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Hadrian's wall, or something else?

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Hadrian's wall, or something else?

We will be visiting Edinburgh in early June, and have an extra day for non-Edinburgh sightseeing. I was thinking about taking a day trip to Hadrian's Wall. Is it possible / worthwhile? Are there any typical Scottish villages close to Edinburgh that could be an alternative day trip? Thanks.

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It's over 2 hours drive each way to the nearest part of Hadrian's Wall along roads that you as a Texan would find "interesting".

Most recommendations for day trips from Edinburgh seem to centre around going to the Kingdom of Fife or to Stirling

I'd also love to find out what a typical Scottish village is

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I typed in 'typical Scottish village' on Google search and it was interesting to see the number of links that came up, describing various places as a "typical Scottish village" without actually explaining what this meant :-).

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Could be worse - it could be a "Quaint Typical Scottish Village"

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I don't think Hadrian's Wall is worth the time it will take you to get there and back unless you have loads of spare time.

Have a look at the East Neuk fishing villages in Fife.

Anstruther, Pitenweem, Crail and Elie are all charming. You really need a car but it'll only take you an hour to get there.

If you don't have a car you could get to St Andrews by train.

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A quick trip To South Queens Ferry [13 miles from Edinburgh] then over the Forth bridge, turn left and head west along the north shore of the River Forth to Culross [pronounced 'COO-Ross'] [9 miles] a complete town as it was in the 17th centuary complete with 'Palace', Abbey, Toon Jail, cobbled streets, and lots of quaint restored building. This is probibly the best preserved village in the Central Scotland. Carry on up the forth and south over the Kinkardine bridge and follow the south shore then go into Linlithgow and visit the Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. as you progress back to Edinburgh if you have any time left you could visit Hopetoun House one of Scotlands grand houses or Blackness Castle where they filmed 'Hamlet'. Between Kinkardine & Linlthgow there is Falkirk which apart from being famous for its football team 'The Bairns' has the amazing 'Falkirk Wheel' which lifts boats complete with the canal water up or down 100ft from one canal to another The only one of it's kind in the world and well worth a look.

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You could do a day trip that combines Linlithgow with Rosslyn Chapel - we enjoyed both places immensely; we did have a car but I understand there is a bus that will take you to Rosslyn from Edinburgh and back. The chapel is a must-see for its breathtakingly beautiful carvings alone.

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I would also recommend the Fife coastal villages, Elie (amazing beach), Crail and Pittenweem ( little fishing harbours) great seafood restaurants, or fish and chips. Also lots of artists live here so great galleries and gift shops. A totally different landscape to Texas!

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When you suggest Hadrian's Wall is it because you have an interest in archeology? If yes, then the Scottish Borders offers many sites that might interest you, some Roman but many back to iron-age / bronze-age.

The Tweed valley towns and villages are accessible from Edinburgh and everything from pre-history through medieval and onwards.

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If it's Roman heritage you're after the Antonine Wall is but a short trip from Edinburgh. Although younger than Hadrian's Wall it's not as well preserved as it was a turf rather than stone construction.

The best preserved parts can be found between Croy and Kilsyth. Croy Station has two trains an hour from Edinburgh during the day and one off-peak with a journey time of about 35mins.

paperclip.org.uk/kilsythweb/history/ant1.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonine_Wall

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do you really only have one day for scotland apart from edinburgh?

if so, and you dont mind driving, i'd opt for a mini-tour

in june, no matter how early you get up it will be light and it wonr be properly dark till 11 at night so yo ucan have a nice long day and not spend all the time in the car

cross the forth road bridge and head for st andrews

then via perth to crieff and on to lochearnhead and then crianlarich now head south down the length of loch lomond to balloch finally pick up the road back to edinburgh via glasgow

better still if you have 2 days

continue NORTH from crianlarich thru glencoe to ballachulish - then down to overnight in oban

next day via inverary and the rest and be thankful to loch lomond and back to edinburgh as before