After a buzzing August in the capital we’re now coming to the last week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! This year the Fringe will have seen 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Scotland’s capital city.(Edinburgh Guide). If you have travelled to Edinburgh to soak up the fantastic atmosphere & performances, or if you’ve taken up residence in the city you’ll no doubt be ready for a break soon! Luckily for you there are a range of fantastic days out around an hour from Edinburgh, many of which will feel like a different world compared to the crowded streets of Edinburgh in August.
New Lanark World Heritage Site (33.8 miles from Edinburgh)
Don’t miss your chance to visit one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! New Lanark is an 18th century mill village by the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls which has been beautifully restored as a living, working community. The Visitor Centre, Shop & Café are open 7 days a week and there’s no charge to enter the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve for fantastic woodland walks.
Stirling Castle (40 miles from Edinburgh)
Enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens and discover a world of colour, splendour and glorious craftsmanship.
National Museum of Flight (22 miles from Edinburgh)
Wing your way to one of Scotland’s top days out at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.
Linlithgow Palace (18.5 miles from Edinburgh)
Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.
Melrose Abbey (38.8 miles from Edinburgh)
Discover a place so beloved by Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, and it was a highly desirable place to be buried.
Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer