Leith (for Edinburgh), Scotland

Introduction to Leith (for Edinburgh), Scotland

Located on the shores on the Firth of Forth - north of Edinburgh city centre - Leith has served as the Scottish capital's port for centuries.

From the UNESCO-listed Old Town & New Town districts within the city centre to the lush parks and rolling hills on the outskirts, Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored, offering something for everyone.

To see some of Scotland's most famous and beautiful sights, be sure to explore the historic Old Town quarter which is home to the city's magnificent castle, the famous Holyrood Royal residence, the parliament building and St Giles' Cathedral. Or if you prefer to indulge in a little retail therapy, you can wander the high-end stores and independent boutiques that line Princes Street, George Street and other areas in the New Town.

Edinburgh is also renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the world-famous Military Tattoo and New Years Hogmanay - both of which can be visited on a fantastic Fred. Olsen Cruise.

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A taste of Scotland

A TASTE OF SCOTLAND

  • Enjoy a unique visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • Learn more about the whisky tasting process by resident experts
  • Sample three drams of the very finest “Water of Life”

 

Activity Tour Wine Tour
Price£89.00 - £99.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This exceptional tour will showcase Edinburgh’s highlights, before attending a private whisky tasting.

A short drive from Leith will take you into Edinburgh, the fascinating capital city of Scotland. Enjoy a panoramic drive to discover the centre of Edinburgh - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The highlight of your tour will no doubt be the whisky tasting, at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Here you are invited to taste a selection of the Society’s single malts, each drawn from a single cask. Society experts will guide you through the nosing and tasting process – an enjoyable experience for novice and aficionado alike. You will use the Society’s special tasting glasses, tasting guides in the form of little booklets and tasting notes relating to each whisky being sampled. After your memorable visit, you will return to Leith and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a limited amount of walking involved in this tour, most of which will be over even ground at the Whisky Society. However, there are also stairs to negotiate inside the Whisky Society and therefore this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. There is sometimes a lift available, however we cannot guarantee this will be working. Please note that the Malt Whisky Society does not accept guests under the age of 18 years of age.


Edinburgh & the Royal Botanic

EDINBURGH & THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN

  • The Royal Botanic Garden, a stone’s throw from the city, will capture your imagination
  • The Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden is colourful throughout the year
  • Admire Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and Georgian New Town

 

Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

This fascinating tour takes in the magnificent heritage of Edinburgh and you will also visit the renowned Royal Botanic Garden. Home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside China – the gardens are an oasis in the midst of the city’s bustle.

From Leith you will travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city. Embark on a fascinating city tour, which embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments. Pass the medieval Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and has been home to Scottish kings and queens through the centuries. You then drive down the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile. After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, you will enter the well-known principal shopping area, Princes Street, with the towering Scott Monument and beautiful Princes Street Gardens.

Next you will leave the centre of Edinburgh and arrive at the Royal Botanic Garden. Within the grounds, a group of greenhouses named the Glasshouse Experience displays orchids, giant Amazonian water lilies and a 200-year-old West Indian palm tree - the latter found in the elegant 1850s glass-topped Palm House. Discover the Chinese-style garden featuring a pavilion, a waterfall and the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside China. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is suitable for most guests – the gardens are largely accessible to wheelchair users and many of the paths are flat, with steep paths sign posted so they can be avoided. You will have time at leisure at the gardens, where a moderate amount of walking is required and there are some steps to negotiate – you will be here for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. We cannot guarantee what flora may be seen. Please note that this tour may operate in reserve.

 

SYMBOLS: Toilets, Free time, moderate walking & steps 

 


View of Edinburgh from Nelson Monument

EDINBURGH ON YOUR OWN

  • Discover the delights of Edinburgh
  • Spend time exploring the highlights of the city during approximately three hours at leisure

 

Activity Tour
Price£12.00 - £22.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour is ideal for guests who wish to see Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital, and explore independently.

Just a short drive from Leith, you will reach Edinburgh and its internationally famous sites. Your time in Edinburgh is your own – perhaps you can explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Botanic Gardens. A map will be supplied to help you plan your route.

