Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland

South Queensferry is the gateway to Edinburgh, the political, commercial and cultural heart of Scotland. Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, its impressive collection of architecture and its beautiful parks. The streets of the elegant New Town are lined with graceful Georgian buildings, many designed by the great architect Robert Adam. Edinburgh has also exerted a tremendous cultural force on Europe and the English-speaking world. The International Festival has been one of the premier European cultural events for over half a century. Among those who have called the city home are the writers, Robert Burns, James Boswell, and Sir Walter Scott and the philosophers, Adam Smith and David Hume. To stroll the streets of Edinburgh is to experience one of the world's great cities.

Note: South Queensferry is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Stirling
  • St. Andrews
  • Floors Castle & Dryburgh Abbey
  • Glamis Castle
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  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

    This imposing castle dominates the cityscape from atop its rocky perch. Situated at the end of historic Royal Mile, its dramatic, medieval design remains largely unchanged since the 18th century.

  • Princes Street

    Delight in the lively atmosphere and scenic beauty of Edinburgh's most popular thoroughfare in the "New Town" area. Browse the colorful shops and fashionable boutiques and enjoy the many sidewalk cafes.

  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Explore the fine art and ancient artifacts at Edinburgh's exceptional museums and view the monarch's personal possessions on the Yacht Britannia, the Royal Family's former seagoing palace.

  • Holyrood Palace

    Dominating the end of Edinburgh's famed Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace is the official home to the monarch while in Scotland. Its hallowed halls have witnessed some of the most turbulent times in Scotland's history.

  • Stirling

    Located at the crossing point of the River Forth, Stirling has seen much of Scotland's tumultuous history. Tour its famous castle and battlefields and view royal memorabilia and military artifacts.

  • St. Andrews

    Known worldwide as the birthplace of golf, this charming medieval town is home to the legendary Old Course, the venerable Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the exceptional British Golf Museum.

  • Floors Castle & Dryburgh Abbey

    Travel south from Edinburgh to explore the Lowlands, the famed Border Country. Visit stunning Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, and explore the ruins of 12th-century Dryburgh Abbey.

  • Glamis Castle

    A royal residence since 1372, the castle is thought to be haunted. Tour Duncan Hall, made famous in Shakespeare's Macbeth, view the medieval royal rooms, and look out for the legendary ghosts.

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Easy Edinburgh & National Museum (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-291
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for Wheelchair Accessible passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Designed for our guests who prefer to see the sights with little or no walking involved, enjoy a relaxing narrated drive through enchanting Edinburgh taking in all the celebrated points of interest and historical sights.

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Easy Edinburgh & National Museum

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-290
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Designed for our guests who prefer to see the sights with little or no walking involved, combine a relaxing narrated drive through enchanting Edinburgh taking in celebrated points of interest and historical sights with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.

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St. Andrews - Home of Golf

4.75 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-200
  • St. Andrews

Golf Lovers Rejoice! A visit to the medieval town of St. Andrews, the ancestral 'Home of Golf', is an opportunity to see the famed Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the incomparable Old Course. Independently explore the renowned British Golf museum and shop for golf wear and souvenirs.

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Edinburgh On Your Own

7.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-185
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

For independent travelers who enjoy sightseeing on their own, this un-guided day in enchanting Edinburgh affords time to explore all the sights you wish to see. A motorcoach brings you to a location and departs to return to your ship at a designated time.

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Royal Yacht Britannia & City Drive

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-225
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

You'll feel like a king or a queen when you step aboard the Royal Family's floating palace "Britannia" for a self-guided tour that reveals all the splendor, history and folklore of this magnificent vessel. Then, complete your excursion with a guided driving tour of Edinburgh's major highlights and majestic sights.

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Royal Mile Walking Tour

4.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-380
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace

Experience the heart of old Edinburgh on a guided walking tour along the historic Royal Mile. A plethora of significant landmarks provide you with a deeper understanding of Edinburgh's illustrious past. Step inside fabled Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, and explore the exquisitely appointed rooms and grounds.

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Edinburgh City Drive & Time on Your Own

6 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-180
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Celebrate enchanting Edinburgh on a narrated drive highlighting its principal attractions. This thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site charms with historical offerings and modern delights. Ride along the famed Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle, which looms dramatically over the city. A visit inside reveals the magnificent Crown Jewels of Scotland.

