The Best Day Trips from Edinburgh Scotland! 

Edinburgh can be a great base for some terrific day trips if you have exhausted all the things to do in Edinburgh and are looking for more things to do and see in Scotland. 

You can travel to Scotland’s largest city, look for Nessie in Loch Ness, learn about Scotch whiskey and much more… 

The regions surrounding Edinburgh are perfect for nature lovers, from irresistibly picturesque coastlines to fairy-tale castles and all kinds of mountain landscapes! 


  1. Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands,_Glencoe,_Scottish_Highlands_and_Ben_Nevis_Tour

Perfect for those who might have limited time and want to experience the best of the Scottish Highlands in one easy day from Edinburgh.  

Discover the highlights and heritage of the region in a comfortable mini bus with a background guide.  

See Stirling Castle, Glencoe, and Ben Nevis, and a short visit to the town of Callander and cruise on Loch Ness in search of its fabled monster. 

  1. Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle & The Kelpies,_Stirling_Castle__the_Kelpies_from_Edinburgh_ 

One day tour from Edinburgh takes you sightseeing to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle, and introduces you to the land and legends of Scottish heroes William Wallace and Rob Roy. Begin with a memorable visit to Stirling Castle and finish off with a spectacular cruise across Loch Lomond. 

  1. Jacobite Steam Train & Scottish Highlands Tour 

Depart Edinburgh in the morning and journey north towards the Highlands, past the magnificent Forth Bridge, and through Fife and Perth on this day’s tour. 

Feast your eyes upon the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the stunning drive up the west coast of Scotland. The next time you see it will be when you are travelling across its iconic arches on the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig! 

After your experience on one of the world’s most beautiful railway lines, you will be whisked through Scotland’s most dramatic landscape, Glencoe, which was used as the backdrop for some much-loved scenes in the Harry Potter series. 

Continuing through the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor, with a guide regaling tales from Scotland’s past, you’ll arrive back in the city in the late evening. 

  1. The Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Experience,_Palaces__Jacobites_Experience_from_Edinburgh 

A one-day tour visiting filming locations of the award-winning TV series, Outlander. Visit castles, palaces, and mansions. Explore Linlithgow Palace, Outlander’s Wentworth Prison; see Blackness Castle, the Headquarters of Black Jack Randall, and explore the Royal Burgh of Culross, Claire’s herb garden; and many more! 

  1. Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery,_Scottish_Borders__Glenkinchie_Distillery_from_Edinburgh 

Explore the legends of Rosslyn Chapel and journey through the Scottish Lowlands on this borders tour. Discover Melrose Abbey, the fabled resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce and take a ‘tour and a taste’ at Glenkinchie, a rare lowland whisky distillery. 

  1. St. Andrews & The fishing Villages of Fife,_Outlander_and_Fishing_Villages 

The Home of Golf, beautiful beaches, and the best fish and chips in Scotland – what more could you want from a day out. On this tour, you will explore the great Kingdom of Fife and discover its fascinating history and wonderful scenery. 

  1. Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & The Kingdom of Northumbria,_Alnwick_Castle__The_Kingdom_of_Northumbria_from_Edinburgh 

Explore the scenic coastal route between Edinburgh and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. Visit Alnwick Castle, see Holy Island, taste some Mead brewed by monks and explore the magnificent poison gardens at Alnwick.