Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Join us for this half day tour of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Exploring the Old Town on foot, led by your local Blue Badge Guide, is the best way to soak up the local atmosphere.

Starting on top of the volcanic rock, we will visit the iconic Edinburgh castle. Then we will follow the ancient path of a glacier all the way to bottom of the Royal Mile.

Your guide will lead the you through narrow closes and beautiful buildings surrounding the Royal Mile, giving you the chance to discover the city’s history and its famous citizens along the way.

Our tour finishes with a view of both the Royal palace of Holyrood and the modern Scottish Parliament, a fantastic introduction to the city of Edinburgh.

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  • What's included :
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Blue Badge guide
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Local guide
    • Private tour
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - The Elephant House
    • Entry/Admission - Deacon Brodie's Tavern
    • Entry/Admission - St Giles' Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh City Chambers
    • Entry/Admission - John Knox House Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: The Hub, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    Starting right in the centre on the Royal mile at The Hub. Externally it looks like a church, with the tallest spire in town. However internally this has become a cultural centre, where you can buy tickets for events, enjoy a concert, or relax in the local cafe.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

    we’ll enter the castle through the Esplanade, where we are treated to some stunning views of the city. Once an execution site, it is now used as a parade ground for military events.
    this strategic point has long been home to local tribes before it was turned into the Royal fortress that we see today. Together we’ll explore St Margaret’s chapel, the Jewel house, the Royal apartments and the Great Hall. Whilst this is a working military facility, your guide will help you understand how the castle has changed roles throughout history.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: 21 Grassmarket Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland

    Next let’s continue to the Grassmarket, a vibrant and colourful place offering pubs, restaurants and shops. It is also home to Victoria Street, said to be inspiration for Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter films.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

    Entering the graveyard we find the final resting place of Bobby, Edinburgh’s most famous dog, make sure you bring him a stick. This place is full of surprises, follow your guide and discover who the Bodysnatchers were and Harry Potter fans can search for the tomb of Thomas Riddle.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Greyfriars Bobby, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE Scotland

    Man’s best friend has his own statue, just as we leave the graveyard. Stop for a picture with Bobby!

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK

    Staying with Harry Potter for a bit longer. We pass the curious cafe where JK Rowling worked on her masterpiece. Still a cafe today, you can buy a sandwich or a magic wand.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

    We return back to the Royal Mile, the main street in the Old Town, starting at the castle and finishing at the Holyrood Palace. The path the street follows was formed by the movement of a glacier a long time ago. It is Edinburgh best known street to this day

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Deacon Brodie's Tavern, 435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT Scotland

    Pause here to learn about Deacon Brodie; the inspiration for RL Stevenson’s extraordinary tale, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Lady Stair's Close, Lady Stair's Cl, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    Follow your guide to one of many hidden closes just off the Royal Mile. Turning into this little alleyway, we end up in a courtyard surrounded by tall houses, one of which is the Writers Museum. Let’s see how many famous writers’ names we can find carved into paving slabs.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

    Edinburgh like all cities, must have its own Cathedral. Founded in the 12th century, it is a focal point of the Royal Mile. St Giles is the patron saint of beggars and blacksmiths but also a patron of the city. You will find graves of many notable citizens, such as John Knox. Look on the pavement and try to find the Heart of Midlothian, your guide will tell you all about it.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

    There used to be a very busy market around the Cathedral. Imagine the hustle and bustle of the Old Town in the past, this really was the centre. Not only could you buy all kinds of goods but you could have witnessed a public execution or heard the latest news. Just behind the cross you find the site of the Old Scottish Parliament. Don’t miss the statue of Adam Smith, the Father of Modern Economics.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Edinburgh City Chambers, 45-329 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland

    Once back on the High Street we can see this beautiful building. Previously used as the Royal exchange, a place where merchants would meet and bargain with their trading partners. Today it’s home to the City Council, and is also a popular filming location. Your guide will take you to the forecourt to show you a “walk of fame” hand prints of notable people including JK Rowling.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

    The short-term home for the famous protestant reformation leader, John Knox, was on the High Street not far from the Cathedral where he conducted lots of controversial speeches and fiery sermons. It is believed he lived here only a few months before he died. Look at the detailed facade and search for its intricate designs.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN Scotland

    We come across another church, but this time it is still a living and working place of worship. Look above the main entrance to discover the Royal coat of arms. Your guide might be able to take you inside to see the Royal Pew reserved for the monarch. Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, was married here in 2011. We have met Adam Smith already, the famous economist, your guide will show you his burial place in the church yard.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

    We have made our way down to the bottom of the hill where we are now treated to some modern architecture. This is the seat of the Scottish Parliament, where 129 MSPs regularly debate the current and future affairs of Scotland.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

    we started at the castle, former seat of Royalty and we are now facing Holyrood Palace, the official royal residence in Scotland. Her Majesty the Queen comes here at least once a year for a week of royal engagements and formal events. The palace is regularly occupied by many members of the Royal family.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Arthur's Seat, Queen's Drive Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland

    This beautiful green area in the heart of the city is popular with both locals and tourists alike. You may wish to climb the steep hill to enjoy some stunning views of Edinburgh, mind you the weather has to be on your side! We finish our tour here, at the foot of Arthurs Seat, your guide will happily recommend ideas for the remainder of your stay.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    The Hub, Edinburgh EH1, UK
    Return Detail :
    Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Travel safely in the knowledge that this is a Private Tour, just your group and our professional Guide.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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