If you'd like to visit Edinburgh on a private tour, then this is the perfect South Queensferry shore trip
for you. Included are a driving tour of Edinburgh plus a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. You have free time to enjoy lunch in a typical Scottish pub and to explore the Royal Mile.
After meeting your private guide at the pier you enjoy a scenic driving tour of Edinburgh including the Georgian New Town. You delight in a photo stop on Calton Hill where you admire the splendid views of the city and it's historic Old Town.
Upon arrival in the Old Town you visit Edinburgh Castle, the most famous of Scottish castles. You will learn about its complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. It is here that in the 11th Century, Queen Margaret, directed the defense of her adopted homeland two decades after the same Norman had slaughtered her brother and the nobles of Saxon England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Margaret, who was known for her saintly deeds and devotion to Christ, died during the siege and her body was lowered down the walls to prevent its capture and desecration by the Normans.
Following the castle visit is free time for lunch in a local pub and
then you can explore the Royal Mile or visit St. Giles Cathedral which
is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it
stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of
Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the
Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of
the Thistle (Scotland's chivalric company of knights headed by the
Later this afternoon you return to the pier.
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can also be customized to fit your needs. If you have a larger group, we can offer you a private South Queensferry shore trips
using a mid-size bus or full size coach. Please contact us
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