The historic Capital City of Scotland offers a wealth of things to see. After we meet you from your hotel or cruise ship we’ll depart on a informative and entertaining discovery tour of Edinburgh, a great orientation to the city for first-time visitors. The city offers three distinct areas to be explored including the medieval old town, Georgian new town and docklands. Learn why Edinburgh is called the 7 hill city, witness first hand some of the famous views and explore localities that are off the beaten track.

Then travel the short distance south of the city to visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful churches in Rosslyn Glen. Made Famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is shrouded in mystery, intrigue and scandal.

Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the narrow cobbled streets of 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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The historic Capital City of Scotland offers a wealth of things to see. Depart on a informative and entertaining discovery tour of Edinburgh and on to of of the regions best attractions at Rosslyn Chapel.

Calton Hill

We start the tour from Edinburgh’s best viewpoint. In addition to offering stunning views of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill is also famed for its quirky and interesting architecture, including the National Monument of Scotland, which remains unfinished to this day.

Edinburgh Old Town

Learn about Edinburgh’s dark history, the effect of the Black Death, the great fire, and developments in the city that have led to its international prominence in the 19th centuary. We will be exploring much of the Royal Mile, its Closes, and its history. We will walk through the heart of the old town. From the Castle to the Palace The Royal Mile is approximately 1.2 miles through the heart of The old city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

From the Castle Esplanade, you’ll get a sense of just how important Edinburgh Castle is in Scottish history on a full tour of the fortress. We’ll visit its many interesting buildings including St Margarets Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh. Learn the fascinating military history and gain an appreciation of its significance in Scottish and British history.

Victoria Street to The Grassmarket

In the past, the Grassmarket was used as a hanging place for Edinburgh’s criminals. You will hear about much folklore about executions from your guide, including the story of Half Hanging Maggie, one of Edinburgh’s most famous residents.

This city was the birthplace of Harry Potter, and Victoria Street in Edinburgh is the inspiration for Diagon Alley, with its winding cobblestone streets and an eclectic selection of colourful shops stacked on top of each other.


The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a palatial residence which sits at the very bottom of the Royal Mile. The impressive entrance courtyard and Palace dominate the scene as well as the adjoining Queen’s Gallery.

As the seat of the devolved national government, the Scottish Parliament is a modernist building next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The architectural juxtaposition is breathtaking!

Edinburgh New Town

This large scale development that was built in Georgian times across the valley from the old Edinburgh is a notable example of Georgian urban development. The first phase was completed in 1767 and was in response to overcrowding in the old city and in part to provide the nation with a new, enlightened city unlike any other.

Rosslyn Chapel

Driving the short distance south from the city we come across Rosslyn Chapel in Rosslyn glen. Built in 1446 and renowned for its mysterious connections to the Knights Templar. It is also the location for the conclusion of the Dan Brown novel and film The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

Rosslyn is one of the best examples of stonemasonry in Europe and there is an incredible amount of intricate stonework on the inside and outside of the Chapel. The Apprentice Pillar tells a story of jealousy and murder that is incredibly gruesome.

According to legend, under the floor of this mysterious and majestic church, there is a crucifixion cross buried under it which is believed to be the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The holy grail, as well as the treasures of the knights Templar themselves may also be hidden underneath.

Duddingston Village

Our tour will also include a stop at Duddingston Village on the way back to the city. This small enclave of Edinburgh contains a delightful old pub (where some guests choose to end their tour when they reach it) and a charming church and graveyard.



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


`Chilled, premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided


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


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


  • Thomas W

    Guide picked us up and dropped us off on time (very important since we were coming from a cruise ship) and was very friendly and knowledgeable. Drove us to all the key points of interest, and the van was very clean and comfortable. Communication from [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • T Miller

    From the moment Sandy picked us up, we knew we were in for a wonderful day trip experience around Edinburgh. His historical knowledge of the city and surrounding area is top notch! He tailored our day to take in some hidden gems and provided us [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • Annemarie D

    We had so much fun with Andy! He was a pleasure to spend an afternoon with. We visited Rosslyn Chapel and some other places that were in keeping with our interests, like the oldest pub in Scotland (I know, many make the claim, but I'm [...]

    Published On: September, 2023
  • Mary Carol S

    Fantastic day with Michael! Great views of Loch Lamond. A nice hike and lunch there as well. Michael was really informative about Sterling Castle and all of Glasgow. I would highly recommend this tour and Michael.

    Published On: September, 2023