Category Archives: scotland

Days Out from Edinburgh by Train

Want a family day out from Edinburgh? Blue Flag beaches, historic castles and top quality shopping centres are all just a short train ride away.

There are excellent rail links from Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and Northern England. Many tourist attractions can be reached by train.

Here are just a few ideas for a day out without a car:

Parks and Gardens in the Historic City of Perth


Perth Photo Robin Fernandes under a Creative Commons License

Perth stands on the banks of the River Tay. For centuries, it has been a vital link between the major cities of southern Scotland and the rural north. This unique position has created a wealth of history and attractions include St John’s Kirk, Scone Palace and Elcho Castle. The modern city centre is a thriving mix of shops and restaurants, together with relaxing parks and gardens.

Getting There

Trains to Perth run every hour from Edinburgh; the journey takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

Safe Bathing on Fife’s Blue Flag Beaches

One of Fife’s biggest attractions is its unspoilt, award winning, Blue Flag Beaches. In all there are five Blue Flag beaches in Fife offering safe bathing and fun family days out. Two of these beaches, Aberdour and Burntisland, are just a short train ride away from central Edinburgh

Getting There

Trains to Aberdour and Burntisland run every 30 minutes from Edinburgh; the journey takes 30 minutes to Aberdour and 35 minutes to Burntisland.

Deep Sea World is Scotland’s Largest Aquarium

Deep Sea World has one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks, in the longest underwater tunnel in Britain. Other exhibits include piranhas and seals, and visitors can touch live exhibits in rock pools. Deep Sea World is at North Queensferry, just across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh and is a short walk from North Queensferry station.

Getting There

Trains to North Queensferry run every 15 minutes from Edinburgh; the journey takes 20 minutes.

Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel Photo

Take a ride on The Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

A 50 minute boat trip is the best way to see the wheel in action. The wheel raises boats by 24 metres but the Union Canal is still 11 metres higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal.

Getting There

There are regular trains to Falkirk High and Falkirk Grahamston. The journey time is 30 minutes. The wheel is just over two miles fromthe stations and the No 3 bus runs every15 minutes from near both stations.

Other Ideas for a Day Out from Edinburgh

There are plenty more attractions in easy reach of Edinburgh by train including:

  • A day shopping in Glasgow
  • The historic town of Berwick upon Tweed
  • Aberdour Castle
  • The coastal town of North Berwick
  • Stirling Castle

For more ideas Visit Scotland or 100 Days Out in Scotland

National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.


Picture Profile : The Firth of Clyde

The Firth of Clyde, where the River Clyde flows into the North Sea, has some spectacular views.

The river flows between the Renfrewshire mainland and the Argyll peninsula and regular ferries take 20 minutes to cross between Gourock and Dunoon; saving a 55 mile (3 hour) trip by road.

The beauty of the area is added to by three islands, Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. These can be reached from the mainland by ferry srervices from Ardrossan, Wemyss Bay and Largs.

The Firth of Clyde is about 30 miles west of Glasgow and all ferries offer combined train and ferry tickets.

Ascog Hall gh Barbara Carr

Ascog Hall Bute Photo Barbara Carr under a Creative Commons License

Dunoon DF Shaw Fr

Dunoon Photo DF Shaw under a Creative Commons License

Goat Fell gh Bob Jones

Goat Fell Arran Photo Bob Jones under a Creative Commons License

Millport Bay gh Chris Downer

Millport Bay Photo Chris Downer under a Creative Commons License

Rothesay Castle gh Anne Burgess

Rothesay Castle Photo Anne Burgess under a Creative Commons License

Waverley Brodick Bill Boyd fr

Waverley Paddle Steamer near Brodick Photo Bill Boyd under a Creative Commons License

Tourist Information Visit Scotland

Picture Profile -Edinburgh Scotland’s Capital City

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city is an all year round tourist attraction. The walk from Edinburgh Castle down the Royal Mile, to Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament, passes a fascinating mix of museums, historical monuments, churches, shops and eating places. Visit the National Art Gallery, wander round the free Royal Botanic Gardens or take a bus out to Ocean Terminal in Leith where the Royal Yacht Britannia is docked.

For more information and ideas Visit Scotland or our 100 Days Out in Scotland Facebook Page


Holyrood Palace Photo under a Creative Commons License


Princes St Gardens Photo under a Creative Commons License


View from near Edinburgh Castle Photo John Oyston


Forth Rail Bridge Photo under a Creative Commons License


Royal Mile Edinburgh Photo under a Creative Commons License


Edinburgh Castle Photo Bill Henderson under a Creative Commons License

Picture Profile – Dumfries and Galloway

Cross the Scottish border near Carlisle and you can soon be driving down country roads, dicovering charming towns and villages or exploring over 200 miles of stunning coastlines.

Dumfries & Galloway offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and is just a short drive from the motorway network.

Hundreds of self-catering holiday cottages, B&Bs, hotels, and caravan & camping sites offer lots of alternatives for anyone wanting a short break or a longer stay.

Visit South West Scotland claim Dumfries and Galloway is “so easy to reach, so hard to leave”. Why not see if they are right?

For more ideas like our 100 Days Out in Scotland Facebook page 100 Days Out in Scotland

Scotland’s first house,Gretna Green Photo Robert Lindsell Creative Commons License CC BY-SA

Caerlaverock Castle Photo Undiscovered Scotland @UndisScot

Threave Castle near Castle Douglas Photo Undiscovered Scotland @UndisScot

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s southernmost point Photo Undiscovered Scotland @UndisScot

St Ninian’s Cave, on the shore near Whithorn Photo Undiscovered Scotland @UndisScot

Dumfries Photo Gerry Zambonini Creative Commons License CC BY-SA