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Capture the Magic of Edinburgh With These Exciting Experiences

There's plenty to do in the lively city of Edinburgh
There's plenty to do in the lively city of Edinburgh | © eye35 / Alamy Stock Photo
A trip to Edinburgh isn’t complete without doing some of the activities the city is famous for, such as sampling whiskey or exploring the beautiful hills. These experiences help you discover the best of the city with a unique twist.

There’s so much to be discovered in Edinburgh: once you look past the biggest sites such as the Castle and Arthur’s Seat, you’ll realise there’s unlimited ways to experience the city. Here, Culture Trip has curated a list of the most interesting activities that are both unique and quintessentially Edinburgh: these tours and experiences will help you discover the city’s comedy heritage, the most breathtaking views and of course the spirits (of both kinds) that Scotland is famous for.

ToursThe Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh
From £15 per person
2 hours
5 (3)
The Mountebank Comedy walk is Edinburgh's only comedy walking tour and the only tour lead by a professional local comedian. This is a tour that is both 'hysterical' and 'historical'. On the Mountebank Tour you will laugh a lot and learn a little.

The tour is a mixture of stand-up comedy and historical story telling. I try not to get too bogged down in dates and names and instead tell stories that you will hopefully remember and regale your friends and family with back home!

Why do they fire a massive cannon every lunch time at 1 o'clock? Is the Unicorn really Scotland's national animal? Why are so many of Edinburgh's pubs named after brutal murderers? Do they really eat deep-fired mars bars in Scotland? I'll tell you everything you want to know about Edinburgh and possibly a little you didn't want to know about me!

"a star on the rise at the moment with material totally on the pulse, Daniel is one to watch". (Mumble Comedy)

'best history show 2019 Fringe' (Herald)
ToursStirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
From £43 per person
10 hours
5 (86)
Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and follow in the footsteps of great Scottish heroes on this historic and scenic trip into the Scottish heartlands. Enjoy a day with at least 5 fabulous stops including Stirling Castle, whisky tour and tasting at the Glengoyne Distillery and a scenic drive through the Highlands to the legendary Loch Lomond.
ActivitiesThe Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky
From £17 per person
50 minutes
5 (27)
This 50-minute guided tour at 10am daily, ideal for whisky novices and families, is the perfect introduction to the world of whisky. Discover the whisky making process on the bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery. Explore the five Scotch whisky producing regions and learn how the geography and weather combine to create regional characteristics shaping a single malt whisky's unique flavor. Delve into the history and alchemy of blending, and learn how the art of creating a perfectly balanced blended Scotch whisky came about. Finally, enjoy a guided tasting of your chosen whisky within the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky.The Tour cannot be changed to a different time
ToursHill & Nature Walk ~ Discover Real Edinburgh With A Local Expert! (small Group)
From £68 per person
3 to 4 hours
4 (1)
This is a MUST DO Walking Tour in the prettiest hill range from the 7 hills which creates Edinburgh. Discover the Scottish Highlands & Stunning Scottish Nature in the middle of the capital city! If you love nature and want to explore the real beauty of Edinburgh and famous Pentland Hills, then this is the ideal tour for you. We will be BACK BY LUNCH-TIME & ALL DAY BUS TICKET IS INCLUDED.

Hi,

I am Rishi your host and your guide. I have over 20 years of experience in hospitality & tourism. I got my degree in Tourism in Edinburgh to match my love of travel. I'm from India and I live in the alluring city of Edinburgh. When I first came here many years back I fell in love with this city. Being myself a nature lover and an explorer, I found endless opportunities here.

I conduct walking tours in this stunning city. If you want to explore real Edinburgh, then you are looking at your ideal tour guide. The experience I provide will become the memories of a life time for you.
ToursLoch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
From £49 per person
12 hours
5 (2219)
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.
ToursPrivate Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini
From £250 per person
4 hours
5 (31)
Not every visitor has the time to spend on a full-day tour, so pick the perfect solution of a 4-hour morning or afternoon private tour. Zip around Edinburgh in a compact Mini Cooper to see all the local and hidden sights, including the landmarks too. Finish off you tour with a fantastic lunch or supper at one of the best local places in Edinburgh. In our Mini Cooper, you will enjoy an intimate experience of Edinburgh.
Tours1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh
From £21 per person
1 hour
5 (69)
Discover Edinburgh's hidden history on a 1 hour underground guided tour at The Real Mary King's Close. Tours run everyday and depart every 15 minutes. With a costumed character tour guide, uncover the true story of how a network of Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. A top quality visitor attraction, allowing you to see for yourself what daily life was like in the 17th Century for both rich and poor. The maximum tour capacity is 20 people so this is an intimate and personal experience.