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Top 8 Day Trips Out of Edinburgh

1. The Scottish Seabird Centre

Spending a day out of Edinburgh when visiting allows you to see the sights of wider Scotland and the Scottish Sea Bird Centre is up on the coast in the seaside town of North Berwick. It is the chance to see a wide range of different seabirds and it is most famous for its rock gannet colony, which you can visit by taking a boat out to the Bass Rock, an extinct volcano.

2. Inchcolm Island

A tiny piece of land which sits in the Firth of Forth, Inchcolm Island has a famous place in history, viewed as an important vantage point as early as Roman times but also in the Second World War. It is home to an impressive abbey and it offers wonderful views across the forth of Edinburgh city.

3. Linlithgow Palace

Just 20 minutes’ west of the airport in your Easirent hire car, Linlithgow Palace has a famous place in the history of Scotland. It is the place where Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542 and famously, it was visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie and was almost entirely destroyed by the advancing enemy forces. It sits beside a picturesque loch and is right next to the 15th century St. Michael’s Church, giving you plenty to do in the area should you choose to visit.

4. Beecraigs Country Park

Another place to stop by if you’re in the Linlithgow area is Beecraigs Country Park. It features many interesting attractions beyond just your regular park, including a deer park, a fishery, a saw mill and plenty of outdoor adventure and sports activity facilities including opportunities for archery, climbing and canoeing.

5. The Kelpies

Out in Falkirk, just minutes’ from the Falkirk Wheel and at the heart of Helix Park you find the breath-taking Kelpies. The Kelpies are two huge sculptures which tower over the landscape and stand at over 100 feet high. They are constructed entirely from steel and are a new attraction in the area, not yet two years old.

6. Musselburgh

Musselburgh perches on the coast at the outskirts of Edinburgh and offers beautiful scenery, great beaches and most famously its race course. It is also home to a traditional ice cream parlour which is considered one of the best and most famous in Scotland – S Luca. Just 15-20 minutes from central Edinburgh, Musselburgh makes a great day out.

7. Rosslyn Chapel

One of the most famous chapels in Scotland, if not the world, Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 and is famous for both its connected to the Knights Templar and it’s starring Hollywood role in the film version of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code. Rosslyn Chapel has become one Scotland’s most visited locations and it has both a spectacular exterior and intricate and ornate stonework within.

8. St Andrews

Less than 50 miles from Edinburgh, this historic university city is certainly worth a visit if you’re spending some time in the area. It is known as the home of golf but more than this it also has one Scotland’s finest beaches, historic cathedral and castle ruins and an aquarium for younger visitors too. If you drive up along the East Neuk around the Eastern Peninsula of Fife, you can enjoy a number of picturesque fishing villages on-route.

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