Trips from Edinburgh

By Viator, May 2018

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Scotland is full of historic sights and enchanting landscapes, and the Scottish capital makes an excellent base from which to explore this relatively compact country, with everything from centuries-old castles and abbeys to scenic lochs and valleys within easy reach. Here are our top picks for day trips from Edinburgh.

Fife and St. Andrews — 35 miles (56 km) and 55 miles (88 km) from Edinburgh 
An easy day trip from Edinburgh, the Kingdom of Fife packs in some big attractions. Visit Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital; the 19th-century Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and engineering marvel; and the town of St. Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf.” St. Andrews features several notable attractions, including its cathedral and the university where Prince William met Kate Middleton.

The Highlands — 130 miles (209 km) from Edinburgh
With their glassy lochs, towering peaks, and brooding, windswept landscapes, the Scottish Highlands are a top priority for most travelers to Scotland. Organized day tours from Edinburgh go to Loch Ness, the home of the mysterious Loch Ness monster; the scenic valley of Glencoe in the West Highlands; and the looming peak of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. Some tours make stops at whiskey distilleries en route. 

Scottish Borders — 45 miles (72 km) from Edinburgh
The dramatic Scottish borders have seen plenty of bloodshed over the years thanks to the long Scottish Wars of Independence against the English. Exploring the bucolic region unveils many of the secrets of Scotland’s past. Admire the impressive ruins of the 12th-century Melrose Abbey and the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code; pay a visit to the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall, just across the border; or head west to Dumfries, the hometown of Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns and the gateway to Burns Country.

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond — 40 miles (64 km) and 80 miles (129 km) from  Edinburgh
Originally built in the 12th century, Stirling Castle sits on the boundary between the lowlands and the highlands and is one of the most important historical structures in Scotland. Just an hour’s drive west of the castle is the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where visitors can embark on scenic hikes, bike rides, and loch cruises.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1919 Reviews

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.97
West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 571 Reviews

Spend a day experiencing Scotland’s majestic lochs and castles on this day trip to the western Scottish Highlands, whose dramatic scenery will amaze you. See ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.66
St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Pay homage to the home of golf at St Andrews and visit the fishing villages of Fife on a small group day trip from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.04
Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Visit Rosslyn Chapel and learn the truth about the Holy Grail on a "Da Vinci Code" tour to the Scottish Borders. You'll hear the true history of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.41
Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Fancy sampling a wee dram o' whisky and exploring the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands? Combine the two on a small-group day trip from Edinburgh, and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.66
Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 116 Reviews

Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and travel to the amazing and mysterious 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, across the historic Scotland/England ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.69
Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.66
Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Alnwick Castle and the Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Explore the stunning scenery of the Scottish Borders on this full-day tour of Kelso, Alnwick Castle and Berwick. Head to the pretty border town of Kelso and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.04
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and follow in the footsteps of great Scottish heroes on this historic and scenic trip into the Scottish ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.71
Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

This is the undisputed tour for history lovers. We journey through Scottish history stopping at Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and finally Rosslyn Chapel ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $47.71

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