3 places within 30 minutes from Edinburgh that you should definitely check out


Written by Julia Kajdi – Student Writer

Tired of chilling out at the Meadows? Bored with climbing Arthur’s Seat again and again? Have you visited the museums, seen the films and tried most of the pubs in Edinburgh? It’s time to look around! No matter whether you’re looking for beautiful nature, historic sites or gastronomical adventures, here are the best three slightly more hidden places you should check out if you feel like doing something new.

South Queensferry

Walk on the beach with an amazing view to the famous three bridges, wondering around in the near forest, eat the freshest lobsters you can imagine or pick your own fruit at Craigie’s Farm. South Queensferry is only a good 20 minutes from Waverly, but remember to buy your ticket to Dalmeny. The train station is from a short walk from the famous and majestic Forth Bridge. And when you’re done with taking amazing photos, having a nice beer and eating something remarkably fresh just head to Craigie’s Farm. It is a little far away, but if the weather is nice it is easily worth the walk. Especially because the farm means fun and work and well deserved delicious fruits. Everything tastes better if you picked it!


Heading to the other direction, just jump on the train and in 25 minutes you’ll find yourself in Dunbar. A small town with a charming harbour, the interesting ruins of Dunbar Castle and the Belhaven Brewery. The beach is beautiful and surprisingly empty, offering a nice change from Portobello. Even though spending a day here could be relaxing, it is not really worth visiting Dunbar without going to the Belhaven Brewery. One of Scotland’s most famous beers come from this brewery. And I’m not gonna lie, the tour is by far not the most interesting, the finishing tasting will absolutely compensate you. You can try almost as many beers as you like and hear funny or informative lines about them. Nothing beats a freshly brewed ale!

North Berwick

Have you ever seen newly born teeny-weeny cute lobster babies? Not? Then let’s go to North Berwick! Only a 30 minutes train ride and you can visit the town’s very own Lobster Hatchery. And if you’re cruel enough, after seeing how they live you can just walk to one of the small restaurants and eat them. If not, then just go to the interactive and exciting Sea Bird Centre where you can check out the bird population around the town and if you’re really lucky, you could even spot some seals. The Tantallon Castle is also in the nearby, just jump on a bus and travel 15 minutes. Or more interested in some hiking? North Berwick has its smaller version of Arthur’s Seat: and the view is simply breathtaking. Finally, if you still feel some energy in you there is an adorable mini golf course where for less than 3 pounds you can challenge your friends on 18 holes.