To say that Edinburgh is expensive is an understatement. As the capital city of Scotland, it has every right to be, but my wallet would disagree. Finding something that is close to the center of town, near public transit to take day trips, family-friendly and affordable is a tough sell.…
Edinburgh Travel Guide. With a trip report mixed in.…
As the day grew nearer and nearer, I knew I was forgetting to plan for something. Forgetting to research something. We arrived in Edinburgh and the first words out of my kid’s mouth were “I’m hungry! Where are we going to eat?” Oh goodness!
I forgot to check which restaurants in Edinburgh were family friendly. As a hub of bars and pubs and various styles in between, there is a fair chance that my kids (especially the 2-year-old) would not be welcome, or there wouldn’t be anything on the menu that they liked.
I quickly took to Twitter and asked the city of Edinburgh what they thought. Not only did they give me a great list to start with, but their retweet of my query also generated a flood of suggestions from locals and fellow travelling parents alike. Everyone had their idea of the best place to eat with the kids. Well, we tried many of them and they were so incredibly on point! This is where to eat in Edinburgh with kids, as suggested by us and other travelling parents.
If you’re looking for the others posts in the Ultimate Travel Guide to Edinburgh Series, we’ll link to them as they are available!
Hard Rock Cafe
Of course, we stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe. There isn’t a single vacation that we have been on that we haven’t stopped at a Hard Rock Cafe if it was available. Sometimes more than once if we are feeling extra lazy with decision making and just want to grab American style food.
Each restaurant has a different local burger on their menu. They take elements of the local cuisine and make it onto a great big burger. Edinburgh has a Haggis Burger. I did not dare try it on our first night in town, and had planned on coming back in a few days with a little more liquid courage under my belt – I promise, I did want to come back. But, as luck would have it, there is a Hard Rock Cafe in Glasgow.
I didn’t know this, I didn’t see it on my map when I was planning our day trip to Glasgow but the kids did see the sign and made us take them there for early dinner before heading back home that day. Also in my favour, the Glasgow restaurant does not have a Haggis burger. Their local was something else entirely that sounded less appetizing to this Canadian than Haggis did.
So, I will never know what a Haggis burger tastes like, but I did manage to get two new t-shirts from the swag shop. All in all, a great day was had by all.
This cafe looks amazing. The cool mix of coffee, breakfast foods and booze on their website are enough to make me want to visit here. The menu is heavy on burgers and serves all-day breakfast, which is two things I look for in a family-restaurant #sorrynotsorry I love that they specify that their pancakes are American style.
I feel like there is a huge gap in knowledge between what Europeans call pancakes ( Canadian Crepes) and what we in North America call pancakes. To be clear, these are referring to the fluffy syrupy kind, not the Nutella filled folding kind from the Christmas markets.
Again, this restaurant knows how to capture an audience with their website photos. The menu looks amazing and it doesn’t appear to be very expensive. The breakfast and brunch menu is served all day and gluten-free options are available upon request.
The decor looks amazing and I have to admit, I am a little sad I didn’t get a chance to try this cafe out before we left. Next time, I suppose.
The Caffeine Drip
After eating toast and cereal for 5 days, Hubby wanted a change of scenery and decided we were eating out for breakfast. Who was I to stop him?
The Caffeine drip is a quaint little restaurant in the basement, with a lounge/cafe on the main level. Strollers are not welcome and there are no high chairs. The seating is limited but it didn’t look like they were well known enough for this to be a problem.
There were two other families already sitting when we arrived, and a few businessmen arrived after us. No one even batted an eye when the kids started talking (loudly) and moving around in their seats, which is great because basement restaurants tend to echo and this one definitely amplified every single noise these children made. At least, that’s how I remember it.
To my surprise, the food was incredible and the portion sizes were massive. Pictured below is the French Toast and bacon we ordered for myself and the children. Had we known, I would have made the children share since they only ate one slice of French Toast anyways. Hubby had a cappuccino, and I had a tea – as per usual.
