Out of the city

Take a break from city life and head out of town to enjoy the stunning scenery and attractions in the surrounding areas.

See and do overview - outside the city
Forth Rail Bridge

Hills and canals

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.

Pentland Hills Regional Park

Scottish Canals

Beaches, parks and castles

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 Dirleton Castle, the medieval fortress hidden within the grounds of a beautiful garden.

Engineering marvels

If gardens and castles and beaches aren’t enough for you, why not witness the engineering marvels that are the Forth Bridges.

If you have the bottle, the best way to see the bridges is on foot from the Forth 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!).

Head further west towards the area of Falkirk and you'll find more famous engineering sights.

Two landmarks are situated on the Forth and Clyde Canal: the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first and only rotating boat lift; and the Kelpies, two 30 metre high stainless steel equine statues.