See Edinburgh Like Never Before With These Unique Experiences

Edinburgh is a totally unique city waiting to be discovered
Edinburgh is a totally unique city waiting to be discovered | © Ian Rutherford / Alamy Stock Photo

A visit to Edinburgh doesn’t have to be all tartan, bagpipes and ancient castles; there’s lots to do in the Scottish city beyond the most significant landmarks. This hand-selected list of activities and experiences will help you uncover Edinburgh’s unique side.

Want to see the much-loved streets of Edinburgh from a whole new perspective? The city’s full of iconic landmarks, from the majestic castle to the towering Arthur’s Seat, but it’s well worth exploring the city’s quirkier offerings as well. Venture deep underground on a journey through the city’s grisly past, cruise through the waters toward a remote island or learn about the musical icons inspired by Scotland’s capital.

ActivitiesOld Curiosity's Gin Lounge Secret Garden and Distillery Experience
From $23 per person
1 hour
Beginning with the hand-picking and drying of our garden’s flowers through to distilling, bottling and labelling, everything happens on site and will be showcased during our new gin garden and distillery tour.

With over a thousand juniper bushes, complemented by 500 herbs and floral varieties such as scented lemon verbena, geraniums, irises and roses, the gin garden is the ultimate tribute to nature’s magic. Curated by our founder, renowned Scottish herbologist Hamish Martin, it encapsulates his boundless passion and knowledge.
ActivitiesEdinburgh Food Safari - we do the hunting, you do the eating
From $189 per person
3 hours
I was born and brought up in Edinburgh and am passionate about locally produced food – I made a 16-series TV programme about eating and cycling in Scotland called The Woman Who Ate Scotland. I want the tour to be like a food-loving friend is taking you to their favourite places – like the best place to get scones warm from the oven, served with vanilla bean cream and homemade jam. Guests get to meet the makers – the fishmonger who smokes the salmon, the marshmallow lady who makes the marshmallows, the butcher who makes the haggis. I also give guests a guided tour of the fascinating history of the 18th-century UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE of The New Town. I have been running my unique food tours for four years and am used by tour companies such as Abercrombie and Kent and also VisitScotland. I can also tailor tours to suit your group, from hen nights with safari hats to sourcing a piper to pipe you into a unique kilt shop!
ToursEdinburgh Literary Pub Tour
From $25 per person
2 hours
4 (2)
The award-winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour to be launched in Edinburgh in 1996! Why is it regarded by many as a pioneer in its field and a Must-See cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world – standing out from all the rest…….? Performed by professional actors and not academics or tour guides reciting from books. It represents great value for money and has a very high entertainment factor!Join the intrepid duo Clart ( as in muck!) and our clean-hankied intellectual Mcbrain, who will lead you on a brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the wynds, courtyards and pubs of Edinburgh’s Old and New Town. A Hilarious duel of wits across 300 years of great writing and colourful characters.

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ToursEdinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour
From $20 per person
2 hours
4.7 (3)
Join this 2-hour walking tour to explore the magical places that all Harry Potter fans should see in Edinburgh. With your guide, walk the streets that inspired J.K. Rowling and learn about the dark history of witches and wizards of Edinburgh.
ToursGhostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh
From $24 per person
1 hour 15 minutes
4.5 (2)
Small, personal 5 star group tour with a maximum of 15 people.

Experience a ghost tour in the safety of the daylight hours to get up close to Edinburgh’s haunted past. Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults but beware, its always dark underground...

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