Top Day Trips from Edinburgh

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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

Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. Travel by minivan in a small group limited to 16 passengers, with a local guide at the helm.
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. See Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace, tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films—and take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
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West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Witness dramatic landscapes and majestic castles on a full-day trip through Scotland’s West Highlands from Edinburgh. With a knowledgeable guide, soak up stunning scenery from the rugged Breadalbane Mountains to banks of Loch Fyne. See landmarks like Stirling Castle and Kilchum Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scottish heroes and rebels. Movie buffs will love the visit to Doune Castle, film site of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
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Glencoe, Loch Ness, and The Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this 12.5-hour Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Visit Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The 12-hour journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Pass of Drumochter and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel from Edinburgh to St Andrews and Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. You’ll cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife where you’ll the pass by coastal villages of East Neuk. Then pay homage to the town of St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the Old Course where golf is routinely played. Driving in a Mercedes van, you’ll view Falkland and the Lomond Hills. Enjoy a small-group tour, limited to 16 people, for a memorable and personalized experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

See Stirling Castle, The Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to The Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour by Mercedes minivan is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this 6-hour ‘Da Vinci Code’ tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar and Robert the Bruce.
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable mini coach, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
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Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh

Discover the jewels in Scotland’s crown on this 1-day Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Deanston Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Listen as a guide sheds light on Scottish history on route from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Stirling. Take an optional tour of Stirling Castle and enjoy fine city views from the Wallace Monument. Head to Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park and either take an optional cruise or stroll along the shoreline at your leisure. Finish your day with an optional Deanston Whisky Distillery tour and learn how drams are made.
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Private Loch Ness Day Trip from Edinburgh

Drink in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness on a private day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an informative driver-guide, enjoy the stunning mountain-and-loch scenery of the Trossachs National Park, Great Glen and Loch Ness. See the region’s Highland cattle, take photos of atmospheric Glencoe, and after a lunch break in Fort Augustus, visit ruined Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, perhaps looking for the legendary monster in the waters. Price is per vehicle, based on a maximum of seven people.
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a 10-hour Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you’ll spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders

Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Scotland on this full-day tour from Edinburgh! With an expert guide, visit millennia-old Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg, and soak up the beauty of Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands. Travel with a small group to historic villages like Lanercost and hear the about Anglo-Scottish wars that once rattled the region.
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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Soak up the spirit of Scotland with a full-day trip through the Highlands and an evening viewing of the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Wind through the Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit a local whisky distillery for a tour and tasting. Head back to Edinburgh for guaranteed entrance to the Military Tattoo –  an exciting light show and military performance on Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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I Love Edinburgh Hidden Gem Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s hidden gems and rich history during this full-day private tour.  Learn about the history of the city, including the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, as you explore the castle, ancient volcano, Scotland's oldest pub, and nearby villages. This is an opportunity to get insider tips from your guide on the best places to eat, drink, and explore in this beautiful Scottish city.
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Scottish Highland Games Day Trip from Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Scottish revelry with a full-day trip to the Scottish Highland Games from Edinburgh. Enjoy the rugged natural beauty of the highlands as you pass lochs, mountains and sweeping glens en route to the gaming site. Watch men in traditional Highland dress compete in hammer throwing, tug-of-war and tossing the caber. Book early to ensure a place at this popular event!
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Loch Ness day tour from Glasgow in Spanish

Learn the legend of the Loch Ness monster on this 12-hour, guided day trip.  Visit Nessie and the magnificent environment surrounding Urquhart Castle.  You’ll have the chance to admire the whole length of the lake, explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle and to cruise the waters of Loch Ness. Afterwards, you will get to know the city of Inverness on a panoramic tour, and stop at the Victorian village of Pitlochry on your way back to Glasgow.
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Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh

Take in top natural attractions including Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Loch Ness on this 1-day tour from Edinburgh. Pass the iconic Stirling Castle on route through the Trossachs, then head onto Rannoch Moor and Glencoe — a region steeped in history. Explore Fort William and Ben Nevis with a guide, then follow the Great Glen to the village of Fort Augustus. After lunch on the shores of Loch Ness, pass Loch Laggan and stop for a stroll in a Highland village. Then, admire the Forth Bridge on route back to Edinburgh.
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Small-Group Loch Ness Day Trip from Edinburgh

No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to Loch Ness, famed home of the legend of the Loch Ness monster. Save time and skip the hassle of planning your own travel on this guided day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling in a small group of no more than eight people, and led by a Spanish-speaking guide, cruise the loch and explore its surroundings, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle. On the return journey, Afterwards, visit the city of Inverness and the Victorian village of Pitlochry.
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Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

Appreciate the splendor of Scotland on an 8.5-hour whisky and waterfalls trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit the Famous Grouse Distillery for a tour, whisky sampling and lunch (all payable on site). Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, then cap off your tour with the natural wonder of Black Linn Falls.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, you’ll visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnian Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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St Andrews, Falkland and Fife Villages Tour from Edinburgh

Experience the best of Scottish culture on this 1-day St Andrews, Falkland and Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Cross the UNESCO–listed Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife as a guide explains Scotland’s rich history. Stop in the peaceful fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther, then visit the Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery. Take an optional distillery tour and finish with a tasting, or enjoy a walk through Cambo Gardens. Explore St Andrews’ beaches and attractions at your leisure, then return to Edinburgh via the Falkland Palace and Gardens.
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Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Stirling Castle, the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond on this adventurous day tour from Edinburgh. Take a glimpse into Glasgow’s industrial past on route to beautiful Loch Lomond, and admire fine views over rugged Ben Lomond. Travel into the Trossachs National Park with a guide and visit the pretty Highland village of Aberfoyle, where life ticks by at a wonderfully relaxing pace. Explore the ancient streets of Stirling and discover top attractions such as the mighty Stirling Castle — widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses.
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Private Tour: 'Outlander' TV Locations Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel back to the action-packed world of Outlander on a 9-hour private trip to Scotland's TV filming locations. Enjoy a guided tour from Edinburgh to the Highland areas featured in the popular program like the villages of Culross and Falkland – which represents Inverness in the series – and cinematic landmarks like Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). Along the way, enjoy insider stories and trivia about the series, cast and crew. 
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