Venture beyond Edinburgh on a day trip to get even more of a taste of Scotland!

The city of Edinburgh, Scotland is rich with history, culture, art, festivals and cuisine, and is one of the best places to enjoy an exciting city break in the UK. If you are only in the city for a short time there will be more than enough to do here during your stay.

edinburgh moonlight

Edinburgh Nightlife

Edinburgh may not be Monte Carlo, but the Scottish capital still offers many options to play in a variety of casinos. With several up-scale establishments, you have a great opportunity for a fun and elegant night out. If you have been perfecting your skills gaming online you will find the city’s casinos the perfect place to play at the tables.

From the slot machine to a game of blackjack, Edinburgh’s four casinos provide the an excellent gaming experience, perhaps with a slight Scottish spin. As you might expect, other games on offer can include poker and roulette.

However, if you are based in Edinburgh for longer and you wish to explore more of Scotland the city will be a great base for visiting these other nearby destinations:

Glasgow

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland, and it is easily reached via train or bus from Edinburgh which makes it a possible day trip. There are many reasons to visit Glasgow, including the excellent shopping, multitude of free museums, and thriving music scene. Some estimates say that there is an average of 130 music events to choose from every week in this city, featuring everything from rock and roll to punk to pop to opera.

The city also features some truly stunning architecture including many elegant Victorian and Edwardian structures with lavish interiors and ornate stonework. If it is a sunny day and you don’t feel like staying inside a museum, concert hall, or art gallery, there are also many huge parks to enjoy as Glasgow has more parkland for its size than any other British city. Glasgow is also home to the National Piping Museum.

piping museum

Dunfermline

This historic town was once the capital of Scotland in ancient times, and is located in the Kingdom of Fife. You can visit this area on a day trip from Edinburgh by via the rail bridges and twin road across the Firth of Forth. Dunfermline is also known for being the birthplace of famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who was once the richest man in the world and has a museum dedicated to him in the town. While you are visiting Dunfermline, take a stroll through Pittencrieff Park which is considered to be one of the most attractive parks in Scotland. The park has gardens, a small museum, and a few hothouses as well as various marked walking trails of different lengths.

Another point of interest in Dunfermline is the Dunfermline Abbey, which dates back to the 11th century. It is mostly ruined, but the impressive nave of the structure remains.

Inchcolm Island

This little sliver of an island can be found right in the middle of the Firth of Forth, and is reached by catching the Maid of Forth ferry from South Queensferry which is on the north-western fringe of Edinburgh. Despite its small size, it was an extremely important location in terms of strategy throughout the ages ever since Roman Times and even during WWII. It was fortified during war times to protect the city of Edinburgh from attack. At the moment it houses an impressive abbey which is definitely worth a visit. While you are on the island you can also enjoy the stunning view back over Edinburgh.

These are just a few of the many excellent day trips that you can enjoy during your stay in Edinburgh.