One of our favourite days out is a trip to Edinburgh on the train. Much easier than driving and a lovely relaxing journey through the countryside. Edinburgh Waverly Train Station is right in the city centre where all the action is, and perfect for access to both the newer and the older parts of the city.
On our most recent visit, we toured around the Castle as well as the Whiskey Tasting Experience tour... both we would reccommend. There's so many sights to see and the old city is full of beautiful architecture and packed with historical interest. Or perhaps retail therapy is more your thing?! Edinburgh's Christmas Markets are magical and sure to put you in the festive spirit. Why not plan a little Christmas shopping if you're visiting in winter time.
A city where there's always something going on, this is a day trip that we would have on our itinery if we were holidaying here!!
Time: 1.5hrs on the train from Carlisle to Edinburgh Waverly Station