A day trip to Culross from Edinburgh is a great choice if you’re looking to explore a charming historic village in Scotland. Culross is located on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Edinburgh. Culross is also the fictional village of Cranesmuir in the hit Starzs TV series Outlander.
Here’s a suggested itinerary for your day trip:
A Day Trip to Culross – How to get there:
- Departure from Edinburgh: Start your day early to make the most of your trip. You can take a train from Edinburgh Haymarket or Waverley station to Dunfermline Town station, which is the closest train station to Culross. The journey takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively you can catch the X55 bus to Dunfermline from the Bus station in St Andrew Square.
- Arrive in Dunfermline: Once you arrive in Dunfermline, you can either take a bus or a taxi to Culross. The bus journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and taxis are readily available at the station as well. If you opt for the bus there is an hourly service from Dunfermline on the 8A.
Explore Culross with its attractive cottages, gardens and cobbled streets
- Explore Culross: Culross is a beautifully preserved village with a rich history. It offers a glimpse into 17th-century Scotland with its cobbled streets, traditional houses, and historic landmarks. Some key attractions to visit include:
- Culross Palace: Start your exploration by visiting Culross Palace, a magnificent 16th-century merchant’s house. You can take a guided tour of the palace and discover its beautifully restored interiors, including the authentic painted ceilings. The attractive hanging garden at the back of the palace is well worth exploring. This was another Outlander film location. Who remembers Claire and Geillis walking in the garden in the first series.
Culross Abbey and the Abbey Church
- The Abbey Church, which dates back to the 13th century is a short uphill walk from the village centre. Admire the impressive architecture and explore the churchyard.
- Culross Abbey next to the Abbey church is a ruined Cistercian abbey. Explore the tranquil surroundings and the atmospheric remains of this historic site.
Culross Town Square
- Wander around the charming town square, known as the Mercat Cross. Admire the colorful buildings.
- West Kirk: Don’t miss the West Kirk, a quaint church with a distinctive Dutch-style tower. It offers lovely views of the village and the Firth of Forth.
Day Trip to Culross – Where to Eat
- Enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the two local cafes or pubs in Culross. The Biscuit Cafe or the Red Lion
- After lunch, take a walk along the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. Enjoy the picturesque views, breathe in the fresh air, and take some memorable photos.
A Day Trip to Culross – Return to Edinburgh
- Return to Edinburgh: When you’re ready to head back to Edinburgh, make your way to the bus stop in the town square or arrange a taxi to Dunfermline Town railway station. From there, catch a train back to Edinburgh.
For bus or train times click this link or download the Stagecoach Bus App. For train times click this link to take you to the Scotrail Web Page or download the Scotrail App. Another useful App is Traveline Scotland.
Sketching with Edinburgh Sketcher
A few years ago Susan enjoyed a day sketching with the Edinburgh Sketcher. For some more village scenes click the link
More Days Out from Edinburgh
Why not visit St Andrews. You will be surprised how easy it is to get there by public transport. You don’t need a car