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Set amid splendid gardens at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the British royals, who first decamped here from nearby Edinburgh Castle back in the 15th century. The complex grew from a 12th-century abbey, whose ruins can still be seen on the grounds, into a full-fledged Baroque palace complete with elaborate plasterwork, sumptuous furnishings, and a number of tapestries. The palace is perhaps most famous for having hosted to the rather unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots, whose beloved secretary was slaughtered here by her jealous second husband.

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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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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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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 7 days 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
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

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Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, its still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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  • 4 hours
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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Lace up your running shoes and explore Edinburgh on foot. This private running tour takes you are the Scottish capital at your own pace and ensures that you see all of the most important city landmarks before tackling the challenging climb up Arthur's Seat for a panoramic view of the city skyline.
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  • 15 minutes
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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 hours
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Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and Hop-on Hop-off bus
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Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and Hop-on Hop-off bus

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See the sights you want to see in Edinburgh on this independent day trip from London. Travel to the Scottish capital by train, and then make use of an included Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour to set your own sightseeing schedule. Visit Edinburgh Old Town; wander along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Mile; and choose to visit the St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, and a whole host of other top attractions. An entrance ticket for Edinburgh Castle is also included.
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  • 16 hours
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Guided 90-Minute Photography and sightseeing Tour in Edinburgh

Guided 90-Minute Photography and sightseeing Tour in Edinburgh

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In the picturesque city of Edinburgh, everything makes a good photograph. On this walking tour of the city, learn how to frame and take professional shots on your camera or smartphone from a professional photographer. Get experience in how to create the perfect Instagram photography post. See parts of Edinburgh usually missed by tourists, and follow your local guide to hidden closes, squares and other secret gems.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Edinburgh City Tour

Private Edinburgh City Tour

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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
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Edinburgh Walking Tour

Private Edinburgh Walking Tour

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Explore the Old Town of Edinburgh with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. Hear stories about the people, history, and politics that shaped the city of Edinburgh. Go for a walk along the Royal Mile and see local landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Scottish Parliament.
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  • 30 minutes
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Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of driving or using public transit on a private sightseeing tour with round-trip hotel transport. Your driver, who navigates for you, points out top landmarks and architectural gems, from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. With the flexibility to customize your itinerary and inside recommendations from your driver, this private tour is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves in the city.
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  • 8 hours
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Award-winning cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast
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Award-winning cycle tour to Edinburgh's coast

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See a different side of Edinburgh—from the seat of a pushbike! Set off on a cycling tour of Edinburgh led by your local and knowledgeable guide, and see Craigmillar Castle and Arthur’s Seat as you whizz by. Pass through the Victorian railway tunnel into Holyrood Park and see where the Scottish Parliament is now held. Push on out of the city and you’ll be rewarded with views of the sea as you head towards the coast.
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  • 3 hours
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3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London
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3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London

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Discover the architectural delights and natural splendor of Scotland on a 3-day tour of Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London. Visit some of Scotland’s most important cultural institutions in its beautiful capital city of Edinburgh; gaze at the beguiling beauty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen on a guided tour; and travel through the scenic delights of the Scottish highlands while learning of the region’s rich historical heritage. Enjoy two nights accommodation in a comfortable B&B and travel by comfortable and scenic train from London to Edinburgh.
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  • 3 days
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Edinburgh: Self-Guided City Experience

Edinburgh: Self-Guided City Experience

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Get to know Edinburgh at your preferred pace by choosing a self-guided tour. Avoid the rush of keeping up with a tour group, and simply use your smartphone to listen to audio commentary that guides you around the city. Along the way, hear stories about over 90 points of interest—including Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You can also customize your route and choose when to take breaks.
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  • 1 day
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Edinburgh Royal Mile (New Self Guided Tour)

Edinburgh Royal Mile (New Self Guided Tour)

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Swap the typical group tours of Edinburgh for the chance to discover the Old Town your own way. This self-guided tour allows you to explore Edinburgh's most fascinating history and architecture at your own pace using your own smartphone. Through colorful storytelling, Edinburgh's history comes to life as you visit major landmarks and hidden gems.
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  • 4 hours 40 minutes
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Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

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Savor your time in port with a shore excursion around Scotland's capital city and visit to 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Travel via VIP minibus through Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, filled with cobbled alleyways that are bursting with legends and stories. Learn about the city's intriguing history while journeying past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, touring the Royal Mile and exploring its Georgian-style New Town. Then pay a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, which played a key role in the 2003 novel 'The Da Vinci Code' and the 2006 film of the same name.
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  • 9 hours
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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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  • 5 hours 19 minutes
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A History of Witchcraft in Edinburgh: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

A History of Witchcraft in Edinburgh: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Taken in Edinburgh’s famous sites while hearing the history and folklore of witchcraft on this affordable self-guided walking tour. • See where the Wizard of West Bow lived and walk in the footsteps of the women sentenced to death for witchcraft • Hear from producer Katrina Milne who’s lead over 2000 clients on our tours since launching Travel Kat Tours in 2018 • Do it all in 75 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before and after your booking date • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline. Please note that this is a hilly walk.
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    Bike, beers and brewery tour

    Bike, beers and brewery tour

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    Go cycling through some of Edinburgh’s most scenic stretches—and visit one of the city’s most popular breweries—on this two-in-one tour. Meet your guide in the morning, grab your bike and helmet, and set off with just a small group for company. You’ll head to beachy Portobello, the Victorian–era Innocent Railway Tunnel, Holyrood Palace, and more. Then, wind down with a brewery visit and a pint at Bellfield Brewery.
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    • 4 hours
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    Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

    Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

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    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 hours
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    Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

    Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

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    Led by your professional Blue Badge guide, explore the historic streets of Edinburgh and take in the atmosphere that keeps tourists visiting the city year after year. View Edinburgh Castle and walk the Royal Mile to where Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament now sits. Spy hidden closes and courtyard parks, and learn about the vivid history of this vibrant city.
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    • 4 hours
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    Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)

    Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)

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    Hop into a classic black taxi cab and make your way around Edinburgh on this full-day tour of the city. Learn about the history around every corner, and listen as your driver and guide tells you stories about the notable and famous people who once lived here—or still do. See Edinburgh’s most iconic monuments and buildings, including St Giles Cathedral and Arthur’s Seat.
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    • 4 hours 15 minutes
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    Palace of Holyroodhouse hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.