Top 58 Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Looking for a taste of Scotland? Head to Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, and find all of the must see attractions on the map. Expedia is here to help you plan your itinerary. Whether you are popping in for business or pleasure, be sure to include Edinburgh activities and Edinburgh excursions to make this a trip you will never forget. There are so many things to do in Edinburgh that you will be hard pressed to fit everything on the list, so let Expedia.com help you to make the best choices for tourist and local spots.

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Aspire Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, TV, magazines, and delicious snacks. Read More

Categories: Tickets & Passes

3 hours

Free cancellation

$32
per person

Blair Street’s Underground Vaults Walking Tour
Discover the dark and mysterious side of Edinburgh on this intriguing daytime walking tour. Explore the city’s Old Town, see famous sights, and venture into Blair Street’s underground vaults as you hear true stories of ancient punishments and tales of... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 15 minutes

$17
per person

Castles & Lochs of the Western Highlands Full-Day Tour
Scotland boasts some of the most charming villages, iconic strongholds, and picturesque landscapes in the United Kingdom. Let this full-day tour show you the glimmering waters of Loch Lomond and Loch Awe, find fascinating viewpoints of Kilchurn Castle and Stirling... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per person

Chauffeured City Trike Tour
Feel all eyes on you as you whirl through the Scottish capital on the back of a 1600cc-engine trike. Join the fun with an expert chauffeur and see some of the most iconic landmarks sprinkled around the city. This tour... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 20 minutes

Free cancellation

$181
Group ( 0 to 2 Travelers )

Chocolate Walking Tour
Treat your taste buds to a tantalizing adventure with 7 tempting, rich, and incredibly delicious chocolate tastings in Edinburgh—home to some of the finest chocolatiers in the world. Take a leisurely stroll through the heart of the city, and visit... Read More

$43
per person

City Bike Tour with a Local by Trip4Real
Hop on 2 wheels to explore farther than you can on foot and see places tour buses can’t during this exciting tour of Edinburgh. Whiz through the city and soak up the rich history, folklore, and the unique atmosphere of... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$53
per person

City Food Safari with Food Samples by Trip4Real
Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Scotland’s capital on this food tour of Edinburgh, led by an expert foodie guide. Explore the city’s local-favorite food spots and popular eateries, all while uncovering the city’s culture and history on this... Read More

$55
per person

Cupcake Walking Tour
Satisfy your sweet tooth with 6 tempting tastings of some of Edinburgh’s most delicious cupcakes and macaroons. While you take a relaxing stroll through the heart of the city, pop into artisan bakeries and cake boutiques ready to please even... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$58
per person

Dark Side of the City Walking Tour
Discover Edinburgh's darker side as you learn about the terrors, mysteries, and surprising events that have rippled through the city over the centuries. Explore by night as you delve into fearsome legends, ghostly myths, and gruesome tales of real-life cannibals... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$14
per person

Doomed Dead & Buried: Underground Vaults & Canongate Graveyard Walking Tour
A fun-filled, yet spooky evening awaits you. Gain insight into Edinburgh’s darker side as you explore the city’s underground vaults and a 19th-century graveyard. See the burial site of the illicit and wander the eerie chambers where Burke and Hare... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 45 minutes

$22
per person

Doune Castle & Famous Scottish Towns Full-Day Tour
Among its luscious landscapes and natural beauty, Scotland boasts an abundance of charming communities and heritage sites. Discover famous Scottish villages such as Dunblane and Culorss, and take the opportunity to visit the iconic Doune Castle on this full-day tour.... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per person

Edinburgh Castle Tour
Venture to the summit of Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, the historic fortress that dominates the city's horizon. On this guided tour, you can enjoy skip-the-line entrance, learn about the castle's crucial role in Scottish history, and enjoy free... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$40
per person

Edinburgh Day Trip via Train by Golden Tours
Hop on a train in London and spend the day exploring Edinburgh, learning intriguing cultural heritage in Scotland's capital. See some of the city's most impressive sights—an introductory tour by open-top bus is included—and visit the splendid Edinburgh Castle and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