I loved the teapot that my tea was served in, just seemed old school and really fit with the theme of the restaurant – South Africa. Hubby’s cappuccino was apparently amazing. He still hasn’t stopped talking about it and it’s been 3 weeks.
This grill house reminds me of the restaurant we found in Nuremberg. The average menu item did not exceed 13£ and there is a dedicated children’s menu. The beer and drinks options are also fairly elaborate as well, suggesting there is a little something here for everyone. Definitely, a must visit when in the mood for an old fashion burger or wings.
This one got the children’s attention. Now that Munchkin can read, he reads everything he sees and tells everyone what he has come up with. Sometimes they are accurate, sometimes they are not. But when they peak his attention, everyone needs to know about it, and his baby sister is his biggest fan. She will repeat just about anything that comes out of that boy’s mouth. So as we are walking down the street and he sees a sign for Oink!, of course, he reads it, reads it again louder, and they both start Oinking down the street.
It took a while for us parents to truly understand what has just happened and why both our children are suddenly imitating barnyard animals – because these things tend to get out of hand and evolve into other animals associated with pigs.
Long story short, we didn’t make it to Oink!, much to the disappointment of my twitter thread. There are 3 locations throughout the city of Edinburgh. At each location, guests are asked to choose their portion size; 80g, 160g or 250g, pick a bread, pick stuffings and finally a sauce. Pulled Pork anything looks amazing and the photos alone are making me hungry.
The Standing Order was recommended by a few Twitter users, and we discovered in online independently so that must count for something.
When we walked in, we weren’t sure what we were looking at. There are a series of rooms with tables and chairs, and the main area is a large bar, and high bar tables and chairs. There wasn’t a hostess to take us to a free table, or even a server to take our order. We quickly learned that the seats were fair game – find one and make yourself at home. The stroller was emptied and left in the front lobby.
From here, guests enter a queue at the bar and order their food this way. A menu is available at the bar and at all the tables. A special children’s menu is separate (and frankly, a little hard to find). We found a stash of menus next to the disabled toilets – which are left locked. Food is served fairly quickly and the menu isn’t as elaborate as a place this size would expect, which is probably why food is served so fast.
We order the Fish and chips, and they came with peas. Surprisingly, the baby only wanted to eat the peas and wasn’t much interested in deep fried Haddock. I was in love; I hadn’t had Haddock since leaving Canada and this was perfect.
Cosmo is an International style buffet. They are centrally located near bus and tram stops and have ample parking for self-driving guests. They do recommend reservations but it does not look like walk-ins will be turned away automatically. The website says they have ample facilities for families and handi-guests, such as Baby Changing Facilities, Disabled Access and Free WiFi for everyone.
At 15£ for dinner or 8£ for lunch, Cosmo appears to the perfect one-stop-shop for families trying to stick to a budget. I personally love buffets for this reason alone.
This high-end looking restaurant is a great touch of class and family-friendly. The breakfast menu is extensive and there are so many yummy looking coffee and tea choices that you will be here all day just trying new blends. And the scones! Did I mention I love scones, and biscuits, and artisan bread? Carbs; I love carbs. Not gonna lie.
Our revamped wine list has over 40 wines sold by the glass and by the bottle. In addition have a very special range of limited wines that we are serving from the magnum giving our wine lovers a very special experience at great value prices… The wine list offers the unusual addition of a ‘to go’ price for every bottle, so that diners can take home their favourite to enjoy
The waiting room
Another great looking restaurant with a great looking menu. The Waiting Room offers Scottish, American, Big and Vegetarian breakfast options. The lunch menu is heavy on the burgers and clubs (nothing wrong with that), but they also have a few “traditional” lunch options like fish, mix grills and soup.
Whatever your fancy, The Waiting Room Bar looks to have a little something for all and the prices are very reasonable. Like most bars and restaurants in a large city, they also recommend making reservations if you don’t want to be turned away or wait for ages for a table to become available.
This 6-time Award winning restaurant this an authentic warehouse, which dates back to the 19th century when it was built as a prop & costume store. The decor and esthetics of this restaurant are amazing and readers are recommended to visit just to take a look at this incredible building.
While the Timberyard does not offer a specific children’s menu, children are welcome for lunch. Due to its popularity, they have limited their evening tables to children 12 years and older.
Another staple on our radar is anything created by Jamie Olivier. If you have read our guide to London with kids, or my quick trip to Rotterdam, you will know the lengths I will go to in order to experience a Jamie Oliver restaurant.
This one wasn’t recommended by anyone but we did drive past it and it looked great. It was our last day and didn’t have time to stop in but we did see a young family having a bite so it passed the family-friendly test. Not far from Waverly station, we were on the Hop on Hop off bus tour at the time.
Their Express Lunch menu looks quite thorough, and not that expensive at only 8£. From a Fajita wrap, chicken caesar salad or burger option, there is enough to keep the whole family happy without breaking the bank. I imagine the dinner scene is not as welcoming, as most pubs tend to get loud and crowded as the day wears on.
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Edinburgh castle Things to Know Before You Go
There are a number of queues associated with the castle, notably the queue to purchase tickets. There is a stand outside the castle walls where you can pick up your pre-purchased tickets.
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You can also buy tickets in combination with attractions- like the yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, or with Aberdour castle and Stirling castle. The discount on these multi-tickets does require you to visit all locations on the ticket for their purchase to be rendered useful.
The History of Edinburgh castle
Traces of human habitation can be seen as far back as 3000 years ago, long before the invasion of the Romans. The Castle Rock, the hill on which Edinburgh Castle rests, is “the plug of an extinct volcano”; with rocky cliffs to the south, west and north, rising to a height of 80 meters (260 ft) above the surrounding landscape. The only readily accessible route to the castle lies to the east, where the ridge slopes more gently. The defensive advantage of such a site is self-evident.
To this day, Edinburgh Castle is Britain’s oldest continuously occupied fortified place.
Fun fact; Monarchs didn’t stay in one place for very long. Their household was large and required extensive amounts of food and resources to sustain them. Along with touring their kingdom to make their presence known to their people, monarchs moved around to allow residences and hosts to restock.
Things to see at Edinburgh castle
There are over 24 individual buildings within the castle that are open to the public. While I would love to explore them all here for you, I would rather focus our attention on the bigger picture and give you an idea of what to look forward to when you finally do get the chance to visit Edinburgh Castle for yourselves.
Noteworthy items to visit are the Honors of Scotland (the crown jewels), the kingmaking Stone of Destiny, the medieval siege cannon Mons Meg, the National war museum, the three regimental museums and the Scottish National War Memorial.
Each location has its own audio guide schpiel that takes up far more time than the act of walking through them; take note in your guidebook of the audio guide code and start listening before you approach the location.
How to Beat the Crowds at Edinburgh Castle
The number one way to beat the crowds is to avoid them altogether. Preorder tickets and arrive before 9 am (the castle gates open at 9 am) to pick them up. There is a guards hut just before the main entrance where you can pick up your tickets – providing you have printed out your confirmation information. Grab your tickets, take some photos and make your way to the castle gates.
While everyone else is following numbers on their maps and going in numerical order, beat the crowd and do first what they will do last. These also happen to be the same locations that will take up most of your time and offer the least amount of personal space within the building.
Get these covered while they are still outside and you will be gold come the second half of your tour when you waltz the castle grounds without a care in the world and take up as much space as needed.
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1. Visit the Crown Jewels first
The Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles; first used for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543. After the 1707 Treaty of Union, they were locked away in the Crown room and forgotten until 181 when Walter Scott opened then, 111 years later.
