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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.