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Glamis Castle & St. Andrews

8.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-110
  • St. Andrews
  • Glamis Castle

History abounds when you travel to two of Scotland's most legendary sights. Step inside Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, and learn of the ghosts who haunt the grounds. Then, travel to St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf for an opportunity to explore this charming medieval town.

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Mary King's Close

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-360
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Explore the subterranean labyrinth of Mary King's Close, the underground alleyways beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile, on a fascinating tour guided by costumed characters who bring to life Edinburgh during the 17th century. As you walk secret pathways, learn about the residents who once lived here and the intriguing stories of this mysterious place.

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Braveheart Country & Stirling Castle

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-215
  • Stirling

History buffs and military aficionados will enjoy this thrilling visit to Stirling Castle, located near the scene of William Wallace's great victory. The castle's legacy includes 16 sieges and a series of royal coronations. Additionally, visit Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce's victory over the English secured Scotland's independence.

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Edinburgh Castle & City Drive

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-205
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Celebrate enchanting Edinburgh on a narrated drive highlighting its principal attractions. This thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site charms with historical offerings and modern delights. Ride along the famed Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle, which looms dramatically over the city.

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Edinburgh Castle & City Drive (Guided in Spanish)

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-207
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Celebrate enchanting Edinburgh on a narrated drive highlighting its principal attractions. This thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site charms with historical offerings and modern delights. Ride along the famed Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle, which looms dramatically over the city. A visit inside reveals the magnificent Crown Jewels of Scotland.

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Edinburgh Castle & City Drive (Guided in French)

4.5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-209
  • Princes Street
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Celebrate enchanting Edinburgh on a narrated drive highlighting its principal attractions. This thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site charms with historical offerings and modern delights. Ride along the famed Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle, which looms dramatically over the city. A visit inside reveals the magnificent Crown Jewels of Scotland.

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Local Connections: Whisky & Bagpipes with Local Expert

3.75 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-300

Join local insider Louise Marshall in a quest to discover two of Scotland's most treasured cultural icons-- whisky and bagpipes. This celebration of Scottish culture takes you to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for samplings of whisky and a lesson in playing the bagpipes!

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Edinburgh, Floors Castle & Dryburgh Abbey

9.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-105
  • Princes Street
  • Floors Castle & Dryburgh Abbey

Steeped in history, an exploration of the Lowlands, Edinburgh's famed Border Country provides an opportunity to visit both the exceptional ruins of the 12th-century Dryburgh Abbey and the exquisite Floors Castle, still in use today. Your adventure includes lunch in charming Kelso and a narrated drive through Edinburgh.

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Best of Edinburgh

8.75 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-100
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street

Visit Britannia, the Queen's sea-going palace from 1953 to 1995. Your tour ranges from the Queen's Cabin to the engine room in an upstairs-downstairs look at the royal yacht. Explore Edinburgh Castle and view the apartment where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI of Scotland.. Enjoy some free time to shop before boarding your motorcoach to return to the pier.

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The Edinburgh Tattoo - Side Stands

5.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-860

Travel via motorcoach to Edinburgh Castle to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy the spectacle of military precision drills with massed bands, bagpipes, and drums representing Scottish Regiments. Marvel at military precision, traditional Scottish dancing, and stirring enactments of historical events.

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The Edinburgh Tattoo - Front-Corner Stands

5.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-865

Indulge in an evening, moderately active, guided excursion via motorcoach to Edinburgh Castle to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy the spectacle of military precision drills with massed bands, bagpipes, and drums representing Scottish Regiments. Marvel at a fireworks display, traditional Scottish dancing, and stirring enactments of historical events.

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The Edinburgh Tattoo - Premium Front Stands

5.25 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-870

Indulge in an evening, moderately active, guided excursion via motorcoach to Edinburgh Castle to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy the spectacle of military precision drills with massed bands, bagpipes, and drums representing Scottish Regiments. Marvel at a fireworks display, traditional Scottish dancing, and stirring enactments of historical events.

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Edinburgh Tattoo with Private Seating & Reception

5 hours | Edinburgh (South Queensferry) | SQ1-850

Indulge in a once in lifetime amazing evening via motorcoach to Edinburgh Castle to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy the spectacle of military precision drills with massed bands, bagpipes, and drums representing Scottish Regiments. Marvel at a fireworks display, traditional Scottish dancing, and stirring enactments of historical events.

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