The Treaty of Union is the name given to the agreement that led to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the political union of the Kingdom of England (which already included Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland, which took effect on 1 May 1707
2. Royal apartments
3. Great hall
The Great Hall served as the chief place for royal ceremonies since 1512. It is rumoured that its medieval hammer-beam roof is made from Norweigan wood.
4. War memorial
In 1366, Chapel Royal was constructed and influenced by the famous castle church of St Mary on the north side of the square. By 1538, it was converted into munitions storage and eventually demolished to become the North Barracks in 1754. When the garrison left the castle in 1923, the barracks were turned into a memorial to the lives lost during the First World War (1914-18).
It didn’t take long for the memorial to begin commemorating fallen soldiers from the Second World War and later conflicts.
5. St Margaret’s Chapel
This small room is the oldest building in the castle, and in the city of Edinburgh. St Margaret’s Chapel was built in 1130 by King David, in memory of his mother Queen Margaret, later St Margaret.
In 1314, King Robert Bruce ordered the castle to be destroyed. The chapel was spared but the damage is still evident with burnt and reddened stonework on its south side.
6. Mons Meg
Mons Meg is a siege cannon, forged in 1449. She weighed 6 tonnes and could fire a cannon almost 2 miles. Once Bronze cannons were created, Mons Meg became obsolete.
Instead of retiring her, she found a new purpose; firing deafening salutes to make occasions of national importance, starting in 1558. Throughout the years, Mons Meg has been tucked away, fired, restored and ceremoniously repositioned back to her current home.
7. Visit everything else
8. Have lunch before the crowds arrive
9. Find a great spot and wait for the 1 pm gunfire
By this time, you should be done on the tour. Most crowds will have arrived in time for the gunfire so once that is over, it is a great time to leave.
Most other attractions start to get busy in the afternoon so try to visit something that isn’t typically child-friendly – the Scottish whiskey experience is a great idea and definitely under the radar family-friendly, though it wouldn’t seem that way. Strollers are not welcome, however.
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Finding a tour that allows kids isn’t easy. Finding one that allows under 10 is nearly impossible. Here is our list of popular tours within and from Edinburgh that allow children and teens, and won’t break the bank.
Popular Tours from Edinburgh with Kids
Day trips and multi-day trips. For insurance reasons, we are told that under 5’s are not allowed to join on these tours, unless otherwise noted.
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Multiday Trips from Edinburgh
This tour is perfect for those die-hard fans looking for the ultimate ‘Outlander’ experience.
Visiting the locations used in ‘Cross-stitch’ the smash hit book by Diana Gabaldon and subsequently ‘Outlander’, the TV programme that followed. Your Guide will take you on a journey to some of the most iconic film sites as well as telling you stories of the famous Jacobite rebellion and other key historic battles.
This trip unites the history and legends of each location in its own right as well as exploring much of the Scottish Highlands such as Glencoe, Loch Ness and some of the film’s most famous sights such as Doune Castle and Culloden.
Experience the Highland beauty of the Isle of Skye on a 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You’ll spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, see legendary Loch Ness and ride one of the world’s most famous steam trains, the West Highland Line, as seen in the Harry Potter films.
Venture to the far-flung Orkney Islands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh with 3-star accommodation included, and visit top Highland towns and attractions, too! With a friendly guide, travel through the Highlands, visiting Loch Ness and Glencoe, and pass John o’Groats on route to the stunning Orkney Island archipelago. With Kirkwall (Orkney’s capital) as your base, discover the area’s historical highlights such as Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and the Standing Stones of Stenness. On route back to Edinburgh, call in at the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle and Culloden Moor, an important Jacobite battlefield. Overnight stays in Inverness and Ullapool are included, plus two nights in Kirkwall.
Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives and historic landmarks, your eyes will pop at the dramatically beautiful landscape. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this leisurely two-day excursion allows you to have a memorable and personal experience in two of Scotland’s favourite locations.
