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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

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