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  • The John Muir Way, near Dunbar, East Lothian
    The John Muir Way, near Dunbar, East Lothian
  • The Maid of the Forth sails by the Forth Rail Bridge
    The Maid of the Forth Pleasure Cruiser
  • A walker takes in the view of the Pentland Hills
    The Pentland Hills
  • The ‘Mad Monk’ holds a lantern in the shadow of St Giles High Kirk as part of the Witchery Tours
    Witchery Tours, the Royal Mile

There are a wide range of tours available in Edinburgh & The Lothians, and an Edinburgh bus tour is a great way to see the whole city. Edinburgh boasts a great variety of tours from city sightseeing buses to ghost walks, limousine rides and unique trike excursions. You can also venture further by minibus or coach to experience more of Scotland’s regions.

Edinburgh is a compact city meaning it is easy to see the sights on foot. Several organised walking tours provide a great insight into the history, culture and traditions of the capital. Stroll through the streets of Edinburgh with a knowledgeable guide, enjoy the opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow visitors along the way. Edinburgh boasts a rich history filled with stories of ghosts and ghouls and it is a great place to experience a mysterious underworld.

With several bus tours to choose from, there is no better way to travel between attractions than on an open-top sightseeing bus. Each is distinctive, providing a unique insight into the city, and with hop-on hop-off tickets valid for at least 24 hours you have the freedom to see the sights in your own time. Combination packages also make it easy for you to visit attractions such as the famous Edinburgh Castle in addition to using the buses.

Treat yourself to a trike tour of the city or enjoy a unique private tour to see Edinburgh & The Lothians from different perspectives. If you want to tour this region on the road, there are several companies offering a variety of options from chauffeur-driven limousines to trikes.

A visit to Scotland would not be complete without sampling a dram of the national drink and there is no better place to do this than a local distillery, such as the picturesque Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian with its fascinating exhibition. You can also enjoy a trip to the historic Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian.

Why not take some time out of your city break to experience more of Scotland? From the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands to the individual character found on each of the islands, you are sure to be captivated by the country’s magnificent regions. Whether you want to head north to see towering mountain peaks or you wish to journey south to the borderlands, a whole range of companies run tours starting from Edinburgh. You can book many of these at the VisitScotland Information Centre on Princes Street.

Have a look at the listings and organise your tour in Edinburgh & The Lothians today.

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  1. Gradings

    • 3 Tour
    3 Tour

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Edinburgh Enlightenment Walks are led and hosted by Stuart Usher. Fittingly the walks start from outside the Usher Hall donated by Mr Usher's family. These walks take in many amazing stories of Edinburgh's past.

  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    See Edinburgh in a green light. Popular city walking tours with a local, knowledgeable guide, all with an easy mix of hidden gardens, social history, and stories of today's characters.

  3. Edinburgh Travel Limited

    Type

    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    ‘游客自远方来,不宜乐乎! 专业中文小团旅游,路线包括苏格兰高地,英国湖区,3人以上即可成团。 Chinese Small Group Tour: Highlands/Loch Ness, the Lake District

  4. Outlander Tours of Scotland

    Type

    Literary Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Welcome to Outlander Tours of Scotland. Tours from one day to two weeks based on the books by Diana Gabaldon. Visit the site used in filming Outlander the TV Series. Private and shared tours available.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

  6. Mary’s Meanders

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Gradings

    Linlithgow

    Mary’s Meanders Linlithgow walks are a unique equation that guarantees to unravel Linlithgow’s treasures before you, to ensure your experience of the royal burgh is an authentic one, and that the walk caters exactly to your needs.

  7. Heart of Scotland Tours

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    • 5 Tour
    5 Tour

    Edinburgh

  8. Le Tour - Edinburgh Ltd

    Type

    Cycling Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Le Tour is a service that offers you the perfect way to see the beautiful city of Edinburgh - by bike

  9. Little's

    Type

    Chauffeur Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh Airport

    Little's provide airport transfers, private sightseeing tours and full event transportation solutions from bases in both Glasgow & Edinburgh. Stunning fleet of over forty burgundy Mercedes, Jaguar and Rolls Royce cars.

  10. Absolute Escapes Ltd

    Type

    Coach Tour

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    If you’re planning a trip to Scotland and would like to join a small group tour then we’d be delighted to hear from you. We work with a specialist Edinburgh based tour company who provide a wide range of award winning tours throughout Scotland.

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