After approximately three hours, you will re-join your coach at the designated place and time and return to the ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for all guests, as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. The amount of walking undertaken will be at your own discretion, during time at leisure. Please note that this transfer will not have a guide or Escort on the coach, maps will be provided when the passengers board the coach.

 


Edinburgh

EDINBURGH’S COAST & COUNTRYSIDE PANORAMIC

  • Appreciate the beauty of the surrounding areas of Edinburgh
  • Uncover the colourful rainbow landscapes which lie just outside the city
  • Admire golden barley fields, green rolling hills, blue seas and white sandy beaches
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hrs 45 Minutes
LimitationMinimal walking
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the delights of East Lothian, known as the ‘Garden of Scotland’. This is an area of breathtaking shorelines, unspoilt countryside, fine castles, attractive seaside towns, villages, and some of the world’s greatest golf links.

Departing Leith you travel east through Portobello, Edinburgh’s Victorian beach resort, and along the stunning East Lothian coastline. Travel along the banks of the Forth past Musselburgh, with one of Edinburgh’s most famous public schools, Loretto, and through a string of enchanting villages, including: Aberlady, a village which borders a nature reserve; Gullane, flanked by golf courses and millionaire villas; and beautifully quaint Dirleton, dominated by its Norman church, medieval castle and cricket green.

Enjoy a stop at the affluent Victorian resort of North Berwick, with its picture-postcard harbour and views across the scenic bay to the Bass Rock, a dramatic volcanic islet which is home to thousands of seabirds. Leaving North Berwick, head inland into the heart of East Lothian, to the picturesque village of Athelstaneford. A photo stop will be made at the kirk (church), before you continue towards the attractive market town of Haddington, which oozes old-world charm amongst all its listed buildings. Finally, your panoramic drive shall pass through Pencaitland - home to the Edinburgh Malt from Glenkinchie Distillery – before heading west and returning to your ship in Leith.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves optional walking during the free time in North Berwick, approximately 45 minutes and during the photo stops. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that this tour may operate in reserve.


Historic Stirling Castle

HISTORIC STIRLING CASTLE

  • Discover one of Scotland’s grandest castles
  • Encounter great lords, ladies and servants bringing history to life by introducing you to daily life
  • Admiring the castle’s commanding views over the surrounding countryside
Activity Tour
Price£38.00 - £48.00
DurationApproximately 4.15 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Experience one of Scotland’s finest and most dramatic castles, steeped in history. Stirling is where many battles between Scotland and the old enemy, England, have taken place, including William Wallace’s famous victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge and Robert the Bruce’s triumph at the Battle of Bannockburn.

From Leith you will travel west, following the Forth Valley until you arrive in the historic town of Stirling, located in the centre of Scotland as the gateway between the lowlands and highlands. Here you will visit the magnificent castle. Considered by many to be the grandest of all Scotland‘s castles, it is set on a high rocky outcrop with commanding views over the surrounding countryside.  Inside the castle you will explore its magnificent architecture and history. The furniture and décor in the royal apartments gives you an insight into how the king’s and queen’s chambers may have looked in the mid 16th century.

As you leave the castle, the views of the highlands lying across the lowlands are nothing short of spectacular. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking included on this tour, including cobblestones, sloping terrain and many steps. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will spend approximately an hour and three quarters at the castle.

 


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

MAGNIFICENT EDINBURGH

  • Embark on a fascinating city tour which embraces many of Edinburgh’s treasured historical monuments
  • Explore Edinburgh Castle which dominates the centre of the city
  • Enjoy beautiful views across the city from Arthur’s Seat
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationModerate Walking
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

A panoramic city tour will introduce you to the highlights of Edinburgh from the comfort of your coach, before you enjoy a visit to the city’s magnificent castle.

From Leith you will travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, with its dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Taking in the city’s highlights of the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town, you will then visit medieval Edinburgh Castle, which was home to Scottish kings and queens through the centuries.

