Take Some Great Train Trips
Easy train excursions outwith Edinburgh
Take the train from Waverley or Haymarket Stations. Buy tickets before boarding trains. There are automated ticket machines as well as over the counter sales. These routes have fairly frequent trains, so timing is convenient. (see Trip Planning Links /transport section for train schedules). Visit the Tourist Information Centres in the towns on arrival, to get free maps, and learn more about each area.
DAY OR HALF-DAY IN LINLITHGOW: Train trip to Linlithgow. Convenient easy walk to Linlithgow, the Palace & St. Michael's. There are 2 handy tea rooms, just before you walk up to the Palace, which serve lunches, afternoon teas, etc-or take a picnic to have at the tables outside the Palace, or walk down to Linlithgow Loch. Or get some fish and chips from the fish shop in the town, and walk through the vennnel to another area of the Loch where there are some tables (feed the swans, they eat chips!)
DAY OR HALF-DAY IN STIRLING: Train trip to Stirling (same route as for Linlithgow above), mainly to visit magnificent Stirling Castle, but it is also a nice town to stop, wander about in, and do some shopping. Stirling Castle has a marvellous tea room which serves really good food, hot soups, afternoon teas etc. It also has a really good gift shop, and even a place offering some excellent whisky tastings (whisky is for sale, of course!)
DAY OR HALF-DAY IN DUNDEE: Train trip to Dundee, crosses the famous Forth Rail Bridge over the Firth of Forth, and also the Tay Bridge over the Firth of Tay. Scenic route, with plenty of pubs and restaurants in Dundee for lunch or dinner.
DAY IN ST. ANDREW'S: Take the train to Leuchars, then the connecting local bus to historic St. Andrew's. You can walk all around the town easily in a few hours. There are lovely restaurants and cafes where you can have lunch, but do this early if you want the best food selection. See the Royal & Ancient Golf Course (St. Andrew's is the 'home of golf'! Golfers may also enjoy a visit to the British Golf Museum). Visit the ruins of the Cathedral; visit the 800 year old Castle ruins where you can see a 'bottle dungeon' and, if they are open, climb down into the seige tunnels-if you dare! See St. Andrew's University (where Prince William was a student) the first university in Scotland, founded in 1411.
'Haste ye back'!