Day Trips Beyond Edinburgh

One of the most convenient things about Edinburgh is its 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!


East Lothian

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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Linlithgow Palace and St Michael's Parish Church by Linlithgow Loch

West Lothian

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.

Rosslyn Chapel


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

Smailholm Tower

Scottish Borders

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.


Kingdom of Fife

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.