With so many wonderful things to do in Edinburgh, it is easy to spend your entire holiday walking the cobbled streets of Scotland’s vibrant capital city. But for anyone looking to experience more of Scotland than good Auld Reekie, there are a number of fantastic day tours from Edinburgh to different parts of the country. Simply jump in your car, hop on a train or join a guided tour group and discover some of Scotland’s most iconic sites, attractions and cities with these three great day tours from Edinburgh.
1. St Andrews: The Home Of Golf
Situated just 1hr 30mins outside of Edinburgh, across the iconic Firth of Forth, anyone can experience the quaint, picturesque village of St Andrews. Famed for its historic university, medieval streets, beautiful buildings and, of course, its world-famous golf courses, this small historic town is a jewel in the ancient Kingdom of Fife. The “Home of Golf” since 1552, the beautiful game is rooted in St Andrews’ history. So if you are a golfing enthusiast, we recommend visiting the Museum of Golf and the world-famous Old Course. History lovers can enjoy shopping along St Andrews’ medieval streets, visiting St Andrews Cathedral or unearthing Scotland’s Secret Bunker!
2. Berwick-Upon-Tweed: Uncover The Magical Scottish Borders
One of the most scenic parts in all of Scotland is the bewitching Scottish Borders tourist route. It is why a trip to the historic border town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed is one of our favourite day tours from Edinburgh. Situated just 3 miles south of the Scottish border, past the sleepy village of Kelso and along the breath-taking River Tweed, immerse yourself in the turbulent history of this picture-perfect coastal town. While you are there, be sure to visit, Alnwick Castle, one of the famous filming locations for Harry Potter as well as the popular Downton Abbey series. You might recognise the Outer Bailey – it is where the world’s favourite wizarding trio learnt to fly!
3. Stirling Castle: Relive Defining Moments in Scottish History
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.
So there you have it – three great day tours from Edinburgh for the Scottish explorer. If you are planning on a Scottish adventure, the Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh is the perfect base from which to explore all that Scotland has to offer. With cheap, affordable accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh, seeing more for less is easier than ever before.