Edinburgh has a lot going for it: the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, the High Kirk of St Giles, the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Zoo, the Fringe and International Festival every August, World Heritage Site status, great restaurants, brilliant bars, many free things to do and much more.

It’s absolutely no surprise that a significant number of tourists coming to Scotland choose Edinburgh as their primary destination and don’t venture outside the city boundary. However, some don’t realise the rest of the country has a great deal more to offer and it’s not all in other cities or the Highlands and Islands. There are places on Edinburgh’s doorstep where you can stroll on a beach, enjoy the breeze on a canal boat, walk through the ruins of a 15th century place, eat lobsters and chips on a quayside or explore the Scottish hills. Take your pick…

The East Lothian Beaches

The Kelpies & The Falkirk Wheel

The Pentlands

Inchcolm Island

Linlithgow

North Berwick