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Best of Edinburgh Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Tour


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Ancient Gothic architecture, history everywhere, and sites that inspired J. K. Rowling to write Harry Potter; Edinburgh is a magical place! On this private tour, get ready to discover the best highlights the city has to offer, as well as its unique hidden gems with your favorite local.
Get ready to experience Edinburgh the local way. Walk down the Royal Mile and head over to the Old College, which is the fifth oldest university in the Anglosphere. See and touch Edinburgh’s history at The National Museum of Scotland and enjoy the panorama of the city.
Explore the peculiar Greyfriars’ Kirkyard and its landmarks full of stories, from Greyfriars Bobby to the harrowing accounts of body snatching. Stroll through the charming Victoria Street and see how it shaped the creation of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. And step into The Writers’ Museum to discover the life and works of famous authors who have penned masterpieces in the English literary world.
Feeling thirsty? Why not some treats!

What You'll Get

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Stop At: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland

After you meet your local guide outside The Tron Bar, you will head together towards this hidden gem. Explore the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

Discover collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

Wonder in this cemetery from the 16th century. Hear the famous story about Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who guarded his master's grave.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: 21 Grassmarket Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland

Discover this historic market place and nowadays event space in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. In relation to the rest of the city it lies in a hollow, well below surrounding ground levels. Stop by a local's favourite inn nearby and grab something to eat if you feel hungry.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Diagon Alley, Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK

A fact true Potterheads are probably already aware of, if you type Diagon Alley into Google maps it will direct you to Victoria Street - even though the Diagon Alley plaque and mural are actually on Candlemaker Row.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Estatua David Hume, Calle Royal Mile, Edinburgh Scotland

Local tradition dictates that a touch of David Hume’s toe will bring good luck, though the practice ironically defies the philosopher’s vehement rejection of superstition.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

Visit the square which came into existence in 1632 as a forecourt to the Parliament House on the old graveyard of St Giles Kirk.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Writers' Museum, Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA Scotland

Get to know more about the lives of three of the foremost Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century. Discover this unique place before hearing the final recommandations of your guide at the end of your tour.

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 1 alcoholic drink: beer
  • Local Guide
  • Private Tour

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food & beverages not listed as inclusions

3 hours

Return Details
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK

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14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.

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