One of Edinburgh's vintage bus tours (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/simononly/9479250940)

One of Edinburgh's vintage bus tours

The visitor to Edinburgh will find they are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a tour around this historic city. Nevertheless a tour is worth taking as they help you get your bearings in a new place and give you a great idea of new locations to search out and investigate in more detail.

Bus Tours

For a trip around this stunning city, the sheer comfort and convenience of a bus tour takes a lot of beating. Whatever you're interested in, there are a wide selection of entertaining seasonal or year-round tours to cater for you. If you require multilingual audio, an informative commentary, a vintage bus to travel on, or even if you'd like a combination of bus and boat tour, look no further...

Some tours pass by the historic galleries and museums, or take in Edinburgh's modern architecture, others others take you up steep, earthy streets, past the bustling busyness of Princes Street, over Dean Bridge, Canongate, or past the castle (especially beautiful when illuminated at night)....

Some tours feature Our Dynamic Earth (where "Harry Potter style magic meets the latest in science interpretation") or the famous Calton Hill, or take the visitor further afield to Leith, the Ocean Terminal, Newhaven and the Royal Yacht Britannia on the coast. Some companies also provide a Horrible Histories audio commentary - perfect to engage the interest of children!

So, whether you want to see the old town, the castle, the new town, Holyroodhouse or the Royal Botanic Gardens, there's a tour for you out there somewhere.

Inchcolm Abbey (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/williamjm/195528640)

Inchcolm Abbey

And if your idea of heaven would be a combined bus and boat tour, from which you can see the Forth Bridges and the Queensferry Crossing, there's a tour for you too. It will even enable you to spend a short time on Inchcolm Island - situated on the Firth of Forth, it was a fortified 1st and 2nd World War centre of operations and has a documented history from Roman times. Its main feature is Inchcolm Abbey, a monastic house with fascinating ruins of ninth century hermit cells - but the island is also home to seals, sea birds and a small shop!

Why not take a look at the Edinburgh Bus Tours link much information before coming back and booking your Edinburgh accommodation with us.

Ghost tour in Edinburgh graveyard (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ranh/218551363)

Ghost tour in Edinburgh graveyard

Edinburgh Ghost Tours and History Walks!

Edinburgh's winding streets and old-world atmosphere make it a perfect city in which to take a ghost tour or history walk (note though that many are not suitable for children). A wide array take place, day and night, through many areas of the new and old towns. Some will take you underground, to the Blair Street Underground Vaults (chambers under the South Bridge's arches, once home to tradesmen and storage space for illegal materials, and even (reputedly) for the victims of graverobbers Burke and Hare), and thrill you with great storytelling about unsettled spirits and shadowy ancient sites. Other tours guide willing victims through the medieval old town, regaling them with tales of its deathly history, showing where the ghosts still haunt, and even allowing the odd drink in a cellar. Hear about Edinburgh and its roots in the 1700s as you walk along the cobbled old town streets, immerse yourself in a torture exhibition or visit the Greyfriars Kirkyard. And even hear about a tomb in the Greyfriars cemetery - the Black Mausoleum, and the Mackenzie Poltergeist who might just be found there.

Providers of ghost tours include

Where to stay

Our incredibly diverse selection of accommodation in Edinburgh definitely is worth a look. So take a tour through our listings, book your stay in Scotland's capital, and you could be taking a tour through the streets of Edinburgh soon!

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