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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh: Our most recommended tours and activities

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

1. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with 3 City Tours

Save money and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a 3-route hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket. Pick from a ticket that lasts for 24 or 48 hours. Explore the city with stop options like Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Hop aboard and embark on your city adventure. Contrast the Old and New Towns, see the royal attractions of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia (entrances not included). Live guides provide English commentary on the Edinburgh Tour, while audio guides are available in up to 9 languages on the City Sightseeing Tour and the Majestic Tour. Hop on and off as often as you like at dozens of attractions, and enjoy unique, scenic views from the open-top upper decks. City Sightseeing Tour: Hear about the people and events that shaped Edinburgh, from the cramped conditions of the Old Town to spacious Holyrood Park, on a classic sightseeing tour in 9 languages. Enjoy Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories with the on board Horrible Histories Children’s Channel - history with all the gory bits left in! • Hanover Street • Princes Street Gardens • St. John’s Church • Grassmarket • Johnston Terrace • Edinburgh Castle • National Museum of Scotland • Museum of Childhood • Scottish Parliament • Our Dynamic Earth • Palace of Holyrood House • Burns Monument Edinburgh Tour: Enjoy the best views aboard an open-top bus, as live commentary in English brings Edinburgh’s history to life. Explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, hopping off at 9 strategic stops. • Hanover Street • George Street • Charlotte Square • The Mound • Lawnmarket • Grassmarket • Our Dynamic Earth • Scottish Parliament • Canongate Kirk Majestic Tour: Leave the city center and head to the coast at Newhaven, with stops for the Royal Botanic Garden and Royal Yacht Britannia. This multi-language tour offers commentary through headphones in English, Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. Return via the Palace of Holyrood House and the Canongate section of the Royal Mile. • Hanover Street • George Street • Royal Botanic Gardens • Ferry Road • Newhaven Harbour • Cruise Terminal • Ocean Terminal (Royal Yacht Britannia) • Leith Mills • Elm Row • Queen Mary’s Bath House • Queensberry House • Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

2. Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

Escape the crowds and busy streets of Edinburgh city center and get panoramic views of the coast and countryside on a 3 to 4-hour guided bike tour. Choose your bicycle and cycle from the Old Town towards the New Scottish Parliament building and Dynamic Earth visitor attraction at the end of the Royal Mile. Pass the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse and get breathtaking views of the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. Next, make your way up the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, and continue on foot from Dunsapie Loch to get magnificent views from the summit. Cycle back down towards Salisbury Crags and get wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Continue to Duddingston Loch to discover the secret oasis of Dr. Neil’s Garden at Duddingston Manse. Bike back towards the city center on the Innocent Railway Path. Pedal through Meadows Park and the Grassmarket to arrive back in the Old Town.

Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Edinburgh, a place where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes converge to create a truly unique experience. To enhance your exploration of this Scottish gem, we proudly present the Edinburgh Self-Guided Audio Tour—an immersive journey that unveils the rich tapestry of this historic city at your own pace. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city that seamlessly blends ancient charm with modern vibrancy. From the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town to the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town, every corner of Edinburgh resonates with tales of centuries past. Our self-guided audio tour is designed to be your knowledgeable companion, offering fascinating insights into the city's landmarks, iconic architecture, and the captivating stories that have shaped its character. As you embark on this audio-guided adventure, you will be guided through Edinburgh's iconic sites, including the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock, and the majestic Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Wander down the Royal Mile, a bustling street that serves as the backbone of the Old Town, and immerse yourself in the haunting tales of the city's ghostly past. Delve into the intellectual legacy of Edinburgh with a stroll through the hallowed grounds of the University of Edinburgh, where some of the world's greatest thinkers have walked before. Discover the significance of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano that provides a panoramic view of the entire city, and understand why Edinburgh's skyline is truly one of a kind. This self-guided audio tour offers the flexibility to explore Edinburgh's treasures on your terms. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture buff, or simply a curious traveler, our carefully crafted narration will provide you with a deeper understanding of Edinburgh's multifaceted history and vibrant present. Learn more about the top 14 tourist attractions in Edinburgh. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Edinburgh Old Town 2. St Giles' Cathedral 3. Royal Mile 4. Edinburgh Castle 5. World of Camera Obscura 6. The National Museum 7. Edinburgh Gin Distillery 8. Scott Monument 9. Calton Hill 10. Palace of Holyroodhouse 11. Arthur's Seat 12. Royal Yacht Britannia 13. Hopetoun House 14. Forth Road Bridge Simply put on your headphones, and let the captivating stories unfold as you traverse the city's captivating streets. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic escape, or a family eager to share in the wonders of Edinburgh, our self-guided audio tour is your passport to an enriching and personalized exploration of this captivating Scottish capital. Welcome to Edinburgh—a city where every cobblestone has a story, and where the past and present dance together in harmony.

Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

4. Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

Book this tour and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local Edinburgher. He or she who will become your guide. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Edinburgh that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by locals. The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private tour and let your local show you the Edinburgh you will love.

Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Phone Audio Tour (EN)

5. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland Phone Audio Tour (EN)

Download the WeGoTrip app and explore the nation's most renowned museum with your personal in-app audio tour! This guided experience ensures you won't find yourself wandering aimlessly through the expansive museum, providing direction to its most captivating highlights. Note! Admission to this museum is entirely free! By purchasing the audio tour, you not only gain complimentary entry but also the chance to discover the museum's splendor at your leisure, following a meticulously planned route while immersing yourself in fascinating narratives. Embark on your journey in the Grand Gallery, delving into exhibits showcasing the Natural World, World Cultures, Scottish History, and Archaeology. A standout feature is the iconic Dolly the Sheep, challenging the notion that she was the first cloned mammal! Marvel at the incredible diversity of wildlife, encountering creatures ranging from the prehistoric T. Rex to the distinctive Scottish wildcat. The World Cultures galleries offer a global odyssey, presenting African masks, tactile materials used for Arctic insulation, and insights into life on far-flung Pacific islands. In the Scottish galleries, uncover Scotland's history from ancient eras to the contemporary period. Witness the legacy of Mary Queen of Scots, gaze upon the iconic Lewis chessmen that influenced the 'wizard chess' in Harry Potter films, and attempt to unravel the enigma of the Arthur's Seat coffins, a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. Note! This tour is not affiliated with the National Museum of Scotland but is provided by an independent creator. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: join the tour whenever you want and explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

Edinburgh: Private Guided Customized Walking Tour

6. Edinburgh: Private Guided Customized Walking Tour

Make Edinburgh more accessible by exploring the city with a local on a private, customizable walking tour. Learn about Edinburgh, its landmarks, and local life as you wander around the city's streets with your guide. Choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8-hour tour options to suit your needs. Enjoy a private tour for just you and your group, and gain a deeper insight into Edinburgh life than would be possible alone. Be contacted by your guide before your tour so they have a feel for your interests and tastes, ensuring you only visit the places you are interested in. Then, see Edinburgh through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems on your guided walking tour.

Arthur's Seat In App Audio Tour: a Vertiginous Hike

7. Arthur's Seat In App Audio Tour: a Vertiginous Hike

Standing at an elevation of 251 meters above Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat represents the pinnacle of the dormant city volcano. Fear not, for this volcanic giant erupted some 350 million years ago, and now peacefully graces Holyrood Park as a captivating hill. Its 360-degree panoramic view of the city remains as majestic as ever. Various routes lead to Arthur's Seat, and the one you're about to embark upon follows a gradual and manageable path, sparing you from excessive climbing. Begin your journey through Holyrood Park via the Queen's Drive, circling St Margaret's Loch and ascending to St Anthony's Chapel. Proceeding through the Dasses and Piper's Walk, you'll eventually reach the focal point of the tour—Arthur's Seat and the adjacent Crow Hill. The return trail may present a slightly steeper and more challenging descent. However, it offers breathtaking views of Raven's Rock cliffs and Hutton's Section, guiding you along the mesmerizing edge of Salisbury Crags. Descend into a valley, cross Hunter's Bog, exit the park, and decide on your next move: explore the Dynamic Earth museum or unwind at the café within the same building. Before setting foot on the path, ensure you have sturdy walking shoes. While hiking boots are not mandatory, the terrain involves traversing dirt and rock on slopes, requiring a reliable grip. Bring along water and snacks, as the round trip will take approximately two hours, making refreshments essential for an enjoyable journey. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

From Glasgow: Private Day Trip to Edinburgh with Transfers

8. From Glasgow: Private Day Trip to Edinburgh with Transfers

Experience the best of Edinburgh with our Private Full Day Tour from Glasgow. This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the history, culture, and beauty of Scotland's capital city. Start your day with a scenic drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh, with a knowledgeable guide providing commentary along the way. Once in Edinburgh, explore the Royal Mile, visit Edinburgh Castle, and marvel at the stunning views from Arthur's Seat. Enjoy a traditional Scottish lunch before heading to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where you can wander through the beautiful gardens and see where the Queen resides when in Scotland. End your day with some free time to explore on your own before heading back to Glasgow. Our private transfer will drop you off at your hotel or a central location of your choice. With this private tour, you'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary and the personalized attention of your guide. This is the perfect way to experience the best of Edinburgh in a single day.

Essence of Edinburgh: Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour

9. Essence of Edinburgh: Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Embark on an unforgettable exploration of Edinburgh's rich history and breathtaking landscapes with our "Essence of Edinburgh" half-day tour, tailored to enchant first-time visitors seeking the city's true spirit. Over the course of four captivating hours, you'll be introduced to Edinburgh's most iconic sights, each carefully chosen to encapsulate the essence of this vibrant capital. Our journey commences in the heart of the New Town at Charlotte Square, an exquisite example of Georgian architecture surrounded by lush gardens. As your camera captures the elegance of this historic square, you'll feel the pulse of Edinburgh's sophisticated charm. Moving onwards, we ascend Calton Hill, where the city unfolds beneath you, revealing landmarks such as the National Monument and Nelson's Monument against the backdrop of a stunning panorama. It's a perfect spot to grasp the city's grandeur and snap frame-worthy photos. Continuing our quest for the essence of Edinburgh, we meander through the quaint village of Duddingston, offering a serene escape by the loch and glimpses of the 12th-century Duddingston Kirk. The journey then ascends to Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park, providing an unrivalled perspective of the city and a chance to capture its rugged natural beauty. Finally, the tour culminates with photo stops at the historic Holyrood Palace and the imposing Edinburgh Castle, both symbols of Scotland's regal past. "Essence of Edinburgh" is more than a tour; it's an immersive experience designed to leave first-time visitors with indelible memories, showcasing the city's history, natural beauty, and architectural splendour in just four magical hours.

Edinburgh: 3 Hr City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Edinburgh: 3 Hr City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore Edinburgh the way you want to, spend quality time with a local and get a real taste for our beautiful city on our most extensive tour of the city in 3 hours. With flexible meeting and end points, and a dedicated local guide, maximise your time in Edinburgh on a private tour. The city with everything - castles, volcanoes, history on every corner, a world-leading University and an incredible arts scene - there really is so much to see in the beautiful city of Edinburgh! Connect with a local guide and immerse yourself in the tales and sights of Edinburgh’s Old Town. From its historic roots to modern life in the city today, this leisurely 3 hour wander of the cobbled streets and alleyways will give you a great overview and introduction to Scotland’s capital city. The tour will take in the classics, from Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Mile as well as many more hidden secrets only known by our true local experts!

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Our Guide "Frodo" was really nice, cute and patient. He took care of all of us, just like we as well did in the group. The views were lovely. I'm now really exhausted but it was so worth it! Thank you for this experience!! - Eli

Very professional team across the whole operation. Staff extremely friendly and helpful, on-board guides were very knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting. Transport was very clean and always on-time. Highly recommended

Good tours, we didn't go on the green bus, as the route was only slightlg different from the red bus, but it did have a human guide on and you didn't need earphones to get the commentary.

it was straightforward to book online and a wonderful bus tour I would recommend everyone to book on the Edinburgh bus tour great value for money and a great day out

We could see all the city without googling. Absolutely awesome and beautiful. We would do it again!