Scotland Travel Tours Archives

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There are loads of Scotland travel tours you can take when you are on vacation in Scotland and some of the best can be found in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is a great place for you to take tours as most of the good things to see and do are in the city center or within a few minutes using local transport.

1. Taking A Tour On A Bus

One of the best ways of seeing Edinburgh for the first time is to take a trip on a local bus. There are city trips you can take on open-top buses where you buy a ticket and you can hop on and off as you wish. Or you can travel by a regular ‘Lothian Bus’ to see places of interest all over the city.

BusPhoto: lambda_X

Tours by bus leave from Edinburgh to all parts of Scotland. You can also take luxury coaches for day tours or package tours lasting for a number of days from Edinburgh.

For example, here are a few of the tours offered by Scotline Tours, Edinburgh

  1. Scottish Border Abbeys Tour
  2. Highland Spirit, Castle & Whisky Tour
  3. Day Tour to The West Highlands, Loch Ness & The Isle of Skye

Loch Ness silhouettes
Photo: nagillum

2. Tours To Take In Edinburgh Using A Travel Pass

A really great way to see Edinburgh is to buy a travel pass. It is a very cost effective way of doing your sightseeing as it includes ‘free’ entry into 30 top attractions in Edinburgh.

There is a travel pass for adults and children available for 1, 2 or 3 days.

You can buy the travel pass at tourist information centers and other local venues.

A few of the attractions included in the pass having free entry are:

  • The 3D Loch Ness Experience
  • Auld Reekie Tours-The Haunted Underground Tour
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour
  • John Knox House
  • Mercat Tours – The Historic Vaults Tour
  • Mercat Tours – Secrets of the Royal Mile
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Glenkinchie Distillery
  • and many more…


Edinburgh - Old Town - Royal Mile
Photo: harshilshah100

3. Should You Take An Organised Tour?

Most people agree that the best advantage to taking an organised tour in Edinburgh is having a guide… that is someone… a person who will tell you all the insider bits you can’t find in a guide book.

There is nothing better than being in the company of a local person who knows his subject inside out… who can tell you really interesting stories only local people know and who will answer your questions accurately and completely.

But, if you don’t like being tied to a group and a guide then maybe taking an organised tour is not for you. It may be you prefer to buy a good local guide book and set of exploring the city using local buses, trains and soon the tram, to find out for yourself the magic and splendour that is Edinburgh.

If you like to get back to basics when you go on vacation then there is no better Scotland travel tour than chatting to the local Scots in a pub. You will be made to feel very welcome.

Busy Princes Street, Edinburgh
Photo: VerseVend

Scotland Travel Tours – What Can You Do?

Scotland travel tours are so numerous you could spend the rest of your life traveling in Scotland visiting historical places and revelling in the warmth and friendship of Scotland’s people.

Traveling in Scotland is very well organised and there are many companies who specialise in giving tourists a real ‘Scottish’ experience with the tours they have available.

So, when you want to arrange a tour you will find a huge choice available for you.
If you want a tour where you go with a group of people you will find companies who specialise in package tours where everything is arranged for you. You travel from place to place in a luxury coach with a guide to explain in detail all the things and places you are seeing…and you will stay in overnight accommodation of the highest quality. On this type of tour all you need to do is relax, allow others to take care of the arrangements… and have a great time!

If you prefer to make you own arrangements then there are many companies who can offer you self-drive tours. On this type of tour you are able to visit the places you want to see and do so at your own pace.

The are many speciality tours you can take.

For example:

Here are a few tours currently available from Viator Tours website

  • 2-Day Inverness, Loch Ness and the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh
  • 5-Day Highland Explorer Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
  • West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Or how about some of these…

  • Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
  • St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Ghost Hunter Night Walking Tour

The nice thing about any of these tours is they all come highly recommended from people who have been on them before. They are regular tours put together by the tour operators and changed to incorporate the reviews received from previous customers.

All Scotland travel tour operators do everything they can to make the time you spend visiting Scotland really special.

It does not matter whether you are in Scotland for two or three weeks… for a long weekend… or just for the day, you will find a tour to enjoy allowing you to find out a little bit more about this special, beautiful country.