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  • Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Adventure

    1. Edinburgh: Sherlock Holmes Adventure

    Meet up with your guide, who will brief you on the instructions for the game. Your guide will need to be in touch with you throughout, so you must bring a fully-charged mobile phone with internet access. You will also have to pay a £20 deposit for the rental of the spy kit. The deposit will be fully refunded to you at the end once you return the kit undamaged. The kit comes in a backpack that has all the clues and tools you need to work through the game including a 19th-century map of Edinburgh that is yours to keep. Once the game begins, you'll follow a series of numbered clues. Every clue is meant to be used in a particular location in the city and puzzles are solved by making use of permanent features in the city. No extra clues or hints are hidden around. The game unravels the story of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation. Cover a good portion of Edinburgh and pass by some of ...

    Excellent idea for older kids and adults. You cover alot of ground so wear comfort shoes. The lady was lovely and helpful if needed. I want to do her Harry potter experience too.

  • Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

    2. Edinburgh Private Tour: The Castle to the Arthur's Seat

    Book this tour and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local Edinburgher. He or she who will become your guide. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Edinburgh that ...

    We wanted something different and Doug allowed us to have that. We saw some great sites, learnt a lot about the area and were able to do what we wanted to do. Doug was extremely accommodating, knowledgable and a joy to be with.

  • Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

    3. Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Experience with a Local

    Join a local host and taste your way around the whisky regions of Scotland, without leaving Edinburgh. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. On this 3-hour activity you’ll sip a few of the finest single malts and blended Scotches. Discover the best of traditional methods and new, small batch producers. Visit a whisky cellar and a neighborhood pub that’s loved by locals. Sample a few wee drams – from peaty to oaky, and single malts to blended Scotch whiskies. Go with your host to discover the places that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique. Get some insider recommendations on the most authentic places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip.

    We spent a wonderful 3 hours with our guide, Doug, on a walking tour tasting whisky in Edinburgh. Doug gave us an immersion class in Scotch whiskey and threw in some Scottish history along the way. He made our journey enjoyable any relatable. We were so glad to get to know Doug and experience the things he loves about Edinburgh. We highly recommend booking him for any Edinburgh adventure.

  • Private Harry Potter Day Tour For Small Groups

    4. Private Harry Potter Day Tour For Small Groups

    As a Harry Potter fan, you probably made many people wonder how can someone enjoy the books, the movies, the wizard and its crew as much as you do! They should stop wondering, shouldn’t they? Instead of trying to convince someone to read a book or watch a movie about Harry Potter, why not bring them to a tour where they will be visiting some of the most astonishing landscapes in Scotland with you? By the end of the tour they will agree with you that what you saw in the movies and what you came to see in Scotland is very much worth seeing regardless of being a Harry Potter fan. This tour though does not just have a theme for the sake of it. Often fanatic fans of Harry Potter have loved ones that are not very much keen on the wizard. Because you may not be travelling by yourself this tour accommodate the itinerary to please them too. On your private tour you will be coming across castles,...

    For those looking for a tour around the Highlands amid all the many tour choices out there, I sincerely recommend Rafael’s tour - it was for sure the best tour I’ve ever joined. Rafael took the thoughts to plan for the tour, so that you get to travel to all the less-accessible but all the more beautiful spots in the Highlands within a day. This was not something one can do usually without a guide who knows and loves the place. For Harry Potter fans, it was definitely a dream coming true to step on where Hagrid threw his stone, where Dumbledore slept forever, where Hermione got hit by a stone thrown by herself...this trip was definitely the best part of my Scotland trip. It makes me want to return to all the mesmerizing places again. For sure a once-in-a-lifetime experience, even for those who are not big about Harry Potter, because the Highlands that Rafael took you through was stunningly beautiful in its own rights.

  • Edinburgh Food Tasting Tour with a Local

    5. Edinburgh Food Tasting Tour with a Local

    Join a local foodie and enjoy a meal at a historic pub serving traditional Scottish cuisine or at a neighbourhood restaurant that serves contemporary twists on the nation’s favourite dishes. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Get off the tourist trail and discover eateries that serve authentic dishes, using fresh and seasonal ingredients and classic recipes. Enjoy a soft drink, or try an excellent local craft beer or a dram of Scotch whisky with your meal. Before the meal, explore some of the city on foot and spend time getting to know your host, chatting about your favourite foods, and getting some insider recommendations for the best local places to eat for the rest of your trip. Although this is a food and drink themed experience, your host will...

