Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Day tours from Edinburgh: group and individual

Excursions to the Scottish castles and the picturesque Edinburgh walking tours – in one place. Latest tours with detailed descriptions, traveler reviews, and photos.

Now you can easily plan a trip and find day trips from Edinburgh on our site. Here you will find a large selection of individual and group tours, as well as family Edinburgh day trips.

It has everything you need to have a great time in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Airport: Bus Transfer

(8173)
Duration: 30 minutes
Pre-book a bus ticket for easy transfers to/from Edinburgh Airport. Hop aboard just outside the airport terminal and enjoy frequent bus departures, comfortable seating, and WiFi onboard.

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

(4192)
Duration: 12 hours
Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh on a luxury mini-coach and travel out into the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe with your guide. Stop at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness at marvel at the spectacular scenery, then continue on to explore the Cairngorms National Park. Admire the majestic mountain of Craig Meagaidh and continue through the Drummochter mountain pass to visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Group size limited to 16 to ensure a personalised experience.

The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

(2958)
Duration: an hour
Experience the world's most haunted city on a ghost tour of Edinburgh and be spooked by one of the city's most infamous sons as they lead you around the dark side of the Old Town. Discover the hidden wynds (alleys) off the Royal Mile and hear some of Edinburgh’s horrifying secrets.

Then, visit what is regarded as the most haunted graveyard in the world at "Greyfriars Kirkyard." Finally, go deep underground and explore the Edinburgh Vaults beneath the streets. Completed in 1788, the series of chambers were used to house taverns and as storage space for illicit material, including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for their medical experiments.

Journey through over 400 years of history and hear terrifying true tales of hangings, torture, murders and witchcraft. Shiver at the weird noises and unexplained smells that make an appearance after dark!
Private

City Kickstart Tour: Edinburgh

(211)
Duration: 2 hours
First time in Edinburgh? Wondering where to go and what to see in this fascinating city? We got you! Kickstart your time in Edinburgh with a 90-minute introduction to the city with the help of your favorite local. This tour is the city overview you were looking for that brings together sights of main highlights and attractions, plus must-have tips and tricks that will help you get acquainted with the city, its people, and culture. So, ready to start your time in Edinburgh in the best way possible? On this private tour, you’ll meet up with the local host of your choice. Each of the hosts on this tour will show you their Edinburgh in their way and based on their passions and expertise. The hosts know their city like the back of their hand and can’t wait to get you acquainted with Edinburgh! And what about that unique family-owned restaurant or that amazing local hotspot? Get personal recommendations from your local host and where to find the current hot spots in the city. Get insights on the local lifestyle and find out true stories about the city’s past as you take in vibrant, full-of-life present Edinburgh. Historical facts, local stories, and great tips & tricks. What can be more awesome than that? Any questions? Go ahead and ask your host about anything that pops into your mind and get all the answers you need for the perfect Edinburgh trip. Locals always know best. And don’t forget, this private tour can be personalized 100% according to your wishes!

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

(2602)
Duration: 2 hours
See Edinburgh’s shady side. The gruesome and the glorious. The ghostly and the ghastly. This 2-hour tour is a wickedly entertaining walk on the wild and dark side of the Scottish capital. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburgh’s most chilling cemeteries. Throughout the tour, hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers, vampires, cannibals and more from your entertaining guide.

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

(2430)
Duration: an hour
Visit the infamous hidden and supposedly haunted vaults beneath the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town. Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in these former slums. Explore these dimly lit vaults by candlelight, once the haunt of criminals, body snatchers and witches alike, said by some to now be occupied by a few of the spirits of these inhabitants long since dead.

Each vault has stories of crime, disease, death and lots more... with which your guide shall enlighten you in all the gory details! You will see a genuine witchcraft temple, recently used by a Wiccan coven and you will enter their former temple. Join us to learn why it is no longer safe for them to practice their craft in that vault.

DARE you step inside the infamous stone circle?

