Edinburgh Highlights Private Shore Excursion

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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. Yes. Suitable for children who are able to walk a mile at a time. It is possible for infants in buggies (please bring child seat for the car), but there may be some stiff uphill pushing and steps.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



German (advanced), English (fluent)

Private guided tour of Edinburgh's delights

Discover the very best that Edinburgh has to offer on this guided tour of the city.

Edinburgh is justly famous for its architecture and striking location. It is a bit like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the double character created by its most famous writer, Robert Louis Stevenson. The 18th century New Town, so full of grand buildings, long vistas and public gardens is the nice Dr Jekyll; while the mediaeval Old Town with its countless narrow alleys (closes), high buildings and frankly gory past, is the wicked Mr Hyde.

Take a drive through the New Town and discover not all is as prim and proper as it seems. Saunter down the Royal Mile and learn that life was not all bad. Find out how you can visit Canada (Nova Scotia) while not setting foot outside Edinburgh. Discover why the World's End really is (for some at least) the end of the world. And all while enjoying one of the most visually arresting city landscapes in the world.


From your port, we will drive into the city passing through the Georgian New Town to admire its neoclassical architecture and spectacular views before crossing into the Old Town and the Castle Esplanade. If you would like, we can then visit the Castle before gradually descending the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, exploring the buildings, history, lifestyle and culture of the old Town. Find out how the shape of the city influenced cultural and social life, and how the modern and the ancient co-exist today. While we will have a car to carry ur, there will be some walking, so sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended at all seasons, along with wind/waterproof clothing as appropriate.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I can meet you at your arrival port, if it is Edinburgh, Leith, Granton or Rosyth. Alternatively I can meet you at a pre-arranged location in the city.

End location: I will bring you back to your arrival port, if it is Edinburgh, Leith, Granton or Rosyth. Alternatively I can drop you off you at a pre-arranged location in the city.

Duration: 6 hours 30 min.


Our main transport will be a rental car/people carrier. We will get out and walk at various times, though. Distances covered on foot may be about 1 mile at a time.

What’s Included

My time and services as your private guide are included, as well as the cost of transport to and from your port within 75 miles of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, Leith, Granton, Rosyth.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 GBP - This is an estimate of the cost of beverages, light snacks, lunch, postcards and souvenirs you might want to buy during the day.

What’s Extra

The cost of admission to Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle are not included in the basic tour price. The cost of refreshments, snacks, postcards and souvenirs is also not included.


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

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