Explore Edinburgh and the Surrounding Area with Tours and Excursions

Few cities in the world can boast the rich history of Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city full of hidden gems and wonders to uncover through exploration. If you have an interest in the old kings and queens of Scotland, the religious turmoil, or some of the murky events in Auld Reekie’s past then a tour is a great way to find out more. Wandering the cobbled streets of the Old Town is highly recommended for anyone, but if you want to find the best spots and be entertained with some historical stories, and maybe the odd tall tale, then a walking tour is for you. Cadies and Witchery Tours offer an insight into Edinburgh's often gruesome past, and those with a daring disposition might brave the Covenanter's Prison with City of the Dead Tours. Fans of Harry Potter will love the Potter Trail.

You may also enjoy a day or two outside the city exploring the stunning scenery of the Scottish countryside, exploring the ruins of old castles, or having a wee dram or two at a whisky distillery. There are plenty of terrific excursions to choose from if you want a day trip that reveals a bit more of Scotland. Hairy Coo offer great excursions all over Scotland and you only pay as much as you think your tour was worth.

In this roundup we pick out the best tours and excursions. There’s plenty of informative history, breath-taking beauty spots, creepy shenanigans in the dark, and hidden treasures to uncover. 

Outside the City


You have a wide choice of tours with Afternoon Tea Tours from chocolate or whisky lover's tours to Scottish aviation history, golf or castles. Whatever your interest these intimate private tours for small parties will have something to interest...  Read More



The Potter Trail is a lively and entertaining tour of Edinburgh with fans of the highly popular Harry Potter books and films in mind. The history and architecture of the old Town of Edinburgh inspired JK Rowling, and she wrote her first book in...  Read More



Small group tours and excursions to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is what Rabbie's is all about. You can select from Rabbie's Trail Burners, which are single day tours to destinations such as Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and St. Andrews, or...  Read More



Edinburgh is a city of stories and legends, and this tour is a great way to learn the most unique tales. You'll get to stroll down the evocative lanes of this history-laden city while hearing about the Great Fire, the man who survived when a...  Read More



This award-winning tour was introduced in 1996 and has since grown in both scope and reputation. Participants get an up-close view of the city while learning about the literary greats that lived there. The Scottish Literary Renaissance, led by...  Read More



You can't beat a free day out. The Hairy Coo - Free Scottish Highlands Tour is a day excursion from Edinburgh which operates on a tips only basis. You'll see the Forth Bridges, the Wallace Monument in Stirling and get a taste of the Highlands in...  Read More



If you want a break from more traditional sightseeing activities and you fancy indulging yourself in a spot of gentle hedonism then why not embark on the Eat Walk Edinburgh tour? This is truly a foodie's dream with stops throughout Edinburgh's...  Read More



Edinburgh is said to be one of the world's most haunted cities, and there are a number of tours available for those who will risk an encounter with the spirits. Some of the tours can be a little cheesy, with dubious historical accuracy and...  Read More



These free tours of Edinburgh work on a tips only basis and will introduce you to some of the highlights of the city. The exact tour you'll get depends on the guide but you can expect plenty of history, some great story-telling, and a food or...  Read More



The macabre side of Edinburgh and its grisly past make for a terrific tour topic. If you enjoy scares and laughs in equal measure then the ghostly Witchery tour is definitely for you. You'll stalk around the Old Town with a dead man for a guide...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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