Private Day Trips from Edinburgh

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Unless you prefer a pickup elsewhere, Collection and Drop-off will be from your Hotel.

Many of our Guests prefer to stay in Edinburgh for several days during their Scottish visit taking Day Trips to see the sites around the area.  

We can customise your Day Trips to suit your own likes, dislikes and preferences. If there is anywhere you want to go for any reason whatsoever, business or pleasure, just ask. 

Sample Day Trips are : 

  • The East Side;  St Andrews, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace 
  • The West Side;  Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle and Loch Fyne 
  • Perthshire; Pitlochry, Blair Castle, Queens View and Loch Tummel. 
  • The Trossachs;  Loch Lomond, Aberfoyle, Loch Katrine and Callander 
  • Historic  Stirling;  Stirling Castle, the Bannockburn Battlefield and the Wallace Monument 
  • The Life and Work of Robert Burns;  his birthplace at Alloway, Ayr, Dumfries and the Globe Inn (other sites can be added)
  • The Scottish Borders;  Dryburgh Abbey, Melrose, Jedburgh, Abbotsford House and the Tweed Valley
  • Edinburgh area options;  Hopetoun House, Linlithgow Palace and Rosslyn Chapel
  • The Museums of Glasgow;  Kelvingrove, the Burrell Collection and the Riverside Museum; maybe time in the centre of the City too.
  • Old and New;  The Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies and the Royal Burgh of Culross

 Like everything else we do, our day trips are Private and designed to suit your own likes and dislikes. We are happy to build bespoke Day Trips for your enjoyment anywhere. If you see one or two places listed above on different Tours and would like to combine them, don’t hesitate to ask.

What happened in Scotland on this date ?

On 27th October 1854 in the town of Thurso on Scotland’s north coast, Sir William Alexander Smith, founder of the Boys’ Brigade, was born. Silver Skye Tours heading north to Orkney give visitors the chance to stop in Thurso.

On 26th October 1911, the Gaelic Poet Sorley MacLean was born on the Isle of Raasay. Referred to as one of the major Scottish poets of the modern era, the Irish poet Seamus Heaney suggested he had “save Scottish Gaelic Poetry.

On 25th October 1760, King George II died in Kensington Palace, London. He was succeeded by his grandson King George III.

On 24th October 1911, Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Expedition departed from Cape Evans for the South Pole. In his earlier expeditions between 1901 and 1904, Scott used the ship RRS Discovery was built on the River Tay in the City of Dundee. The ship has now returned to Dundee and is now a museum telling the story of Scott’s expeditions. Silver Skye Tours can include a visit to see the Discovery on a Day Trip that might also include St Andrews and the new Victoria & Albert Museum also in Dundee.

On 23rd October 1295, the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France was created by the signing of a treaty between John Balliol and King Philippe IV with the aim of dealing with continuous invasions by the English.

On 22nd October 1877, Scotland’s worst ever mining disaster occurred when an explosion at Blantyre Colliery killed 207 miners, the youngest of which was only 11 years of age. It was known that firedamp was present in the pit and it is likely the disaster happened when it was ignited by a naked flame. Silver Skye Tours are occasionally asked to include a visit to Scotland’s National Mining Museum just outside Edinburgh in our Day Trips. Remember, everything in our tours can be customised to suit your likes and dislikes so, if the Mining Museum is of interest, we are happy to take you.

On 21st October 1983, the building designed to house the Burrell Collection in Glasgow’s Pollok Park is opened by The Queen. Silver Skye Tours can include a visit to the Burrell Collection in a Day Trip to Glasgow which might also include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. (Please Note that the Burrell Collection is undergoing a major refurbishment and is due to re-open in Spring 2021)

On 20th October 2012, with the assistance of NASA, the village of Glenelg in the Scottish Highlands was ‘twinned’ with Glenelg on Mars which is near the landing site of the “Curiosity Rover.” This is now referred to as the Mars Science Laboratory and is located in an area known as the Gale Crater. The question is …… was the Gale Crater named after the many Gaelic Speaking ‘Gaels‘ in Glenelg ? Silver Skye Tours regularly visits Glenelg on the way to the Isle of Skye. However, we see nothing but problems trying to include visits to its Twin either on our Day Trips or longer bespoke Tours.

