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Calton Hill Tours and Tickets

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Looming over Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, Calton Hill is one of the seven hills that the Scottish capital is built on. Come here for 360-degree views that encompass Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and, on a clear day, the Firth of Forth.

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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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$19.95
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$19.95

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.11
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$20.11

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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$12.47
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$12.47

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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$187.03
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$187.03
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$448.87
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$448.87
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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
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$202.20
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$202.20
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Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

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Perfect for those who do not have long to explore the city, but who wish to see the best of the city, this full-day tour visits all of the highlights of both Old Town and New Town. Your private tour skip-the-line tickets to Edinburgh Castle, which will also be privately guided for you. You will also visit other major attractions, including St Giles Cathedral and the Museum of Edinburgh. You will learn about the history of the city, visit Calton Hill, and enjoy lunch in the Grass Market (price not included in the tour). Enjoy all the highlights of Edinburgh in a day!
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  • 7 hours
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$340.00
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$340.00
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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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$779.29
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$779.29
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Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour!
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Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour!

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Beat the crowds of Edinburgh's city center and discover off-the-beaten-path locations and secret spots on small-group cycling tour. Traveling on two wheels (either on a traditional or e-bike), you'll be able to access places buses cannot reach. Cycle out of the city, around Arthur's Seat, and to the (sometimes) sunny seaside all while your guide fills you in on fascinating facts about the city.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.08
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$66.08

Private Edinburgh Photography Tour
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Private Edinburgh Photography Tour

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Don’t limit yourself to just the Royal Mile; the Extended Photo tours take in both the Street Tour and the Night Tour so you can cover more ground and come away with more spectacular images. Let a professional photographer guide you through your setting as they whisk you to their favourite spots to capture the best images in the Capital. We will lead you to superb photographic opportunities for all kinds of subjects, from landmarks and people watching to hidden secrets and great views over the city, all the while offering practical tips and helping you to develop your own creative vision. Each tour is crafted to the skills and needs of the participants. Apart from taking photos, you can also expect to learn: Creative composition, using lines, repetition, camera angles Training your eye: composition, subjects, lighting Taking control of your camera: ƒ-stop, shutter speed, ISO and focusing Night photography basics Long exposure light streaking - cars, boats Reviewing your photography
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.83
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$141.83
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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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$19.95
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$19.95

Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

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Join the comedy-horror theatre experience on wheels. Back in your seat as your conductor whisks you through Edinburgh's most brutal bits of history on an ex-funeral bus! Hear the stories of murders, witch hunts, torture, and hauntings. Prepare to be scared! Please note: There is no seat reservation. The bus works on the first come - first seated basis. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to get the best seat. Complete your experience with a self-guided tour that will show you the places you did not see from the bus.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.27
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$41.27

Edinburgh City 2 hours Guided Tour
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Edinburgh City 2 hours Guided Tour

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The perfect introduction to the city's fascinating history Perfect for the start of your journey, so that you can get your bearings and with some great tips you can continue to explore Edinburgh. This two-hour tour is on foot, sturdy footwear is recommended, since the old town has, of course, a lot of cobblestones. The tour is suitable for all levels of fitness and all ages. On this city tour we will show you the following sights: Edinburgh Castle (the castle), the Royal Mile (the main street of the Old Town), St. Giles Cathedral, Grassmarket (the former market place) and much more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.92
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The Pirate's Riddle: An Outdoor Treasure Hunt

The Pirate's Riddle: An Outdoor Treasure Hunt

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The puzzles are similar to those you would find in an escape room. Instead of escaping a room you will be working through a story and ultimately discovering some facts about Scotland's pirates and pirate myths. We are different to most other treasure hunts because we provide a physical bag and the entire game is played using a combination of objects along with permanent features of the city. You will only need your phone to contact the game master if you're stuck or need help. You'll need a phone with internet (preferably Whatssapp) for this. This is a small business and a work of passion created by some local tour guides that love games.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.85
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$59.85
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Private 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

Private 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper

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Make sure you see all the spots you wanted to in Edinburgh on this 2-hour private tour led by a private guide. Zoom past popular areas in a Mini Cooper, such as Calton Hill, Grassmarket, Dean Village, and Arthur's Seat. Plus, see one of Scotland’s oldest pubs and Edinburgh's secret garden.
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  • 2 hours
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$187.03
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$187.03
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

See the best of Edinburgh in a day with this private sightseeing excursion. Avoid the crowds on public transport, and get around the city in a comfortable and convenient way—in a private vehicle with a chauffeur. No need to worry about rigid itineraries—this tour is completely flexible based on your needs. Potential sights and attractions include Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Park, and Calton Hill.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,084.78
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$1,084.78
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Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

Discover the best of Edinburgh in a half-day on a walking tour with a private guide and with timed entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle. On your tour, your guide will help you orient yourself in the Old Town, showing you the best spots for iconic pictures, pointing out the highlights, and giving you the best tips and tricks for visiting the highlights. Your guide will also give you the historical context of the ancient city, including taking you on a tour of St Giles Cathedral, which has been at the heart of Christianity in Scotland for more than nine centuries. You’ll see Victoria Street, City Chambers, The Royal Mile, and Calton Hill. Your tour finishes with a 30-minute guided tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide, and then you can continue to explore the castle at your own leisure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.00
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$255.00
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EMF Edinburgh Running Tour

