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Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

1. Edinburgh: History of Whisky Tour and Whisky Tasting

Follow in the footsteps of King James IV - said to be the world’s first famous whisky drinker - on a guided tour of the city he granted a whisky manufacturing monopoly to. Learn about Edinburgh’s role in taking whisky to the rest of the world, and hear how production changed over time. Listen to stories of the locals who embraced the drink with enthusiasm, including George Ballantine on South Bridge and Andrew Usher Jr. at Nicolson Street. Then, taste 4 different Scotch whiskies in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar under the guidance of a whisky specialist. Learn everything you need to know about the water of life, from how whisky is made to the effects that different elements have on the production process. Taste your way through the whisky regions, such as Speyside, Highland, Islay and Lowland distilleries, and take your first step to becoming a whisky connoisseur! 

Edinburgh Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

2. Edinburgh Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the supplier if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

3. Edinburgh: Private Sherlock Holmes Adventure Tour Challenge

Explore the sights of Edinburgh on foot during this private Sherlock Holmes adventure tour. Receive a backpack kit with physical clues, props, and everything you need to work through the game, including a 19th-century map of Edinburgh that is yours to keep. Start your adventure by meeting your guide. Your guide will then brief you on the game mechanics and be in touch with you throughout your game if you need help. You will need a phone only to be in touch with your guide. Once the game begins, you'll follow a series of numbered clues. Every clue is meant to be used in a particular location and when you solve it you'll find out where to go next. The game unravels the story of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation. Walk through a good portion of Edinburgh and pass by some of the main landmarks: St Andrews Square, Princess Street, and some other wonderful places off the tourist trail. Most of the game's locations have a connection to Sherlock Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. You will finish by dropping the kit off and collecting your souvenir badge. It ends at the West End of the city.  The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2.5 hours if they don't take a break. Some groups have taken quite a bit longer.

Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

4. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.

Edinburgh: Outlander Walking Tour

5. Edinburgh: Outlander Walking Tour

The year is 1745 and the Jacobite rising has reached the city gates of Edinburgh. Bonnie Prince Charlie is met by a cheering crowd of 20,000 strong. Amid the chaos of rebellion are Claire and Jamie, the Outlander characters entwined in a story that spans centuries. On this 2-hour walking tour your guide will trace the real events that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed novels. The story captures the spirit of the Jacobite rebellion in Edinburgh: The Redcoats, the Highlanders and the smell of gunpowder in the air. Your expert guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where history was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’ll be going behind the scenes!

Private Harry Potter Day Tour For Small Groups

6. Private Harry Potter Day Tour For Small Groups

As a Harry Potter fan, you probably made many people wonder how can someone enjoy the books, the movies, the wizard and its crew as much as you do! They should stop wondering, shouldn’t they? Instead of trying to convince someone to read a book or watch a movie about Harry Potter, why not bring them to a tour where they will be visiting some of the most astonishing landscapes in Scotland with you? By the end of the tour they will agree with you that what you saw in the movies and what you came to see in Scotland is very much worth seeing regardless of being a Harry Potter fan. This tour though does not just have a theme for the sake of it. Often fanatic fans of Harry Potter have loved ones that are not very much keen on the wizard. Because you may not be traveling by yourself this tour accommodate the itinerary to please them too. On your private tour you will be coming across castles, ruins and distilleries. By no means, do you have to stick to what is proposed. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

7. Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

Join a local host and taste your way around the whisky regions of Scotland, without leaving Edinburgh. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. On this 3-hour activity you’ll sip a few of the finest single malts and blended Scotches. Discover the best of traditional methods and new, small batch producers. Visit a whisky cellar and a neighborhood pub that’s loved by locals. Sample a few wee drams – from peaty to oaky, and single malts to blended Scotch whiskies. Go with your host to discover the places that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique. Get some insider recommendations on the most authentic places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip.

Edinburgh: Private Walking Tour

8. Edinburgh: Private Walking Tour

See the sights of Edinburgh according to your own interests on a 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town and New Town. Walk under the shadows of Edinburgh Castle and feel like you have traveled back in time as you encounter impressive architecture and listen to tales from your guide. Learn about some of the illustrious and infamous people who have lived in the city, and how they have left their indelible mark. Chat with your guide about what it is like to live in the city, and hear about everyday life as you avoid the usual tourist sites and focus on hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Ask your guide any questions you might have about city and its wider role as the cultural and political capital of Scotland. The itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests, whether you are a film buff, book lover, or like to drink!

Edinburgh's Hidden Treasures Black Taxi Tour

9. Edinburgh's Hidden Treasures Black Taxi Tour

Explore Edinburgh in an iconic London taxi with a qualified tour guide. This is a family-friendly tour, with lots of photo stops, all in the comfort of your own private tour vehicle. From a Queen's castle to a witches well, this tour has something for everyone to see. From the moment you settle back into the taxi your guide is there to show and explain Edinburgh to you. See (exterior only) and learn about the history of Edinburgh Castle, visit the site of public executions and hear the chilling story of Burke and Hare, the famous murderers known as grave robbers. Listen to stories about Half Hangit Maggie Dickson and the Greyfriars Bobby, The Grand Old Duke of York. Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous and also learn about the history of Scotch whiskey.

From Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Edinburgh: Scottish Borders Full-Day Private Tour

The Scottish Borders are loved for its rolling hills with stunning views, where every turn will take your breath away. Travel on the tour route at a relaxed pace, as there is no rush to bring you back from this amazing tour unless you have to leave. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours. This is a flexible tour, which can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, skip one attraction to see another. If you want to stay in one place for longer, it is completely up to you. We are a small tour company and although we have guides who speak Portuguese, Italian, Polish and other languages, we do not have an army of them, but we have very few. So before you book please contact us regarding our availability to guide you in your language. If you contact us before you book, we will be able to confirm that we have or have not a guide which speaks your language for the date you wish to book. So please do not book before checking with us to avoid disappointment. Cheers, Cheers,

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Excellent, highly flexible tour with very welcoming and friendly, knowledgeable guide (Danny). We were a group of three, myself and my two teen children. Each of us has a unique disability - I've had a transplant, my son is autistic, and my daughter has a mobility limiting illness. The cab suited us perfectly. Danny picked us up at our hotel and asked what we were interested in. Weather was poor, but we still saw what we wanted. We were able to stop for food when required, pictures when wanted, longer stops when desired and Danny even returned to the hotel to drop my daughter off when they began to feel ill. We had some time remaining at the end, and he stopped at a shop for me to pick up a gift for my husband. He gave information about the things we saw and was conversational and friendly without being invasive. Absolutely recommend. The only potential issue is that it was sometimes hard to hear what he was saying, so people with hearing disorders might have a hard time.

It was quite the challenge but also so much fun. You get around edinburgh in a fun way and learn about its significance to the sherlock books.

Charles was lovely and so knowledgeable! Great information about Edinburgh, distilleries and whiskey. We really enjoyed it!

Doug took us through the whisky experience patiently and methodically and was an absolute pleasure to have as a guide!

David was a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We very much enjoyed the time we spent with him!