I will be in Edinburgh with my wife and daughter in early August. Can anyone recommend a day trip by rail as I do not want to hire a car. Ideally, the trip would include some nice scenery and a circular route with one or two stops would be ideal.
Somewhere on the Fife Circle line, such as Burntisland. Supposed to be good for fish and chips.
If you're stuck, there's always Glasgow (4? routes)
Especially via Bathgate and Airdrie as a nice new line for most of it Then return via Queen Street High Level via Falkirk High for another route back with 170's instead off 334s.
As others have side, Fife Circle, Dundee or Perth for the same reasons as Rail-Britain.
Fife Circle isn't what I'd consider 'scenic' - sure, there's some nice scenery between some of the stops, but not really 'scenic'
Ditto for Airdrie-Bathgate, any scenic qualities somewhat cancelled out by the 'delights' of the east end