EMF Edinburgh Running Tour

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Jog around Edinburgh and see more of the city than you would walking on this running tour. Climb Calton Hill for panoramic views, and jog through the Old and New Town, stopping at famous and unexpected sights to discover their history. Your run covers about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers), with the pace set by your small group of 15 or fewer. Souvenirs of a running T-shirt, Edinburgh poster, and other extras are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$12.47
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$12.47

Edinburgh half day driving tour

Edinburgh half day driving tour

This tour is by local guides who treat it like showing a family member of friend our amazing city for the first time. We show you the best whilst avoiding the tourists traps and as it is a private tour we can customize it to suit your needs. A minimum of 3 people are required to book this tour.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.81
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$74.81

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Explore Edinburgh with a private guide during this walking tour. Meet your local guide right at your hotel and set out to see the city’s popular landmarks along with some off the beaten path places. Explore the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle and visit a historic pub for lunch. The itinerary of this private tour can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.60
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$269.60

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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$37.87
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$37.87
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Edinburgh Self Guide

Edinburgh Self Guide

So, you arrive in Edinburgh and want to know all about it. You have 3 choices available to you. 1. Go on a guided tour and see all those sights you read about before you came. 2. Walk around aimlessly hoping that the Gods of tourism will guide you. 3. Go to snikkit dot com and see what like minded locals want you to see about their home. Snikkit dot com will show you everything about a place on a simple, easy to use interactive map. The main sites The history The people But also the small stories, the best pubs and bars, where the locals eat and much much more. This is your tour at your own pace and at your convenience. We have done all the homework for you and found and researched all the stories and facts you need for an enlightening self guided tour of Edinburgh's history, architecture, music, ghosts, murders and culture. Once logged in you are the boss, you decide what you want to see and when you want to see it.
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  • 3 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.46
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$12.46

Private Walk: Sunny Leith
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Private Walk: Sunny Leith

Edinburgh Walks offer unique small group private guided walks through parts of this UNESCO World Heritage city of Edinburgh & Leith. Your guide was born in Edinburgh, has lived all his life in the city and has an intimate knowledge of the place. With local knowledge to the fore, you can customise your tour to your own requirements. You are in charge. Discover the real Edinburgh & Leith in a friendly, relaxed and informative way. You will experience breathtaking views of Edinburgh & Leith and learn about the history of the surrounding area. Each of the walks around Edinburgh & Leith will take you to places of interest and beauty that tour buses cannot reach, allowing plenty of opportunities to stop, shop, rest and take photographs. Edinburgh & Leith just have to be walked.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.33
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WHOLE DAY EDINBURGH TOUR INCLUDING SCOTTISH LUNCH With a LOCAL EXPERT!

WHOLE DAY EDINBURGH TOUR INCLUDING SCOTTISH LUNCH With a LOCAL EXPERT!

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Discover Real Edinburgh and get the best all over experience of Scotland's capital city, including most important places in Edinburgh which are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Taste & Enjoy a delicious Scottish meal with a drink in a traditional Kitchen & Bar setup restaurant, right in front of the sea next to the beach! (vegan/veg/non-veg options) + drink. We will be travelling like locals in local buses, see and feel the city very closely as the native people go on about their day-to-day lives. Not only from the tourist point of view, but we will explore some of the hidden and secret things of Edinburgh's urban life, history, architecture and nature - that most of the visitors overlook. Along the way, we'll absorb the city’s breathtaking skyline view from Calton Hill a panoramic magic for only a few minutes uphill is absolutely worth it! You will learn about what real life was during the medieval times, how people lived, Edinburgh's history, geography, mythology and many more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.95
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
"Great look at the city and hear about the history from real tour guides on bus! Would do it again. Good way of getting around the city!"..."
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
"Not only did we hear about the darker side of Edinburgh, we also got to see some beautiful and important monuments that we probably would have missed our own. This was our only tour in Edinburgh and we were pleased with our guide, Melanie!"..."
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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 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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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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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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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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Ricky's Ultimate City Bike Tour!
"Ricky was a Fantastic guide, he was very informative, friendly and happy to answer any questions we had. If you want to get out of the city centre and experience more of what Edinburgh has to offer I would recommend d this tour. Thank you Ricky 🚴🚴‍♀️"..."
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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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Edinburgh City 2 hours Guided Tour
"Has a lovely guy called Sean who showed me and my husband around, he told us some fascinating stories of the town, it was a really enjoyable morning 🙂"..."
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Private 2hr Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini Cooper
"Had a wonderful tour with Andy! Showed up promptly and was very polite and friendly. Very knowledgeable about many topics we saw. Highly recommend this tour for an overall tour of Edinburgh!"..."
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EMF Edinburgh Running Tour
"Really enjoyed running through Edinburgh. Tour guide was fantastic, fun, and energetic and so knowledgeable!"..."
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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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