Take a break from city life and head out of town to explore the stunning scenery and attractions of the surrounding area.
The Pentland Hills stand just south of Edinburgh with stunning views back to the city. In well under an hour you can breathe fresh country air and go exploring.
Or walk along the union canal in Linlithgow on your way to discover Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Edinburgh is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches and country parks in Scotland.
Explore Gullane Bents, 20 miles to the east, which boasts spectacular sunsets.
Or the long, sandy Yellowcraigs beach, perfect for a leisurely walk whilst taking in the great view over the Firth of Forth to Fife.
If you’ve had enough of sandcastles why not check out the real thing.
Visit Tantallon Castle, which sits dramatically atop a cliff face opposite Bass Rock, or Direlton Castle, the medieval fortress hidden within the grounds of a beautiful garden.
If gardens and castles and beaches aren’t enough for you, why not witness the engineering marvel that is the world famous Forth Rail Bridge.
If you have the bottle, the best way to see it is on foot from the adjacent road bridge, a bit windy at times but perfectly safe.
You’ll have earned yourself a wee sit down in one of the lovely tea rooms in the village of South Queensferry (or North Queensferry if you are walking in the opposite direction!).
This article was published on Jul 9, 2009