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Scotland is full of historic sights and enchanting landscapes, and the Scottish capital makes an excellent base from which to explore this relatively compact country, with everything from centuries-old castles and abbeys to scenic lochs and valleys within easy reach. Here are our top picks for day trips from Edinburgh.

Fife and St. Andrews — 35 miles (56 km) and 55 miles (88 km) from Edinburgh 
An easy day trip from Edinburgh, the Kingdom of Fife packs in some big attractions. Visit Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital; the 19th-century Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and engineering marvel; and the town of St. Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf.” St. Andrews features several notable attractions, including its cathedral and the university where Prince William met Kate Middleton.

The Highlands — 130 miles (209 km) from Edinburgh
With their glassy lochs, towering peaks, and brooding, windswept landscapes, the Scottish Highlands are a top priority for most travelers to Scotland. Organized day tours from Edinburgh go to Loch Ness, the home of the mysterious Loch Ness monster; the scenic valley of Glencoe in the West Highlands; and the looming peak of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. Some tours make stops at whiskey distilleries en route. 

Scottish Borders — 45 miles (72 km) from Edinburgh
The dramatic Scottish borders have seen plenty of bloodshed over the years thanks to the long Scottish Wars of Independence against the English. Exploring the bucolic region unveils many of the secrets of Scotland’s past. Admire the impressive ruins of the 12th-century Melrose Abbey and the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code; pay a visit to the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall, just across the border; or head west to Dumfries, the hometown of Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns and the gateway to Burns Country.

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond — 40 miles (64 km) and 80 miles (129 km) from  Edinburgh
Originally built in the 12th century, Stirling Castle sits on the boundary between the lowlands and the highlands and is one of the most important historical structures in Scotland. Just an hour’s drive west of the castle is the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where visitors can embark on scenic hikes, bike rides, and loch cruises.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Travel from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife and pass by the coastal villages of East Neuk. Then pay homage to the town of St. Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the Old Course where golf is routinely played. Driving in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, see Falkland and the Lomond Hills. Enjoy a small-group tour, limited to 16 people, for a memorable and personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Pass by Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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  • 12 hours
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Spot the famous Urquhart Castle en route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
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Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh

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Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. Visit to Callander "Gateway to the Highlands", learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for 'James Bond' and 'Harry Potter' films—and opt to take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
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  • 12 hours
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

West Highland Lochs, Mountains & Castles from Edinburgh

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Experience the beauty of rural Scotland on this 9.5-hour West Highland lochs and castles day trip from Edinburgh. Visit the iconic Doune Castle in Stirlingshire with a guide, then head deep into the Scottish Highlands. Take in fine views over shimmering lakes and soaring peaks, and enjoy an hour’s free time in Glen Ogle. Then, head onward to Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle — widely considered Scotland's prettiest castle. Explore the highland village of Inveraray and perhaps visit Inveraray Castle. Travel through the beautiful Arrochar Alps back to Edinburgh.
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  • 9 hours 45 minutes
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West Highlands, Lochs and Castles Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

West Highlands, Lochs and Castles Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Witness dramatic landscapes and majestic castles on a full-day trip through Scotland’s West Highlands from Edinburgh. With a knowledgeable guide, soak up stunning scenery from the rugged Breadalbane Mountains to The Trossachs National Park. Visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scottish heroes and rebels. Movie buffs will love the visit to Doune Castle, film site of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.
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  • 10 hours
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Delve into Scotland’s rich history and heritage on this 1-day Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle tour from Edinburgh. Head from the Royal Mile over the UNESCO–listed Forth Bridge to Dunfermline with a guide, and explore the Abbey Kirk — burial place of Robert the Bruce. See where the Battle of Bannockburn raged and learn of Scotland’s struggle for independence. Take in top local attractions including Stirling Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the iconic Wallace Monument. Then, visit Rosslyn Chapel before returning to Edinburgh.
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  • 9 hours
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route, pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide regales you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly legendary―trip.
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  • 12 hours
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Loch Ness Glencoe and The Highlands from Edinburgh

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Loch Ness Glencoe and The Highlands from Edinburgh

