Discover the secrets and stories of Scotland’s Capital City, dubbed in the 18th century the ‘Athens of the North’ and nowadays as the ‘Birthplace of Harry Potter!’
Edinburgh is made for walking through both the ancient Old Town, with its centuries-old buildings separated by narrow, atmospheric ‘closes’ (alleys), and the elegant, Georgian New Town, packed with shopping and eating opportunities.
With your private guide you will traverse the Royal Mile, so called because it runs for just one busy mile between Edinburgh Castle, the country’s most-visited attraction, and the equally regal Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Mary Queen of Scots was caught up in murder and scandal that forced her to leave Scotland for ever. Set foot inside St Giles Cathedral Church and Parliament Hall and inspirational religious leader, John Knox’s house.
Your private guide will tell you the gruesome stories of 18th century murderers Burke and Hare and the melancholy tale of the loyal little dog, Greyfriars Bobby. Then make your way up to the imposing fortress that is Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish crown jewels and centuries of history, as well as the pageantry and military precision of the annual Edinburgh Tattoo, a highlight of the city’s annual arts festival every August.
A short journey from the centre, in Leith, you can step on board Queen Elizabeth II’s decommissioned yacht Britannia, a glimpse into luxurious royal travels from an age gone by. Using private or public transport, you can also relax in the city’s splendid Botanic Gardens or, for the more energetic, by climbing Arthur’s Seat, the volcanic hill overlooking the whole of this great City.
Admission tickets are needed.