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Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with an award-winning hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: The Dark Side Walking Tour

Meet some of Edinburgh's most infamous characters on a guided, ghost-themed walking tour through the dark side of the city center. Learn about figures like Burke and Hare. Hear tales of witch burning, grave robbing, body snatching, and mysterious murders. Be greeted by your local guide on the Royal Mile, where plundered tombs, funeral pyres, and mass graves from thousands of years ago are concealed. Get goosebumps as the past is brought to life by your guide. Venture to gruesome burial sites such as the Canongate Kirkyard. Prepare to be spooked by spine-chilling tales of real-life cannibals and vampires as the true history of Edinburgh is recreated before your eyes. End your tour at the Whitefoord House mansion.  

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Italian

3. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Italian

Begin your walking tour at nightfall with your Italian guide in one of the most haunted places in the city. Throughout the 2-hour tour, listen as your guide narrates chapters from Edinburgh's chilling history as you hear terrible tales of witches, serial killers and ghosts. Visit a famous cemetery, cross the city center and enjoy views from Calton Hill. Learn about Edinburgh's dark and troubled past filled with bloody wars, frightful murders and malicious witch hunts.

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Spanish

4. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Spanish

Begin your 2-hour evening walking tour with your Spanish-speaking guide in one of the most haunted places in Edinburgh. Listen as your guide tells you about Edinburgh's chilling history and be ready to hear terrible tales of witches, serial killers and ghosts. Visit one of Edinburgh's famous cemeteries and see the tombs of influential personalities such as the philosopher David Hume. Cross the city center and enjoy views from Calton Hill. Walk through the dark closes of the old town, where the most paranormal activity in Europe is experienced. Hear about Edinburgh's dark and troubled past filled with bloody wars, frightful murders and malicious witch hunts.

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

5. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Nighttime Ghost Tour

The city of Edinburgh has witnessed its fair share of bloody events, murders and witch burnings throughout history. The echoes of these events have survived through time and have left their mark on the alleys and cemeteries that you will travel through on this exciting night tour.  On this tour of ghosts, mysteries and witches, you will take a 2-hour journey through the black history of Edinburgh. Take a stroll through Edinburgh, away from the stock standard attractions and travel back to a time of mystery. With your guide, enjoy a series of stories and visual projections that will give you insight into the dark history of Edinburgh. This tour is an essential part of your stay in Edinburgh and one not to be missed. 

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

6. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles on your smartphone as you explore some of the main tourist sights in Edinburg on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in one. Join with friends or family and learn about the city as you go. To get started, simply download the tour app (instructions received via email after booking) and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Private Walking Tour

7. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Private Walking Tour

a Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes or a curious detective yourself? Join this private tour costumed storyteller/guide to learn more about the origin of the legendary detective whose existence is closer to reality than it seems. Follow in the footsteps of the author Arthur Conan Doyle on this unique and atypical walking tour of Edinburg. (Re)discover the city through the authors eyes in the 19th century. Start at Greyfriars Cemetery in the Old Town. See the University of Medicine and hear some fascinating stories about the Surgeon's Hall and the Arthur Conan Doyle's youth. Walk through New Town to the author's birthplace. Along the way, find out about the fascinating connections between Edinburgh and the world of Sherlock Holmes. Elementary indeed.

Edinburgh: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

8. Edinburgh: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill(where the tour ends), a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

9. Edinburgh: Pirate Treasure Hunt City Discovery Game

Discover Scotland's pirate history and main locations from a pirate's perspective on this treasure hunt. Meet your guide at Calton Island, where your game will begin. After a short introduction, get kitted out with all the tools you need to complete the game. You will only need your phone to check results and ask for help should you need it. Once the game begins, use the tools provided along with elements of the city to crack codes, open padlocks, and move forward in the pirate-themed game. Wander around Calton Island and Regent River to solve clues and discover landmarks such as the Royal Observatory, Nelson Monument, Burns Monument, and some other off-the-beaten-track locations. At the top of the hill, enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. The duration of the game varies depending on the group. The average group usually takes 2-2.5 hours if they don't take a break.

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What people are saying about Calton Hill

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The hop-on hop-off bus tour was quite convenient for us. We started our travel with this and we got a picture what to visit later on. Our guide was friendly, nice and informative. Recommended!

Sarah was amazing, and her enthusiasm made the tour so much more interesting. She was so funny we forgot hoe cold it was outside. Great experience overall!

Amazing experience. The tour guide (Melanie) was amazing. She really immersed us in the stories of Edinburgh. Really liked it!

sabella was absolutely amazing, full of fun and spooky facts. she really entertained and took care of us.

Pablo was absolutely fantastic and entertaining! Enjoyed immensely and absolutely recommend!