Following the visit to the castle, you will drive along the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile.  After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Edinburgh residence, pass through the extensive, rather wild Royal Park and partly ascend Arthur’s Seat. Eventually you will enter the world-famous principal shopping street, Princes Street, with the towering Scott Monument and beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Continue past some of the city’s highlights before touring the Georgian New Town, with its elegant townhouses and private parks.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 90 minutes of walking at the castle, where steps will be encountered.  Photo stops will be made at the following places: Charlotte Square, Holyrood Palace and Dunsapie Loch - subject to traffic conditions and time constraints. Please note that should your call be on a Sunday, Holyrood Park (Arthur's Seat/Dunsapie Loch) will be closed. Photos at Edinburgh Castle are permitted, except in the Crown Room and the Scottish National War Memorial. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided.

 


Panoramic Edinburgh & Fourth Bridges

PANORAMIC EDINBURGH & FORTH BRIDGES

  • Admire the splendid views of the grand buildings of Old and New Towns, the majestic castle and the Royal Palace
  • Marvel at the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge - one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks
Activity Tour
Price£22.00 - £32.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationMinimal walking
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the capital of Scotland from the comfort of your coach. Explore the highlights of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will explore the treasure trove that comprises Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. First discover the Old Town, with the grand fortification of Edinburgh Castle that dominates the centre of the city. At the bottom of the historic Royal Mile you will reach the modern Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, the official Edinburgh residency of Her Majesty the Queen. Adjacent lies the extensive, rather wild, Holyrood Park; you will ascend the hill for commanding views over Edinburgh.

Proceed to the 18th century New Town. It is an orderly grid of neat Georgian townhouses and private parks, matching the enlightenment ideas so popular at the time of building. In the hollow between Old and New Town, you will now find the beautiful, lush Princes Street Gardens, the large National Gallery of Scotland and the distinct shape of the tall Scott Monument. Afterwards, continue to the pretty village of South Queensferry, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Forth Bridges. The masterpiece of Victorian steel construction, the Forth Rail Bridge is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks and a popular photography subject. Capture images of this magnificent construction before returning to Leith and your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is optional walking at the photo stops, however guests may remain on the coach if they wish. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that should your call be on a Sunday, Holyrood Park will be closed. Please note that this tour may operate in reserve.

 


Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

  • Enjoy the spectacle that is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Marvel at the sights and sounds of this special evening event
Activity Tour
PriceFROM £65.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with its unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre set against the amazing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, is without question one of the world's greatest shows. 

Each year some 200,000 people see the Tattoo live at Edinburgh Castle, coming from all over the globe, and are joined by around 50 million people worldwide, who enjoy watching this spectacular event on television. At the heart of every Tattoo's universal appeal is the stirring sight of the massed pipes and drums of the military bands and the Tattoo Company of Highland and Scottish dancers. In the past, bands of all sizes and descriptions have been joined by dancers, flag wavers, drill teams, camels, elephants, cavalry, motorcyclists and Royal Air Force police dogs – and each year heralds fresh surprises.

After this wonderful combination of Scottish and international cultural displays, you will make your way back to the coach for the return drive to your ship in Leith.

THIS TOUR IS FOR CRUISE M1620 ONLY - PLEASE RETURN YOUR FLYER OR SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM TO REQUEST SEATS

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The Castle Esplanade provides a grand setting for this event, but please note that depending on where the coach can stop, there will be at least a 20 minute uphill walk to the castle, which will be over cobbled terrain, and with hundreds of other excited spectators. There are also steps up to the stands and spectator seating is generally quite steeply tiered. You will receive your ticket on the way to Edinburgh so may walk at your own pace on arrival, but please note that the area will be very busy and there will be nowhere to rest. Arrangements can be made for those in wheelchairs – please enquire with plenty of notice and note that wheelchair users must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion. Please note that the Tattoo itself will last for approximately an hour and a half and the event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day.

Tickets are limited so please return the booking form as soon as possible. It is very unlikely that tickets will be available to book onboard. Once confirmed, tickets will be NON-REFUNDABLE.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TOUR CHOICES INCLUDE RETURN TRANSPORT AND WALKING OF AT LEAST 20 MINUTES OVER COBBLED UNEVEN TERRAIN WITH STEPS. THERE ARE LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS AT THE TATTOO (FOR USER & COMPANION ONLY) - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION, IF REQUIRED, BEFORE BOOKING. 


