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loch ness glencoe the highlands tour from edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Duration: 12.5 hours
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Enjoy a full day tour and experience some of the most dramatic scenery the Scottish Highlands has to offer. Spend time at mysterious Glencoe and have…

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From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

Duration: 9 hours
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Visit three castles and an exceptionally well-preserved village on this adventure through the sights and stories of Outlander. On this time-traveling…

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Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Small-Group Tour

Duration: 9 hours
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Discover the Scottish Highlands on a full-day small group tour, and see forests, lochs, and stunning mountains. Explore Scotland's history and learn…

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Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

Duration: 9 hours
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Explore the land of Scottish heroes and royalty on a day filled with lochs and quaint towns. Visit Scotland’s first national park, see “Highlands in…

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From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour

Duration: 9 hours
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Spend the day exploring the sets of the TV series "Outlander" on a full-day tour from Edinburgh. See the former residence of the Scottish monarchs at…

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Edinburgh: Ultimate Whisky Experience

Duration: 585 minutes
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Take a trip into Whiskey paradise on a 1-day excursion from Edinburgh. Visit the distilleries of Dewar's and Deanston. View stunning scenery across…

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From Edinburgh: Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & Northumbria

Duration: 9 hours
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Take a scenic, coastal route into the Medieval Kingdom of Northumbria; visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, once the most important centre of…

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Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

Duration: 7 hours
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Explore some of Scotland's fascinating history and culture on this full-day small group tour from Edinburgh. Learn about the myths of the Holy Grail…

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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, & the Highlands Day Tour

Duration: 12.5 hours
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If you've only got a day, but want to get to the heart Scotland's history and mystery, this tour is for you. It's the 'monster of all trips,'…

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5 best day trips from Edinburgh

Day trip to Glasgow

As the most populous city in Scotland, Glasgow is an ideal place to spend an exciting day. A bustling port city and a capital of culture, there is so much to do in Glasgow, it’s hard to know where to begin. Whether you’re a history buff, an art connoisseur, or a gastronomy aficionado, this city has it all. Some of the most popular attractions are the 12th-century Glasgow Cathedral, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum, with its ultra-modern design.

How far is Glasgow from Edinburgh?

A day trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow is within easy reach, just 75 kilometers (46 miles) away. By car, it takes just over about an hour, while the train will get you to your destination in a quick 45 minutes.

Day trip to Stirling

Best known for the grand and imposing Stirling Castle that shares its name, a day trip from Edinburgh to Stirling offers travelers an incredible escape. This “gateway to the Highlands” was once the capital of the Kingdom of Scotland, and a major battle for independence was fought at the still standing Stirling Bridge. Nearby, the National Wallace Monument commemorates several heroes of independence — including the namesake of “Braveheart” himself, William Wallace — and also provides visitors with fantastic views from its top.

How far is Stirling from Edinburgh?

Located in central Scotland, Stirling is 58 kilometers (36 miles) from Edinburgh. By car, bus or train, the journey will take you just under an hour.

Day trip to St. Andrews

Not too far from Edinburgh is the quintessential seaside town of St. Andrews. The town is home to the illustrious University of St. Andrews, the oldest in Scotland and alma matter of British monarchs past, present, and future. For golfers, St. Andrews is a bucket list pilgrimage, as the birthplace of the sport. Don’t miss out on a few holes on the original course of St. Andrews Links, or pay a visit to The British Golf Museum.

How far is St. Andrews from Edinburgh?

Driving the 83 miles to St. Andrews should take just under 90 minutes, while the train can take up to an hour and 45 minutes.

Day trip to Roslin

For travelers wanting to experience a peaceful day in the country, Roslin is an excellent choice. Fans of Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” will already know about Rosslyn Chapel — in lore recognized for its supposed connection to the Freemasons and Knights Templar. Architecture buffs will enjoy the chapel’s interesting layout and intricate stone carvings. Beyond the chapel, visitors of the town can see the ruins of Roslin Castle and the tranquil Roslin Glen Country Park.

How far is Roslin from Edinburgh?

Only 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south of Edinburgh, a car ride to Roslin takes just about half an hour, while the bus takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

Day trip to Perth

A day trip from Edinburgh to Perth is a wonderful way to get to know the city on the shores of the River Tay. Tempt fate with a visit to the must-see Scone Palace, the original home of the Stone of Destiny. Apart from the palace, visitors can check out the Black Watch Museum, St. John’s Kirk, and the Fair Maid’s House — the oldest secular building in the city.

How far is Perth from Edinburgh?

By car, you can make the 70-kilometer (43 mile) journey to Perth in just about an hour. On public transportation, the trip can take up to 90 minutes.

Edinburgh day trip FAQ

What transportation is the best choice for my day trip?

Trying to plan your journey to Perth? Or wondering the best way to get to Glasgow? There are plenty of different transportation options for any day trip, and one is sure to be just right for you.

Edinburgh day trips by train

Scotland’s rail network covers its seven main cities and many stops in-between. Taking the train is a quick and convenient way to get around, and allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the country’s rugged natural scenery.

Edinburgh day trips by bus

In addition to the many guided bus tours available for day trips from Edinburgh, taking the bus is an easy way to get around Scotland. For more rural areas, the bus may be your only public transportation method available.

Edinburgh day trips by car

Scotland is an epic place for a road trip. A car makes it easy to be spontaneous and discover all the surprises and hidden gems along the way. Have the freedom to make your own itinerary and take as much time as you like for your day trip.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Whether you’re looking to make new friends with similar interests, avoid driving on the left side of the road, or simply want to skip the hassle of planning, a guided tour can help you make the most of your trip. In addition to taking the stress out of planning, a good guide can provide insider knowledge to really enrich your experience in a destination.


What should I pack for my day trip?

There are all kinds of things to consider when deciding what to bring on a day trip. The destination, season and type of travel can all make an impact on your packing. For those taking a guided tour, your ticket might include everything you need. However, since most Edinburgh day trips are focused in Scotland and Northern England, it’s a smart bet to bring some rain gear or warm clothes regardless of the time of year.


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It was the best day out ever. Everything was perfect. The driver guide made everything so fun and enjoyable. The views, the stories and our driver (guide) personality( very friendly, polite, and so well prepared) made our day an anazing one. If we return we will definetly book another tour ( for a different activity) with the same company and if it comes with the same driver( guide) even better.

This was our first trip to Scotland (of many planned), and this tour was a dream come true. We got to see so much of the highlands and learn their history at the same time. Due to covid, the company that would normally allow us to meet highland cows was closed, but Jaime went above and beyond and made an extra stop so we could all meet hairy coos in person!

The tour guide/driver (Alan) was really enthusiastic and spoke about the history of the highlands and every location we passed. He has an excellent amount of knowledge and throughout the entire journey was able to teach us about the history of Scotland. He even made an extra optional quick stop for us to get a good photo of the Nevis mountain range.

It's a long day and most of it was on the coach but we knew it would be but the scenery was outstanding and more than made up for that. Our guide was Dougy who was funny and friendly as well as informative. If you don't have time to venture into the Highlands properly this was a perfect taster.

Amazing trip! I grew up in Edinburgh but this was my first time visiting the north and I couldn’t be happier with the tour! Martin was great and super knowledgable. Loved all the stories and histories. 12.5 hours trip was a bit exhausting but the views and scenery are definitely worth it!