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Edinburgh Private Tour Guide – Highlights Tour – Scotland

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3.5 to 4 Hours
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Edinburgh Private Tour Details

See the best of Edinburgh with us on this half or full day private tour. You’ll see classics such as Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, the Old Town, the Palace of Hollyroodhouse, The Royal Mile and much more in a morning or afternoon. It’s the perfect day in the Scottish capital.

You can also optionally extend your tour to see the Georgian New Town, tour the Scottish National Art Gallery, or even the National Museum of Scotland.  A final option – if you have your hiking shoes on – is to climb Arthur’s Seat for a panoramic view of the city.

Edinburgh Highlights Private Tour Pricing:
Including admission tickets to Edinburgh Castle
Walking tour (3.5 hours) – £475 for 1-2 people. £50 per extra guest.
A car can be added for an additional charge but is generally not recommended as the city centre is so compact and best seen on foot.

We can also extend to a full-day tour to take in the New Town, Calton Hill or even one of the city’s museums of galleries.

Please contact us for large groups.

Go Beyond Edinburgh – Other Private Tours of Scotland:

If you have more time in Scotland, we have many other options for you:

  • Scottish Highlands Day – This 7 hour day includes a countryside Loch stop, admission tickets to Stirling Castle, and a private guided tour of a distillery. From £1200 including your qualified driver-guide, admission tickets and all taxes.
  • Undiscovered Scotland Day – Venture further afield and discover Sir Walter Scott’s Residence, Floors Castle and Smailholm Tower. From £1250 including your qualified driver-guide, admission tickets and all taxes.
  • VVIP Tours in Edinburgh – Enjoy a Palace of Holyroodhouse private guided tour or the Royal Yacht Britannia with a private tour guide. Both these experiences are available before or after hours and are entirely private to you. These experiences start from £1500 for 2 people for 2 hours.

Departure & Return Location

This tour starts and ends at your hotel or apartment in Edinburgh. Your private tour guide will meet you there.

Departure Time

We recommend starting at 9:00 am for a morning tour, and after 2:00pm for an afternoon tour. We have some flexibility.

Price Includes

  • Qualified and Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees to Edinburgh Castle
  • Private vehicle if selected
  • Reserved Time Slots and/or entrance for Private Tour Guests
  • All Applicable Taxes and Fees

Price Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Public transport or taxis
What to Expect

Make the most of your precious time in Edinburgh with this private tour of the city’s most iconic sights.

By the end of the day, you’ll understand how Edinburgh came to be, see the incredible Scottish Crown Jewels (The Honours of Scotland) at Edinburgh Castle, delight in the wonders of The Royal Mile, learn amazing stories of dogs and wizards and much more.

You’ll see these highlights and much more along the way:

  • Walk the Royal Mile - the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • See the Scottish Crown Jewels (Honors of Scotland) at Edinburgh Castle.
  • Discover the unique burial place of one of the most controversial religious figures in history.
  • Delve into the rich literary history of Edinburgh, from the birthplace of Harry Potter to the haunts of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott
  • Enjoy St Giles Cathedral - with 900 years of history
  • Wander through the winding alleyways and hidden courtyards that have remained largely unchanged for centuries.

Please note tour guides are not permitted to guide in the interior parts of the castle.

More Options – Holyrood House, King Charles’s official residence in Scotland, makes a perfect accompaniment to this tour. Tour guides are not permitted to guide inside but we are more than happy to end the tour here for you.

Languages – Your best of Edinburgh highlights private tour is available in a variety of languages.

