Things to do in Edinburgh
A collection of ideas for things to do while you are in Edinburgh, with short local knowledge commentary from us at Edinburgh flats. Please note that the listing is only intended to provide ideas, not to be a comprehensive listing of all the possibilities. Edinburgh Flats cannot guarantee the accuracy or nature of information on the third party web links listed below.
For orientation about locations, all the distances noted are direct distances (“as the crow flies”) from Waverley station. Approximate walking times, or recommended means of travel, from Waverley station or the city centre are also noted for your planning and convenience.
As you will see, we enjoy exploring Edinburgh on foot, using public transport (buses and trains) when necessary.
Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk, FK1 4RS
A modern engineering marvel: a large wheel, taking the place of a ladder of locks, to service a 25m height difference between lower and upper canals. 41 km west from Waverley station. 30 minutes by train to Falkirk High (24 min) followed by 13 minutes’ bus ride to visitor centre or 2 km/30 min walk along Union Canal.
Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL
Perhaps Scotland’s finest stately home, designed by 2 highly renowned Scottish architects: William and William Adam. 18 km west northwest from Waverley station. Bus (approx. 35 minutes) from Princes Street changing at Crewe Toll to Duddingstone Terrace, followed by 2.9 km/33 min walk; or 15 minutes by train to Dalmeny (by the Forth Bridge) followed by 5.5 km/66 min walk along Firth of Forth.
Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. 26 km west from Waverley station. 22 minutes by train to Linlithgow, followed by 500m/6 min walk.
Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU
Chapel dating from 1446; location of the Finale of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. 11 km south from Waverley station. Bus number 37 from North Bridge to Original Rosslyn Hotel (45 minutes), followed by 200m/2 min walk.
Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, EH38 4SS
View the gannet colony on nearby Bass Rock. 32 km east northeast from Waverley station. 33 minutes by train to North Berwick followed 1 km/7min walk.
3 historic bridges spanning the River Forth estuary, all visible from South Queensferry. 14 km west northwest from Waverley station. 15 minutes by train to Dalmeny, followed by 1.6 km/20 min walk.
The Dalmeny estate, just east of the Forth bridges, on the Firth of Forth. Stately home and park with walks by the Firth of Forth. 10 km northwest from Waverley station. 15 minutes by train to Dalmeny followed by 3.7 km/45 min walk.
A range of hills stretching from Edinburgh’s city bypass down to Carlops, offering walking routes and trails with wide views across Edinburgh and surrounding countryside. Harlaw House Visitor Centre is 12 km southwest from Waverley station. 44 Bus (direction Balerno, 45 minutes) to the Bus terminus, followed by 2 km/29 min walk.