Image of St Giles' Cathedral including crown spire,© Peter Backhouse
© Peter Backhouse

Classic Edinburgh itinerary

Visit iconic Edinburgh landmarks on an exciting 2-two schedule.

Day 1

Invite your customers to explore Edinburgh’s UNESCO world heritage city, and get up and close with some of the most unique and historically significant visitor products along the way.

Start on the Royal Mile, a historic street with famous landmarks and many attractions to discover along the full breadth of this famous mile. It stretches from Edinburgh Castle  at the top to The Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom. Outside the palace walls there is a lot to see with a beautiful garden, cosy café, shop and the Queen’s Gallery with regular art exhibitions and views to Arthur’s Seat. En-route, pass John Knox House & The Scottish Parliament with its modern architecture. Guided tours are available at both.

Historic Environment Scotland website gives practical dwell time tips for Edinburgh Castle, from the highlights in 1 hour to 2 to 3 hours, and themes such as the Royal Route with the celebrated Scottish Crown Jewels. Check their advice to ensure your clients get the best experience for time allotted.

Day 2

Your customers can continue to enjoy some of the great things that Edinburgh has to offer by exploring it from a open top hop-on-hop-off bus, learning about Scotland’s rich history in one of our many museums, and visiting some of our beautiful outdoor monuments, landmarks, and other unique places of interest.

We recommend providing your customers with some free time to enjoy Edinburgh’s wealth of shopping experiences.

For breath-taking city views, consider adding a short walk up Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s acropolis with spectacular panoramic views over the city and its collection of historic monuments. Add a visit to the National Museum of Scotland to discover Scotland’s “must see” treasures and to enjoy the city views from its seventh-floor roof terrace. Greyfriars Kirk, the first church built after the reformation in 1620 is nearby and a secret gem in the old town. It is believed that J. K. Rowling used some of the names on the tombs for inspiration for the series’ leading characters. (tours & museum).

It’s best to visit the Royal Mile on foot, or alternatively, with Edinburgh Bus Tours who provide a great way for groups and FITs to travel around the city and between its main attractions. See Royal Edinburgh Ticket, which includes entry to all three – The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle.

ADD ON 5-star experiences

  1. Edinburgh Bus Tours run a range of 5-star hop on hop off bus tours and accept group bookings.
  2. Mercat Tours are a locally owned, ghost and history walking tour company that deliver enthralling, award-winning 5-star tours to the city’s most historic sites
  3. The Scotch Whisky Experience offer a tasty range of inspirational whisky tours and tastings – taking in the grand tour of all regions of whisky and the story of Scotch!
  4. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns each August, bringing on a unique toe-tapping spectacle to Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade.
  5. National Galleries of Scotland – World class art and major exhibitions in four impressive Art Galleries around the city. Tours and catering available.