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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse Tours and Tickets

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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
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$19.79
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$19.79

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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$45.75
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$45.75

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.37
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$12.37

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 to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.73
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$24.73

Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

Edinburgh Half Day Tour (Private Chauffeur)

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Truly unique tour of Edinburgh city with your guide offering the best view of the capital from the comfort of a Mercedes V Class.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$493.40
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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.38
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$80.38

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Britannia Tour

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For first-time visitors, or those with limited time, taking a sightseeing bus tour promises the easiest way to see as much as possible. This hop-on hop-off bus tour lets you explore Edinburgh over 24 or 48 hours, jumping off where you want, whether that may be the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace or Royal Yacht Britannia.
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  • 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.37
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$12.37

Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

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We offer ½ day, full-day, and multi-day tours depending on the time and the budget that you have. All tours are exclusive to you and your party (1-7 passengers) in our exclusive Mercedes Bens V-Class AMG model executive vehicles, which come with the following as standard – Client controlled air-con/Wi-Fi/on-board refreshments/AC charging facilities for mobile devices and cameras. Contact us and we will work with you so we can include the things you really want to see, spending more time at the places you want to spend time at, and leaving the things and places you don’t get to see for the next time you visit us.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.77
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$333.77
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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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If you prefer some independence to being driven around on a tour bus, create your own itinerary and explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. You can board and disembark the bus anywhere you like along the route for the duration of your 24- or 48-hour ticket is valid. Your combined two-tour ticket can be used on both routes: the Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Britannia Tour.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.79
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$19.79

Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Led by your professional Blue Badge guide, explore the historic streets of Edinburgh and take in the atmosphere that keeps tourists visiting the city year after year. View Edinburgh Castle and walk the Royal Mile to where Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament now sits. Spy hidden closes and courtyard parks, and learn about the vivid history of this vibrant city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.32
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$240.32
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Private Edinburgh Tour for Families with a Local, 100% Personalized

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

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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
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$100.28
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$100.28
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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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
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$327.70
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Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle

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Perfect for those who do not have long to explore the city, but who wish to see the best of the city, this full-day tour visits all of the highlights of both Old Town and New Town. Your private tour skip-the-line tickets to Edinburgh Castle, which will also be privately guided for you. You will also visit other major attractions, including St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland. You will learn about the history of the city, visit Calton Hill, and enjoy lunch in the Grass Market (price not included in the tour). Enjoy all the highlights of Edinburgh in a day!
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  • 7 hours
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$345.00
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$345.00
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Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour
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Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

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Explore Edinburgh and nearby Rosslyn Chapel on this 9-hour private shore excursion by minivan. See Edinburgh Castle, home to several monarchs and the Scottish crown jewels. Wander down the Royal Mile and around the New Town, experiencing both ancient Edinburgh and the modern cosmopolitan city. Drive past the Scottish Parliament and around Arthur’s Seat before heading out to visit Rosslyn Chapel, built in the mid-15th Century and made famous by the Da Vinci Code.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$735.77
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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
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$200.54
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$200.54
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Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

Private Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights with Castle Tickets

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Discover the best of Edinburgh in a half-day on a walking tour with a private guide and with timed entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle. On your tour, your guide will help you orient yourself in the Old Town, showing you the best spots for iconic pictures, pointing out the highlights, and giving you the best tips and tricks for visiting the highlights. Your guide will also give you the historical context of the ancient city, including taking you on a tour of St Giles Cathedral, which has been at the heart of Christianity in Scotland for more than nine centuries. You’ll see Victoria Street, City Chambers, The Royal Mile, and Calton Hill. Your tour finishes with a 30-minute guided tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide, and then you can continue to explore the castle at your own leisure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.00
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$255.00
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The Royal Military Tattoo Edinburgh City Tour Rosslyn Chapel and Dinner
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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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$468.67
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$468.67

Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local
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Edinburgh Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Local

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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
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$445.17
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$445.17
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Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)
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Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)

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Hop into a classic black taxi cab and make your way around Edinburgh on this full-day tour of the city. Learn about the history around every corner, and listen as your driver and guide tells you stories about the notable and famous people who once lived here—or still do. See Edinburgh’s most iconic monuments and buildings, including St Giles Cathedral and Arthur’s Seat.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.60
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$290.60
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Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour and a Self-Guided Tour in Edinburgh

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Join the comedy-horror theatre experience on wheels. Back in your seat as your conductor whisks you through Edinburgh's most brutal bits of history on an ex-funeral bus! Hear the stories of murders, witch hunts, torture, and hauntings. Prepare to be scared! Please note: There is no seat reservation. The bus works on the first come - first seated basis. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to get the best seat. Complete your experience with a self-guided tour that will show you the places you did not see from the bus.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.78
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$40.78

Edinburgh Outlander Experience + Scottish Tasting Platter Upgrade Option

Edinburgh Outlander Experience + Scottish Tasting Platter Upgrade Option

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Small, personal 5 star group tour with a maximum of 18 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. Exclusive Upgrade Option - dine in the original medieval Tolbooth Tavern after your tour! Step into this cosy traditional Scottish pub full of character and charm and be transported back to Claire and Jamie's era. Featured in the series as the Tolbooth Jail, relax and savour hearty home-cooked Scottish fayre using locally sourced produce; where better to slake your thirst and quell your hunger after your walking tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.75
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$30.75

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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$595.32
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$595.32
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.75
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$30.75

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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$68.01
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$68.01

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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.