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How To Travel To Elgin, Scotland On A Day Trip

Updated: Mar 11

The Royal Burgh of Elgin dates back to 1190 AD. A former Cathedral City, the historic town is famous for its industries such as textiles and of course whisky distilling.

Much of Scotland can be reached very easily with public transportation. So why not make your travel plans include the northern Scottish town of Elgin? Here's how you can travel to Elgin on a day trip from Edinburgh.

River Lossie, Elgin ©MDHarding

How To Travel To Elgin, Scotland On A Day Trip

Reaching Elgin

Travel by train on one of the most captivating journeys along the East Coast of Scotland from Edinburgh through to Aberdeen and beyond to Elgin. Enjoy the beautiful Scottish landscapes including the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Rail Bridge, dramatic coastal scenes, and much more.

I traveled and returned to Edinburgh in one day, but to make the most out of your trip I would schedule a couple of days. There is a lot to see in Elgin and the surrounding areas.

If like me, you don't have much time are full of energy, and looking to travel to Elgin in one day, take the first train. The train departed Haymarket, Edinburgh at 05.35 after a quick change in Aberdeen I arrived in Elgin just before 10am. Returning just after 15.00 again changing in Aberdeen and reaching Edinburgh just before 20.00. If the weather is on your side you might just witness the incredible sunrise and sunsets as I did.

Top Tip: Do book your train tickets in advance to get the best rates and reserve your seats by the window for the best views. Did you know you can now buy a train pass that allows you to travel around Scotland? The Spirit of Scotland Pass can be purchased for 4 days of unlimited travel over 8 consecutive days or 8 days of unlimited travel over 15 consecutive days.