The best way to explore Edinburgh in one day
Full day tour of Edinburgh. Collect clients from hotel with driving tour through Newtown and Old Town, World Heritage Sites, Holyrood Park and historic villages. Park in city center then walking tour.
History and context of Edinburgh fully explained. Architectural gems of this unique capital with sites and vista accessible only by car. Walking tour through Georgian Newtown to medieval Oldtown. Edinburgh University central to the 18 C. "Enlightenment". Greyfriars Kirkyard that encapsulates so much Scottish History. Return to car and back to hotel.
Collect client and drive through Georgian Newtown and medieval Old Town, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Drive round city and take in skyline and vistas from hill tops. Visit to a nearby castle with fine views if desired. Optional lunch stop. Park car in Newtown and walking tour through Newtown and Oldtown. Edinburgh Castle tour if desired. Holyrood Palace if time permits. Walk back to car. Drive client to hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Edinburgh Hotel.
End location: Edinburgh Hotel.
Duration: 8 hours
Duration can be adjusted from 6/10 hours to suit client.
Land Rover Discovery SUV. Most spacious with up to 4 people but can comfortably seat 6 passengers by arrangement if required.
Collection and return to hotel.
All transport and guiding costs for full day for up to 4 people.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - Refreshments and lunch. Edinburgh Castle entrance fee £16 per person if required.
Entrance fees to attractions if required.
Lunch if required.
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We spent a very pleasant full day with Toby. Driving plus walking was an ideal formula as it was cold and windy and this also allowed us to visit places outside of the city centre such as fascinating Craigmillar Castle. Toby is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Edinburgh, its history and its architectural beauties. He offered us glimpses into secret corners of the city, made every stone and brick come alive with his stories, and was always happy to answer our questions. A top class guide!