A day trip to Edinburgh is an easy 90 minute drive straight down the A9 to Park 'n Ride at Ingliston where you can park for free and get the tram straight into the centre of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and full of wonderful buildings, shops, museums and eateries to discover. No trip to Scotland is complete without a trip to Edinburgh.
We recommend you set off straight after breakfast at Brae House, and avoid the inevitable traffic big cities attract. When you use the Park ‘n Ride, you won’t have to worry about any more traffic in the city.
Here’s our favourite sites to see and things to do on a day trip to Edinburgh
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s 251m high hill - slap bang in the city centre will give you a wonderful panoramic view of this hilly, yet compact city.
The seat of power in Scotland is Holyrood, home to the Scottish Parliament, showing off some stunning architecture.
Let’s get to the top of Edinburgh again, for a completely different panoramic view of the city! Take a few deep breaths and let’s get climbing to the top of Edinburgh’s iconic Scott Monument. 287 steps (yes, we counted) later and you’ll find yourself 200 feet above the City of Edinburgh, and what a view it is! There is no other view quite like this one in Edinburgh, and it’s well worth the hike. Built to honour one of Scotland’s most famous writers, Sir Walter Scott, this monument is one of the world’s biggest monuments to honour a writer.
The view from the Scott Monument is just one of the incredible views in Ediburgh, so remember to bring your camera
Head down George IV Bridge and up the Royal Mile’s top end to the impressive Edinburgh Castle. As well as being one of Edinburgh’s most visited places for tourists, Edinburgh Castle is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It stands on top of a volcanic outcrop and towers over the city, making it the best spot for an ancient castle.
There’s been some kind of dwelling on this site since the Iron Age, so it’s fascinating to imagine how life has changed over the centuries.
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