Staying at Norton House, located just five minutes from Edinburgh airport, gives you the best of both worlds. So whether you're looking for an adventure in the great outdoors, a trip filled with historic sights or a change of scenery, there's so much to experience here.
Head to Cramond to Explore
Cramond Beach (7.6 miles)
Cramond was once a fishing village and has kept this feeling with quaint whitewashed houses. Embark on a cycle, you can pick up a bike easily from one of the hire stations. And if it’s low tide, you can walk over the causeway to Cramond Island (tide times).
River Almond Walkway (6.9 miles)
If you thought you’d have to travel for miles to experience the beauty of Scottish countryside allow us to change your perception. Pick up this nature trail which passes along cliff top, through a mixture of woodland, marsh, gorge, beside ponds and meadowland, all of which support a range of wildlife. Not only that, the trail is known for its historic features with Mills, cottages, ruins and original brickwork along the way.
The Helix Visitor Centre (17.9 miles)
Here you’ll find two 100ft high horse head sculptures! You’ll have to visit to find out their story but we’ll give you a clue, The Kelpies’ name relates to the mythological transforming beasts which have the strength of 100 horses…
Falkirk Wheel (20.5 miles)
Ever wondered what the world’s only rotating boatlift looks like? Look no further. The wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise. Designed to replace a series of lock gates built in the 19th century, The Falkirk Wheel is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project, where coast-to-coast navigation of the canals has been re-established for the first time in over 40 years.
Discover the Kingdom of Fife
St Andrews Cathedral and Castle (48.5 miles)
The remains of the Cathedral, once Scotland’s largest, and the Castle are not to be missed. The Cathedral’s magnificent St Rule’s Tower was built in the early 12th century and the views from the top are incredible. Explore the underground 16th-century siege mine and ‘bottle dungeon’ at the Castle, reportedly one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain. You can pick up a ticket for both attractions.
The Home of Golf (48.1 miles)
If golf is your thing why not play one of the many courses at St Andrews? There’s the historic old course or the famous course at West Sands. And whilst you’re here visit the British Golf Museum for over 500 years of golfing history.
St Andrews West Sands (48.5 miles)
Almost 2 miles of beautiful sandy beach backed with dunes, you might even recognise it from the opening scene of the film Chariots of Fire. This is the perfect place for a long walk or to set up camp and watch the world go by with everything from wind surfing to landyachting.
Fife Coastal Paths (23.4 miles)
The full path stretches 117 miles and is Scotland’s largest continual coastal path. There are so many picturesque towns and villages each full of character. At St Monans you’ll reveal a Windmill and a little harbour and don’t miss out on Elie Ness for the lighthouse. More information can be found here.
Embark on an Adventure
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs (70.8 miles)
The National Park is 1,865 sq km and contains an incredible number of breath taking sights. Home to 21 Munros (mountains above 3,000ft) and 19 Corbetts (mountains between 2,500ft and 3,000ft) as well as 22 larger lochs, with numerous smaller lochs and lochans, and about 50 rivers and large burns. Hop on and off the Waterbus to take in the views or even take to the water in a canoe or kayak – there’s so many activities you can try here. Find out more via the website.
However you choose to spend your time in Scotland, Norton House Hotel is perfectly situated, just five minutes from Edinburgh airport. Book your stay now.
Images courtesy of VisitScotland.