Day trips to Edinburgh Regions

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One of the most convenient things about Edinburgh is it’s close proximity to other regions, all of which are easy to reach by public transport. So, if you fancy venturing further afield, hop on a train or bus and you’ll find a variety of new places. From the golden sands of East Lothian to the lush greenness of the Borders, they’re all closer than you think!

Spend a day in East Lothian

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From castles to coastal walks, East Lothian is full of attractions, and just a stone’s throw from central Edinburgh. Take your pick of things to see and do from our top recommendations.

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Spend a day in the Scottish Borders

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Explore the rich landscapes of the Scottish Borders – they’re much closer to Edinburgh than you might realise. We’ve planned a perfect Borders day trip full of museums, charming town centres, and fine dining.

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Spend a day in Midlothian

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Midlothian is a beautifully rural area bounded by the rolling, green Pentland Hills and featuring many woodlands, while remaining proud of its industrial heritage.

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Spend a day in West Lothian

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The area's heritage is rich and diverse, and well worth exploring. In just a day you can take in historic attractions - prehistoric burial sites, palace ruins, castles and stately homes - that span hundreds, even thousands, of years.

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Spend a day in Fife

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Take a break from the city and head for the stunning coast of nearby Fife. Explore its charming villages, cliffside walks, and fine dining restaurants. We’ve planned a perfect day trip from Edinburgh

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