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- Plan and Prepare - If you’re going on a Scotland day trip from London, you need to be prepared for the fact that you won’t get much longer than about six hours in either Edinburgh or Glasgow to actually explore, see the sights, and experience what these cities have to offer. This won’t be anywhere near enough time to see everything or really get a full experience, but you can still get a lot done in a single day. The key is to plan everything out in advance, do your research online, find the top two or three things you really want to do and prioritize those activities.
- Sightseeing Buses - Sightseeing, hop-on and hop-off tourist buses run around both Glasgow and Edinburgh, and these could be a good option for your day trip. These buses are affordable, convenient, and run all around the city. They allow you to see a lot of sights in a short amount of time, so are very popular with people visiting on day trips. If you really want to see as much as possible in just one day and don’t mind paying the extra money for the bus ride, these tours are a good option.
- Things to Do in Edinburgh - The main things to do in Edinburgh include visiting Edinburgh Castle, admiring the views from Arthur's Seat, and visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Fortunately, all of these big landmarks are quite near the train station. Edinburgh's Old Town district is right by the station too, so you can see a lot of the historic and beautiful side of the city with relative ease when traveling on the train for a day trip. There are some excellent pubs all around the Old Town area and some charming little shops if you’d like to buy a souvenir or two to take back home.
- Things to Do in Glasgow - If you choose Glasgow as your day trip destination, some of the top sights include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is a short journey away from the main train station, Glasgow Cathedral, which is quite close to the station, and the Riverside Museum, which isn't too far away either. If you're looking for things to do near the station, you can visit the Gallery of Modern Art, take some photos at the People's Palace, or head over to the fascinating Glasgow Necropolis. George Square is also a great place to walk around.