Amazing Places to Visit near Edinburgh

There are so many wonderful things to do in Edinburgh. But don’t forget, there are lots of amazing places to visit near Edinburgh too, if you’re willing to venture a little further. If you’ve visited the city centre a few times before and you’re looking for something a little different to do, take a day trip!

Some of our Favourite Places to Visit near Edinburgh

These places are all easy to reach by train from Waverley Station, which is just a short walk from your base at Parliament House Hotel.

East Lothian

East Lothian Coast

The beautiful beaches of East Lothian are the perfect place to spend the day.

The seaside town of North Berwick is easy to reach from Waverley Station by train in around half an hour. The town’s two sandy beaches, Milsey Bay and West Beach, have beautiful views out towards Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth. The picturesque North Berwick Harbour separates the two beaches. There are also great shops and restaurants, and scenic coastal walks to enjoy.


Glasgow Clyde Arc Bridge at night

The closest city to Edinburgh is Glasgow, famed for its lively, bustling atmosphere, great culture and and friendly people. Hop on the train from Waverley Station and you’ll be in Glasgow in about 50 minutes.

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and there is so much to see and do there. Top attractions include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow Science Centre, Pollok Country Park and the Botanic Gardens. Then, there’s the fantastic shopping, lovely places to eat and drink, not to mention Glasgow’s legendary music scene.

Fife and St Andrews

View over town of St Andrews in Fife

Take a trip over the iconic Forth Rail Bridge and you’ll find yourself in the Kingdom of Fife in just over an hour. Here, there are lots of lovely towns and villages to discover, including North Queensferry, Dunfermline, Anstruther and Crail.

Not forgetting the historic town of St Andrews, where you can explore the ancient castle and cathedral ruins. Enjoy a stroll along West Sands Beach, or take the kids to Craigtoun Country Park. St Andrews is world-famous for golf, so a visit to one of the many great courses is a must for all keen golfers. Gin and whisky enthusiasts should also make time for a tour of Eden Mill Distillery.


The entrance to Stirling Castle

And staying over the bridges … For anyone who is a fan of Scottish History, ancient castles and Braveheart, a trip to Stirling is in order. Stirling Castle is one of the most historically important sites in all of Scotland. Not only was it home to several Scottish Kings and Queens, it was central to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce’s Wars of Independence.

Once you’ve explored the beautiful chambers and vaults of this magnificent castle, head on over to the striking Wallace Monument for the most magnificent panoramic views of this beautiful part of Scotland.

Book your stay at Parliament House Hotel and you can enjoy an Edinburgh city centre location, whilst being just around the corner from Waverley Station. This is your gateway to many wonderful things to do, all within easy reach of Edinburgh. The beaches of East Lothian, the vibrant city of Glasgow and the Kingdom of Fife are just a few suggestions. There are so many amazing towns and villages, attractions and places to visit near Edinburgh. Please ask our friendly team for more ideas during your stay.