16 hours

$243
per person

Edinburgh Tour with a Scottish Gent by Trip4Real
There's no better way to soak up the heritage and culture of a place than by having a lifelong resident show you about. Spend a half day exploring Edinburgh, past and present, with a charming guide whose family has called... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per person

Fast-Track Admission to Edinburgh Castle
Head inside to explore the delights of this medieval fortress, built upon the site of an extinct volcano, and enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of ancient Scotland. This iconic castle has played an important role in Scottish military history and is... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$24
per person

Ghosts & Ghouls of the City Evening Walking Tour
Explore a darker and more mysterious side of Edinburgh. Set your imagination free and listen to true tales of punishment that gave life to the city's ghost stories. The famous sights, underground vaults, and tucked-away corners of this Old Town... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

$22
per person

Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
Learn about the mysteries and myths of Loch Ness, visit Scottish estuaries, and gaze at some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Scotland is famed for its monstrous lake inhabitant and outstanding natural beauty; uncover both on... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per person

Hard Rock Cafe Dining with Priority Seating
Feel like a rock star as you jump to the front of the line for an upbeat, modern experience mixed with the historic and lively setting of George Street at the Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

1 day

Free cancellation

$25
per person

Harry Potter Filming Location Walking Tour
Embark on a magical encounter as you visit filming locations featured in the famed Harry Potter movies. This walking tour takes you to the real-life sites and hidden corners of Edinburgh that sparked J. K. Rowling’s ideas for the series’... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

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$29

$12
per person

Hidden & Haunted Nighttime Walking Tour
Charming by day, Edinburgh’s Old Town also has its share of dark history. Listen to grisly stories and discover the city’s ghoulish past on this captivating adults-only walking tour. Explore the city by night and visit the creepy underground vaults... Read More

$17
per person

Highland Whisky Experience Full-Day Tour by Gray Line Scotland
Scotland is famous for many things—kilts, tartan, bagpipes, haggis—but most of all, it's known for its whisky. Embark on this full-day tour and travel to The Famous Grouse distillery, passing by iconic landmarks and admiring breathtaking landscapes along the way.... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$43
per person

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Unravel more than 5,000 years of Scottish history at your own pace with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. Visit Scotland's premier attractions, including archaelogical gems and war-torn castles, and enjoy skip-the-line access to iconic places such as Edinburgh Castle. Read More

$43
per person

Historic Vaults Walking Tour
Thrilling and lesser-known details of Edinburgh’s dark history are revealed on this walking tour. Learn how people from the 18th and 19th centuries lived and worked. Follow your guide and explore the eerie underground of Blair Street—the city’s deepest, most... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 15 minutes

$17
per person

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by City Sightseeing
Discover historic Edinburgh, the 15th century capital of Scotland, aboard a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. At your own pace, explore the rich culture of this hilltop city as showcased in its sprawling palaces and castles, museums, and architecturally significant neighborhoods.... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tickets & Passes, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$20
per person

Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour
Get to know the Scottish ways of Edinburgh's proud citizens via a hop-on hop-off tour of the city's finest attractions. Cruise the capital in a double-decker bus featuring rotating routes and numerous routes that allow you to set your own... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$20
per person

Hot Yoga Class by Trip4Real
Break a sweat during your stay in Edinburgh with a class at a local hot yoga studio. With experienced teachers to guide you through poses, get all the mind and body benefits of hatha, vinyasa, or yin yoga in an... Read More

Categories: Spas & Beauty

1 hour

Free cancellation

$17
per person

In the Dark: Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh
Take a seat and switch off the lights for an unusual tasting of Scotch whiskies. In the dark, with your vision encumbered, your other senses are heightened, meaning that you can pick up on different flavors in each dram of... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$279
Group ( 1 to 8 Travelers )

Introductory Manual Photography Workshop
If you've ever wondered how to use all the settings on your DSLR to capture high-quality images, this workshop on using your camera's manual mode is the ideal way to get started. Pick up pointers from a local photographer, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$120
per person

