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Palace of Holyroodhouse Tours and Tickets

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Set amid splendid gardens at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the British royals, who first decamped here from nearby Edinburgh Castle back in the 15th century. The complex grew from a 12th-century abbey, whose ruins can still be seen on the grounds, into a full-fledged Baroque palace complete with elaborate plasterwork, sumptuous furnishings, and a number of tapestries. The palace is perhaps most famous for having hosted to the rather unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots, whose beloved secretary was slaughtered here by her jealous second husband.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.96
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.04
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

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Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, its still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.89
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$74.89

Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.21
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

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Embrace the best that Edinburgh has to offer on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of the Royal Mile. You’ll cover everything along the famous route, starting in the Lawnmarket and following it down to Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament. Listen as your guide tells you the little-known stories of the city’s most important people and events, before returning to a central location.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.19
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$36.19

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$330.75
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$330.75
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.48
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Guided 90-Minute Photography and sightseeing Tour in Edinburgh
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Guided 90-Minute Photography and sightseeing Tour in Edinburgh

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Shoot amazing Instagrams, On Edinburgh's #1 Photography Tour on TripAdvisor, you will meet a local Instagram Influencer/expert photographer who will bring you to 5-7 spots of Edinburgh over 90 minutes. During the tour: - You will go to the most Instagrammable spots of Edinburgh - You will be shown photography techniques - You will be taught great Instagram skills - You will hear stories about Edinburgh At the end you will have several great photos as memories of your tour of Edinburgh and be ready to try out your new photography skills on your next set of locations! Learn the secrets of the influencer.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.65
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Award-winning cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast
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Award-winning cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast

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Leanne, your guide will ensure we go at your pace, ask as many questions as you like and enjoy the ride with your little ones, without the feeling of being rushed in a large group. Leanne can modify the route to suit your families' ability and the beauty of this ride is that is it mainly on dedicated cycle paths. This is a fun ride with the promise of an ice cream (or coffee!) on the beach or inside to warm up if in winter. It is a 10 mile round trip.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.40
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

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For first-time visitors, or those with limited time, taking a sightseeing bus tour promises the easiest way to see as much as possible. This hop-on hop-off bus tour lets you explore Edinburgh over 24 or 48 hours, jumping off where you want, whether that may be the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace or Royal Yacht Britannia.
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  • 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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We love running and we love Edinburgh, bring your trainers and let us show you our wonderful and vibrant city on foot! Hear stories of Edinburgh past and present whilst we tour the capital city at your pace. We will take in all the main city sights and then finish off with a breathtaking climb up Arthur's Seat to see the city from a panoramic view.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.90
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Outlander Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Outlander Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Take the guesswork out of your 'Outlander' pilgrimage on this guided walking tour that takes you to the exact locations featured in the TV series and novels. In a small group of no more than 12 people, see such sites as Jamie's printshop and the Tolbooth prison while learning from your guide about life in Edinburgh during and after the time of the Jacobite uprisings.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.01
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

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If you prefer some independence to being driven around on a tour bus, create your own itinerary and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. You can board and disembark the bus anywhere you like along the route for the duration of your 24- or 48-hour ticket is valid. Your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes: the Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

Small-Group Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

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On your tour we will explore a UNESCO World Heritage status kirkyard. We visit the resting places of one of the most famous people in the world, Adam Smith AND the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots and his brutal murder. You will later see the home he shared with his mother, Panmure House. We then talk of the most famous two-faced celebrity in Edinburgh society and the site of his final crime, here in Canongate. We will also stop outside the Scottish Parliament, a modernist structure which contrasts sharply with the many historical buildings in Canongate. Here our elected representatives decide upon the the future of Scotland. Your tour completes with a majestic view of Edinburgh's former main volcano, Arthurs Seat. Learn of its formation and the true story of how Arthurs Seat got its name. We stop outside the Royal palace of Holyroodhouse. Holyroodhouse is also where Mary Queen of Scots lived with her second husband Lord Darnley. Whatever happened to him I wonder.....
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

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Explore the Old Town of Edinburgh with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. Hear stories about the people, history, and politics that shaped the city of Edinburgh. Go for a walk along the Royal Mile and see local landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Scottish Parliament.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.82
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Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience
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Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience

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Small, personal 5 star group tour with a maximum of 18 people. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’re going behind the scenes. Your expert tour guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where Claire & Jamie's story was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. You will visit some of the sites familiar in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager and you will hear Diana Gabaldon’s descriptions of Jamie and Claire’s experiences in this historic capital city.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

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Explore Edinburgh from the comfort of your own personal minibus on a private tour of the Scottish capital city. While listening to informative commentary from your guide, you’ll gaze at the Gothic silhouette of Edinburgh Castle and hear about the historic Royal Mile. Ascend Calton Hill for panoramic city views, admire the grand architecture of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and become engrossed by tales of witchcraft, body snatching, and a loyal dog. This private tour ensures you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide while experiencing the best Edinburgh has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.06
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Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of driving or using public transit on a private sightseeing tour with round-trip hotel transport. Your driver, who navigates for you, points out top landmarks and architectural gems, from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. With the flexibility to customize your itinerary and inside recommendations from your driver, this private tour is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves in the city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$600.86
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of planning on a private tour with door-to-door chauffeur service, bottled water, and complimentary wifi. Your drive and guide tailors the day’s itinerary according to your needs and interests, with potential stops ranging from Edinburgh Castle to Charlotte Square. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, this private experience ensures your guide’s full attention and a customized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Shore Excursion Royal Military Tattoo City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

Shore Excursion Royal Military Tattoo City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

