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Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Ticket

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

2. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

The city of Edinburgh has witnessed its fair share of bloody events, murders and witch burnings throughout history. The echoes of these events have survived through time and have left their mark on the alleys and cemeteries that you will travel through on this exciting night tour.  On this tour of ghosts, mysteries and witches, you will take a 2-hour journey through the black history of Edinburgh. Take a stroll through Edinburgh, away from the stock standard attractions and travel back to a time of mystery. With your guide, enjoy a series of stories and visual projections that will give you insight into the dark history of Edinburgh. This tour is an essential part of your stay in Edinburgh and one not to be missed. 

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

3. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles on your smartphone as you explore some of the main tourist sights in Edinburg on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in one. Join with friends or family and learn about the city as you go. To get started, simply download the tour app (instructions received via email after booking) and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Sights along the walking tour route include the Royal Scottish Academy, Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, The Hub, Grassmarket, Greyfriars, St. Giles, Cannongate, the Burns Monument, Calton Hill, and more.

Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

4. Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

Discover Scotland's pirate history and main locations from a pirate's perspective on this treasure hunt. Meet your guide at Calton Island, where your game will begin. After a short introduction, get kitted out with all the tools you need to complete the game. You will only need your phone to check results and ask for help should you need it. Once the game begins, use the tools provided along with elements of the city to crack codes, open padlocks, and move forward in the pirate-themed game. Wander around Calton Island and Regent River to solve clues and discover landmarks such as the Royal Observatory, Nelson Monument, Burns Monument, and some other off-the-beaten-track locations. At the top of the hill, enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2-2.5 hours if they don't take a break.

Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

5. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this walking tour of Edinburg. Discover the city through his experiences. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories from the Surgeon's Hall. Walk through New Town to the author's birthplace. Along the way, find out about the fascinating connections between Edinburgh and the world of Sherlock Holmes.

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4.5 / 5

based on 3,506 reviews

Having already enjoyed the London Ghost Bus tour a few years back, I thought I'd give the Edinburgh iteration a try. It was even better! Riding around in an original Routemaster is a thrill. The host's delivery was hilarious and the tour was really fun. Don't skip the 10-minute walk through the graveyard - it was delightful! Really fun activity that the whole tour group enjoyed.

I don't usually book tours but this one turned out to be a really fun one. Our guide Angus was full of energy and super funny and gave us a good insight to the "darker" side of Scotland as well as some interesting facts

The staff were all really helpful, the journeys very comfortable and informative. Thank you. It was so hard to find St Andrew's Square and the bus stops along Princes St were also hard to find

Very knowledgeable and funny. Everyone was very friendly and I would definitely recommend to others !!

If you want to cover all the attractions in city of Edinburgh. Look no further and take this ride.