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

TOUR ABW - SCENIC EDINBURGH

  • Admire the highlights of Edinburgh from the comfort of your coach
  • Step back in time with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the city
  • Marvel at the spectacular surrounding views 

 

Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the highlights of Scotland’s capital city before admiring Edinburgh’s most famous landmark – its imposing castle.

 

Leaving the quayside, embark on a panoramic drive of Edinburgh, admiring the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and the medieval Royal Mile, with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle at one end and the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. The palace is renowned for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568, and was also occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many historical dramas, including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

Drive up to one of the city’s high vantage points and admire spectacular views over Edinburgh, before you continue to the impressive castle. The castle, which dominates Edinburgh’s skyline, has played an important role in Scotland’s long and colourful history, bearing witness to many important events throughout the centuries, including the death of Queen Margaret in 1093 and the birth of James VI in 1566. One of Scotland’s most visited attractions, the castle is built high on an extinct volcano and offers stunning views over the city.

Once inside the castle, which is part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, you can enjoy the opportunity to admire the many different architectural styles of the fortress, reflecting its historical importance – the oldest section dates back to the 12th century. During your visit, you can also marvel at the Honours (Scotland’s Crown Jewels) and the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone – the Coronation Stone – which was used to crown the monarchs of Scotland, England and the Kingdom of Great Britain. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of compulsory walking, some of which will be over steep terrain, and there will be flights of stairs and some spiral staircases to negotiate. There will be around 30 minutes of time at leisure (at Edinburgh Castle) where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Ramps and a lift are available in the castle. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that photographs are not permitted in the Crown Jewels room at the castle, or the National Memorial. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.

 

 


View of Edinburgh from Nelson Monument

Tour AX - Scenic Edinburgh & Castle

  • Admire the highlights of Edinburgh from the comfort of your coach
  • Step back in time with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the city
  • Marvel at the spectacular surrounding views 
Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Discover the highlights of Scotland’s capital city before admiring Edinburgh’s most famous landmark – its imposing castle.

Leaving the quayside, embark on a panoramic drive of Edinburgh, admiring the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and the medieval Royal Mile, with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle at one end and the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. The palace is renowned for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568, and was also occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many historical dramas, including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

Drive up to one of the city’s high vantage points and admire spectacular views over Edinburgh, before you continue to the impressive castle. The castle, which dominates Edinburgh’s skyline, has played an important role in Scotland’s long and colourful history, bearing witness to many important events throughout the centuries, including the death of Queen Margaret in 1093 and the birth of James VI in 1566. One of Scotland’s most visited attractions, the castle is built high on an extinct volcano and offers stunning views over the city.

Once inside the castle, which is part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, you can enjoy the opportunity to admire the many different architectural styles of the fortress, reflecting its historical importance – the oldest section dates back to the 12th century. During your visit, you can also marvel at the Honours (Scotland’s Crown Jewels) and the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone – the Coronation Stone – which was used to crown the monarchs of Scotland, England and the Kingdom of Great Britain.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of compulsory walking, some of which will be over steep terrain, and there will be flights of stairs and some spiral staircases to negotiate. Ramps and a lift are available in the castle. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that photographs are not permitted in the Crown Jewels room at the castle, or the National Memorial. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


View of Edinburgh from Nelson Monument

Tour CX - Royal Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh offers a complete royal experience
  • Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was the Queen’s floating palace
  • Explore the magnificent Holyrood Palace and its beautiful grounds

 

Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 6 3/4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

On this tour, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen's much loved home away from home; enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh, with a little time at leisure, and a visit to Holyrood Palace - the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

A short transfer will take you to where the former Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. Once used to host glittering state and official occasions, this remains one of the most famous ships in the world. You will discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the sun lounge, drawing room and bedrooms, as well as the working deck, officer’s mess, sick bay and engine room.

Departing Britannia, you then head for the centre of the city and take a fascinating tour that embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town nearby. Enjoy time at leisure at the Royal Mile, with its innumerable alleys and closes, enabling you to browse the shops and have lunch before heading to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Residence when staying in Edinburgh.