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Maximize time in Edinburgh on a private full-day shore excursion including pick-up at the cruise terminal. Explore the Old Town on foot, hearing stories from your local guide as you see the Royal Mile. Visit the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel and taste traditional Scottish fare in a historic pub before heading to Edinburgh Castle for reserved seating to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  
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  • 12 hours
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Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized ★★★★★

Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized ★★★★★

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If you're visiting Edinburgh with your family, book a private sightseeing tour specially designed for those with kids. With a private guide, the tour can be tailored to your children's ages and interests to keep everyone entertained. Perhaps check out medieval Old Town, the art galleries of New Town, or something active like climbing Arthur's Seat.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.21
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What people are saying about Palace-of-Holyroodhouse tours and tickets

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
"Great way of seeing parts of Edinburgh that we normally wouldn't think of going to. Hopped on and off the bus throughout the day. Free earphones for the commentary were great. Well worth the money."..."
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh
"Enjoyed the tour, guide and driver both great fun. Loads of fun and lots of laughs. Would recommend."..."
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour
"Simon was an outstanding guide. As I have hearing problems, I found his speaking to be interesting, and extremely clear and understandable - most guides do not come close to that."..."
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike
"We had the most fantastic tour with wonderful Johann. We felt so safe & had very good instructions before setting off. Think we saw everything worth seeing with great stories from our guide. Highly recommended for all kind of groups. We give 6 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out if 5🤗👏👏👏 Thank you so much Johann for a great experience 🙏"..."
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
"Sean picked us up promptly at our hotel and gave us a brief description of our tour. We went to Stirling Castle meandering through the gorgeous countryside (at our request) and will n to St Andrews. The town of St Andrews is very picturesque and the highlight for us was being at the St Andrews Golf Club Old Course. Seeing the course, soaking in the traditions was fun too. A nice lunch at the Tom Morris Bar and Grill. An unexpected stop was at a nearby whiskey and gin distillery - another fun experience and we stopped at a fishing village so I could take a few more pictures. Sean was extremely knowledgeable and had an entertaining way of sharing his knowledge. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect tour for us or a better driver-guide!"..."
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
"I strongly recommend Allison Duncan. She is a former History professor and is very knowledgeable about the history and human interest stories of Edinburgh. She also has a lovely personality and we were not bored for a second during our 3 1/2 hour tour!"..."
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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
"Interesting and fun on the tour. The bus journey was good and very informative but also entertaining"..."
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
"Good tour with enough time to see the castle and enjoy walking the royal mile. Even had lunch on the mile. Would recommend this tour."..."
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Award-winning cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast
"Great tour, lovely guides. Trip was as advertised easy cycling, Got to see parts of Scottish coast , Had little coffee stop which gave time to take in the view."..."
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
"What a great day! Alexander was superb. A passionate Scotsman with an amazing knowledge of everything Scotland and beyond."..."
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour
"Brilliant way to see the city of Edinburgh. You see lots of places you wouldnt normally see. We loved going round the bottom of the castle and round by Dynamic Earth and Arthurs Seat... Well worth the money for this tour.😊"..."
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh
"First time we toured with a running guide. Stewart was our guide and picked us up from our hotel. He is a knowledgeable and friendly person and showed us the city by running, including Edinburgh Castle, arthur’s seat area then Calton Hill. Highly recommend someone who enjoys little jogging and city breeze!"..."
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Outlander Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town
"We had an amazing tour with our guide Sam. She provided us with a lot of informations about the Outlander series and she also told us a lot about the historical background of Edinburgh. We would totally recommed this tour."..."
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
"Good value for money, very good audio guide, driver was very helpful. Clean buses, very punctual and covers both old and new towns of Edinburgh"..."
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town
"This tour was great! Josh, our Guide was terrific. We had noted on our reservation that we were interested in History and were Harry Potter and Outlander fans. Josh confirmed this on our meeting and proceeded on a tour that was full of history of the Royal MIle and Harry Potter related sites/trivia, and Outlander filming locations and trivia. It was a perfect tour catering to our requests. My husband and I were a little jet-lagged and starting to fail when we met up with Josh we had flown overnight from Chicago arriving at 7 am, our tour started at 2pm but Josh made the tour so interesting and amusing, we followed right along and enjoyed it. I highly recommend this tour."..."
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus
"Awesome! We were so delighted to meet out tour guide, Alan Fee. He was so personable and made you feel like you had known him all your life. His love for Scotland is so clear in the knowledge that he shared with us. We really hated to end our City Tour with him. We wished we had signed up to do his three day tour instead of the one we signed up for! Alan Fee is the owner and operator of Ecosse Executive! If we ever go back that is the way we will travel through Scotland! We give him 5 stars plus!!!"..."
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Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh
"Having only one day in Edinburgh as part of a cruise stop, we wanted to see all of the key historical points of interest. It was amazing how much we were able to cover with our excellent tour guide and chauffeur who was local to the area. Highly recommend if you only have one day in the area. And, don't miss a tour of the Royal Yacht."..."
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local
"Murray, our driver from Aura Journeys was wonderfully flexible in giving our group of 6 adults choices about what we wanted to see while in Edinburgh. Our first choice was the magnificent Castle which we were able to tour first with pre-ordered, timed tickets. Murray then took us to an area with several restaurants for our lunch. We saw the Royal Mile, then split up as the women shopped and the men visited the Royal Yacht Britainia. Edinburgh left us wanting to return another day as there is so much to see."..."
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Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized ★★★★★
"What an amazing tour! Roxana was incredibly knowledgeable and an amazing story teller. We highly recommend this tour and we would love another tour by her the next time we’re in town. We particularly enjoyed her historical stories about witches and the lore of the city. It was very interesting to see the Edinburgh’s history through a female lens! She was very welcoming and answered all of our questions."..."
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Palace of Holyroodhouse hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.