This tour takes you to the West coast, through the Highlands over to Skye and then up to the Orkney Isles with incredible driver-guides and comfortable panoramic windowed mini-buses and mini-coaches. Enjoy a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and The Cairngorms National Parks, Loch Ness, Culloden, Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, the Ring of Brodgar and other landmarks of Scotland’s rich history
Leave Edinburgh behind by ferry for Islay on this 4-day small-group tour. Port Ellen will be your base for the duration of the tour as you visit six distilleries, including Glengoyne, Bowmore, Ardbeg, and Kilchoman. Enjoy sightseeing at Loch Lomond and Kilmartin as well. Your accommodation, transportation, and driver/guide are included on this tour. Whiskey distillery fees are not included.
This tour takes you to the West coast, through the Highlands over to Skye and then up to the Orkney Isles with incredible driver-guides and comfortable panoramic windowed mini-buses and mini-coaches. Enjoy a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and The Cairngorms National Parks, Loch Ness, Culloden, Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, the Ring of Brodgar and other landmarks of Scotland’s rich history.
Day Trips from Edinburgh
Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe with your guide. Stop at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness at marvel at the spectacular scenery, then continue on to explore the Cairngorms National Park. Admire the majestic mountain of Craig Meagaidh and continue through the Drummochter mountain pass to visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Group size limited to 16 to ensure a personalized experience.
Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and travel to the amazing and mysterious 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, across the historic Scotland/England border and south to Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage Site celebrating the power – and northern limit – of the Roman Empire. Other highlights on this tour include the mighty Abbeys of Melrose and Jedburgh as you journey at a relaxed pace through the beautiful Borderlands
Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen Coe – the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a typical Scottish picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the Forth Bridge.
Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special excursion to Stirling and Loch Lomond.
Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages along the border of Scotland and England. You’ll drive through stunning scenery in Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands and learn about the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 14th–16th centuries. Your professional guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders on this small-group (limited to 16 people) day tour from Edinburgh.
Sightseeing Tours of Edinburgh
Explore Edinburgh with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket, and see the city’s royal sights at your own pace. An easy and convenient way to experience the Scottish capital, this unique ticket offers unlimited travel on five different tour bus routes for 48 hours. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the top deck of the bus, informative audio commentary, and the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the well-placed stops dotted around the city. This ticket also includes admission to noteworthy royal attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
There is no minimum age requirement for this tour.
Edinburgh Castle dominates this Scottish city of half a million people. Set on a dead volcano, the castle is an imposing sight with its thick defensive walls. This 1.5-hour tour gives you an insider’s view of the city’s number one attraction, first letting you skip the line and then revealing the secrets of this fortress, from one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries to the smallest shrine in the world. Learn about the castle’s wicked and wonderful history from the guide.
There is no minimum age requirement for this tour.
You’ll meet your Mercat guide in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town at the Mercat Cross, the site of executions and proclamations. Together you will explore key locations and stories hidden around the Royal Mile. See a city of the past, which goes unnoticed for many, a city where commoners, Queens and criminals once walked.
Led by either the holder of a Ph.D. in Scottish history or a guide with decades of experience providing historic tours in Scotland’s capital, this 90-minute tour is a fascinating journey through Edinburgh’s celebrated Old Town. Revel in the majesty of the famous Royal Mile with its stunning architecture, but also visit the secluded closes and courts lying just off the High Street and discover their dramatic stories. Find out about the world famous poets, novelists, philosophers and inventors who called this neighbourhood home but also the notorious thieves, murderers and bodysnatchers who stalked the streets after dark. The tour includes a trip through Canongate Kirkyard and a visit to our underground vaults below South Bridge, where you will find out how it came to be and who used to live there.
Enjoy a one day tour visiting filming locations of the award-winning TV series, Outlander. Visit castles, palaces and mansions. Explore Linlithgow Palace, Outlander’s Wentworth Prison; see Blackness Castle, the Headquarters of Black Jack Randall, and explore the Royal Burgh of Culross, Claire’s herb garden; and many more!
