Take Some Trips By Car
Scenic drives close by:
If you are bringing a car to Edinburgh, consider adding some of the following suggestions to your travel itinerary!
- Take some of the trips noted on the pages for buses/trains. They are even better with the flexibility of a car.
- Go to North Berwick for the afternoon.
- Go to see the Forth bridges at South Queensferry, and have dinner at the restaurant there.
- Take a day trip: go to South Queensferry and take the ferry boat ride to Inchcolm Island where you can visit Inchcolm Abbey. This is a great outing if the weather is good.
- Visit the Falkirk Wheel near Falkirk. This is an amazing feat of engineering, you can take a short canal boat tour on the wheel, and there is a cafe for meals, snacks and gift shop.
- Visit the Borders: drive down to Peebles (going through Penicuik) and spend time in this lovely historic town. Its only 30-40 minutes drive fom Edinburgh, through beautiful countryside. Park your car and walk around the town. Then drive up to the Peebles Hydo for a look at this charming old hotel. Go down to the river Tweed, where you can have a picnic, buy some fish and chips etc and enjoy the scenic beauty of this lovely spot. Drive out along the road to Glasgow and ask locals where to see the lovely old whinstone cottages. Again, plenty of places for meals.
- After visiting Peebles, drive through Innerleithen and Walkerburn (which used to be a thriving woollen weaving area) and, if time permits, continue along this scenic route back to Edinburgh going via Galashiels.
- Take a day trip to the Borders, visiting Hawick (where there are woollen mills open), stop at Melrose and visit Melrose Abbey (supposedly where the heart of Robert The Bruce is buried). There are lots of things to stop and see on this trip, so allow plenty of time, and combine it with a visit to Peebles if time allows.
When you have done all the above, let us know and we will suggest many more things for you to do on future trips to Edinburgh! ... You should never tire of this beautiful city, so plan to come for as long as possible, and return often! 'Haste ye back'!