Maximise your summer when you travel Off-Peak

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Go fast, save cash on great days out

Bag a window seat, grab a coffee, relax and enjoy the great savings you can make when you travel Off-Peak with ScotRail.

Off-Peak tickets are available for standard class travel on all our routes. You can travel at any time at weekends and after 9.15 on weekdays. There might be some restrictions in the evening peak so check before you travel.

So, where will you go? Here are a few ideas to think about.

Lunch at Orocco Pier

Orocco PierWith great views across the Firth of Forth, Orocco Pier Hotel in South Queensferry is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, day or night.

If you’re feeling flush, try the Samphire restaurant for refined elegance, or the Antico Café Bar if you’re looking for something a little more casual.

Plan to make a night of it? You’ll be after a room with a view of the river and its three iconic bridges. Then in the morning take a stroll into the quaint Queensferry surroundings.

The closest railway station is at Dalmeny, roughly 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Riverside Museum

Riverside MuseumOpened in 2011, The Riverside Museum is simply stunning from the outside and with plenty more indoors to surprise you.

Take a peek inside and you'll find over 3,000 objects on display with everything from skateboards to vintage cars, cycles and trains.

You can also step back in time and see the shops, houses and bars of a recreated early-twentieth century Glasgow cobbled street, then hop onto one of the Victorian trains of the city’s underground.

There's something for all ages at The Riverside Museum, all just over a 10-minute stroll from Partick railway station.

Glasgow city centre

Glasgow City CentreThere’s loads to do and see within easy walking distance of the city’s two main railway stations, Central and Queen Street.

The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane is one of the finest examples of Rennie Mackintosh architecture, while the nearby Gallery of Modern Art is great for contemporary art exhibitions. If you're feeling thirsty after all that culture, take a detour into the Willow Tearooms on Buchanan Street, or the Rogano for art-deco inspired cocktails.

If it's retail therapy you're after, Glasgow never disappoints. Head to Princes Square for designer shopping and plenty of food and drink options.

Portobello beach

Portobello BeachPortobello beach is a popular walking place for locals and visitors. It’s not far from the bustle of Edinburgh city centre and perfect for days when you just want to get up, head out the door and take a gulp of the fresh sea air.

The train from Edinburgh’s Waverley station to Brunstane takes less than 10 minutes. From there it’s just a short walk to the beach.

Time your visit to coincide with low tide and you’ll have much more beach to explore. It’s a little over a mile in length and there’s a promenade most of the way, if you don’t want to get the sand between your toes.

The town of Portobello itself also has more than a few restaurants and cafes along the High Street, so you won't go hungry.

Eden Mill Gin Distillery

Eden MillThey don’t do things by half at the Edin Mill Distillery just outside St Andrews. With gin and whisky distilleries plus a brewery on the same site, it’s well worth a visit.

Eden Mill gins use botanicals sourced locally and from around the world. They combine modern techniques with time-honoured traditional methods and aim to be truly creative, with their bourbon-aged Oak Gin proving a perfect example.

Take a tour and discover the story behind their gin, whisky or beer, or any combination of the three. Needless to say, samples are available.

To get there, hop on the train to Leuchars. The distillery is around one mile away from the station.

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