Edinburgh: Underground Vaults Tour

(4622)
Duration: an hour
Visit the vaults beneath Oldtown in Edinburgh, dating back to the early 18th century. Your guide will tell you about murders, witches and the people who inhabited this supposedly haunted location.
Private

Spooky Edinburgh Night Tour: Ghosts, Myths & Legends

(156)
Duration: 2 hours
Beyond Edinburgh’s awe-inspiring gothic architecture and medieval charm lies a long history riddled with stories of hope as well as dark and depressing periods. Get to know the famous and notorious people who have left their marks in Edinburgh and discover how locals used to live centuries ago. Explore hidden sites and secret paths, and witness how dramatically the city has evolved, all with your favorite local. Experience the mysterious atmosphere of Edinburgh at night and discover the city through your local host's storytelling. Get ready to listen to stories that will give you goosebumps and will leave you hooked and wanting for more! This private tour in Edinburgh will open your eyes to the fascinating Scottish history based on grim tales, conspiracy theories, tragedy, and local gossip. Learn how the Scots fought for their religious beliefs and endured a twelve-year-long war. From execution grounds to graveyards, you will hear many harrowing tales that played out within the old city walls of Edinburgh. Join your local host as you walk through the enigmatic Tweeddale Court and imagine being in the film set of Outlander. Explore the harsh conditions which people had to live through when Edinburgh's population expanded rapidly, and discover how the poorest disappeared underground to survive in dark caves. See Tron Kirk where people had to pay city taxes based on the weight of their goods and brace yourself for the bizarre trade of body snatching at Greyfriars Kirkyard. The local hosts are wonderful storytellers; each one has a different background ranging from arts to history. They are eager to share the myths and legends of Edinburgh with you. Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes and present a unique side of Edinburgh to you!
Private

The History of Edinburgh: Robert Louis Stevenson Tour

(140)
Duration: 3 hours
If you really want to get to know Edinburgh, then you must retrace its history. Take a trip back in time on a tour that focuses on Robert Louis Stevenson and hear from a local source, stories, unknown details, and insights that you can’t usually find in a history book. This history tour in Edinburgh will show you the story behind landmarks, statues, squares, streets, and symbols hidden in plain sight. Check out the Writers Museum, St. Giles Cathedral, New Calton Burial Ground, and more historical highlights to help you understand how they connect with Robert Louis Stevenson in Edinburgh and how it affected the city from past to present. Each of the hosts in these tours are history experts and passionate about their city. Check out their profiles and pick the one with whom you share interests - they can’t wait to take you on a tour around their favorite subject and to show you some of their favorite spots in the city. Believe us; they have plenty of stories to tell! The local hosts are natural storytellers, each one with a different background ranging from arts to history. They can’t wait to share some of their unique stories and personal anecdotes with you! Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes and make their city your city!

The Chocolatarium Chocolate Tour Experience in Edinburgh

(1749)
Duration: 2 hours
A chocolate experience to remember!

See and touch the fruit of the chocolate tree, and learn all about how the beans are transformed into delicious chocolate.

Have fun making your own Scottish-themed chocolate to take home! You can even make a chocolate Greyfriar's Bobby, a chocolate Nessie or a chocolate Edinburgh Castle!

Next, come to the tasting room with a wide selection of chocolates from both Scottish and international chocolate makers. There are over 30 varieties to choose from including Haggis chocolate, Japanese chocolate, chilli chocolate, gin chocolate and many, many more.

Finally, wrap your delicious chocolates to take home to enjoy or give as a gift.

Chocolate samples are provided throughout the tour. Vegan or milk-free options are available.

Suitable for adults and children aged 6+.
(Not suitable for children under 6)

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour

(3149)
Duration: 2 hours
Take a magical walking tour of Edinburgh and discover the city where the world of Harry Potter was conceived. Test your knowledge with an audio-visual quiz, find out your Hogwarts House, and visit Tom Riddle’s grave.

Edinburgh: Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour

(3010)
Duration: an hour
Go on a thrilling ghost tour of Edinburgh's Old Town that takes you underground to the Edinburgh Vaults. Join your cloaked guide on a journey to reveal the ghostly, unsettling, dark history of the city's past and its people.

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

(1553)
Duration: an hour
Prepare to be scared silly on a 1-hour ghost bus tour around Edinburgh’s ghoulish haunts. Under the guidance of a creepy onboard conductor, cruise around Edinburgh’s most terrifying and impressive sights, such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Ride in a double-decker 'Routemaster' vintage bus and feel your hairs stand on end as you hear shocking tales of grisly executions, unspeakable tortures and grim grave robbers. Discover the city’s sinister side and steel yourself for some frights on board.

