Do you always head to Edinburgh when you visit Scotland? Well it’s not a surprise if you do. There’s much to see and do in the capital, including visiting the Castle, National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery, the Fringe Festival each August. Furthermore, the city boasts an array of fantastic bars and restaurants as well as shopping opportunities. But there is plenty more to experience outside of Edinburgh. Don’t miss out on the truly wonderful places right on Edinburgh’s doorstep just waiting for you to explore. Here are just a few for you to discover:
Just 72 miles from the capital, you’ll find Kirriemuir in Angus. In this lovely town, you can combine history with camping. You’ll discover that J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan was born here and his birthplace is now a museum, with a garden featuring a statue of Peter Pan. Only seven miles away from the town you’ll find Loch of Lintrathen, offering you the chance to camp and sightsee.
A 40-mile drive will take you to the city of Stirling, with an array of attractions and activities for all the family. Go for a lovely stroll together and marvel at the spectacular Stirling Castle, including the Royal Palace and the Great Hall, while enjoying wonderful views of the Wallace Monument. A quick drive and you’ll be in Blair Drummond Safari & Adventures, where you can watch fascinating giraffes and elephants.
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is the perfect place to spend the day. Looking to entertain the children? Then take them to the Science Centre. Here they can run around, explore on their own or amaze at the planetarium. Wander through the cosmopolitan West End and visit the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Then continue through Finnieston, passing trendy bars and restaurants on the way, to the Clyde to see the city’s landscape at sunset. Then get ready to enjoy Glasgow’s famous nightlife. From a gig, dancing the night away at a club or a relaxing meal and drinks with friends.
Just a quick train ride or drive along the coastline from Edinburgh is East Lothian, offering a fun packed day. Here you can learn about the history of the planes from the first and second world wars at the National Museum of Flight. While in East Lothian, take the opportunity to visit the Glenkinchie Distillery, and explore the history of the Edinburgh Malt. For a more relaxed seaside day trip, head to North Berwick and enjoy its two beaches, historic harbour, great pubs and delicious ice cream.
Less than 50 miles away from Edinburgh, St Andrews sits at the eastern point of Fife. It’s home to wonderful beaches, a ruined cathedral and castle, an aquarium, cinema and numerous restaurants. To get there you can take a scenic drive across East Neuk, while stopping along the way at one or more of the charming fishing villages.