• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Edinburgh Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Sep 8

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is a medieval old town and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is home to Edinburgh Castle, which houses Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. The city is filled with many more historic sites. Take a look below at things to do while visiting Edinburgh.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour

Edinburgh Castle is the most famous and most visited monument in Scotland; unmissable for any visitor to the capital. On this tour you'll see it inside and out, discovering all its secrets.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am and 1:30pm

Price

$37 per person

Alternative


Scottish Highland Games Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Scottish revelry with a full-day trip to the Scottish Highland Games from Edinburgh. Enjoy the rugged natural beauty of the highlands as you pass lochs, mountains and sweeping glens en route to the gaming site. Watch men in traditional Highland dress compete in hammer throwing, tug-of-war and tossing the caber.


Duration

9 - 12 hours

Availability

Saturdays at 8am

Price

$102 per person

Alternative


5-Day Isle of Skye, Oban, St Andrews and North West Highlands Tour

Instead of rushing to fit all your sightseeing into a day; take your time, relax, and explore the beauty of Scotland over five days. This comprehensive adventure saves hours of research time as a full itinerary is planned out for you. Visit ancient castles, mountains, glens, historical sites, a whisky distillery, geological wonders, and beautiful lochs. Highlights include Loch Lomond, the Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, and St. Andrews Cathedral.


Duration

5 days

Availability

Wednesdays at 8:15am

Price

$343 per person

Alternative

Edinburgh Guided Walking Tour

This walking tour of Edinburgh, led by Stuart or Richard Usher of Scotland's historic House of Usher or professional historian Dr. Alison Duncan, focuses on the historical, cultural, and architectural heritage of the city.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am and 2pm

Price

$35 per person

Alternative


The Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh's darkest history, using live actors, theatrical sets, and thrilling rides.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 4:45pm

Price

$23 per person

Alternative


Holyrood Distillery Gin and Whisky Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided flavor-forward experience, learn how gin and whisky are made, and explore the craft distilling methods at Holyrood Distillery.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

Price

$21 per person

Alternative

Pub Crawl

Visit 7 bars in Edinburgh's old town with an expert guide. Enjoy 6 shots specially chosen for you by your party professional. Skip any cover charges and find the best places in town to get your drink on.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8pm

Price

$14 per person

Alternative


Guided Secret Food Tour

Get your taste buds tingling on a 3-hour guided food tour of Edinburgh's Old Town, including 6 stops to learn the culinary history and culture of the city. Sample a selection of traditional Scottish fare, such as haggis with "neeps and tatties" and more.



Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 12pm

Price

$80 per person

Alternative


Silent Disco Adventure Tour

It’s a flash mob. It’s a silent disco. It’s a roaming, rhythmic riot across the sound soaked city. Expect all your inhibitions to disintegrate as you bust some serious moves in a unique 1-hour musical walking tour of Edinburgh.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Saturdays at 3pm and 4:30pm

Price

$23 per person

Potterhead Private Pilgrimage

Delve into the magic of the Harry Potter stories on this walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow your guide through the streets and discover the buildings that inspired J.K. Rowling. Learn how Rowling’s European travels inspired the stories she went on to tell, and savor lunch in a Harry Potter café—with divination lessons and quill writing. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to six people.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Tuesday - Sunday at 10am

Price

$24 per group of 6 plus £80 for access to Greyfriars Kirkyard

Alternative

Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour - $16 per person


Blackness Castle & Forth Bridges Cruise with Cream Tea

Take in views of Blackness Castle, featured in Outlander, during this Cream Tea cruise. There are also seals and views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 2pm and 4pm

Price

$28 per person

Alternative


Dollar Falls Canyoning Trip

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds London, the home of famous fun in the capital. Star in immersive experiences and get up close with more than 250 lifelike figures of your favorite celebrities. Enjoy plenty of fun new additions.


Duration

7 hrs

Availability

Sunday - Friday from 10am - 2:45pm

Price

$158 per person

Alternative

Edinburgh Photoshoot Lost

Create beautiful memories of your time in Edinburgh by booking this photoshoot experience in the Old Town or Dean Village of Edinburgh. Your personal professional photographer will take you to the perfect locations, including some hidden gems, that make the perfect backdrops for striking images. After your photoshoot, you'll receive 20-30 digital photos to keep.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Everyday from 10am - 3pm

Price

$94 per person


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