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Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

1. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a Harry Potter-themed walking tour across Edinburgh. See the city where JK Rowling found inspiration for Hogwarts, her famous characters, and discover the place where she wrote the books. Have your Harry Potter trivia tested with an audio-visual quiz, and earn points for your house. Find out which Hogwarts House you’re in, and whether you’re a pure-blood, a muggle, or a squib. Visit the Grave of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and pass JK Rowling’s golden handprints outside City Chambers. See all this and more on a magical guided tour.

Edinburgh Zoo Entrance Ticket

2. Edinburgh Zoo Entrance Ticket

Get closer than ever before to Sumatran tigers and the Penguin Parade featuring the knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav, at Edinburgh Zoo. See exciting reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even prehistoric dinosaurs. Immerse yourself in the new walk-through exhibition included in your Edinburgh Zoo ticket and see prehistoric beasts come to life around you. Starting in April, meet awe-inspiring dinosaurs against the backdrop of Scotland’s capital. Discover the exhibition moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs. Step into the past with a self-led family trail and discover more about what links the animals at the zoo with prehistoric creatures. The trail can be followed all the way to the top of the hill. Experience a busy program of educational events and activities - learn from keeper talks or enjoy a unique hands-on animal encounter. With plenty of children’s play areas, restaurants, and picnic spots, Edinburgh Zoo is an ideal family day out.  The Zoo has three cafés and several kiosks offering a wide range of hot and cold food, snacks, and drinks - whatever you fancy, there’s something to suit all tastes, offering excellent value and service as part of a great day out for the family.

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

3. Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

Discover the home of Mary Queen of Scots on this guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle. Admire the 16th-century Great Hall where parties and feast took place. Learn about the bloody history of the kings and queens who lived in this castle.  Meet your guide and walk to Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city skyline from its seat on the extinct volcano of Castle Rock. Stroll on the castle's promenade and hear about the the origins and sieges of the castle. View where the Royal Military Tattoo is performed. Enter the castle and make your way to the three museums and two prisons. Go to the National Monument to the fallen of Scotland and a canine cemetery. See the oldest building in the city at the Chapel of Saint Margaret. Be captivated by the grandeur of the Great Hall and a Royal Palace. After the tour you will have time to explore all of the buildings inside the castle until its closure.

Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

4. Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour and Tasting

Take a guided whisky tour and learn the story of Scotland’s most famous product. Visit the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection, which is the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky, encompassing almost 3,500 individual bottles. Begin the tour with the whisky barrel car ride, which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. Then enjoy a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas. Next, taste Scotch whisky and see the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky (guests under 18 years of age will be given Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink). Take home your crystal tasting glass as a souvenir. If you select the option, after enjoying a full guided tour, you'll compare and contrast 4 regional single malts while relaxing in the McIntyre Gallery. Assisted by experienced guides, and provided with tasting notes, you'll be able to sip like a true connoisseur.

Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

5. Edinburgh: Chocolatarium Tour, Tasting & Chocolate Making

Embark on an interactive chocolate experience, from chocolate tree to Scottish chocolate bar with an expert guide. Smell the roasting chocolate and see how chocolate is transformed from bitter beans to sweet, smooth chocolate. See real chocolate fruit and taste chocolate samples at different stages of the production process. In the Chocolate Kitchen, choose your own bar design, select your favorite flavors and create your own personalized bar, ready to collect at the end of your tour. While you are waiting for your chocolate bar to cool, take a seat in the Tasting Room. Here, learn about Scottish chocolate makers, sample fine single-origin chocolate, have a cup of hot cacao tea and choose your favorite chocolates to try from rows of chocolate tasting jars.

Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

6. Edinburgh: 24-Hour or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Explore Scotland’s capital city across one or two days on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. See famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyrood House and learn about their historic significance from the onboard audio commentary. Hop on the bus at the first stop at St Andrew's Square. From either the top deck or the interior of the bus, you can explore the city in a convenient way, catching a glimpse of some iconic buildings and sights. With your ticket, you will also receive additional perks and discounts such as discounted entry to the Holyrood Distillery, a bus ride to Edinburgh Zoo, and many more benefits. Choose between a 24-hour or 48-hour pass with stops at a variety of locations along several routes including: • The Royal Mile• Edinburgh Castle• Dynamic Earth• Edinburgh Dungeons• Real Mary Kings Close• Greyfriars’s Bobby • Lothian Road• Grassmarket• Lauriston Place• Johnston Terrace• National Museum of Scotland• John Knox House• Museum of Edinburgh• Scottish Parliament• Palace of Holyrood House• Burns Monument

From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

7. From Edinburgh: Magical Highlands Tour with Hogwarts Express

Pass some of the key film locations from all 8 Harry Potter movies as you lose yourself in the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Discover the volcanic glen from "The Prisoner of Azkaban" en route to Fort William, where you will board the Hogwarts Express steam train. Cross the Victorian-era Glenfinnan Viaduct and get views of Loch Shiel from the "Chamber of Secrets." See the site of the Triwizard Tournament from "The Goblet of Fire" and continue to the fishing village of Mallaig to get some time for lunch.  From Mallaig, you will again board the train to enjoy the return journey back to Fort William where your driver and guide will be waiting for you to take you back to Edinburgh.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

8. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Experience a little magic on a 2-hour walking tour of Edinburgh that is perfect for all fans of Harry Potter. Learn all the stories and secrets behind the best selling books by J.K. Rowling in the city where she wrote them. Visit the original sites that provided the inspiration for Hogwarts and the characters who dwelled within its magical walls. Stroll along the High Street to see where Diagon Alley came to life and where Lord Voldemort is buried. See the original Hogwarts School, and look at a virtual school assembly of its characters! Learn how Edinburgh’s own dark history of witches and wizards played a role in inspiring J.K. Rowling along the way. 

Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

10. Edinburgh: The Witches Tour

Learn all about the witches of Edinburgh on an immersive tour that explores how witchcraft was used in the city from 1590 until 1690. Follow your guide to some of Edinburgh's most mysterious sites and learn more about the city's most famous witches. Hear how and why they become witches and how they were treated by others. Journey through the supernatural and discover how they practiced their craft. Visit the site where most of them met their fate, see the city's oldest wicca shop and encounter some of the spooky wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

We loved this experience! Fraser was our guide and he was great - definitely the right person for the job engaging and gave the right amount of information (and interesting information at that!) The whole experience from learning about beam to bar was great, taste experience fabulous and make your own chocolate bar - what could be better!?!??

It was a super nice walk through the center. The guide (Monique) knew a lot and was able to convey this to us well. We even did a quiz to see which team knew the most! We passed several hotspots in the center.

Totally enjoyed our Harry potter walking tour with our guide Kieran who was excellent. Learnt some interesting things about Harry potter and some interesting history about Edinburgh.

I toured Edinburgh castle with Jen as my guide. She is so fun and knowledgeable! I absolutely loved it.

Highly recommend if you're a Harry Potter fan and wish to explore Edinburgh.