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Reviews
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Based on 106 reviews
Elizabeth Plaza
Elizabeth Plaza
22. October, 2023
There are not enough words to describe how incredible our experience was! Our tour guide Charlotte was AMAZING! Her love for history and immense knowledge made us fall in love with London and all it has to offer! We are already planning our next London vacay and we will def be booking other tours 🙌🏽
Jennie Verduzco
Jennie Verduzco
12. October, 2023
Had a wonderful private tour with Ron to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Ron was unbelievable. The amount of history and information he has about every square foot of these locations is astounding. He was very personable and even took pictures of us throughout the tour. He knew exactly where to focus and timed everything so perfectly. Such a great way to end our trip in London.
Elissa Berkbigler
Elissa Berkbigler
10. October, 2023
We had the most amazing time at the Tower of London. Our guide, Dani, was absolutely lovely and so informative. She was engaging, and told fascinating stories. We had a truly wonderful time and hope to book another tour with this amazing company when we come back next year.
Tina Cole
Tina Cole
9. October, 2023
What a wonderful introduction to the city of London. Everything about my experience booking with Gio was effortless. He answered all of my questions promptly and arranged a private, full-day tour that included Changing of the Guard, The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Our guide, Charlotte T, was not only delightful, but impressively knowledgeable about all things London. She ensured the day went off without a hitch. I would highly recommend to first time and return visitors alike!!
Jackie Patterson
Jackie Patterson
7. October, 2023
A great tour! Private London Tours was able to put together a tour that worked for us. Started with a pickup at the Sofitel Hotel in Heathrow, then a tour of Windsor Castle, lunch, transport to London, a driveby tour of sites in London and then a tour of the crown jewels and London Tower. Charlotte was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. At the end of the day she walked us to the train station with directions on taking the train back to Heathrow and our hotel. Communication was great regarding where to meet, etc. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Natalie P
Natalie P
24. September, 2023
Gio took the time to match us up with the guides most suited to each day’s itineraries. Our guides, Alan and Aaron, were well informed, charming and interesting people themselves. Highly recommend!
Sam Allen
Sam Allen
18. September, 2023
We had an incredible day tour with Gavin. Born and raised in London, he was a wealth of information and knew every alley of the city. He was an absolute joy and his knowledge of everything we saw was incredible. We walked from our hotel to the Tower of London - on the way he showed us many old sights of London and pointed out some locations where Harry Potter was filmed, which wasn't part of our tour. We then took a black cab to Westminster Abbey where he continued to be an excellent tour guide. He chose an amazing place for us to have lunch (a traditional pub) before we headed to the Churchill War Rooms. Again, his knowledge was detailed and well delivered. He was simply amazing and everything about this tour was excellent, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Paty Guzmán
Paty Guzmán
15. September, 2023
Tuvimos un día muy agradable en nuestro paseo, guiados por Joanna. Es un tour intenso, ya que fueron casi 12 horas, pero valió mucho la pena. La salida de Londres fue a las 7:30, y nos tomó casi 3 horas llegar a Bath. Las explicaciones de Joanna durante el trayecto y al estar en los lugares fueron interesantes y profundas. Se nota que sabe y que ama lo que hace. Nuestro chofer, Shoroff, también fue muy amable, y se detenía donde fuese necesario. Luego fuimos por la campiña inglesa hacia The Cotswolds, de los que visitamos Lacock (a media hora de camino desde Bath), y finalmente Castle Combe, un lugar minúsculo que parece sacado de un cuento. El regreso a Londres tomó otras 3 horas. Gracias a Private London Tours por la organización y ejecución de este maravilloso tour.
Renee Hamilton-Wilson
Renee Hamilton-Wilson
14. September, 2023
I Was so impressed by the service I received. From the initial email response to the drop off at the train station. Our guide Joanna was so nice and professional. Our driver Shorof was amazing. The way he was able to get us up close and personal to our numerous destinations was mind blowing. This team made us feel special and went above and beyond for our short trip to London. I highly recommend. I will be booking my next years trip ASAP.
Kelly Gurosky
Kelly Gurosky
8. September, 2023
What a perfect tour in every way. We asked for a custom tour and Gio and his team delivered! Monica was our tour guide and not only was she friendly and courteous, she was sooooo knowledgeable! We all learned so much! She was amazing! They were very easy to communicate and work with. A fabulous day!! Thank you Private London Tours!!

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