The sun is up.

Through a hue of grey smoke, generated by the tens upon tens of barbeques purchased in haste at the first sighting of blue sky, you stare into nothing with your feet outstretched on a faded sun lounger, imagining a day of relaxation that won't require you to clean the old spatula collection. 

Generally speaking, the inital notion may be the need to get out for the day, soak up Scotland's annual three-day summer somewhere you haven't been. Will you take the kids or leave the kids? Stay the night or travel home late? Beer or cider- oh, wait. One problem: the car.

It's difficult not to think that ScotRail was erected in 2004 purely to anger the Scottish commuting population with surprise cancellations and delays at peak-hour. However, our handy rail system - regardless of the day-to-day inconvenience they provide - is actually a hugely useful feature of modern day life that enables us to travel from one end of the country and back again within a matter of hours and still avoid drink-driving related fines.

With this in mind, where can we go from our local East Kilbride train link? Well, with various discounts available, the travelling possibilities for the whole family are more or less endless.

Tips

  • Under-18s: Make use of Young Scot cards for 1/3 off tickets.
  • Kids Go Free: Two minors* travel free with every off-peak adult ticket purchased.

 (*Young people aged 5-15 who qualify for a child ticket.)

1. Perth [£22.90 - East Kilbride to Glasgow Central/Glasgow Central to Perth] Experience the ultimate culture shock in visiting the inspiration behind Gregory Burke's famous Scottish play at The Black Watch Castle and Museum, swing into the famous Perth Concert hall and be entertained by Scotland's finest, or drop by the Perth Racecourse and bet your train fayer home away.

2. Stirling Castle [£10.10 - East Kilbride to Glasgow Central/Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling] Completely immerse yourself in Scottish history at Stirling Castle. There's so much to do at this attraction that it's difficult to know where to start.

3. Edinburgh [£15.90 - East Kilbride to Glasgow Central/Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverly] The capital is full-to-the-brim with shops, musuems and, depending on what time of year, festivals too!

4.​ Oban [£30.70 - East Kilbride to Glasgow Central/Glasgow Queen Street to Oban] why not support the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Oban?

5. Ayr [£8.60 - East Kilbride to Glasgow Central/Glasgow Central to Ayr Station] Ayr station is located a short walk away from the Ayrshire coast, therefore, it'll be swing parks, ice-creams and beer gardens galore after a short change at Glasgow Central train station.

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