Join our Edinburgh city tour and discover the stories, secrets, and sights of the city.
Princes Street - Travel along this street and learn about the Scott Monument and the Princes Street Gardens.
Grassmarket - This area offers fantastic views of the castle, stories of ancient crimes, and many old-fashioned drinking spots.
The Old Town - Listen to the tales of ancient Edinburgh in the oldest part of the city.
The New Town - This part of the city has stunning architecture, and also the historic home to some of the country's finest writers and inventors.
Dean Village - A hidden-away place that feels more like a cosy village than the capital city of Scotland.
Holyrood Palace - Venture past the beautiful palace situated at the bottom of Arthur's Seat.
Edinburgh is our hometown. And like a lot of locals, we're proud of our city.
So, on our new Edinburgh city tours, we take you sightseeing around our favourite attractions. You learn about the mighty castle and cobbled backstreets, you discover the tragic tales and local traditions, and you’re introduced to a few of the famous locals along the way.
Join our audio-guided city tour and get the local’s perspective of Edinburgh.
Children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You hop aboard our Edinburgh bus tour at Waterloo Place in central Edinburgh. From here, you travel along Princes Street and past Scott’s Monument, dedicated to the famous poet and writer Sir Walter Scott. Continuing along Princes Street under the impressive Edinburgh Castle, your English audio guide tells you about the famous building itself and the gorgeous gardens that sit below it.
We then head to the Grassmarket, with its array of small boutique shops, traditional Scottish pubs, and restaurants. It functioned both as a lively market place and a notorious place of execution. Back in the day, Edinburgh’s criminals were granted one last whisky in the Last Drop pub before being strung up near-by.
You learn about Edinburgh’s most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby and travel around Edinburgh’s central university area. The buildings here are stunning and there’s the chance to spot some of the magical places that inspired the Harry Potter books. We’ll point out the ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter, The Elephant House Café on George IV Bridge, where JK Rowling is said to have written some of the books.
We then work our way up to Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a short introduction to the Old Town. Meandering back down towards the New Town, we venture past the Bank of Scotland headquarters and the National Gallery of Scotland. Here you’ll learn about the Scottish pioneers, poets, and writers who once lived in these beautiful Georgian buildings.
Next, we head off the beaten track across the Dean Bridge and into Edinburgh’s quaint Dean Village. This residential zone was once a separate village and is packed full of charming cobbled lanes. We continue exploring the area, where you’ll get a view of Stewart’s Melville College and the Galleries of Modern Art. It‘s here we hear more about Edinburgh as a backdrop for various films and television productions, including Trainspotting, Sunshine on Leith, and Inspector Rebus.
Back towards the city centre, we pass the impressive St Mary’s Cathedral, one of three cathedrals in Edinburgh. Passing through Edinburgh’s prominent business district, Melville Street, we then travel along George Street and Queen Street before taking you up past Calton Hill. With its classically influenced architecture, it offers one of the best views of the city.
From here, we head down towards the foot of Arthur’s Seat, past the Burns monument to Holyrood Park where the regal Holyrood Palace is located. Our last leg of the journey takes us up through the Canongate, past the John Knox House and Scottish Storytelling Centre before heading back to Waterloo Place for the end of the tour.
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The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
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