On 19th October 1687, sedan chairs (also known as litters) became available for hire in Edinburgh. If you could afford the rental, you sat in a covered seat propped up on two long poles with one man carrying at the front and one at the back. While this must be an appealing prospect for many of our regular Guests, we have to advise that Silver Skye Tours have no plans to introduce this form of transport to our Tour Itineraries.

On 18th October 1541, Margaret Tudor, mother of King James V of Scotland, died at Methven Castle in Perthshire.

On 17th October 1860, the “Open Championship,” also known as the British Open, the oldest of the four major Championships in men’s golf, was first played at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire. Silver Skye Tours are happy to arrange day trips from Edinburgh and Glasgow for golfers wanting to play at Prestwick Golf Club.

On 16th October 1774, one of Scotland’s greatest poets, Robert Fergusson,  the man acknowledged by Robert Burns his inspiration, died in Edinburgh. Travel with Silver Skye Tours to visit places relative to Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns with time to include the grave of Fergusson and his memorial statue in Edinburgh.

On 15th October 1686, the Scottish poet Alan Ramsay was born in the village of Leadhills, one of the highest settlements in Scotland. Silver Skye Tours could include a visit to Leadhills on our Day Trips to Robert Burns Country.

On 14th October 1318, Edward Bruce, younger brother of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, was killed in battle close to Dundalk in Ireland. Silver Skye Tours could get you to Dundalk in Ireland in one day but would need a two-day trip to get you back again.

On 13th October 1644, James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, fought in the Battle of Aberdeen which was also known as the Battle of Justice Mills. It was part of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Things are a bit quieter up these these days so Silver Skye Tours would be happy to take you on a Day Trip to Aberdeen with the option of visiting St Andrews, Glamis Castle and the sensational Dunnottar Castle on the way.

On 12th October 1866, Ramsay MacDonald was born in Lossiemouth. He later became the first ‘Labour Party‘ Prime Minister in 1924. Silver Skye Tours often take Guests to the ‘Speyside‘ whisky production area and a visit to Lossiemouth can be included in such day trips.

On 11th October 2000, Scotland’s original ‘First Minister’ Donald Dewar died while still in office. He was succeeded by Henry McLeish.

On 10th October 1802, the geologist, writer and folklorist Hugh Miller was born in Cromarty just north of Inverness. Silver Skye Tours regularly head into that area more often than not on slightly longer tours than just day trips during which visits to Hugh Miller’s birthplace are always popular stops.

On 9th October 2004, amid much pomp and ceremony, the Queen opened the new Scottish Parliament building at the bottom of the “Royal Mile” in Edinburgh. Spend time on a Silver Skye Tours day trip visiting the sites of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, perhaps walking from the Castle at the top of the Royal Mile to the Palace and Parliament building at the bottom.

On 8th October 1774, Henry Duncan was born in the village of Lochrutton a few miles west of Dumfries. As a boy he met the poet Robert Burns when he visited his family home. He followed his father into the church being appointed Minister of Ruthwell Parish Church just east of Dumfries near the Solway Coast. While serving in Ruthwell, he founded the first ever commercial savings bank. Silver Skye Tours will operate day trips into this area with the Savings Bank Museum and the Ruthwell Cross in the old Parish Church being worthy of visits.

On 7th October 1796, Thomas Reid died in Glasgow. He had been a philosopher who played an important figure in thein the Scottish Enlightenment. Reid was the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense………. if the School still existed, wouldn’t it be a great place to forcibly enroll many of our politicians. Silver Skye Tours would be happy to supply the transport.

On 6th October 1918, off the west coast of the Isle of Islay, HMS Otranto collided with HMS Kashmir in a severe storm. Over 400 were killed including 351 U.S. troops. Silver Skye Tours have taken American visitors to the Memorial several times but not as a Day Trip; you need three days for the visit to the Isle of Islay, one to get there, one to see the Memorial and/or other sites of Islay and one to get back again.

On 5th October 1785, the famous Italian balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi launched from George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh on a 40 mile flight across the Forth to Ceres in Fife. Fashionable with the Ladies in that era were “Lunardi Hats,” so called due to them being similar in shape to the great man’s balloons. Thought to have been written in the same year as the flight, the hats were mentioned (briefly) in the poem ‘To a Louse’ by Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns.

On 4th October 1694, Lord George Murray, later to become one of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s greatest supporters, was born at Huntingtower Castle just west of Perth.

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