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Essence of Edinburgh: Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour

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Perfect for first-timers! A half-day drive around the city’s must-see spots: Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Duddingston, and the lively Royal Mile. Start on the right foot by exploring Edinburgh’s highlights in just a few hours. This tour is an ideal introduction to the city’s rich history and diverse charm.



Charlotte’s Square
Capture the elegance of Edinburgh’s New Town with a photo stop at Charlotte Square, a pristine Georgian masterpiece surrounded by architectural splendour and charming gardens.
Calton Hill
Marvel at panoramic views of the cityscape from Calton Hill, where iconic monuments like the National Monument and Nelson’s Monument provide a breathtaking backdrop for your Edinburgh adventure.
Discover the picturesque village of Duddingston, a hidden gem nestled by a tranquil loch, offering scenic reflections of historic buildings, including the charming 12th-century Duddingston Kirk.
Arthur’s Seat
Embark on a visual journey as you capture the rugged beauty of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park, providing a stunning vantage point with its sweeping vistas of Edinburgh and beyond.
Palace of Holyrood
Frame your memories with a snapshot of Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland, set against the backdrop of the Salisbury Crags and the lush Holyrood Park.
Edinburgh Castle
Immerse yourself in the regal allure of Edinburgh Castle, perched on Castle Rock, and capture the fortress’s commanding presence against the skyline of the historic Old Town.
  • Professional Guide
  • Door to door pick up service
  • Bottled water for passengers
  • Private transportation in luxury Mercedes mini van
  • Live commentary and WiFi on board
  • Entrance/Admission to Attractions
  • Lunch

Can we customise this tour?

Of course! All our tours are fully customisable to fit your individual desires and interests.

Can we start later / earlier?

Absolutely! We are always flexible with start and end times whenever possible.

Are tickets to attractions included?

Yes, for all our day trips tickets to the standard attractions are included in the price.

Do we have WiFi on board?

Yes we do!

Is this tour accessible?

For the most part all of our day tours are accessible. We are always happy to make accommodations and adjustments to the itinerary to make the day easily enjoyable for all.

Do you have baby seats available?

Yes, we are happy to provide infant seats for children under 5, just let us know in advance when one is needed.

Is this tour pet friendly?

Yes, we are happy to bring your furry friends along on our adventures.




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