Top 5 Must-See Activities in Edinburgh

These are the most famous Edinburgh tourist attractions & sight tours which sees thousands and millions of visitors each year:

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Calton Hill

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calton Hill contains a treasure trove of historical monuments and being 100 metres above sea level boasts a superb view of Edinburgh and across to Holyrood House Palace and Arthur’s Seat – It’s a popular spot for photographers and hopeless romantics at sunset!

See Nelson’s Monument, a commemorative tower that dates back to 1807 to commemorate Nelson’s victory over the Spanish and...

The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Fast track entry to the Royal Britannia Yacht " The floating Royal Palace!
  • Learn the history of the ship in the visitor centre.
  • Then step aboard and see what life was like onboard for the Royal Family as well as the crew.
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Hike up the rocky crags within the 640 acre Royal Holyrood Park and admire the stunning views as you get a 360 degree look over Edinburgh from 251 metres above sea level. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted for the last 300 million years but no one is sure how it got its name though the romantics like to connect it with King Arthur and Camelot.


Edinburgh Dungeons Tickets

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A walk-through historical experience with actors, special effects, scenes, shows, and rides.
  • 11 360-degree interactive shows.
  • 2 fun & frightening underground rides.
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The Royal Mile

Edinburgh's ancient thoroughfare, the Royal Mile, stretches from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House Palace. A procession route for Scotland’s Kings and Queens for the last 500 years, it contains a lot of paid tourist attractions alongside pubs, shops, and cafes but it’s not necessary to open your wallet in order to witness and enjoy the historic heart of the city and walk the mile.

Starting at Lawnmarket, the oldest part...

1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Access to the 17th century subterranean streets located below The Royal Mile.
  • A fully narrated history tour.
  • Costumed characters help bring history to life.
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Dean Village

A quaint and picturesque Bucolic village in the heart of Edinburgh that has the feel of being hidden deep in the sleepy countryside. A charming stream runs through the small former-village with beautiful bridges and 19th century houses and a church. Once housing the mill workers and separated from Edinburgh city by a distance of 11 miles, the test of time means this oldey-world village now sits a stones throw away from the hustle...

Edinburgh Castle Skip The Line Tickets

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and grounds including the Crown Jewels exhibition at your own pace.
  • Admire the panoramic views of Edinburgh.
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National Museum of Scotland

Similar to The Natural History Museum in London, The National Museum of Scotland contains diverse collections ranging from dinosaur skeletons to vintage cars, even the stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep; the first successful clone of a mammal from an adult cell. The natural world, science, technology, discoveries, art, design, fashion, and world cultures are all topics that are covered here so there’s something to suit everyone and always...

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

clock Duration: 5 days
  • You can choose between 5 day and 14 day tours to discover Scotland's castles, cathedrals, distilleries.
  • This pass entitles you to do advanced ticket entry at popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
  • You can also hear audio operated tours at selected venues with this explorer pass.
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Royal Botanic Garden

Plant, flower, garden, and nature lovers will adore the vast Royal Botanic Garden that contains 100,000 plants across 70 acres. Step inside to find acres of shrubs and blooming plants with a fantastic collection of Rhododendrons, a Chinese Garden and Chinese Hillside, Rock Garden with water, bridges, and sculptures, Woodland Garden, an arboretum, the Heath Garden which contains Scottish native plants and exhibitions and interactive activities...

Palace of Holyroodhouse Ticket

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Holyrood House Palace is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The grounds contain the iconic ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • This entrance ticket includes an audio guide available in 9 languages.
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GAILY TOUR in EDINBURGH - Gay & Lesbian Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Edinburgh • Gay Tour & Pink Triangle's Secrets
    Edinburgh by Night • Gay Tour
    • Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide and/or Driver
    • Every Entrance Fee or Tasting described in more

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 2 to 4 hou
  • Step into a world where real-life collides with technological trickery. Here, impossible doesn’t exist.

    With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain all ages. Tour Edinburgh’s streets without moving. Pitch your brain against mind-bending illusions. It’s all part of the Camera Obscura & more

Edinburgh Airport Lounge - No1 Lounge, Terminal 1

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Designed for the everyday traveller, with fully tended bars, seasonal fresh food, a range of other
    services and the best seats at more

Edinburgh Three Bridges & Inchcolm Island Cruise

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history and fascinating marine wildlife. Join Forth Boat Tours on a 90 minute cruise to discover more about the Three Bridges, including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. View the stunning Inchcolm Island and the medieval abbey, known as the Iona of the east. During your cruise, more

Award winning Blackness Castle, Three Bridges Cruise with Cream Tea

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Blackness Castle, Three Bridges and Cream Tea Cruise - take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You more

Bridges Sailing Taster

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • If you cannot find suitable availability for our scheduled trips, please contact us directly to discuss a private charter.

    Customers will experience a 3 hour sailing trip on the only catamaran on the East Coast of Scotland. They will sail underneath the historic Forth Rail Bridge which is an awe-inspiring experience, and they will get more

Half Day Sailing Trip

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • If you cannot find suitable availability for our scheduled trips, please contact us directly to discuss a private charter.

    This is your chance to try your hand at sailing the only catamaran on the East Coast of Scotland. You will take in the splendid sights of the Firth of Forth, such as sailing underneath the Rail Bridge, and more
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