Holyrood Palace was built in the style of a French chateau - the Great Gallery is adorned with over a hundred portraits of Scottish monarchs through the ages and the Royal Apartments are fascinating for their associations with Mary, Queen of Scots’ turbulent history. There is also a chance to explore the grounds, where the Queen hosts her annual Garden Party to honour Scotland’s great and good. The ingenious ‘ha‐ha’ border gives the illusion that there is no wall separating the palace grounds from the rest of Holyrood Park. A truly delightful visit.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet) of walking during the visit and there are steps to negotiate, however alternative routes via ramps can be taken. This tour is suitable for wheelchair users however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. You will have an audio guide informing you about the Royal Yacht. The visit to Holyrood will be partly guided, with time at leisure also. There may be photo restrictions – your guide will inform you before each visit. Please note that lunch is not included in the cost of this tour, but you will have time at leisure to purchase lunch or refreshments if you so wish. 

 

 

 


Panoramic Edinburgh & Fourth Bridges

Tour DX - City Sightseeing of Edinburgh & Forth Bridges

  • Admire the splendid views of the grand buildings of Old and New Towns, the majestic castle and the Royal Palace
  • Marvel at the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge - one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the capital of Scotland from the comfort of your coach. Explore the highlights of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will explore the treasure trove that comprises Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. First discover the Old Town, with the grand fortification of Edinburgh Castle that dominates the centre of the city. At the bottom of the historic Royal Mile you will reach the modern Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, the official Edinburgh residency of Her Majesty the Queen. Adjacent lies the extensive, rather wild, Holyrood Park; you will ascend the hill for commanding views over Edinburgh.

Proceed to the 18th century New Town. It is an orderly grid of neat Georgian townhouses and private parks, matching the enlightenment ideas so popular at the time of building. In the hollow between Old and New Town, you will now find the beautiful, lush Princes Street Gardens, the large National Gallery of Scotland and the distinct shape of the tall Scott Monument. Afterwards, continue to the pretty village of South Queensferry, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Forth Bridges. The masterpiece of Victorian steel construction, the Forth Rail Bridge is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks and a popular photography subject. Capture images of this magnificent construction before returning to Leith and your awaiting ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is optional walking at the photo stops, however guests may remain on the coach if they wish. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that should your call be on a Sunday, Holyrood Park will be closed. Please note that this tour may operate in reserve.


Tour EXC - Royal Yacht Brittania

  • Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was the Queen’s floating palace
  • Enjoy a private tour of this famous vessel
  • Savour morning tea and scones on the Royal Deck

 

Price£145.00-£155.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the world’s most famous ships. This luxury yacht was a floating residence for the British Royal Family for more than 40 years.   

Leaving the pier in Leith, a transfer of approximately ten minutes will take you to the majestic Britannia. Here the red carpet awaits as you board the yacht via the Royal Brow, an entrance previously reserved for the Queen and Royal Family.

Launched in 1953, the Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served Queen and country for over forty years, during which time it carried Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on 968 official voyages, from the most remote regions of the South Seas to the deepest divides of Antarctica. Since she was decommissioned in 1997, she has taken up permanent residence in Leith, and provides a fascinating and unique behind-the-scenes view of the Royal Family and Britannia’s role as a floating palace. The Queen once described the yacht as the one place where she could truly relax.

During your fascinating visit, see the gleaming engine room, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s bedrooms, the crew quarters and more. You can also savour morning tea comprising specialty teas, fresh coffee and a selection of freshly baked scones served on the Royal Deck, with stunning waterfront views.

At the end of your tour, re-board your coach for the return drive to your awaiting ship in Leith.

 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved to make the most out of your time on Britannia. Although there are steps to negotiate, there are lifts and ramps throughout (not accessible to electric scooters), however all guests must be able to board the coach unaided.

 

 

 


TOUR EXCW - ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

  • Marvel at the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was the Queen’s floating palace
  • Enjoy a private tour of this famous vessel
  • Savour morning tea and scones on the Royal Deck

 

Price£130.00-£150.00
DurationApproximately 2 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, one of the world’s most famous ships. This luxury yacht was a floating residence for the British Royal Family for more than 40 years.   

