Arriving and Touring around Edinburgh

Arriving and Touring around Edinburgh

Arriving and Touring around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is easily reached by train from all over Britain but especially from London, the famous Flying Scotsman covering the 393 miles (including outstanding coastal views) in 4 hours 35 minutes; there are useful overnight sleepers from Bristol as well as London. A car is unnecessary while you are in the city, but outside it, visiting country houses and castles open to the public or following the Borders Woollen Trail where some of the finest knitwear in the world is made, is better done by car. Apart from Berwick, the Borders are not well served by train.

One of the best tours I ever took was around the gardens and houses of the Borders including Thirlestane Castle and the Border Country Life Museum, the Hirsel at Coldstream, Carolside, Priorwood Garden at Melrose, Selkirk and Neidpath Castle sitting high above the Tweed, and Kailzie. Then there is the attraction of the coast along the Firth of Forth to the village of Cramond, an original Roman fort, Granton and the port of Leith, Newhaven with its fishing fleet and Portobello, which has the sands and amenities of a resort. And Queensferry and the southern ends of both the rail and road bridges which, as well as giving you a glimpse of the islands of the Forth and the hills of Fife, also opens up the Highlands, and roads north.

Next Step: - The Clyde Coast

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