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Holyrood Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

1. Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

Escape the crowds and busy streets of Edinburgh city center and get panoramic views of the coast and countryside on a 3 to 4-hour guided bike tour. Choose your bicycle and cycle from the Old Town towards the New Scottish Parliament building and Dynamic Earth visitor attraction at the end of the Royal Mile. Pass the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse and get breathtaking views of the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. Next, make your way up the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, and continue on foot from Dunsapie Loch to get magnificent views from the summit. Cycle back down towards Salisbury Crags and get wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Continue to Duddingston Loch to discover the secret oasis of Dr. Neil’s Garden at Duddingston Manse. Bike back towards the city center on the Innocent Railway Path. Pedal through Meadows Park and the Grassmarket to arrive back in the Old Town.

Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Edinburgh: 24-Hour Family-Friendly Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops: 1. St Andrew Square - Northside 2. Lothian Road - Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace - Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket - Gladstone's End, The Real Mary King's Close 7. Chambers Street - National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary's Street West 9. Canongate - John Knox House 10. Royal Mile - Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road - Burns Monument

Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

3. Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

Why book with A wee pedal? We are a multi-award winning family business with a 'pay-it-forward' ethos. We are committed to active+sustainable travel so don't use vehicles to transport our bikes as our location is easy to get to and right on the cycle path network. Our clients love our small, safe, friendly, personable group sizes + all our guides are experienced, qualified and passionate about showing you this ancient city on two-wheels. Think 'history on a bike!' Check out our website: www.aweepedal.com This is a cycle tour you won't find anywhere else. I shall take you where other tourists will not know about. There are other cycle tours in Edinburgh, but as I take small groups, you will be able to go at your own pace, ask as many questions as you like and take numerous photos without pressure of being rushed. This tour requires you to be able to cycle for a maximum distance of 20 miles with regular stops and at a slow -steady pace. This tour is not suitable for under 12 years. From Craigmillar Caste, to the stunning Dean Village, Leith and Portobello, you will be cycling through all the 'must-see' parts of Edinburgh that are off the tourist trail. E-bikes can be hired at an additional cost of £15pp cash on the day. Please let me know if you would like this option. (If you think you would prefer a shorter tour, please check out our 'cycle tour to the coast' which is 12 miles, 3 hours)

Edinburgh: Cycle Tour to the Coast

4. Edinburgh: Cycle Tour to the Coast

Start your day of exercise and fun by meeting your group and guide at Bridgend Farmhouse, 10 minutes car/uber from The Royal Mile. After a short meet and greet with your guide, set-off along cycle paths into Holyrood Park. Whilst in Holyrood Parks, you will get the chance to stop for some photos with the stunning backdrop of Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano. Continue on your journey via a long sweeping downhill ride that will take you to Duddingston Village, home of the oldest surviving pub in Scotland, The Sheep's Heid Inn, built in 1360. A short ride on the road will take you to the John Muir Way, to Portobello Beach where you shall stop for a refreshment. The return journey takes you on a slightly different route to the Innocent Railway Tunnel built in 1831, the oldest in UK and underneath part of Arthur's Seat.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

5. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

City Sightseeing Edinburgh See all the main attractions with CitySightseeing Edinburgh. There’s multi-language commentary in 9 languages and a special Horrible Histories commentary for your children, narrated by Terry Deary himself. Edinburgh Tour Explore Edinburgh's city center taking in the spectacular buildings including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and the architecture of the Georgian New Town with a live guide in English. Majestic Tour The Majestic Tour heads north of Edinburgh's City Centre towards the port of Leith with highlights including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Majestic Tour features a multi-lingual commentary in 10 languages.  Firth of Forth Bus and Boat Trip Board your bus at St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to South Queensferry, followed by a boat tour aboard one of Forth Boat Tours fleet of vessels. Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic Three Bridges, the Forth Road Bridge, The Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look for puffins and seals along the way.

Private tour: History and Murder in Edinburgh's Old Town

6. Private tour: History and Murder in Edinburgh's Old Town

Discover the history and legends of Edinburgh and Scotland in World Heritage Old Town District for a 3h private guided tour.

Edinburgh: Full-Day City Center Shore Excursion

7. Edinburgh: Full-Day City Center Shore Excursion

Discover the sights of Edinburgh on a full-day shore excursion, departing from Edinburgh. Take a round-trip tour of the city center, and continue onto the Royal Mile to visit historic Edinburgh Castle, named the UK’s best heritage attraction in 2014. Learn all about its history, and see the famous Stone of Destiny; the traditional crowning seat of the ancient Scottish monarchs. Then, enjoy some free time for refreshments and to explore Castlehill, the city’s oldest street. Discover one of the many atmospheric “closes” or alleys running off the back-bone of the Royal Mile. See attractions such as St. Giles Cathedral and the Scottish Parliament building. Next, visit the Palace of Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of the Royal Family. Learn the history of the baroque palace, best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Finally, visit Duddingston Loch in Holyrood Park. Dates and Ship Names: • May 9 - Norwegian Star • May 13 - Regal Princess • May 18 - Regal Princess • May 22 - Norwegian Star • May 25 - Regal Princess • June 1 - Norwegian Jade • June 3 - Norwegian Star • June 6 - Regal Princess • June 18 - Regal Princess • June 30 - Regal Princess • July 6 - Nautica • July 12 - Regal Princess • July 18 - Brilliance of the Seas • July 24 - Regal Princess • July 29 - Norwegian Star • July 30 - Marina • August 5 - Regal Princess • August 12 - Norwegian Star • August 17 - Regal Princess • August 26 - Norwegian Star • August 29 - Regal Princess • September 6 - Norwegian Star • September 10 - Regal Princess • September 16 - Sirena • September 18 - Norwegian Star • September 22 - Regal Princess • October 4 - Regal Princess

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What people are saying about Holyrood Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,338 reviews

I really enjoyed my bike tour with Peter. I was the only person signed up for the tour and the schedule had to be rearranged but Peter came through with electric bikes to shorten the time frame and still make it work. Thanks Peter

Excellent experience, Rob was very knowledgeable and took us to lots of scenic areas and monuments. Enjoyed learning about the history of Edinburgh, highly recommend!

Wonderful way to see Edinburgh. The guides were excellent. We would highly recommend this cycle tour.

This was one of my favorite activities, fun and beautiful views!

Perfect way to see Edinburgh and to get on and off at leisure.