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8 Exciting City Tours to Take in Edinburgh

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The city of Edinburgh is well-known and loved, but there’s always a new story for us to hear and experience on a guided city tour.

Discover something new about Scotland’s capital city with these Edinburgh city tours.

Treasures of the Old Town with Mercat Tours

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street

Themes: History

Discover the lesser known history of the Canongate on this guided walk with Mercat Tours down the quiet closes of the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Enjoy stories of romance and intrigue, crime, and politics all on the doorstep of the Queen’s Palace.

Book the Old Town tour with Mercat Tours.

Sunny Leith with Edinburgh Walks

Duration: 3-4 hours

Start point: City centre

Themes: Local

Head down to sunny Leith on this tour with Edinburgh Walks, covering the old city gallows, royal golf course and port. There are stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, JK Rowling, Irvine Welsh and the Proclaimers.

Book the Sunny Leith tour with Edinburgh Walks.

Edinburgh Dean Village Architecture Tour with Cobble Tales

Looking out across the Water of Leith and the colourful buildings of the Dean Village under a perfect blue sky

Dean Village and the Water of Leith

Duration: 2 hours

Start point: Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street

Themes: Architecture

Travel back to the days when Dean Village was an ancient mining village set under Thomas Telford’s majestic Dean Bridge, with Cobble Tales. See the goddess Hygiea in her neoclassical mineral water temple, admire the 1830s stonework of the bridge and see the modern art galleries, housed in Georgian buildings which were originally orphanages.

Book the Dean Village tour with Cobble Tales.

Bike Tour Edinburgh City and Portobello Beach with Edinburgh Bike Tours

Duration: 2.5 hours

Start point: Sandport Street, Leith

Themes: Cycling

See the city from the saddle with this small-group guided tour by Edinburgh Bike Tours. Follow the Water of Leith paths into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old and New Towns, head along Princes Street and down the Royal Mile, past Arthur’s Seat, and out to Portobello Promenade.

Book the city tour with Edinburgh Bike Tours.

Edinburgh Beer and Brewery Tours with ScotBeer Tours

Duration: 1 hour

Start point: Royal Mile, city centre

Themes: Food & Drink

Explore what’s known as the ‘charmed circle’ by brewers with ScotBeer. You’ll walk around the Old Town and Southside of Edinburgh and hear the history through beer from the 1100s to today’s thriving craft beer scene. There will be a take home box of seven Scottish beers and an Edinburgh beer map too!

Book the beer and brewery tour with ScotBeer Tours.

Wee Golden Walk II with Wee Walking Tours

Duration: 2 hours

Start point: The Witches Well, Castlehill

Themes: History

Join Sami and Sawyer, the golden retriever tour guide, for this historical tour of Edinburgh Castle and surrounding area, before the big finish at the top of Calton Hill. You’ll hear of everything from Harry Potter to Jekyll and Hyde, and Avengers to Greyfriars Bobby.

Book the city centre tour with Wee Walking Tours.

Kayaking microadventure with Driftwood Adventure

Duration: 1 hour

Start point: Mobile-basis

Themes: Outdoor activities

Not a traditional tour, but Driftwood Adventure offer one-hour experiences by kayak from a few locations around and close to Edinburgh. They can meet you, get your equipment all sorted and help you enjoy a beautiful and different view of the city from the Firth of Forth. You can also try SUP, snorkelling or other on-land experiences.

Book the kayaking experience with Driftwood Aventure.

Sightseeing Tour with Maid of the Forth

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start point: Hawes Pier, South Queensferry

Themes: Boat

New timetable published from: March

Take to the sea(s) with Maid of the Forth and sail around the Forth islands and under the famed Forth bridges on this sightseeing cruise. You can extend the tour with a 1.5 hour stop on Inchcolm Island to see the wildlife close-up and explore the abbey.

Book the sightseeing tour with Maid of the Forth.


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