Edinburgh is the historic Capital City of Scotland and offers a wealth of sights and Scottish history. After we meet at your hotel or cruise ship we’ll depart on a comprehensive, informative and entertaining full day tour of Edinburgh. Our time is split both in the tour van covering more of the sights of the city and exploring some of the key sights by foot. The split of time is up to you.

A full day tour includes an in-depth look at the medieval old town, Georgian new town and docklands. On this 8-hour itinerary we will also visit the quaint town of South Queensferry with its impressive Forth Bridges spanning the River.

Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the small cobbled streets around Edinburgh.

Your knowledgable kilt-wearing private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.

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  • Lunch (we can recommend a place)
  • Entrance into attractions & sites
  • Gratuities (optional)

Our Edinburgh Full-day tour is a comprehensive exploration of the city which includes both a tour of Edinburgh’s famous sites but also many of the ‘off the beaten trail’ locations. These are some of the places we regularly visit on our Edinburgh Private tour itineraries, but what we see is up to you.

Calton Hill
From the top of Calton Hill you’ll see the world-famous view over Princes Street towards Edinburgh Castle. Calton Hill boasts some quirky and interesting architecture including the National Monument of Scotland, Nelson’s Column and the old Royal Observatory.

Edinburgh Old Town
A comprehensive tour of the medieval old city and Edinburgh’s dark history, learn about the effect of the Black Death, the great fire and developments that lead the world. We’ll see St Giles Cathedral and venture down some of the ‘close’s that ooze with history, folklore and stories from old Edinburgh.

Edinburgh New Town
A large scale development built in Georgian times in part to relieve the hugely over-populated city and in part to provide an enlightened new city, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Royal Mile
The Royal Mile that runs for a ‘Scottish mile’ (around 1.3 miles / 1.8 kilometres) through the heart of the old town from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We will explore much of the mile, its closes and colourful history.

Edinburgh Castle
The old city is dominated by Castle hill and Edinburgh Castle. Venturing inside the castle, we learn why it is so important in Edinburgh’s, Scotland’s and Britain’s history. Explore the Royal Chambers, Great Hall and St Margarets Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.

The Grassmarket has a sinister past as the hanging place for Edinburgh’s criminals. There are many famous stories about executions that your guide will recite including the story of Maggie Dickson. Climb ‘The Vennel’ and see the remains of the Flodden Wall and unique view of the Castle.

Victoria Street
Edinburgh is famous as the birthplace of Harry Potter. Victoria Street is the inspiration for Diagon Alley, with its winding cobbled lane and eclectic selection of colourful shops on top of each other. The perfect place to buy a new wand!

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood Palace is official residence of the Monarchy in Scotland. The impressive entrance courtyard and Palace dominate the scene including the Queens Gallery next door. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of this place from Mary Queen of Scots to the Jacobite occupation and the role of the palace in the modern monarchy.

Scottish Parliament
In stark contrast to the Palace, The modernist Scottish Parliament building is across the road. It is home to the devolved Scottish national government. Learn about the controversial architecture, how it came to look as it did and why it is located in its location.

Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s seat is the dramatic volcanic ‘plug’ mountain that can be seen from all corners of the city. If open, we will drive round Queens Drive which circumnavigates Arthur’s seat that offers fantastic views over the old town of Edinburgh.

Duddingston Village
Once a separate village behind Arthur’s seat, Duddingston Village and the Sheep Heid Inn have an interesting history. Learn about the ‘Sheepie’s’ famous clientele and visit Duddingston Kirk and explore its fascinating history.

Leith Docklands
Technically a separate town, the extensive docks around Leith and Shore are intertwined with cobbled lanes, tramways and bond buildings. Leith is also the home to The Royal Yacht Britannia, a floating museum to the monarchy.

South Queensferry & Forth Bridges
Venturing out of the city we arrive at South Queensferry, a quaint coastal town on the banks of the Firth of Forth. Marvel at the Forth Bridges; a Victorian Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the recent Queensferry Crossing.

Dean Village
Nestled into a valley behind the New Town of Edinburgh, Dean Village is a haven of tranquility. We’ll stop to have a wander around this enclave of the city and learn why it’s such a popular area to live.

During your private tour we will explore many of the hundreds of attractions and sights of the city.


We are passionate, professional and full of personality. Let us share our knowledge of Scotland


We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour


Premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided in glass bottles


Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 people and their bags


Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi

5 star review

A lovely experience. Alexander was a great guide, very knowledgeable and so polite with our children, patient, pleasant and a true gentleman. The car was great and the overall experience wonderful

Stefano D, May 2021

5 star review

BRILLIANT. […] Alexander was absolutely fantastic. He was a wealth of knowledge, speaking not just about Mary Queen of Scots, but the historical period more generally

Drew F, May 2021

5 star review

The guide, Alexander, is one outstanding tour guide. He is very intelligent and eager to show the best part of Scotland with his pride.

Yojiro U, September 2020

5 star review

You will be able to see the highlights of Edinburgh in a day and it’s excellent way of travelling especially now because of COVID-19. He was very knowledgable and had good sense of humour.

Sukhjit D, August 2020

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