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    Custom Tour of Edinburgh

    Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital offering the visitor a wealth of history, heritage, architecture and shopping.

    Tell me a little about a custom tour of Edinburgh.

    A tour of Edinburgh is usually undertaken on foot and covers the principal sites such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, John Knox House, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Calton Hill and the New Town.

    Tell me more about a Custom Tour of Edinburgh

    Here is a video clip and summary of the key sites:

    Royal Mile

    Working from the top down:

    • Edinburgh Castle: Sits on ancient volcanic plug and has a recorded history dating from the 11th century onwards. High elevation affords superb views over the city.
    • Deacon Brodie’s Tavern: Named after a real person who was the inspiration for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
    • St. Giles Cathedral with its famous Thistle Chapel. Dates from 1460.
    • Parliament Hall: Dates from 1639 and was the seat of the Scottish Parliament until 1707.
    • John Knox House: This 16th century building was home of the famous Protestant reformer.
    • Canongate  Kirk (Church): Dates from 1688. The famous economist Adam Smith is buried in the adjacent graveyard.
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse: A Royal residence which in its present form dates from the late 17th century. Adjacent are the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
    • Scottish Parliament Building: A controversial design dating from 2004. Access is possible even during debates. 

    Edinburgh New Town

    Mainly dates from 1770 and is famous for its combination of impressive Georgian architecture and shopping in and around Princes Street. Some of the key sites include:

    • The Scott Monument (Sir Walter Scott, famous romantic author) in Princess Street. Dates from 1844. The fit and energetic may climb up the interior to benefit from views over the city.
    • Royal Scottish Academy. This dates from 1832 and is a centre for promoting visual arts.
    • Scottish National Gallery: Designed by William Playfair and dates from 1845. Houses a world class collection of Scottish and international art.
    • Charlotte Square: Completed 1820 and named after the wife of King George III. Here can be found the Georgian House, a heritage property open to the public.
    • The Dome at 14 George Street. Impressive Corinthian portico and stunning domed atrium. Now a restaurant.
    • Freemasons Hall, 96 George Street. This buulding, which dates from 1912, is Scotland’s Grand Lodge. Tours are available.
    • St. Andrew’s and St. George’s Church in George Street. Historic Presbyterian church which dates from 1785.
    • Sherlock Holmes Statue in Picardy Place, close to birthplace of  author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

    Calton Hill 

    Overlooks the city of Edinburgh and is home to a medley of monuments and buildings which combine to form a skyline known as the ‘Athens of the North’, as featuring in this  video clip.  Access entails a short uphill walk which in turns affords superb views over Edinburgh, Leith and the Firth of Forth. The principal buildings comprise:

    • The National Monument, an unfinished war memorial dating from 1822.
    • Old Observatory (1776) and New Observatory (1818).
    • Nelson’s Monument which is designed in the form of an inverted telescope and dates from 1816.
    • The Royal High School. Dates from 1829 but no longer used for educational purposes. 

    Other Sites and Places of Interest

    • Edinburgh Grassmarket: A cosmopolitan, pedestrianised area in the shadow of the castle containing pubs, restaurants and hotels.
    • National Museum of Scotland: As befits its name, a historical treasure house situated about 10 minutes walk form the Royal Mile.
    • Royal Yacht Britannia: Now a tourist attraction moored in the Port of Leith, about 10 minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh.
    • Rosslyn Chapel: Famous for its high quality stone carvings and links with the Da Vinci Code. About 20 minute drive from Edinburgh.
    • Elephant House Coffee Shop at George IV Bridge, close to the Royal Mile. Here J.K. Rowling wrote her early ‘Harry Potter’ novels.
    • Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat. High elevation public parks which offer good views over Edinburgh and environs. 

     How can Catswhiskerstours assist with a Custom Tour of Edinburgh?

    For more help and information contact Nigel:

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    T: 44 (0) 141 638 5500

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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