Edinburgh City Tours

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Join our Edinburgh city tour and discover the stories, secrets, and sights of the city.

Tour map

Places you'll discover


Princes Street - Travel along this street and learn about the Scott Monument and the Princess 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.



Your journey


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.


Tour Details

Departs
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Edinburgh Waterloo Place, at the Rabbie's bus stop opposite Howie's Restaurant.
Returns
Tours last two hours.
Discounts

Children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Tour lasts two hours
Tour inclusions
  • Edinburgh bus tour in a glass roofed, convertible 16 seater coach
  • English language audio guide describing Edinburgh from a local’s perspective
  • Photo stops
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

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, you’ll hear 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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