When you are staying in the historic capital there is so much more to see in the surrounding areas. If you’re looking to travel further afield why not visit one of these 10 places just outside Edinburgh.
If you think the famous Edinburgh Castle is impressive, then you may want to take a look at Stirling. Built in the early years of the 12th century, Stirling Castle played a valuable role during the Wars of Scottish Independence between 1296 and 1357.
Less than 30 miles away from Edinburgh, the trip to St Andrews will be worth the journey. World famous as the “home of golf”, the British Golf Museum celebrates over 500 years of the sport. Elsewhere it also boasts another of Scotland’s many castles and ruins of the old cathedral.
Just to the North West of Edinburgh, less than 5 miles away is the little village of Cramond. Sitting on the banks of the Firth of Forth, there is even more of Scotland’s past to uncover. Roman Forts, medieval towers, Cramond House and the causeway are just some of its landmarks.
The Pentland Hills
It will take you less than an hour to reach the Pentland Hills from the capital. The regional park embraces the Scottish countryside. Take a long hike or short walk around its endless hill tops and enjoy a breath of fresh air away from city life.
Founded in 1446 the Rosslyn Chapel is a beautifully designed piece of architecture and currently still an active place of worship. Owned by the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn, it has been kept in the family since the day it was built.
It only takes half an hour to North Berwick from Edinburgh if you catch the train. Taken away from the busy city centre, you will soon be looking out to see from the iconic bass rock. The perfect location for seaside walks, boat trips or even a round of golf.
The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace is only 15 miles outside of Edinburgh. It’s often used as a holiday home for the royal family and full of history in its own right.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without mentioning whisky, probably the country’s favourite tipple. There are of course several distilleries in the area, but the quiet location of Glenkinchie distillery will provide the tranquillity you need to sample a glass or two.
Easily accessible from Leith in Edinburgh, a short boat trip will make this retreat even more enjoyable. It’s a great way of seeing the Scottish coastline too.
You could of course take a day trip to one of Scotland’s other major cities, with Glasgow being the obvious choice. Scotland’s largest city can be reached in just over an hour.
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