Kayak Experience with a Local by Trip4Real
Explore the beautiful riverbanks of Scotland from a different perspective while paddling along the calm waters of the River Forth. With a qualified instructor as your guide, paddle at a relaxed pace and admire the surrounding landmarks and scenery—ideal for... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$44
per person

Literary Pub Tour with a Local by Trip4Real
Join an intrepid duo—Clart and McBrain—on a bright and witty literary trail through Edinburgh’s city center. Explore the cobbled streets, courtyards, and traditional pubs of the city, as you listen to entertaining commentary about Scotland’s famous poets, philosophers, and authors.... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$21
per person

Loch Lomond, Highlands & Stirling Castle Tour by Gray Line Scotland
The natural beauty and varied cultural heritage of Scotland is sure to take your breath away. Meander through the valleys of the picturesque Highlands in a luxury coach, admiring spectacular scenery and iconic Scottish monuments such as Loch Lomond and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per person

Loch Ness & the Highlands Full-Day Tour
The Scottish Highlands, the home of the Gaels, is just as you imagine Scotland to be. Explore the acclaimed National Parks, pass by historic castles, and discover Loch Ness, home to the mysterious Loch Ness Monster, on this full-day guided... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$58
per person

Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Lunch
On this day trip through the Highlands, take in the natural beauty of Loch Ness, try to spot the famed Nessie, and a get a snippet of Scotland's rich history at dramatic Glencoe. Admire several natural marvels such as the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$66
per person

New Town Walking Tour with a Local by Trip4Real
Discover Edinburgh’s New Town—often overlooked by the typical tourists. With the knowledge of a local as your guide, explore the hidden gems and Georgian-era sights that make up the other half of the city’s UNESCO-World-Heritage Site as you listen to... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per person

Old Town Walking Tour with a Local by Trip4Real
Uncover the charming wonders of Edinburgh’s Old Town with a local Scotsman on this fascinating walking tour, passing by sights such as the Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, admire its ancient architecture, and... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 6 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per person

Priority Admission to Holyroodhouse Palace with Audio Guide
Holyroodhouse Palace, the Scottish residence of HM the Queen, enjoys an idyllic location at the end of the Royal Mile, with Arthur's Seat as the backdrop. With your multi-lingual audio guide, learn about the palace and its significance to the... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$17
per person

Private Personal Photo Shoot by TripShooter
Get a memorable and personalized souvenir of your vacation with a private photo shoot using Edinburgh's major landmarks as a background. With the help of a bilingual local photographer, discover the city at your own pace and capture timeless memories... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$210
Group ( 0 to 10 Travelers )

Pub Crawl with Drinks & VIP Club Entry
A night out in Edinburgh is always exciting and memorable, so get dressed up and step into the vibrant and funky world of great pubs, bars, and clubs. Get VIP treatment as you drink and dance your way through the... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$17
per person

Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey & Stirling Castle Full-Day Tour
Explore Scotland's rich medieval heritage and iconic landmarks on this full-day tour, and bring its intriguing history to life. Journey to delightful settlements and visit some of the country's most important monuments: Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey, and Stirling Castle. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per person

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery with a Local
Spend a day immersed in the historic charms, sweeping scenery, and centuries-old traditions of Scotland on this day trip to the borderlands south of Edinburgh. Feel the weight of time at enchanting religious sites like Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$53
per person

Scottish Picnic on Arthur's Seat with a Local by Trip4Real
Venture off the beaten path and discover why Edinburgh is now the capital of Scotland. With a local leading the way, head to Arthur’ Seat, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city below and delight in a luxury... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$38
per person

Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour
The famous Royal Mile, the city’s main thoroughfare and an iconic street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, is dotted with small boutique shops, Gothic monuments, and the emblematic Mercat Cross. This street has plenty of hidden gems and mysterious courtyards that... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

$17
per person

Shared Coach: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - Edinburgh City Center
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Edinburgh Airport and the Edinburgh city center aboard a coach. For transfers to and from Edinburgh Airport, the stops to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

$6
per person

Small-Group Discovering Malt Whisky Full-Day Tour
Venture to the edge of the Highlands and sip your way through the Scottish countryside. This full-day tour combines insight into the distilling process of the nation’s favorite spirit—whisky—with an element of history and architecture for a total immersion into... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 45 minutes

