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Planning a trip to Great Britain with Scotland our first stop. Where should we stay and do day trips from that location.

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Is the question where in Scotland should you stay for day trips?

Posted by
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Impossible to answer without more information. Where in Scotland do you want to visit? What other parts of GB do you want to visit? What time of year? For how long? What types of sites/activities interest you? Will you have a car or rely on public transportation?

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What do you want to see and do in Scotland? Most people want to see Edinburgh, an island or two, a castle or two, and so on. I'm not aware of any single location that would allow you to cover that kind of territory. Are you willing to rent a car for at least the Scottish part of your trip? How many nights can you devote to Scotland? Even with your own car, you don't cover ground very fast in Scotland. The terrain is often challenging, the roads don't necessarily take straight routes and the scenery is such that you'll want to stop often to admire the view.

You could stay in Edinburgh and day-trip to Glasgow and/or Stirling (castle). Roslin (for Rosslyn Chapel) is a less-than-one-hour public-bus ride from Edinburgh. The company Rabbies has some one-day tours operating out of Edinburgh, but it's important to accept that you may spend an awful lot of hours on the bus and not so many with your feet actually on Scottish soil. You'd have to consider whether that's the sort of experience you want from a single-day tour. Rabbies also has multi-day tours. Customers (including some folks here) have generally given Rabbies tours good reviews.

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Scotland is too big to stay in one place and just do day trips if you want to explore the entire country.

Give us more info.

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For a portion of the trip you could base yourself out of places like Jedburgh or Melrose. There is an abbey ruin in each town. From either you could go to the coast to visit Alnwick or Bamburgh castles, or Holy Island (each is in England). If you like old bridges, there is the 1820 wrought iron suspension Union Bridge near Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you like woolen Mills, there are a number in the area near Peebles Frim Iban you could day trip to Fort William, Glencoe, or one of the islands. As others have stated, it’s all a matter of what you like, want to do, and how you’re getting around.