Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Tour and Royal Yacht Britannia

Departure point:
1 Day tour
From: 9:30am - 5pm
From: £75

Accommodation needed for this tour

We highly recommend letting us sort the accommodation for you for an extra cost. But you are more than welcome to book your own accommodation if you wish.

Our one-day Edinburgh shore excursion travels through the ancient capital city of Scotland. Spend time exploring the Royal Yacht Britannia, learn all about the secrets of the Royal Mile, visit the historic Edinburgh Castle, enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh City Centre, followed by a photo stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Upon leaving the port, our Edinburgh shore excursion will head to the Royal Yacht Britannia*, the former royal yacht of the British monarchy. Board the ship and explore where the Queen and Prince Philip used to spend their voyages. After this, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh City Centre; see the city, the Old Town streets and enjoy magnificent views across the city from Arthur's Seat (Mon-Sat only).

Your Edinburgh Shore Excursion will then travel to the Royal Mile to visit historic Edinburgh Castle*, Scotland’s most iconic castle which stands proudly atop Castle Rock which has been occupied since around the Iron Age. Spend time touring the castle, learn all about its centuries of history and even see the famous Stone of Destiny; the traditional crowning seat of the ancient Scottish monarchs.

After a tour of the Castle, enjoy free time for refreshments and explore Castlehill, the city’s oldest street, and discover one of the many atmospheric ‘closes’ or alleys running off the back-bone of the Royal Mile, and attractions such as St Giles Cathedral.

Following this, there will be a photo stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland since the 16th Century. It has played host to countless members of the Royal Family and many official events and gatherings have been held here. After this, we will return to the ship, taking in more of Edinburgh's beautiful streets on our way.

*Optional Extra


Tour Overview

Duration1 day
Total Distance25 miles
Pick upPickup from port at 9:30am
Group sizeUp to 53
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

The Driver-Guide for your Edinburgh shore excursion will meet you at the port (see port listing below). We kindly ask all passengers to ensure they are 15 minutes early.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your shore excursion includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury coaches.

All optional extras – attraction entrance fees and meals – are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on the day of travel. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day.

Optional extras for your tour are as follows:

  • Royal Yacht Britannia: Adult: £16.50, Concession: £14.50, Child: £8.75
  • Edinburgh Castle: Adult: £18.50, Concession: £15, Child: £11, Child (Under 7): Free

Prices valid from April 2023

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We recommend bringing enough cash to pay for your attraction tickets. 

If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 07.00 - 22.00 daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your trip to Edinburgh will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.

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.

Don't forget your camera to capture all of Edinburgh's stunning scenery to show to all of your friends and loved ones.

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 4 years old on our tours, and children aged between 4-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 4.

Worry Free Shore Excursion

We always ensure passengers return back to their port on time, however in the rare case we can't make it, we will transfer you to your next port of call.