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Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

1. Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

Your meeting for this experience will be at the Bridgend Farmhouse, 10 minutes by car from The Royal Mile. From there, you'll start your ride out towards the Union Canal. You soon drop down to the Water of Leith and onto Dean Village. From there, continue your route to the Port of Leith for refreshments. Portobello Beach is a long promenade with an uninterrupted cycle path. Later, you complete your circle by going through the Innocent Tunnel and back to the Meadows. This is a 20-mile round-trip, throughout which you are invited to take it slow to ensure you have enough time to take photos and observe your surroundings.

Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

2. Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

Starting from the base in Aberfeldy, your half-day rafting trip includes all equipment, transport on and off the river, experienced raft guides on each raft, a trip leader on each trip and an operations manager on dry land.  Free professional photography with every trip is also included so everyone leaves with lots of photos of their whitewater rafting adventure. A thrilling half-day experience for all ages and sizes, rafting on River Tay offers you the perfect conditions to get your feet wet and learn rafting skills from your expert guides. River Tay keeps first-time rafters and seasoned rafters on their toes; Rapids such as 'Zoom Flume' and 'The Washing Machine' will offer your first set of exciting rapid challenges, before the grand finale: 'The Grandtully Rapid.' This is the longest rapid on the river and provides one or two surprises for the unwary rafter!

Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

3. Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

You will be collected from Edinburgh city center at 08:00 by minibus, and drive north over the Forth Road Bridge where you can see the magnificent three bridges of Scotland. You will then continue north past Perth and into Highland Perthshire,  arriving at Splash White Water Rafting in the town of Aberfeldy at 09:30, ready to go rafting on the River Tay. After a kit brief from your guides, you'll get kitted up with all equipment required and then walk 200 meters to the river to get a safety brief. Then it's onto the rafts for the start of a 6-mile rafting trip which flows through some of the best Highland scenery in Scotland, and is a mix of flat fast moving water and bouncy rapids of various sizes. This rafting trip is graded 1-3; (rivers are graded 1-5 for white water rafting). The River Tay being in the middle grades makes it an excellent introduction trip to white water rafting. The last section of the trip flowing through the small village of Grandtully is where all the main rapids are, and all the skills you learned on the way down the river will be put to the test. At the end of the rafting trip at 12:30, you'll be transferred back to Aberfeldy to the base where you can get changed into dry clothes. Then it's time to walk the 300 meters to the  neighboring Dewar's Distillery, where you'll have a short guided tour of this excellent visitor experience and Highland Whisky Distillery. There is an excellent cafe onsite, or you may decide to walk the short distance into the town of Aberfeldy to visit some of the many cafes and shops available. At 15:00 it's time to meet back at the Splash Rafting base to get on the bus and head back to Edinburgh, where you'll arrive between 16L30 and 17:00.

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Highlands 3-Day Spanish Tour

4. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Highlands 3-Day Spanish Tour

Discover everything the beautiful, wild Scottish Highlands has to offer on a 3-day tour with an expert Spanish guide. Capture the stunning views of the famous Loch Ness, explore the Isle of Skye, and stroll around the medieval Inverness castle. Day 1: Meet your group in the morning, hop onto the van and head into the Highlands to Pitlochry, home to one of Scotland's oldest and most beautiful distilleries - Blair Athol Distillery. Explore the 37 kilometer long Loch Ness with a fascinating history. Learn some anecdotes of the lake and gaze at Urquhart Castle, the 13th-century castle which sits on the shore of Loch Ness. Visit Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands, and enjoy the panoramic views from Inverness castle. Day 2: Stroll around Portree in your free time, trek along the well-known Man of Storr trail and contemplate the view at the stunning waterfall, Lealt Falls. See Kilt Rock, a section of sea cliffs 55 meters in height with an incredible waterfall. Finally, head to the famous Neist lighthouse a short walk along a cliff path. Featured on the cover of numerous magazines and postcards, the lighthouse is only five minutes away from the parking lot. Day 3: Visit Fort Augustus and learn about the Caledonian Canal lock system. From here, explore the majestic and deep valley of Glen Coe. Admire the beautiful scenery and narrow stone bridge in Killin, followed by a walk to see the monument of national hero, William Wallace. Lastly, see The Kelpies, two giant, Scottish folklore horse sculptures, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland, in recent years. Take the opportunity to explore the River Carron before returning back to Edinburgh on the van.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

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The event was very well planned, we were a little sceptical about the price however by the time the day finished the whole group (9 of us) thought it was money well spent! The White Water Rafting experience was outstanding! It was the first time any of us had taken part in this activity and our instructor was FANTASTIC! Very informative, made it super fun for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the activity.. I think the group generally didn’t want it to finish! Very well organised, the team that work for Splash were fantastically accommodating and super patient with us! The whiskey tasting was just as fantastic! The guide we had on the tour (George) was superb! Very knowledgeable and had amazing hosting skills! I have definitely walked away learning a thing or 10 about whiskey! I would definitely recommend this package for anyone looking to have a full day of activities around Edinbrugh. Even our pickup vans driver was super nice! Thanks for making it a trip to remember!

This is an excellent cycling trip and we got to see parts of Edinburgh I didn’t know existed. Fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly guide. The starting point was very easy to get to using local transport and the bike was very comfortable.