Day Trippin'

Linglithgow is where Mary Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow Palace. It is only a half an hour by train and an hour by bus from Edinburgh city centre. The #38 will take you directly to the centre of Linlithgow, and it leaves from Princes Street every half hour until 6:30, after which it leaves every hour. It is a picturesque town that is well worth the trip. 

Stirling is short enough for a day-trip, but historical enough for your day to be busy. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most major attractions. Your feet will sure be tired after exploring all of what Stirling has to offer.

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland with much to offer in food, recreation, festivals, and shopping. An early booked train ticket from Edinburgh will cost around £6, and a last-minute return ticket won’t cost more than around £16. It will take between 50 minutes and an hour to get to Glasgow.   

St. Andrews is claimed to be a place for exploring. St. Andrews is the home of golf, having been played in Scotland for 600 years. It is best to take the bus as the train stops at a point 10 minutes away from St. Andrews. The St. Andrews Castle, Cathedral, and University are sites not to be missed on your trip to St. Andrews.

A trip to the Highlands is a must if coming to visit Scotland. Whether driving, on the bus, or on the train, you’ll pass by some of the most beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer. The combination of streams, lakes, and snow covered mountains contrasted with green pastures and sheep on rolling hills, will give you a feeling of light-hearted happiness. Taking a trip up to Fort William, Loch Ness, or Inverness will take between 3 and 4 hours depending upon your transportation. Be on the lookout for any highland trips hosted by local tour agencies or university groups. Sometimes the international office at the University of Edinburgh for example, will host highland or island trips inclusive of food, lodging, and transport for around £80 for a weekend away. Once at Fort William, Mallaig is only an hour away and easily accessible by bus. From Mallaig, you can take a ferry over to Sleat on the Isle of Skye. If the time allows, a trip to the Western Isles would also be well worth it.