Chauffeur Tour Scotland's Edinburgh Day Tour
Tour the architecturally stunning capital of Scotland, meet Greyfriars Bobby, see the Queen's residence and travel the Royal Mile all with your personal chauffeur guide.
Your first stop in the capital will be Edinburgh Castle.In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in the royal palace within the castle and the tiny bed-closet still survives. Most importantly to Scots, in 1996 the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s coronation stone, was placed in the Crown Room alongside the nation’s Crown Jewels, (the Honours of Scotland), following its return from Westminster after a space of 800 years.
Travel down the Royal Mile past St Giles Cathedral, the Peoples Story Museum and The Scottish Parliament building, stopping to visit Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal Skye Terrier who remained by his master's grave for fourteen years, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. The palace was home to Mary Queen of Scots for six years and houses beautiful tapestries and paintings. You may wish to see the city from above and take a drive through Holyrood Park and around Arthurs Seat, the extinct volcano overlooking Edinburgh, with some spectacular views.
Travel along the Grassmarket, one of the oldest parts of the city, and although the architecture has changed the layout retains the historic character of a bustling market place with many taverns and inns where in times gone by the drovers would come to sell their cattle. Today there are still a variety of pubs and independent shops including the White Hart Inn which may be the oldest pub in Edinburgh. Once visited by the poet Robert Burns in 1791 and by the poet Dorothy Wordsworth.
Now in contrast visit the New Town through Charlotte Square to the Georgian House to experience the elegance of 18th-century living in Edinburgh’s New Town. Designed in 1791 by Robert Adam, Scotland’s foremost 18th-century architect, Charlotte Square was one of the most fashionable and desirable residential addresses in the New Town.
Finally in Edinburgh you can visit Ocean Terminal and view the Royal Yacht Brittania where presidents, kings and queens were entertained. It was, first and foremost, the home from home of the Royal family when entertaining abroad. As part of your tour of Britannia, why not visit the Royal Deck Tea Room? You can enjoy delicious, and freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome. Previously where the Royal Family enjoyed drinks receptions, sumptuous buffets, or played deck games. Now you can treat yourself with specialty teas, coffees and lunch in spectacular surroundings.
The Tour price does not include your entrance fees. Please ask if you wish other attractions included or substituted such as the Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre; The Writer's Museum; Greyfriars Kirk; John Knox House; The Dynamic Earth; The Royal Museum of Scotland or The Royal Botanic Garden and Art Galleries.
Duration: 8 hours (starting in Edinburgh).
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.