Enjoy a half or one day Edinburgh tour exploring the ancient capital city of Scotland. Spend time visiting the historic Edinburgh Castle, named the UK's best heritage attraction, learn all about the secrets of the Royal Mile, visit Holyrood Palace, home to Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Your trip begins with a journey around the city, introducing you to the best sightseeing spots the capital of Scotland has to offer. We will travel to the Royal Mile to visit historic Edinburgh Castle, Scotland's most iconic castle and named the UK's best heritage attraction in 2014. Spend time touring the castle, learn all about its history and even see the famous Stone of Destiny; the traditional crowning seat of the ancient Scottish monarchs. After a tour of the Castle, enjoy free time for refreshments and explore Castlehill, the city's oldest street, and discover one of the many atmospheric 'closes' or alleys running off the back-bone of the Royal Mile, and attractions such as St Giles Cathedral and the Scottish Parliament Building. Your Edinburgh Shore Excursion will then visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse*, the official residence of the British Royal Family in Scotland. This baroque palace is full of history and is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and was the setting for many dramatic episodes during her short and turbulent reign. From the atmospheric Old Town of Edinburgh, we continue by Duddingston Loch, situated in Holyrood Park, into the medieval port of Leith and to the final attraction of your trip to Edinburgh; the Royal Yacht Britannia. Spend time at the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, home to Her Majesty the Queen for over 40 years, and have the chance to see what life was like on board for the Royal Family and their guests.