This 50-minute guided tour starting at 10 am daily, is ideal for whisky novices and families, is the perfect introduction to the world of whisky. Discover the whisky making process on the bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery. Explore the five Scotch whisky-producing regions and learn how the geography and weather combine to create regional characteristics shaping a single malt whisky’s unique flavour. Delve into the history and alchemy of blending, and learn how the art of creating a perfectly balanced blended Scotch whisky came about. Finally, enjoy a guided tasting of your chosen whisky within the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky. The Tour cannot be changed to a different time
There is no minimum age requirement for this tour.
Prepurchased Entrance Tickets for Attractions in Edinburgh
There are no minimum age requirements for these attractions unless otherwise noted
Enjoy free entry to 90 National Trust for Scotland attractions with the Discover Ticket — a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the historical sites and landmarks that interest you most. Step back in time at Culzean Castle; treat the kids to family-friendly visitor attractions such as the Battle of Bannockburn experience, and learn about Scottish poetry at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Choose from a 3-day or 7-day ticket and sightsee as you wish; both options include an attraction guidebook that contains fascinating historical facts.
Discover one of Scotland’s most famous historical attractions at your own pace with this ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Bypass the entrance queue and take your time exploring the castle’s public rooms and exhibitions halls while learning about the events and battles that shaped Scottish history. See where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son in the Royal Palace, and visit the on-site National War Museum to see Scottish military artifacts.
Discover Edinburgh’s hidden history on a 1 hour underground guided tour at The Real Mary King’s Close. Tours run every day and depart every 15 minutes. With a costumed character tour guide, uncover the true story of how a network of Old Town streets found itself buried forever beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. A top quality visitor attraction, allowing you to see for yourself what daily life was like in the 17th Century for both rich and poor. The maximum tour capacity is 20 people so this is an intimate and personal experience
Minimum age is 5 years old to attend this tour. This tour is not handicapped accessible.
The Edinburgh Dungeon uses live actors, shows, a spooky ride and interactive special effects to take you on a unique journey through Scotland’s most horrible history. Meet the ghosts of the city when you delve into the world of the paranormal in Scotland’s haunted capital.
Everything that you see is based on real historical events from the brutal Clan Wars, to Edinburgh’s Great Fire and the Anatomy Theatre. With a chilling boat ride into the lair of cannibal Sawney Bean, the Edinburgh Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave you screaming for more!
We recommend spending one hour at the Edinburgh Dungeon
A unique five-star visitor experience and recommended by BBC News as “Scotland’s leading visitor-friendly attraction”, The Royal Yacht Britannia is an essential visit whilst in Edinburgh. For over forty years, the Royal Yacht sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. Now berthed in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith, Britannia is a fascinating visitor attraction.
This tour is open to children of all ages, has a lift for strollers and wheelchairs and the Royal Tea Room is handi–accessible.
Make the most of your time in Scotland and experience the culture, heritage and scenery that makes Scotland so unique! On this full day tour, you visit a magnificent and important castle, the stunning Loch Lomond, a quaint Scottish town and have a dram of whiskey at Glengoyne Distillery while learning about this national heritage.
A fantastic day out packed with experiences and sights that Scotland is famous for!
Infants age 0-1 are free provided they do not occupy a seat, please add a child ticket to your booking if you would like to reserve a seat for infants.
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Robert Adam masterpiece is situated in the city’s elegant New Town, in Charlotte Square. This historic house is adjacent to Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland and was at the cornerstone of Edinburgh’s New Town development in its day– a statement in luxury in an age of enlightenment for those who could afford it.
Make use of an entrance ticket to Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh and discover one of Scotland’s finest royal palaces at your own pace. Set atop a mound overlooking Linlithgow Loch, the former Stuart royal residence has remained roofless and uninhabited since it was ravaged by a fire in the 18th century. Stroll along the cobbled walkways and make your own way from room to room. Explore the great hall, court kitchen, royal chapel and more, before taking in exquisite views across Scotland from Queen Margaret’s Bower.
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