Whether Edinburgh is your base and you wish to get some much-needed respite from the chaos of the city or you’re just visiting and simply wish to explore Scotland in all its glory; here are some of the best Edinburgh day trips for under £15, perfect for anyone on a budget.

St Andrews

No other town in the UK could be better described as a fairy tale setting than St Andrews. Aside from its quaint beauty and untouched landscape, it is also meeting place of the future monarchs of England: Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Known as the home of golf, the historic course found here is a marvel to behold whether you are a golf aficionado or not, and in keeping with the historical theme, a visit to the Cathedral – the oldest in Scotland, the ruins of the medieval castle, the university grounds and the Scores – which is one of the bet ways to appreciate the dramatic coastline, should all be on your itinerary for the perfect place to visit near Edinburgh.

The trains from Edinburgh to St.Andrews are frequent and efficient and the town offers just enough to fully enjoy in one day!

  • Distance from Edinburgh: 30 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: just over 1 hour
  • Cost of the one-way trip: From £8

 

Stirling

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Falls of Falloch, Stirling – Wiki Commons

Traditionally known as the gateway to The Highlands, this centrally located and extremely easily accessible Scottish city holds particular significance in the history of Scottish independence. Being the site of Robert the Bruce’s triumph over the English in the 12th century and home to the extremely Gothic, yet impressive national monument of William Wallace.

The high rising Old town of Stirling is most definitely the shining star of the city where the castle and town wall occupies.

In the summer months be sure to check out the Falls of Falloch, a secluded waterfall just outside of Stirling that is perfect for wild swimming!

Though a thoroughly enjoyable destination in its own right, Stirling can also be used as the ideal base to explore more day trips, like the Scottish Highlands, and staying around the area for a few days on a budget is not a problem thanks to the extensive camping options available.

  • Distance from Edinburgh: just over 30 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: Less than 1 hour
  • Cost of the one-way trip: From £8

 

Perth

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Kinnoull Hill, Perth; Flickr user: spodzone

Not to be confused with the Perth Australia, Perth is the former capital of Scotland. It is located within spitting distance of both Glasgow and Edinburgh is overrun with stately homes, ancient castles and prestigious galleries.

The Fergusson Gallery, with its unique round exterior, displays the most impressive works from the Scottish colourist, JD Fergusson. A walk up Kinnoull Hill provides panoramic views of the historic city as well as the Tay River that runs directly through it.

Accessing Perth from Edinburgh is easy with the reliable trains that depart at extremely regular intervals throughout the day!

  • Distance from Edinburgh: 31 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: less than 2 hours
  • Cost of the one-way trip: less than £10

 

Windermere

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Lake Windermere

Given Edinburgh’s close proximity to the English border, there is nothing stopping you from taking the train to the beautiful town of Windermere in the Lake District.

Windermere is not only a fantastic town in itself, but can be used as a great base for exploring the rest of the Lake District meaning the region is one of the most rewarding for day trips from Edinburgh.

Easily accessible attractions from Windermere include the namesake lake and the largest in England, Lake Windermere, Beatrix Potters’ former cottage which is perfect for nostalgia seekers to check out, Hill Top and the scenic valley of Great Langdale, which makes for the perfect day trip from Edinburgh.

  • Distance from Edinburgh: 110 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: just under 2 and half hours
  • Cost of the one-way trip: from £15

 

Burntisland

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Burntisland coast – Flickr User: Katherine

In just 35 minutes on the train from Edinburgh, the beaches of Burntisland can be at your fingertips – where, if you’re brave enough, you can even scuba dive!

Aside from the traditional fish and chips that one would expect from a coastal town, the charming cafe Potter About offers patrons the chance sample the delicious food while painting ceramic pots; perfect for families or anyone who wishes to indulge their artistic flare.

  • Distance from Edinburgh: 7 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: just over half an hour
  • Cost of the one-way trip: From £5

 

Glasgow

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Glasgow’s West End

Though not necessarily a respite spot from city life, Edinburgh’s grittier sibling Glasgow is just over an hour away by train and is an excellent spot for a day trip!

With the never ending Botanical Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and the cities quirky West End district to name but a few, you will not be lost for things to do in one of the UK’s finest cities!

  • Distance from Edinburgh: 42 miles
  • Duration of the train journey: just over 1 hour
  • Cost of the one-way trip: less than £10

For a comprehensive guide to all things Scotland and more, check out Olivers Travels. We did, he’s pretty great.

Erin Mullen

Erin's originally from the UK and currently living in Berlin which is gently soothing her impending quarter life crisis! She loves cycling and all things veggie!