Beautiful places near Edinburgh to visit
Edinburgh is an incredible place to live, work and visit. But did you know there are some beautiful places near Edinburgh to visit that you do not want to miss out on?
Central Scotland is home to some stunning places that visitors and locals alike fall in love with. Here we explore some of our favourite scenic places to visit near Edinburgh.
Linlithgow Palace and Loch
Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and its setting is suitably spectacular. Positioned above a glistening loch, the Palace is a striking ruin that will inspire awe in visitors of any age.
Based between Edinburgh and Falkirk, Linlithgow is a short trip away from Edinburgh and close to nearby Fife by car or public transport.
Take a stroll in the grounds, by the loch or amongst the palace ruins and enjoy a slice of Scottish history in a beautiful setting.
Fife - coastal villages
Fife is famous for its beautiful coastal villages. These were former fishing villages and much of them retain their original character and charm.
Anstruther is home to arguably the best fish and chip shop in Scotland, whilst Pittenweem is a great choice for picturesque houses and a flavour of traditional Scottish coastal life.
The pretty villages on the East Neuk of Fife are just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. To experience Fife’s beauty in more depth, explore the Fife coastal trail by foot.
Stirling Castle and The National Wallace Monument
An hour’s drive or train ride away from Edinburgh is the small city of Stirling, home to the medieval Stirling Castle. The castle offers beautiful views of Stirlingshire and of The National Wallace Monument, a famous 19th century tower raised in honour of Sir William Wallace.
You can also head into The National Wallace Monument and experience its brand new exhibition spaces, watch historic re-enactments, or climb its 246 steps to its crown to experience its 360° views of Stirlingshire and the Highlands – well worth a visit.
South Queensferry & North Queensferry
South Queensferry is a delightful waterfront village just outside of Edinburgh, next to the Firth of Forth estuary. It has a great selection of cafes and bars and is sheltered by the imposing three bridges – The Forth Bridge, The Forth Road Bridge and The Queensferry Crossing – an engineer’s delight, having been built in three different centuries.
The Forth Bridge is an iconic Victorian rail structure that has achieved international fame for its unique design. To experience this famous rail bridge to the full, it is well worth taking a train ride over to the other side – North Queensferry, in Fife. Take the train from Dalmeny and get off at North Queensferry for a quick walk or a pint before taking the train back. A return trip costs only £5.40.
Callander is known as ‘the gateway to the highlands’ and is renowned for its beautiful scenery as a colourful tourist town.
Enjoy waterfalls, Lochside walks and beautiful views, all just an hour and a half away from Edinburgh.
If you live in Fife, you have easy access to all of these places and more and can easily reach Edinburgh in just over an hour by car or train.