Day Trips from Edinburgh

Days out from Edinburgh

Experience our fantastic day trips from Edinburgh, this iconic capital city is cultural, historical and enchanting. “Auld Reekie” as Edinburgh is nicknamed, is a stone’s throw away from more great adventures awaiting you. If you’re looking to escape the city life for the day, we have some great destinations, attractions and trips to choose from.

Starting your tour in the morning, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city, you can cross the new Queensferry Crossing and enter the Kingdom of Fife. This region is situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. The ancient Kingdom has been the ancestral home to the Picts and Scottish monarchs for many centuries.

The historic town of Dunfermline was once the former capital of Scotland. Robert the Bruce, King of Scots 1306 – 1329, is buried in Dunfermline Abbey. You can visit the abbey on one of our day tours from Edinburgh, and pay your respects to this great Scottish legend.

A short journey west, you can visit the former Royal Burgh of Culross. This small quaint village is a hidden gem in Fife. Strolling the cobbled streets, you are transported back in time. It is one of the best preserved examples of an 18th century village in Scotland. It is little surprise that “Starz” have utilised this beautifully preserved village as a central film location for their hit Tv series, ‘Outlander’. This is an example of the many amazing sightseeing areas to visit near Edinburgh.

Scotland is considered worldwide “the home of golf”. We offer fantastic day trips from Edinburgh to St Andrews, where you can have your photograph taken standing on the Swilken Bridge, on the famous old course. This most ancient town in Scotland, has a host of historical places of interest to offer our tourists. St Andrew’s University, the oldest university in the country was attended by Prince William, where he indeed met his now wife, Princess Kate. The city also offers charming boutiques, shops, a castle and also an historic abbey. Enjoy an afternoon tea before leaving this picturesque charming old town.

Travelling south on the Fife coastal route, it is worth visiting some of the old quaint fishing villages. En route we can offer a wonderful stopping place for photo opportunities, one being the prehistoric standing stones at Lundin Links Golf Course, between Crail and Dysart.

Some of the best day trips from Edinburgh are less than 45 minutes out of the city. A top tourist attraction is Rosslyn Chapel in East Lothian. Built in 1446, this historic church featured in the film the ‘Da Vinci Code’. Can you solve the mystery of the holy grail as you meander round this magical chapel in Midlothian? There are many other historic places you can reach on a one day trip from Edinburgh, only a short drive from here.

Take an outing less than 40 miles south of the city, to Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, believed to be the final resting place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. An idyllic, much loved place of The Bruce. Admire the grand architecture of the abbey, backdrop of the Eildon Hills and spend some of the day in this charming Borders town.

Choose one day tours from Edinburgh to Linlithgow Palace, (birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots 1542). Visit Blackness Castle on the Firth of Forth, or Midhope Castle just a short journey away. There are so many historic, interesting places to visit outside Edinburgh or further afield.

We have a wide selection of day trips from Edinburgh to the Highlands – Pitlochry steeped in scenic surroundings, is located in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Absorb the stunning views on the journey north. Travel on to other towns in this area, such as Dunkeld or Aberfeldy. The historic Killiecrankie is another must see location, where the Jacobites achieved a momentous victory in the first rebellion. A few miles from here, you can enjoy the spectacular ‘Queen’s View’ on the road towards Kinloch Rannoch. Why not immerse yourself in our great Scottish culture and opt for our magical 7 day Private Scottish Highlands Touring Experience from Edinburgh.

Contact us today to book your unique day trips from Edinburgh, with the Kilted Piper. We look forward to helping you organise your tour leaving from Edinburgh, to fit around your day and agenda… making your trips the most memorable you’ve ever had. “not just a’s an experience and the trip of a lifetime.”

Edinburgh Day Tours


  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Lunch: Cafe, Restaurant or Bar
  • Dress Code: Brolly and wellies


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Edinburgh Day Excursions


  • Stirling Castle, Deanston Whisky Distillery and Loch Lomond
  • Stirling Castle, Bannockburn and William Wallace Monument
  • Stirling Castle, Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Blackness Castle & Culross
  • 2 Day Touring Experience from Edinburgh