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

(1531)
Duration: a day
Explore the historic and vibrant city of Edinburgh in your own time, with an unlimited 24 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-top deck you’ll have a fantastic 360 degree view of the spectacular surroundings, which are a blend of stunning natural beauty, and wonderfully historic architecture. This Scottish sightseeing adventure will take you to all of Edinburgh's key points of interest, including Waverley Bridge, Grassmarket, Johnston Terrace, Old Town, Canongate, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Our Dynamic Earth and much more! There's also an informative audio tour commentary on the double-decker bus, so you can make sense of the fabulous sights you're experiencing. With access to 14 stops around the city, and the ability to hop on and off the bus as much as you please within the given time period, you can truly immerse yourself into the culture of this charming destination.
Private

Highlights & Hidden Gems of Edinburgh

(101)
Duration: 3 hours
Edinburgh, is a magical place! And with the local host of your choice, you are going to experience it all. So get ready; culture, history, and local lifestyle await! Dive into the origin of Edinburgh as you see the city’s main landmarks like Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard. And how about the hidden gems? Oh, you’re in for a surprise! Every host has its own story to tell, so pick your favorite, and you’ll discover the city through their eyes. Experience their Edinburgh to the max based on their passions and expertise. They’ll make sure you have fun enjoying a unique and local perspective of Edinburgh. Want to take a break? Leave it up to your host! This is the perfect opportunity to visit that special eatery where only the locals come and your chance to enjoy a local treat hand-picked by your host. Feel free to ask your host more about their life in their city or get recommendations about the top things to do in Edinburgh. Remember, the locals know best. The best part of any city tour is definitely the unique stories. Everybody has a story to tell, especially your host. Each one of the local hosts has a different background ranging from arts to history. They can’t wait to share their knowledge with you and exchange ideas and perspectives! Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes and make their Edinburgh, your Edinburgh!

Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe & Pitlochry Tour from Edinburgh

(1314)
Duration: 12 hours
When exploring Scotland on your 1 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Scottish Highlands Tour, you will get to experience the very best of Scotland in a jam packed adventure. This tour is perfect for those who might have limited time and want to get the most for their money. With breathtaking scenery and landscapes of unspoilt nature you’ll travel the Scottish highlands, getting away from the hussle and bustle of modern life.

Experience Scottish culture through the folklore of Scotland’s myths and legends, historical sites and learn about the history of our wonderful country. Every twist and turn of the winding Scottish road has a new photo opportunity, a new story to be told and a new experience to be had.

Great Days Out Visit Scotland Campaign Discount available on certain dates !

Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

(2622)
Duration: 13 hours
See the best of Scotland's Highlands on a guided day trip from Edinburgh. Search for 'Nessie', meet some 'hairy coos' and see stunning landscapes.

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

(1342)
Duration: 12 hours
Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, beguiling mystery and dramatic history on this day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling to the Scottish Highlands, witness the stunning vistas of Cairngorms National Park and cruise along world-famous Loch Ness in search of the Loch Ness Monster and tour Urquhart Castle ruins. Admire an ancient castle in Stirling as you pass by, learn about the massacre at Glen Coe and the adventures of Scottish legend William Wallace, whose life is depicted in the film ‘Braveheart.’ Be sure to bring your camera to capture stunning views and maybe even a glimpse of ‘Nessie’!

Please note on December 26 there will be no castle or cruise available

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with Lunch from Edinburgh

(1235)
Duration: 12 hours
Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen Coe – the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a locally sourced and freshly made picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the Forth Bridge.
Private

City Escape: Highlands Day Trip

(77)
Duration: 12 hours
Enjoy your trip to the max experiencing the treasures of the Highlands. Explore the region's beauty and be delighted by the different highlights and hidden gems that you'll encounter along the way. Forget about hopping on a tourist bus and let a local take you through the Highlands; your way! Now you can spend the day discovering what other highlights lie outside Edinburgh - trust us; they are worth the visit! As your knowledgeable host takes you on a fascinating road trip where the route is as scenic as it gets, you'll make frequent stops to check out the surprises this area has to offer. See from Dalwinnie whisky distillery, Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace, plus many spectacular views along the way. And with a convenient pick-up and drop-off/ meeting point, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! To make the trip even more enjoyable, you can choose your local host for the day. Each of the hosts available for this day trip will take you on a unique journey based on their passions and expertise, and of course, also taking into consideration your interests. Our local hosts are natural storytellers, each with a different background ranging from arts and history to real foodies. They can't wait to share some of their unique stories and let you connect with their culture in an enjoyable and inspiring way! Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes.