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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse Tours and Activities

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Set amid splendid gardens at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the British royals, who first decamped here from nearby Edinburgh Castle back in the 15th century. The complex grew from a 12th-century abbey, whose ruins can still be seen on the grounds, into a full-fledged Baroque palace complete with elaborate plasterwork, sumptuous furnishings, and a number of tapestries. The palace is perhaps most famous for having hosted to the rather unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots, whose beloved secretary was slaughtered here by her jealous second husband.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.63
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$22.63
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.93
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$27.93
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.32
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$52.32

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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We’ve got the best seats in town! This tour is the number one way to explore Scotland’s Capital. Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our city tour, including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile (or as we locals call it, The High Street!), Dynamic Earth, The National Museum, Greyfriars’s Bobby, Grassmarket and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 28 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.14
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$14.14
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

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New in 2021, our Britannia route is the best way to truly experience Scotland's Capital. Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our Britannia Tour including; The Holyrood Distillery, Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Palace, The Scottish Parliament, The Royal Yacht Britannia, Newhaven Harbour, The Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh New Town and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 48 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.14
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$14.14
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Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

Edinburgh Sky to Sea Bike Tour by Manual or E-Bike

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Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, its still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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  • 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.85
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$84.85
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour

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We’ve got the best seats in town! This tour is the number one way to explore Scotland’s Capital and your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes we operate - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour! Hop on and hop off as much as you like to truly take in the sights of our city tour, including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Dynamic Earth, The National Museum, Greyfriars’s Bobby, Holyrood Palace, The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Botanic Garden and so many more! We have ticket options to suit you, with validity for 24 or 48 hours allowing you to squeeze in as many of the sights as possible from the best seats in town! We're the not-boring bus tour, and our friendly team are here to ensure you have the very best experience of Edinburgh during your time on board, and beyond!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.63
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$22.63
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Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

Panoramic Running Tour of Edinburgh

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We love running and we love Edinburgh, bring your trainers and let us show you our wonderful and vibrant city on foot! Hear stories of Edinburgh past and present whilst we tour the capital city at your pace. We will take in all the main city sights and then finish off with a breathtaking climb up Arthur's Seat to see the city from a panoramic view.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.95
Price varies by group size
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$42.95
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Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience with Private Option

Small Group Edinburgh Outlander Experience with Private Option

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Small, personal 5 star group tour with a maximum of 15 people. If Edinburgh is the setting for the second Outlander novel, you’re going behind the scenes. Your expert tour guide will take you deep into the Old Town, to the places where Claire & Jamie's story was made: Tolbooth Jail, Canongate Kirkyard and the World’s End Tavern. You will visit some of the sites familiar in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager and you will hear Diana Gabaldon’s descriptions of Jamie and Claire’s experiences in this historic capital city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.59
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$30.59
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.78
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$77.78
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The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

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Edinburgh is at its busiest during the Royal Military Tattoo but you can get away from the crowds on this private guided tour. Traveling in minibus in the company of just your party and a guide, explore the city streets from the medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town before heading out of town to Rosslyn Chapel. Enjoy a 4-course dinner back in the city before taking your reserved seats for the spectacle that is the Military Tattoo, an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, and dance.
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  • 12 hours
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$535.95
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$535.95

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of planning on a private tour with door-to-door chauffeur service, bottled water, and complimentary wifi. Your drive and guide tailors the day’s itinerary according to your needs and interests, with potential stops ranging from Edinburgh Castle to Charlotte Square. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, this private experience ensures your guide’s full attention and a customized experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$385.34
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Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

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Savor your time in port with a shore excursion around Scotland's capital city and visit to 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Travel via VIP minibus through Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, filled with cobbled alleyways that are bursting with legends and stories. Learn about the city's intriguing history while journeying past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, touring the Royal Mile and exploring its Georgian-style New Town. Then pay a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, which played a key role in the 2003 novel 'The Da Vinci Code' and the 2006 film of the same name.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$789.42
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$212.12
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$212.12
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.06
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$106.06
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

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Explore Edinburgh from the comfort of your own personal minibus on a private tour of the Scottish capital city. While listening to informative commentary from your guide, you’ll gaze at the Gothic silhouette of Edinburgh Castle and hear about the historic Royal Mile. Ascend Calton Hill for panoramic city views, admire the grand architecture of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and become engrossed by tales of witchcraft, body snatching, and a loyal dog. This private tour ensures you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide while experiencing the best Edinburgh has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$716.61
per group
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$716.61
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Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

Chauffeur Driven Private Sightseeing Tour of Edinburgh

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Explore Edinburgh without the hassle of driving or using public transit on a private sightseeing tour with round-trip hotel transport. Your driver, who navigates for you, points out top landmarks and architectural gems, from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. With the flexibility to customize your itinerary and inside recommendations from your driver, this private tour is a popular choice for newcomers who wish to orient themselves in the city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$680.78
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$680.78
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

See the best of Edinburgh in a day with this private sightseeing excursion. Avoid the crowds on public transport, and get around the city in a comfortable and convenient way—in a private vehicle with a chauffeur. No need to worry about rigid itineraries—this tour is completely flexible based on your needs. Potential sights and attractions include Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Park, and Calton Hill.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$940.38
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$275.75
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$275.75
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Shore Excursion Royal Military Tattoo City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

Shore Excursion Royal Military Tattoo City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner

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Maximize time in Edinburgh on a private full-day shore excursion including pick-up at the cruise terminal. Explore the Old Town on foot, hearing stories from your local guide as you see the Royal Mile. Visit the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel and taste traditional Scottish fare in a historic pub before heading to Edinburgh Castle for reserved seating to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  
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  • 12 hours
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$535.95
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$535.95

Shore Excursions Edinburgh

Shore Excursions Edinburgh

Our custom experiences take time to develop and are based on what we learn about you. Yes, they are private, but they are also fully customised. This is exclusively your experience. Our goal is to figure out who you are and then determine how we're going to introduce our country to you in a way that is unique to you.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$603.86
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$603.86
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Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Virtual Outlander Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

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Take the guesswork out of your 'Outlander' pilgrimage on this guided walking tour that takes you to the exact locations featured in the TV series and novels. In a small group of no more than 12 people, see such sites as Jamie's printshop and the Tolbooth prison while learning from your guide about life in Edinburgh during and after the time of the Jacobite uprisings.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
per group
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$70.00
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Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized ★★★★★

Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized ★★★★★

If you're visiting Edinburgh with your family, book a private sightseeing tour specially designed for those with kids. With a private guide, the tour can be tailored to your children's ages and interests to keep everyone entertained. Perhaps check out medieval Old Town, the art galleries of New Town, or something active like climbing Arthur's Seat.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.67
Price varies by group size
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$114.67
Price varies by group size
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 Edinburgh's Landscapes Tours with a Local Guide: Private & Personalized

Edinburgh's Landscapes Tours with a Local Guide: Private & Personalized

Escape the city center and discover some of Edinburgh’s most impressive natural landscapes—all of which are within easy reach of the capital—on a private tour that guarantees the undivided attention of your guide. Depending on your fitness level, choose to conquer either challenging peaks or gentle coastal trails.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.67
Price varies by group size
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$114.67
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What are Palace of Holyroodhouse hours of operation?
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Palace of Holyroodhouse hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palace of Holyroodhouse can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 58 Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Palace of Holyroodhouse 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palace of Holyroodhouse costs USD 8.92. Guided Palace of Holyroodhouse tours start around USD 8.92 per person. See all 58 Palace of Holyroodhouse tickets and tours on Viator.
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