- April 24th 2018
Venture just a few miles outside of the city to discover a whole new world of Scottish treasures. From the most stunning coastal vistas, to ancient landmarks and rocky Highland hideaways – make your trip to Edinburgh that extra bit special, with a trip to one of these unforgettable gems recommended by Visit Scotland.
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin
Surrounded by miles of beautiful, rolling countryside and steeped in extraordinary carved stonework, the stunning 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel is one of Scotland’s most remarkable sites. Taking over 40 years to build and standing for well over 550, the breath-taking structure is a real tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of its original creators and has even been used as a filming location for ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
Easily reachable from Edinburgh city, the chapel is a symbol of Scotland’s rich history and makes the perfect afternoon trip for all the family. Step inside and be amazed by the hand-crafted carvings everywhere you look, each with its own unique story to tell.
Take a tour of the grounds to find out more about the wall’s biblical messaging, morals, myths and celebrations of nature, that are engraved all around. Be stunned by the chapel’s colourful stain-glass windows, towering organ and grand entrance doors, all before stopping off at the local café for a delicious lunch and a fresh, hot coffee.
“A trip to Rosslyn Chapel is an amazing day trip from Edinburgh. Spend an hour or two admiring the beautiful ornate stonework of the chapel, and take a lovely stroll through Roslin Glen. The building is bursting with tales and fascinating history and it’s an incredible place to see if you’re a fan of The Da Vinci Code.” Annierose Knox, VisitScotland.
The Kelpies, Falkirk
The awe-inspiring statues of The Kelpies stand towering above the Forth and Clyde Canal and are the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures. Designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, the two gigantic, glistening horse heads stand at almost one hundred feet tall and can be spotted from miles around.
Made with 300 tonnes of steel, the monument is a tribute to the horse power heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland. You can find them at the centre of Scotland’s newest parkland, The Helix, which was originally built to connect 16 local communities through an extensive path network.
Get up-close and personal with a guided Kelpies Experience Tour, where you can marvel at the complex engineering within the beautiful art pieces and experience the monument from a completely new perspective. Or, cycle along 500 km of cycleways around the Falkirk area with hundreds of different routes to explore.
“Day and night, the Kelpies by Andy Scott are an amazing spectacle to see and you can even go right inside them and see the innovative sculptures up close. There are so many good times to be had at the Helix, from gentle jogging and lovely cycles along the pathways to enjoying a cake in the café.” Annierose Knox, VisitScotland.
Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
Last, but certainly not least, is Scotland’s finest stately home, Hopetoun House. You and the family can spend the day admiring the outstanding work of Scottish architects, Sir William Bruce and William Adam, as you wander around the grounds, taking in miles of breath-taking scenery.
From a delicious afternoon tea in the 18th-century Adam Stables restaurant, to the exciting wildlife trails, orienteering and geocaching, there really is something for everyone. Discover the beauty and tranquillity from the second you step through the gates – with miles of impressive, panoramic views.
Visit the local farm shop to pick up South Queensferry’s freshest local produce, like the Hopetoun beef, learn about Hopetoun’s rich heritage with a host of workshops, tours and activities, or simply marvel at the building’s untouched Georgian-era décor.
“Hopetoun House and its grounds look absolutely beautiful in the springtime sunshine. An architectural gem, the house itself is stunning and from the rooftop view platform, you can admire sweeping vistas across the Firth of Forth. It’s definitely worth a walk through the pretty town of South Queensferry too.” Mairi Scobie, VisitScotland.