 

Leaving the pier in Leith, a transfer of approximately ten minutes will take you to the majestic Britannia. Here the red carpet awaits as you board the yacht via the Royal Brow, an entrance previously reserved for the Queen and Royal Family.

 

Launched in 1953, the Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served Queen and country for over forty years, during which time it carried Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on 968 official voyages, from the most remote regions of the South Seas to the deepest divides of Antarctica. Since she was decommissioned in 1997, she has taken up permanent residence in Leith, and provides a fascinating and unique behind-the-scenes view of the Royal Family and Britannia’s role as a floating palace. The Queen once described the yacht as the one place where she could truly relax.

During your fascinating visit, see the gleaming engine room, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s bedrooms, the crew quarters and more. You can also savour morning tea comprising specialty teas, fresh coffee and a selection of freshly baked scones served on the Royal Deck, with stunning waterfront views.

At the end of your tour, re-board your coach for the return drive to your awaiting ship in Leith. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved to make the most out of your time on Britannia. Although there are steps to negotiate, there are lifts and ramps throughout (not accessible to electric scooters), however all guests must be able to board the coach unaided.

 


Edinburgh & the Royal Botanic

Tour FX - Edinburgh & The Royal Botanic Garden

  • The Royal Botanic Garden, a stone’s throw from the city, will capture your imagination
  • Marvel at the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden which is colourful throughout the year
  • Admire Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and Georgian New Town

 

Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This fascinating tour takes in the magnificent heritage of Edinburgh, including the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town and the majestic castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. As a complete contrast, you will also visit the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens in Inverleith, home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside China - an oasis in the midst of the city’s bustle.

From Leith you travel into Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, with its dramatic setting, perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Embark on a fascinating city tour, which embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval Old Town, and the 18th century New Town. Pass the medieval Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens throughout the centuries. You then drive down the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile.

After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, you will enter the well-known principal shopping area, Princes Street, with the towering Scott Monument and beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Pass some of the museums and art galleries before touring the Georgian New Town, with its elegant townhouses and private parks.

Continuing, you will leave the centre of Edinburgh and arrive at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are particularly well-known for their rhododendrons that spring to life in a glorious patchwork of colours.

Many of the most exotic plants were brought to Edinburgh by the famous horticulturist George Forrest, who made seven expeditions to south west China between 1904 and 1932. There is also a major Chinese-style garden featuring a pavilion, a waterfall and the world’s largest collection of Chinese wild plants outside of China.

After your informative visit, you will travel back to Leith and your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is suitable for most guests as long as you are able to board and disembark the coach independently – the gardens are largely accessible to wheelchair users and many of the paths are flat (steep paths are sign posted and can be avoided). You will have time at leisure at the gardens, where a moderate amount of walking is required and there are some steps to negotiate – you will be here for approximately one and a half hours. We cannot guarantee what flora may be seen. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

 


Historic Stirling Castle

TOUR GBW - STIRLING CASTLE

  • Discover one of Scotland’s grandest castles
  • Learn more about the history of this 15th century residence
  • Admiring the castle’s stunning views over the surrounding countryside

 

Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

With its commanding position in beautiful countryside, Stirling Castle has played a crucial role in Scotland’s history. Learn more about the magnificent castle on this insightful tour.

A drive of approximately one hour and 15 minutes will take you to Stirling Castle, one of the most historically important fortifications in Scotland. From its spectacular setting, high on a volcanic rock above the River Forth, Stirling Castle has controlled one of the main routes between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands for centuries, earning the title ‘key to the kingdom’. Earlier fortifications have given way to today’s palatial and beautifully furnished 15th century residence, the home of the Stuart kings and birthplace of James II.

Stirling Castle has a long and bloody past, and throughout history it was besieged and attacked at least 16 times. The first records of the castle date from the 12th century, and during the 13th and 14th centuries it played an important role in battles between England and Scotland. The Battle of Bannockburn took place close to the walls of the castle in 1314, during which the Scots, who were led by Robert the Bruce, captured the castle. During its long and eventful history, the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots took place at the castle, James VI (the future James I of England) Prince Henry was born here and the eighth Earl of Douglas was murdered within its walls.

