3 Best Day Trips From Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Photo by Adam Wilson on Unsplash

Are you about to visit the UK soon? We definitely recommend stopping by Edinburgh at least for a few days! And once you’re there, there are some things located relatively close you shouldn’t miss. Here are our top 3!

The Loch Ness Tour

The tour to Loch Ness and Glencoe is one of the most popular ways to spend a day outside of Edinburgh. The scenery of the Scottish Highlands is one of the most dramatic you’ll ever see!

St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Five

If you’re up for exploring Scotland’s coastal area, head to the historical town St Andrews. You’ll find the country’s oldest university and the oldest golf course in the world! Move on to Falkland Palace located in the charming rural village of Falkland, the place where the old royal family used to live.

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The ruins of St Andrews Castle is located in the coastal Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife. The castle sits on a rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. There has been a castle standing at the site since the times of Bishop Roger (1189-1202), son of the Earl of Leicester. It housed the burgh’s wealthy and powerful bishops while St Andrews served as the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the years before the Protestant Reformation.⠀ ⠀ During the Wars of Scottish Independence, the castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times as it changed hands between the Scots and the English. Soon after the sack of Berwick in 1296 by Edward I of England, the castle was taken and made ready for the English king in 1303. In 1314, however, after the Scottish victory at Bannockburn, the castle was retaken and repaired by Bishop William Lamberton, Guardian of Scotland, a loyal supporter of King Robert the Bruce. The English had recaptured it again by the 1330s and reinforced its defences in 1336, but were not successful in holding the castle. Sir Andrew Moray, Regent of Scotland in the absence of David II, recaptured it after a siege lasting three weeks. Shortly after this, in 1336-1337, it was destroyed by the Scots to prevent the English from once again using it as a stronghold.⠀ ⠀ It remained in this ruined state until Bishop Walter Trail rebuilt it at the turn of the century. His castle forms the basis of what can be seen today. He completed work on the castle in about 1400 and died within its walls in 1401.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ 📷 @eikcafferycreative ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #standrewscastle #standrews #castleruins #scotland #scotland_greatshots #scotlandexplore #scotlandshots #scotlandphotography #scotlandtravel #scotlandtrip #scotlandsites #travelscotland #beautifulscotland #explorescotland #scotlandsbeauty #discoverscotland #castle #castles #castles_oftheworld #castlesofscotland #castlesofinstagram #scottishcastles

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Whisky Distilleries

How would you like to spend a day on a tasting tour in Scotland’s whiskey distilleries? Learn about the history of whiskey-making in Scotland and try a big selection as you stay safe on the road with your driver-guide.