  • From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

    6. From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

    Discover the ultimate tour for whisky lovers and get a real taste of life in the Highlands and Scottish countryside. Your driver, a Scottish whisky ambassador, will share their knowledge and stories with you along the way, and may even stop for an extra dram or 2 along the way. Begin your adventure by heading across the Forth River and heading up to the Highlands where you will stop at your first distillery, the world-famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was built in 1897 and is Scotland's highest distillery. Break for lunch at the famous House of Braur, where you can also pick up gifts and souvenirs from your time in Scotland.

    Afterward, head to your second distillery, Blair Atholl, which is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and was founded in 1798.

    If time permits, stop at one more distillery on the way back to your hotel for one final tasting....

  • Edinburgh: 3-Hour Private Cycling Tour

    7. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Private Cycling Tour

    Join this private bicycle tour and get to know Edinburgh better! Tours are always private and in your language (English, Portuguese, Italian or Polish) and there is no minimum number of people for the tour to happen The tour can be devised and scheduled according to your specific interests and needs. During this tour you will get to know stories and curiosities about the places visited as well as their historical context. If you care for none of that, a lovely ride with nice photo stops can also be arranged. You will be covering during this tour approximately 18 km. Your route can be categorized as moderate. You will have to cycle up two steep hills on tour, but they will be the most physically difficult part. The rest of the tour you will be riding your bike on flat and downhill cycle paths/roads.

  • Isle of Skye and West Highlands: 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    8. Isle of Skye and West Highlands: 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    Embark on a breathtaking 4-day journey through the Scottish countryside, enjoying the grandeur of the Scottish glens, mountains and coastlines at a relaxed pace. Spend some time exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye and stop to take in the dramatic views of untouched nature as you pass the dramatic Glencoe and Glenfinnan. Day 1: Edinburgh - The Kelpies - Glencoe - Fort William Depart Edinburgh at 9:15 AM and travel northwest to visit the Kelpies, the largest pair of horse sculptures in the world and one of Scotland's most fascinating modern marvels. For lunch, stop in either of the small towns of Killin or Callander, passing through beautiful lochs and castles. After enjoying beautiful views of rivers, lochs, and forests, cross the wild and remote Rannoch Moor, a beautiful location for photographers and nature lovers. You then travel to Glencoe, one of Scotland's most ...

    This is my first travel experience and I must say I am very happy I did this trip. The places we visited are beautiful. Our tour guide Adam is very friendly, informative and professional. Highly recommended.

  • Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

    9. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

    When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.

  • Edinburgh: Private Walking Tour

    10. Edinburgh: Private Walking Tour

    See the sights of Edinburgh according to your own interests on a 3-hour walking tour of the Old Town and New Town. Walk under the shadows of Edinburgh Castle and feel like you have traveled back in time as you encounter impressive architecture and listen to tales from your guide. Learn about some of the illustrious and infamous people who have lived in the city, and how they have left their indelible mark. Chat with your guide about what it is like to live in the city, and hear about everyday life as you avoid the usual tourist sites and focus on hidden gems you might otherwise miss. Ask your guide any questions you might have about city and its wider role as the cultural and political capital of Scotland. The itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests, whether you are a film buff, book lover, or like to drink!

    I had a great time exploring Edinburgh with my private guide Rafael. Rafael was great in replying to my messages about meeting point and itinerary before the tour, and we had no troubles meeting on the day. We walked around Edinburgh for over 3 hours, exploring the old town and all the important sights. Rafael was very personable and fun to chat to, and was able to tailor the experience to what I wanted to see. He was able to mix both historical information with entertaining stories, so it was never boring and gave me a good overview of the city. Overall I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Edinburgh.

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We were lucky enough to have Tuesday as our Gide to the fascinating tour of the vaults. She was very good indeed. Very informative and knowledgeable about the area and history but also brought a good dose of humour to our tour. Could not recommend highly enough.

Very interesting look at some Edinburgh history that isn’t the norm. It scratches the surface of Edinburgh’s brutal past. Well worth it for a bit of something different

Tour was excellent, Darren was a great tour guide, was very knowledgeable and informative whilst making the experience fun, would recommend. 5 Star.

Excellent tour Very informative and done with humour. Your tour guide John was very entertaining and definitely deserves 5 stars .

This was an interesting way to learn a bit of history. Nora, our guide, was very informative and entertaining.