Free cancellation

$52
per person

Small-Group Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & Borders Full-Day Tour
Spend a day discovering the wonders of the Scottish Borders, Roman Britain, and Hadrian’s Wall. Uncover 2,000 years of Scottish and English history as you travel through charming townships, iconic ruins, and the remains of a UNESCO-listed fortification in Northumberland... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$59
per person

Small-Group Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky Full-Day Tour
Scotland is a country of immense natural beauty, inspiring landscapes, and, of course, distinctive scotch from original distilleries. Experience all the splendor the area has to offer. Meander up to the Highlands, travel along looming glens, and sample fine whiskies.... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$59
per person

Small-Group Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Full-Day Tour
Embark on a day spent in the land of Scottish heroes; Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce, and William Wallace. This full-day tour brings the history and heritage of Scotland to life as you journey through the hills and valleys of... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per person

Small-Group Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands Full-Day Tour
With its wild landscapes, the Scottish Highlands is a postcard-perfect setting for exploring Gaelic legend and the history of clan battles. Soak up the epic scenery of verdant valleys framed by rocky crags, crumbling castles, and Loch Ness, home of... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per person

Small-Group Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders Full-Day Tour
Dig into the history and heritage that envelop the Lothian region on this full-day guided tour. Explore the inspiring landscapes of the Scottish Borders and visit the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel to be captivated by tales of Masonic symbolism. Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per person

Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour
Discover the abundance of Scottish heritage, culture, and charming villages on this full-day tour. Explore the seaside resort of St. Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's first university, and visit quintessential townships to experience the country's rich history and heritage.... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per person

Smart Phone Photography Tour with a Local by Trip4Real
Pick up your phone and see Edinburgh in a different light on this fascinating tour to some of the city's most photogenic spots. With a local who is a smart phone genius, get insightful tips and advice as you capture... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$53
per person

St. Andrews, Fife & Dunfermline Abbey Full-Day Tour
As well as scenic landscapes and lochs, Scotland boasts heritage, culture, and charming seaside spots. On this full-day tour, discover St. Andrews, a coastal resort, home of golf and Scotland’s first university. Visit a region of notable variety and see... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$43
per person

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Trossach National Park Full-Day Tour
Scotland is renowned for its craggy landscapes and peat bogs, glistening lakes, storied stone castles, and—of course—its whisky. Journey through the scenic Highlands, gain insight into Scottish history, and have a chance to sample fine whiskies on this comprehensive tour.... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per person

The Edinburgh Dungeon Tickets with Fast-Track Admission
Take a journey through some of the most sinister events in Scottish history and witness the re-creation of its savage judicial punishments and gruesome dissections of bodies. The Edinburgh Dungeon unifies expert theatrical actors, stages, spooky boat rides, and interactive... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

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$24

$19
per person

The Royal Yacht Britannia
Explore The Royal Yacht Britannia, a unique floating palace. Peek into the Royal Family’s lifestyle aboard this superb piece of engineering. See how the Royal Family traveled during their official visits and learn about Britannia's interesting past from your multilingual... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$22
per person

West Highland Lochs & Castles Tour by Rabbie’s Small Group Tours
Capture all of the beautiful scenery and fascinating history that Scotland has to offer on this full-day guided tour. Travel up to the Highlands, pass by iconic sites, including Stirling Castle and Doune Castle, and listen to stories that bring... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$59
per person

Whiskey & Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
In a country famed for verdant landscapes, rich history, and a world-renowned warming drink, this tour explores several of Scotland's iconic sites. Stop at the ancient capital, pass stunning Highland sites, and have a chance to visit a distillery where... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$60
per person

Whisky & Bread Tasting in Old Town Edinburgh
Drink in a bit of Scottish heritage during a guided whisky tasting. Head to a cozy traditional whisky and tobacco shop in Edinburgh's Old Town and sample single malts from around Scotland, all soaked up by tastes of hearty, fresh-baked... Read More

$192
Group ( 0 to 8 Travelers )

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