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Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

1. 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. Sights along the walking tour route include the Royal Scottish Academy, Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, The Hub, Grassmarket, Greyfriars, St. Giles, Cannongate, the Burns Monument, Calton Hill, and more.

Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

2. Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

Storytelling is one of the best and most important parts of Scottish and Irish culture. Here in Scotland, it brings the scenery, sites, and their characters alive for a tour that you won’t soon forget. You will experience the moving and incredible Edinburgh Military Tattoo, sample local whiskey, and see breathtaking scenery along the way. Scotland’s Highlands are beautiful and green, the land of forests, mountains, rivers, and glens. From Edinburgh, the tour goes through Stirling. Take in the views of the castle and learn the history behind the Wallace Monument. Continue to the Trossachs National Park, former home to the infamous cattle thief Rob Roy MacGregor. Characters and scenes come alive in your imagination as you take in the park and surrounding area. The tour follows the shoreline of Loch Earn on the way to a local whisky distillery. Here, you'll take a guided tour that will give you an insight into how ‘uisce beatha’ (the ‘water of life') is made, as well as going on a journey to discover the history behind one of Scotland’s most iconic exports. Explore the peaceful Hermitage, stretch your legs and take a woodland walk to Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. See Dunkeld and the spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Return south past the Forth Bridge, to Edinburgh. There will be time to return to your hotel or explore the city a while before the evening event: the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter City Exploration Game

3. Edinburgh: Harry Potter City Exploration Game

The creative birthplace of the Wizarding World awaits on this explorative adventure game. Solve challenges to trace the footsteps back to where the magic began. Discover locations like Edinburgh Castle and go at your own pace for the full immersive experience. To start the game, first follow the instructions in the email you received after booking on how to download and play the game on your phone. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups in your own tournament to meet at the final stop. Begin the game at City Chambers and dive into the story. As you solve challenges along the way, directions will guide you to the next location. Pause the game at any point to explore both famous and lesser-known highlights, then resume at your leisure. You will finish at the Old Medical School. 

Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

4. Edinburgh: Ghost Hunt City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Edinburgh while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. See many of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions and go on a journey through some of the city’s most haunted places. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues and visit ghostly locations including Greyfriars Kirkyard, the site of the Nor’ Loch and West Bow, and sites where public executions were held. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Learn about the Scottish Witch Hunts and the Burke and Hare murders and view the hall containing a book made of William Burke’s flesh. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best costume to win a contest with prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card, a (real) coffin, and much more.

Edinburgh: Fantastic Creatures Treasure Hunt

5. Edinburgh: Fantastic Creatures Treasure Hunt

Discover Edinburgh's folk stories and myths on this interactive treasure hunt. Meet your guide at the City Chambers, where your game will begin. After a short introduction, get kitted out with all the tools you will need to complete the game. The kit comes in a bag that has all the clues and tools you need to work through and a map with a route to follow. Wander around the streets of the Old Town to solve clues and discover famous landmarks from a unique perspective. The itinerary includes City Chambers, Edinburgh University, St Giles Cathedral, and of course the iconic Edinburgh Castle for perfect photo opportunities. If you're clever enough to make it to the end of the game, Scotland's very last unicorn will be waiting for you.

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What people are saying about Edinburgh Castle

A fun tour which gives a lot of interesting insights into the vast history Edinburgh has to offer! The puzzles are relatively clever and it feels great to solve them on your own (but don’t feel bad if you have to use one or two of the hints). You should definitely play it at night to give it the extra kick and by that you also avoid the crowds a little more.

Very cool idea to host a self-guided scavenger hunt through Edinburgh. Good puzzles, great description and you get to know all the important sights. The only downside: there was a lot of construction going on in Edinburgh and one task at the castle could not be solved. But it was fun. I can only recommend to get to know the city on your own.

An app that allowed us to explore Edinburgh differently, with anecdotes and historical facts about the city. The fact that we can resume the activity later is a plus, at the time of our first visit we did not have access to everything. Very well

Great fun, took us to parts of Edinburgh we had not seen before but still close to the centre, challenges were the right level for us and the game provided good information along the way!! Would highly recommend!

It was great fun. The tour leads through OldTown and is a must for Potter fans. Interesting details of Edinburgh are given along the way. The puzzles are fun and easy to solve.