EDINBURGH DISCOVERY HALF DAY TOUR
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.
Each one of our private tours is conducted in our premium Mercedes Benz minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the small cobbled streets around Edinburgh and narrow back roads of Scotland.
Your knowledgable kilt-wearing driver & 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.
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
Edinburgh Old Town
Explore the 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.
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 1.1 statute miles / 1.8 kilometres) through the heart of the old town from the Castle to the Palace. We will explore much of the mile, its Closes and history.
The old city is dominated by Castle hill. Whilst we don’t venture inside on the discovery tour, you will get an appreciation for its importance in Edinburgh, Scottish and British history.
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.
Edinburgh is famous as the birthplace of Harry Potter and Victoria Street is the inspiration for Diagon Alley, with its winding cobbled streets and eclectic selection of colourful shops on top of each other. The perfect place to buy a new wand!
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!
The now-extinct volcano that can be seen from all corners of the city. If open, we will drive round Queens Drive which circumnavigates the volcanic plug and offers fantastic views beyond Edinburgh.
From the top of Calton Hill see the world-famous view over Princes Street and Castle. Calton Hill boasts some quirky and interesting architecture including the un-finished National Monument of Scotland.
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.
During your private tour we will explore many of the hundreds of attractions and sights of the city, as well as many of the ‘off the beaten track’ places only known by locals.
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