Most of what you will see today dates from the 14th to 18th centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle with your guide, or take the opportunity to explore at leisure before embarking on the return drive back to your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking included on this tour, which will be over cobbled and sloping terrain. There may be a courtesy vehicle available to take guests into the castle, however this cannot be guaranteed on the day, and there may be a long wait for this. There will also be some steps to negotiate inside the castle, therefore to get the most out of this tour, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will spend approximately two hours at the castle.

 

 


Historic Stirling Castle

Tour GX - Stirling Castle

  • Discover one of Scotland’s grandest castles
  • Learn more about the history of this 15th century residence
  • Admiring the castle’s stunning views over the surrounding countryside

 

Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

With its commanding position in beautiful countryside, Stirling Castle has played a crucial role in Scotland’s history. Learn more about the magnificent castle on this insightful tour.

A drive of approximately one hour and 15 minutes will take you to Stirling Castle, one of the most historically important fortifications in Scotland. From its spectacular setting, high on a volcanic rock above the River Forth, Stirling Castle has controlled one of the main routes between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands for centuries, earning the title ‘key to the kingdom’. Earlier fortifications have given way to today’s palatial and beautifully furnished 15th century residence, the home of the Stuart kings and birthplace of James II.

Stirling Castle has a long and bloody past, and throughout history it was besieged and attacked at least 16 times. The first records of the castle date from the 12th century, and during the 13th and 14th centuries it played an important role in battles between England and Scotland. The Battle of Bannockburn took place close to the walls of the castle in 1314, during which the Scots, who were led by Robert the Bruce, captured the castle. During its long and eventful history, the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots took place at the castle, James VI (the future James I of England) Prince Henry was born here and the eighth Earl of Douglas was murdered within its walls.

Most of what you will see today dates from the 14th to 18th centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle with your guide, or take the opportunity to explore at leisure before embarking on the return drive back to your awaiting ship.

 

 

 

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking included on this tour, which will be over cobbled and sloping terrain. There may be a courtesy vehicle available to take guests into the castle, however this cannot be guaranteed on the day, and there may be a long wait for this. There will also be some steps to negotiate inside the castle, therefore to get the most out of this tour, it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will spend approximately two hours at the castle.

 

 

 


Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations

TOUR HOG - HOGMANAY - NEW YEAR STREET PARTY CELEBRATIONS

  • Welcome in the New Year in style!
  • Celebrate Hogmanay at the Princes Street party
  • Witness Edinburgh’s spectacular fireworks display 

 

Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Celebrate the end of 2016 with revelry and passion in true Scottish style at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – the big night that marks the arrival of the New Year.

Board your coach and transfer to a designated drop-off point, from where you will walk to Princes Street and experience one of the world’s most famous New Year events. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, you can experience the outdoor bars, giant screens, live music and entertainment. Then, at the stroke of midnight, join hands as you come together for a national sing-a-long of Auld Lang Syne, and watch the magnificent fireworks display to welcome in 2017!

Following the festivities, you will meet your coach at the designated pick-up point, and return to your awaiting ship. 

PLEASE CONTACT THE TOURS DEPARTMENT ON 01473 747163 TO REQUEST TICKETS FOR THIS TOUR

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that depending on traffic restrictions on the day, this tour may involve a strenuous amount of walking from the coach park to Princes Street, and vice versa. This will be a very busy, all-standing, outdoor event, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please dress accordingly for the time of year. Guests under the age of 12 are not permitted at the street party – those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. For reference, refreshments are not included – snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase from outdoor bars. Please note that tickets to the street party do not allow access into the Concert in the Gardens or the Old Town Ceilidh events. Walking is at the discretion of the individual.

 

 


Tour HX - Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel

  • Founded in 1446, Rosslyn Chapel has welcomed visitors for many generations
  • Marvel at the interior which is richly carved - a masterpiece of religious, symbolic and masonic carvings

 

Price£70.00-£80.00
Duration4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful architectural gems - Rosslyn Chapel, home to tales of mystery and intrigue.

