Day Trips from Edinburgh
Destination 1: St. Andrews
Why go? This picturesque town is the home of golf and The Old Course, as well as Scotland’s oldest university (with Wills and Kate among the alumni…). The cathedral and castle are stunning, and the town is easy to explore on foot. There are wonderful restaurants, shops and windswept beaches. Visit Scotland has a guide to beach tours, ghost tours and more.
How to get there: Trains run from Edinburgh to Leuchars, which is a short taxi ride from the town.
Destination 2: Dundee
Why go? This is Scotland's sunniest city. Sweeping waterfront views, a brand new V&A museum, evident maritime heritage, whisky trails and more world-class golf! They call it 'Scotland's coolest city.'
How to get there: Trains take 1h30 from Edinburgh and are super affordable.
Destination 3: Stirling
Why go? We've all seen Braveheart, this is a city steeped the proud history of Robert the Bruce. There's also a thriving local music scene, walks up craggy volcanic rock to peer over picturesque hills. Here's a guide to 12 hidden gems.
How to get there: Trains are under an hour from Edinburgh and cost just over £5.
Day trips from Glasgow
Destination 1: Arran.
Why go? In short - natural wonders. Regardless of the weather you’ll get dramatic scenery, wildlife (seals & eagles), genuine outdoor adventure, and wonderfully fresh food.
How to get there: Getting here takes a bit of patience, but also keeps the pace chill. Get to the ferry terminal in Ardrossan by bus, car or taxi, then a 55 min ferry. More info.
Destination 2: Loch Lomond
Why go? Gin and whisky distilleries, golf, camping, wild swimming, day strolls around the loch, day boat trips, castles, there is plenty to do. Considering how close it is to Glasgow, you feel like you’re out in the wilds
How to get there: We once cycled from Glasgow, it wasn’t too bad! You can also drive, take a train or even a sea plane. More info.
Destination 3: Glencoe
Why go? If you want to get right into the misty mystique of the Highlands, any day, Glencoe will deliver magic. Hike, paddle board, visit a rustic pub, and feel like you've stepped into a painting.
How to get there: To make the most of this remote setting, we recommend renting a car. The drive itself is full of twists and turns - bring a picnic. More info.