Edinburgh City Day Tour

A full-day tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s captivating gem, brimming with history, breathtaking architecture, and hidden gems awaiting discovery. From iconic landmarks to secret corners, immerse yourself in the charm and allure of this must-visit destination. Stand atop Calton Hill, explore the Old Town, venture into Dean Village, and marvel at the view of Arthur’s Seat. Discover both the famous sights and hidden treasures that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with the city.
Departing

Edinburgh

Price

£550

Duration

8 Hours

Tour Details

As we explore Edinburgh, we start by soaking in panoramic views from Calton Hill before continuing to the charming Dean Village. Admire the majestic Arthur’s Seat, delve into the vibrant energy of the Leith district, and finally, wander through the historic Old Town. Here, medieval streets and iconic landmarks await, offering a captivating glimpse into the city’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the perfect blend of culture, architecture, and natural beauty on this unforgettable day trip.

Itinerary

Starting at your hotel (or location of your choice), your very own kilted driver will pick you up to start your adventure. Depending on where we collect you from, we will choose the best route to show you all that Edinburgh has to offer.

Also known as Monument Hill, this is a fantastic spot to look over Edinburgh. From here, you’ll be able to see Edinburgh Castle, Leith, the Old Town and the New Town. You might recognise the Monument from pictures, postcards or Pinterest, and that’s exactly why you’ll love this part of the tour. It’s a beautiful spot where your guide can tell you all about the history of Edinburgh – and point out all the landmarks as you go.

A true hidden gem, Dean Village is somewhere you might miss if travelling alone. With Hopscotch, we’ll make sure you see all the best sights and make memories to last a lifetime. Upon entering Dean Village, you’ll be transported into another world, where cobbled streets and quaint houses sit on the banks of the Water of Leith. Historically, the village milled water and grains, and you can still spot many of the remains if you know where to look – and our guides do.

Although the New Town is not so ‘new’, it was originally built in the 1700s to give the wealthy a place to stay out-with the crowded streets of the city. All through the area, you’ll see typical examples of Georgian Townhouses and architecture and it’s now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As we travel through Edinburgh you’ll get spectacular view of Arthur’s Seat. As we pass by your guide will also point out the New Scottish Parliament Building and Holyrood Palace – the official residence for King Charles III here in Scotland.

Contrasting old with new, Edinburgh is full of surprises. In Leith, you’ll get to see both sides with Edinburgh’s ports and docks. It’s also in Leith where Mary Queen of Scots’ first arrived back in Scotland after her time in France. You can imagine it looks very different today.

The Old Town of Edinburgh is perhaps the most famous. Here you’ll get to see Edinburgh Castle, the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile and maybe St Giles’ Cathedral. The Castle is not part of the tour, but we can organise it if you’d like. We want to help you have the best, possible experience in Edinburgh!

Return to your pick-up point. Please note the Castle is is not part of the tour, but we can organise it upon request. We want to help you have the best, possible experience in Edinburgh!

Tour Map

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

Private day tour for up to 7 people.
Expert tour driver with years of knowledge and experience.
Pick up from any central Edinburgh location
Luxurious, Mercedes-Benz MPV as your vehicle with 4G WiFi.
Group WhatsApp for communicating with your driver.
Lunch
Access to attraction(s)
Gratuities
Private day tour for up to 7 people.
Expert tour driver with years of knowledge and experience.
Pick up from any central Edinburgh location
Luxurious, Mercedes-Benz MPV as your vehicle with 4G WiFi.
Group WhatsApp for communicating with your driver.
Lunch
Access to attraction(s)
Gratuities

Important Information

Meeting point
  • Edinburgh or Glasgow, we we come to you! So once you have booked your tour we will be with you at the specified time on the day of the trip!
  • Traveling by Sea? We can pick you up at the Cruise Terminals in and around Edinburgh or Greenock.
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, you can continue to book and confirm these details with us later.
Contact
  • We typically reconfirm all details no later than 48 hours before your travel date. For extra reassurance our team is here should you have any questions so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
  • Your guide who will typically aim to be with you 5-10 minutes before your departure time. Unless you tell us otherwise we will always provide the lead passenger’s details which can be used to co-ordinate meeting up should there be any parking restrictions and/or delays at your pick-up point.
  • Upon request, we can arrange a WhatsApp group allowing you to co-ordinate with us and your fellow travellers.
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes and a waterproof jacket is recommended.​
Not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed).
Covid-19 precautions – Good to Go!
  • Safety measures in place including daily regular Lateral Flow Tests by all our guides.
  • Our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised daily.
  • Based on current government guidelines masks are discretionary. ​

Please refer to our FAQ for any additional queries you may, alternatively feel free to contact us if you need to get in touch.

Looking for other tours from Edinburgh? Check out our Loch Ness Day Trip and our Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond Tour!

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