Edinburgh has the advantage of being linked to many different Scottish areas thanks to an efficient transport network – fantastic for both its population and tourists who can enjoy varied activities outside the capital. With the following suggestions, you can change one of your usual days into a memorable experience!
First, if you’ve chosen to come to Edinburgh for its amazing historic heritage, you should pay a visit to other medieval cities renowned for their landmarks and Scottish legends. For example, Stirling is famous for its fortress – as impressive as the one in Edinburgh – and most importantly the Wallace monument in memory of the national hero William Wallace.
On the east coast, St Andrews will immerse you into the heart of the Scottish Middle Age with the oldest university in Scotland (600 years old) as well as its gorgeous cathedral and many other ruins spread throughout the city. It’s also a very well-known area for golf lovers due to its internationally prestigious golf clubs and tournaments.
Famous around the world for its landscapes and outdoor activities, Scotland will easily satisfy any outdoor enthusiast. Without hesitation, we suggest that you have a look at the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond, which is the biggest lake in Scotland. There, you can explore and appreciate nature through hill climbing, cycling or fishing.
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Are you looking for something more urban and dynamic? If so, Glasgow is definitely the place for you! People from Edinburgh love spending time in Scotland’s largest city to do some shopping among its many independent shops or visit one of its 20 world-class museums and art galleries. With a trendy young population, Glasgow’s cultural life is much more underground than the capital and welcomes the best of the alternative music scene of the United Kingdom. So if you plan to have fun in Scotland, don’t miss out on this destination! Not forgetting the Glaswegians themselves, renowned for their friendly hospitality!
For transportation, local people often use the bus due to its inexpensive cost and the large choice of destinations served by the network. The two main bus companies are Citylink and Megabus. However, if you desire something more practical and comfortable, the train with the Scotrail company could be a better option but generally costs a little more.
You can also be part of a small group excursion with a tour agency! That is a tailor-made option for tourists who want to see many things in a short period of time. In the capital, several companies, such as Haggis Adventures, provide day trips and excursions tours throughout Scotland, including the Highlands, castles, villages, lochs, golf courses, distilleries, tastings etc. with an experienced guide telling you local stories and legends.
In short, there is something to suit every taste! For those who love to discover new things, Edinburgh really is one of the best places in the world to be – whether you’re here to study English, have memorable holidays or even settle in the United Kingdom.
Some interesting vocabulary:
= beautiful, very attractive
= old building which is very damaged/seems destroyed
= visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way
= made, adapted, or suited for a particular purpose or person
= Scottish word for lake
N = noun, V = verb, Adj. = adjective, Adv. = adverb, I = idiom