The Edinburgh Shore Excursion
One day tour
On this fascinating Edinburgh shore excursion you can explore the Royal Yacht Britannia, visit the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse and tour imposing Edinburgh Castle. Later a panoramic tour will include the Georgian New Town and medieval Royal Mile followed by free-time for shopping or further exploration.
Price range: £49-£49
Royal Yacht Britannia - tour the Royal Family’s former floating palace
Palace of Holyroodhouse - discover MH The Queen’s official residence in Scotland
Royal Mile - explore the historic back bone of the medieval old town
Edinburgh Castle - during your visit enjoy the dramatic views of the city and see the spectacular Scottish Crown Jewels
Grassmarket - learn the gruesome tale of the many public executions that took place here
New Town - marvel at the grand Georgian architecture, magnificent squares and sweeping crescents
Movie locations - Trainspotting, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and One Day
Full Tour Itinerary
Welcome aboard your Edinburgh shore excursion from South Queensferry. On disembarkation from your tender meet your Guide for a fascinating visit to Scotland’s Capital City.
The tour commences with an introduction to Edinburgh’s long and colourful history as we make our way towards the Port of Leith where we’ll stop so you can visit the former Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of HM The Queen for over 40 years. Follow in the footsteps of Presidents and Prime Ministers as you tour the private and public apartments of this historic ship.
Our Edinburgh shore excursion continues with a drive to another Royal residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland which has close connections to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. During your tour see the State Apartments including the King’s bedchamber, throne room and Royal dining room.
Next enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic “Old Town” with a drive along the famous Royal Mile to visit majestic Edinburgh Castle where we’ll see the ancient cannon called “Mons Meg” and the Scottish Crown Jewels - the crown, sword and sceptre - collectively known as the “Honours of Scotland”.
After your visit to the Castle there is free time to explore other attractions on the Royal Mile including the Scotch Whisky Experience; The Writers Museum or discover Edinburgh’s hidden history at St Mary’s Close.
Later join your coach for the return journey to South Queensferry. Please note that when the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed due to official visits an alternative visit will be offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Shore Excursion Tour?
Maximise your time ashore by choosing one of our popular shore excursions, available from Invergordon, Edinburgh (South Queensferry) and Glasgow (Greenock). Each tour has been carefully planned to fit each ship’s itinerary so you can be confident that your guide will be waiting for you when you come ashore and at the end of the day you won’t miss the boat! Each tour is led by a local guide or driver/guide who will entertain you with an informative and entertaining commentary in English. As with all our tours these shore excursions have been carefully designed with stops and free time at all the key sights. If you’d like to up-grade your time ashore then select our “Classic' excursions which include admission fees in the tour price.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current admission prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Payment can be made in cash or by most major credit/debit cards.
Where is the departure point?
The Driver-Guide for your shore excursion will meet you at the port. We kindly ask all passengers to ensure they are 15 minutes early.
What should I bring with me?
As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.
Can children travel on this tour?
We welcome children over 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate. We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5 on any of our Edinburgh shore excursions.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Hawes Pier
Edinburgh EH30 9TB
Check-in: 09:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:00 hrs
There is no child discount available on this tour.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
This shore excursion has been designed to complement the cruise itinerary of the following ships calling at Edinburgh (South Queensferry): Crown Princess and Brilliance of the Seas.
The joining instructions including the tour departure and return times will be shown on your tour voucher.