Tours outside of Edinburgh and the Lothians
Robert the Bruce statue
Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders
Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fairway of the Old Course, St Andrews
snow-capped Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit
Whether you want to head north to see towering mountain peaks or you wish to journey south to the borderlands, a whole range of companies run tours starting from Edinburgh. You can book many of these at the VisitScotland Information Centre on Princes Street.
Loch Ness and the Highlands is a popular destination where you can look out for Nessie the monster, see the ruins of Urquhart Castle and witness majestic Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain. Each tour is slightly different but you often have the opportunity to pass through Glencoe where the clan massacre took place as well.
Head to the heart of Scotland on a tour around Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs, a land which has witnessed many famous battles. Learn about national heroes including William Wallace, see the newly refurbished Stirling Castle and stroll around the village of Balloch.
Explore St Andrews in Fife, Scotland’s Home of Golf and a popular university town where you can walk along beautiful beaches and enjoy the charming shops in the centre. On the way, you will drive through the picturesque fishing villages of the east coast, often including Anstruther, famed for its fish and chips.
Venture south to the Scottish Borders to discover the abbeys for which this region is renowned. At Melrose Abbey, you can even see the site where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried and on the way there visit the magnificent Rosslyn Chapel.
From one day tours to longer trips for those looking for a total escape from the city, there are plenty of experiences on offer and discounts for students and seniors so that you can really get the most out of your tour. If you are feeling adventurous, certain operators will also take you out for some walking or adventure activities depending upon your interests.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.