Personalised private driving tour of Edinburgh & it's surrounding areas with a local guide


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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. Please let me know if any child car seats are required.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

See the main sights, but also see where the locals hang out and get to places others don't.

On this private driving tour I'll personalise it to make sure you get to the places you want, plus I'll take you to some really beautiful local spots so you'll experience Edinburgh like a local.

I'll pick you up, we'll see the Old Town and New Town, stopping to get out and walk at some spots best seen on foot. More importantly, we go way beyond the well known parts of Edinburgh and we can visit the Botanic Gardens, Cramond and South Queensferry where we can see the Iconic Forth Bridges. If you want to do something else such as visit Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia we can do that no problem, this tour is to suit you.


I will pick you up at your hotel or boat at around 9am (10. 30am on a Sunday), depending on where I pick you up from will determine the route we take but generally start off with seeing some the tourist highlights of the Old Town and New town followed by getting you well away from the usual tourist routes to see some stunning hidden gems:

Edinburgh Old Town highlights (castle views, narrow closes of the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace views)
Edinburgh New Town highlights (Georgian architecture and grand buildings)
Stockbridge (most desirable place to live in the UK)
Dean Village (Old milling village, now stunning residential area with village feel despite being in heart of Edinburgh)
Cramond (first places settled in Scotland, now quaint coastal village)
South Queensferry (beautiful village below Forth Rail and Road bridges).

We can swap any of these options to visit other great local spots such as Arthurs's Seat, Duddingston, Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia, it depends on what you want to do.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We meet at your hotel or cruise ship.

End location: I will drop you off where I picked you up unless you have another request.

Duration: 7 hours

The tour will take approx 7 hours including time to stop for lunch and any breaks, sometimes it may take slightly longer but you will always be back where you need to be in plenty of time.


You will be driven in a vehicle to suit the group size, whether it's a large saloon, small 4x4 or large people carrier. I always ensure the vehicle will be comfortable for all on tour.

What’s Included

All guiding and transportation costs are included in the price.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 GBP - The extra costs will be to cover any meals, drinks or entry to any historic sights.

What’s Extra

Food, drinks, entry to any buildings or attractions.

A Recent Review of this tour

In communicating with Will before our arrival in Scotland, I knew that visiting Edinburgh and St. Andrew's with him would be an exceptional experience. And exceptional it was. Will is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, accommodating, friendly. Everything requested was honored. Moreover the special non-tourist spots he suggested we're most enjoyable. What lovely two days!!! Will is an A+ guide.
Ann Liarakos

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