Glasgow and Edinburgh, two of Scotland’s most famous cities. Now, we’ve covered Glasgow extensively, but we still have a lot to uncover when it comes to the exquisite city of Edinburgh. When it comes to day trips from Glasgow, Edinburgh is a must.
You could do Glasgow as a day trip from Edinburgh or an overnight stay for two days; it’s totally up to you. At Apps Go, we can fully customize your experience according to what you want to do.
Do you ever spend time on Google’s satellite mode on Maps, using street view for a virtual tour of a city you’ve never been to? Well, if you do this with Edinburgh, you’ll find that its location is truly stellar. Surrounded by rolling hills and crags, and of course the moody North Sea, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital and breathtakingly beautiful.
Edinburgh has a buzzing nightlife, incredible places to eat, spectacular views, and delicious single malt Scotch whiskey. After all, it’s known as “The Athens of the North”.
If you’re looking to make one of our day trips from Glasgow, Edinburgh is very popular, and for a good reason.
Let’s look at what we’ll typically get up to on a day trip to Auld Reekie.
A Whiskey Tasting
Scotland is famous for its gorgeous single malts, and Edinburgh has a great place called the Scotch Whiskey Experience. Here one can learn about how scotch whiskey is distilled. The gold tour allows you four whiskey tastings (all regional single malts) and a virtual tour of how scotch whiskey is barreled.
If you’re keen on a bite, the distillery has a highly regarded restaurant called Amber. Here you can enjoy modern Scottish cuisine in a stylish casual-dining environment. They also have the whiskies you will have tasted on tour available to drink while you wait for your meal.
If you’re a whiskey enthusiast, they offer a morning masterclass which can also be arranged on our day trips from Glasgow. This will help you develop your skills with advice from experts.
You simply cannot visit Edinburgh without exploring the castle. You can’t miss it, as this miraculous structure watches over the city, dominating its skyline. Between the late 13th century and the middle of the 18th century, this Scotland castle was at the centre of the familiar tug-o-war between the Scots and the English.
It’s situated on the epic Castle Rock which has been occupied by humans since the Iron Age!
Here you can see the famous Crown Jewels and Royal Chambers, but overall, it’s an incredibly educational experience, especially for the kids! We’ll go in the morning since it gets a little crowded from lunchtime onwards. This way, you won’t have to queue.
The highlight of Edinburgh Castle is the Royal apartments where Mary, Queen of Scotts gave birth to James the VI who went on to become the King of England.
If you love nature and enjoy hiking, then a brief walk up to Arthur’s Seat is a must! It’s an extinct volcano, one of two within a couple of miles.
Arthur’s Seat rises out of the expansive grasslands of Holyrood Park. The hike itself is only 250 meters, but once you make it to the top, you will be treated to astonishing views of Edinburgh’s skyline.
It is the perfect viewpoint to take in the true beauty of this beautiful area.
If you’re a foodie, Leith is the place to be. It’s a bustling port district, home to the super hip and locals. This is where you come to experience the real culture of Edinburgh. From quaint seafood bistros to traditional Scottish pubs, you can spend hours here taking in the vibe.
Leith is a vibrant hub, where you can enjoy thrift store shopping, sample craft ales from microbreweries, and experience contemporary art at the cutting-edge Custom House.
Back to the delicious seafood, Leith is home to an iconic waterfront and a restaurant called The Ship on the Shore that has a much-celebrated crustacean and mollusc menu.
You may want to come back and spend a few days here – in fact; you’ll probably want to move here for good.
Last but not least, on our day trips from Glasgow is Quentin Tarantino’s favourite picture house, Cameo. It’s been here for 100 years and what we love most about it is that the films on show here are special cinematic events or marathon sessions. A unique and memorable experience for cinephiles.
You can book one of our day trips from Glasgow here.