Travel into the heart of Midlothian for a visit to Roslin, a quaint little village and home of the mysterious, historic enigma of Rosslyn Chapel. Perched above the Esk Valley, this magnificent, unique chapel is surrounded by myths, legends and undeniable beauty, and has a richly carved interior of biblical representations. One of the main attractions is the most elaborate carving the Apprentice Pillar - legend says that while the master was away in Rome, the apprentice finished the work for him, and then on his return, the master mason felt so threatened by his apprentice’s clearly demonstrated talent, that he blinded and murdered him in a surge of rage. The chapel has now become famous as the site of the climax of the bestselling novel and Hollywood blockbuster - The Da Vinci Code.

After your visit to the chapel enjoy some time at lesiure to explore the adjacent Roslin Glen with its castle ruins before returning to your awaiting ship in Leith.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking is required at Rosslyn Chapel, which is not wheelchair accessible. The floors can be uneven and aisles are narrow, and there are steep stairs, which are not suitable for guests with limited mobility, down to the crypt. There are plenty of seats if required. You will have an audio guide (headset) during your visit here.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

TOUR IBW - EDINBURGH ON YOUR OWN (HALF DAY)

  • Discover the delights of Edinburgh
  • Spend time exploring the highlights of the city during approximately three hours at leisure

 

Boat Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour is ideal for guests who wish to see Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital, and explore independently.

Just a short drive from Leith, you will reach Edinburgh and its internationally famous sites. Your time in Edinburgh is your own – perhaps you can explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Botanic Gardens.

After approximately three hours, you will re-join your coach at the designated place and time and return to the ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for all guests, as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. The amount of walking undertaken will be at your own discretion, during time at leisure. We understand that guests may be able to travel into Edinburgh independently, however this tour includes a qualified guide and coach transfer on one of the busiest days of the year in Edinburgh.

 


View of Edinburgh from Nelson Monument

TOUR IBWF - EDINBURGH ON YOUR OWN (FULL DAY)

  • Discover the delights of Edinburgh
  • Spend time exploring the highlights of the city during approximately five and a half hours at leisure

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 6 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour is ideal for guests who wish to see Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital, and explore independently.

Just a short drive from Leith, you will reach Edinburgh and its internationally famous sites. Your time in Edinburgh is your own – perhaps you can explore the Old Town and Georgian New Town, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyrood House or the Royal Botanic Gardens.

After approximately five and a half hours, you will re-join your coach at the designated place and time and return to the ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for all guests, as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. The amount of walking undertaken will be at your own discretion, during time at leisure. We understand that guests may be able to travel into Edinburgh independently, however this tour includes a qualified guide and coach transfer on one of the busiest days of the year in Edinburgh.


Leith Torchlight Procession

TOUR TOR - SCENIC EDINBURGH & THE TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION

  • Enjoy the opportunity to witness the Hogmanay opening ceremony – the spectacular Torchlight Procession
  • Be amazed as the city centre is illuminated by thousands of torch carriers
  • Admire the highlights of Edinburgh from the comfort of your coach

 

Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour offers a wonderful introduction to the city of Edinburgh with an opportunity to experience the evening Torchlight Procession – the famous opening ceremony for Hogmanay.

Your tour begins with a panoramic drive of the city, during which you can admire the Georgian architecture of the New Town and Princes Street and drive down parts of the famous medieval Royal Mile with the imposing Edinburgh Castle at one end and the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. The palace is renowned for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568, and was also occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many historical dramas, including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities, the palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

Following your panoramic drive, you can savour time at leisure, during which you can take the opportunity to witness some of the Hogmanay opening ceremony. Led by pipe bands and Vikings, thousands of torchbearers illuminate the city as they walk from the George IV Bridge to Carlton Hill, to the Son et Lumiere bonfire and fireworks display. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the Torchlight Procession is a very popular event and crowds are inevitable. There will be up to two hours of standing on this tour; therefore it may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who are not able to stand for long periods. This tour may involve a strenuous amount of walking from the coach drop-off point to the spectator points for the procession. Please dress accordingly for the time of year. There will be no inside visits during the panoramic tour – Holyroodhouse Palace will be viewed from the outside only. Please note that at the time of going to print, road closures for the Hogmanay events had not been advised, therefore the itinerary of this tour is subject to change. 

 


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