On the road to Edinburgh
On the journey to Edinburgh we’ll pass the iconic Kelpies statues at Falkirk and Linlithgow Palace sitting pride of place on Linlithgow Loch before coming to our first stop at The Forth Bridges View point. Then we’ll continue into the capital city for a comprehensive tour.
We’ll start the tour in the New Town of Edinburgh, 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. We’ll travel to Calton Hill to see the world-famous view over the city and Castle. Calton Hill boasts some quirky and interesting architecture including the un-finished National Monument of Scotland.
Explore the historic medieval old city and Edinburgh’s dark history, learn about the effect of the Black Death, great fire and city developments that lead the world. Depending on your preference we’ll have around 45 minutes walking around the top of the old town, exploring the Closes, nooks and crannies and learning the story of medieval life here.
The Royal Mile that runs for a ‘Scottish mile’ (around 1.1 statute miles / 1.8 kilometres) through the heart of the old town from the Castle to the Palace. We will explore much of the history of its expansion throughout the ages.
The old city is dominated by Castle hill and the imposing Edinburgh Castle. Whilst we don’t venture inside on this tour, you will get an appreciation for its importance to Edinburgh and its role in Scottish and British history.
From its sinister past to modern day leisure destination, there are many famous stories about executions that your guide will recite as we walk through this popular area.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The official residence of the British Monarchy in Scotland. The impressive entrance courtyard and Palace dominate the scene including the Queens Gallery next door.
The modernist Scottish Parliament is home to the devolved national government. Immediately adjacent the Palace, the architectural juxtaposition is stark!
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 that circumnavigates Arthur’s seat that offers fantastic views over and beyond Edinburgh.
Technically a separate town, the extensive docklands around Leith and Shore are intertwined with cobbled lanes, tramways and bond buildings. Leith is also the home to The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s ex private yacht and a floating museum to the monarchy.
Off the beaten trail
On this trip we will also have the opportunity to get of the normal tourist route and explore some of our favourite Edinburgh enclaves. See where people live and how the history that makes Edinburgh famous extends to these areas.
At the end of the day it’s time to return west to Glasgow.