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Enjoy a unique experience visiting some of the most charming places in Scotland: Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Great Glen and, of course, Loch Ness. This is the best value for money tour you can book in Scotland!
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you can spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch, and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.
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  • 10 hours
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Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Lomond, Kelpies & Stirling Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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See Stirling Castle, the Kelpies monument, and Loch Lomond on this day trip from Edinburgh. Pass Linlithgow Palace on the way to the Kelpies, said to be the largest equine sculptures in the world. Then travel through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can join your guide on a nature walk, before heading to Stirling Castle for an optional interior tour (own expense). This small-group tour in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach is limited to 16 passengers for a memorable experience.
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  • 9 hours
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Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of Highland cows, the Trossachs National Park, and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. After touring the impressive Stirling Castle, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest lake. Finish your Scottish experience sampling Scotch whisky at the acclaimed Glengoyne Distillery.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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  • 12 hours
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Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & The Kingdom of Northumbria from Edinburgh

Holy Island, Alnwick Castle & The Kingdom of Northumbria from Edinburgh

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Explore coastal routes around Edinburgh and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on this 9.5-hour Holy Island, Alnwick Castle and Northumberland tour from Edinburgh. Head south across the Scottish border into English with a guide, and visit Holy Island and the peaceful village of Lindesfarne. Discover local attractions such as Lindesfarne Castle and the Priory, and explore the market town of Alnwick. Travel through Flodden Field — the battlefield where the English and Scots met in battle in 1513 — and gain insight into British history. Then, return in comfort to Edinburgh.
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Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh

Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh

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Explore Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, and delve into the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Rob Roy on this tour from Edinburgh. Visit Stirling Castle—widely considered among Scotland’s most impressive fortresses—with a guide. Head through the Trossachs National Park to the Highland village of Balloch, nestled by the banks of magical Loch Lomond. Perhaps take a lake cruise or enjoy capturing the pretty town of Luss on camera before the journey back to Edinburgh.
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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Follow the trail of the Romans through ancient Scotland on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. With an expert guide, visit millennia-old Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg, and soak up the beauty of Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley, and the Southern Uplands. Travel with a small group to historic villages and hear the about Anglo-Scottish wars that once rattled the region.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this ‘Da Vinci Code’ tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar, and Robert the Bruce.
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Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Attention “Outlander” fans: this tour was created just for you. Leave Edinburgh behind as you embark on an epic adventure to several sites from the popular television show. Visit Culross Palace (the fictional Cranesmuir), Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Blackness Castle (Fort William), Midhope Castle (Jamie’s home), and Linlithgow Palace, the site of one of the series’ most intense scenes.
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St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from Edinburgh
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St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from Edinburgh

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Explore St. Andrews and the Villages of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Admire fine views over the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry en route into the Kingdom of Fife. Discover pretty coastal villages, then visit Anstruther with a guide. Perhaps visit St. Andrews’ castle and cathedral ruins, stroll along the harbor, or soak up the sunshine at your leisure. Afterward, travel through the Lomond Hills and past Loch Leven on route back to Edinburgh.
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Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover the rugged beauty and cultural splendor of the Scottish Borders on a day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, visit the market town of Kelso and the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a featured film setting in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter Series. Soak up the beauty of Northumberland as you make a final stop at the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Entrance fees are your own expense.
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  • 9 hours
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Edinburgh

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Discover the palaces and castles of TV’s ‘Outlander’ series on a 9.5-hour tour from Edinburgh. Visit some of the sites that starred in the fictional Jacobite saga, including Blackness Castle, the headquarters of Jack Randall, and Hopetoun House, the Duke of Sandringham’s residence. Explore Wentworth Prison, set in Linlithglow Palace, and see Midhope Castle (Lallybroch), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), and more, as you hear trivia on the series and its stars. Entrance fees are excluded.
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Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Viking Coast and Alnwick Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover Northumberland’s weird and wonderful history, from Vikings to wizards, on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Cross the border into North England and follow the causeway to Holy Island to learn about the island’s ancient Christian settlement and notorious Viking invasion. After visiting the hilltop Lindisfarne Castle, head back to the mainland and continue to Alnwick Castle, a magnificent palace with a completely different claim to fame – as a film location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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