- All Year Round | Except Christmas Day.
- Live English-speaking guide (Apr-Nov).
- Recorded English commentary (Nov-Apr).
Times & Frequency:
- See Map Download.
- Various, see itinerary list below.
- 1 Hour.
Edinburgh Tour | Route Details:
A full circuit of the Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour takes you on a counterclockwise route through the New and Old Towns. You'll circle around Calton Hill, atop which lies the City Observatory and the famous summit of Arthur's Seat. Both make for a fantastic walk during a sunny day, so if the weather's good hop-off at stop 2 and make the climb.
Continuing onto stop 3 you'll encounter Queen Mary's Bathhouse, a tiny 16th century building thought have once served as a royal summer-house. The other main attractions at this location include the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the official residence of the monarchy in Scotland), the Queens Gallery, and the Scottish Parliament. Getting off at nearby stop 4 places you closer to the centre of Holyrood Park, within which you'll find the 'Our Dynamic Earth' science centre.
After stop 4 the tour heads west up the Royal Mile and into central Edinburgh. Hop-off at stop 5 if you'd like to visit the Museum of Edinburgh, or stop 6 for the Museum of Childhood and other cool spots along this famous historic street.
Stop 7 on Chambers Street places you beside the National Museum of Scotland, the country's premier institution for natural, cultural, scientific, artistic and anthropological history. Think of any corner of the world and chances are NMS has something related in its collection.
If you'd like to take a break from sightseeing at any point along the route then be sure to make it stop 8, the Grassmarket. This popular gathering spot, once the site of public executions and cattle drives, is today a beautiful Victorian Gothic square lined with unique bars, restaurants and regular live entertainment. On Saturdays you might want to disembark a little further on at Johnston Terrace (stop 9), where the Edinburgh Farmer's Market runs from 09:00-14:00.
Especially if it's your first time in Edinburgh you can't pass up stop 10. Lawnmarket places you within easy reach of the Scotch Whisky Experience, Camera Obscura, and Edinburgh Castle. Before visiting the castle consider grabbing a few skip-the-line entry tickets, very useful during peak seasons.
After stop 10 the tour leaves Edinburgh's Old Town and makes a short trip around the Georgian New Town. Hop-off at The Mound (stop 11) for the Scottish National Gallery and Princes Street Gardens. Work your way towards Charlotte Square to visit the historic Georgian House (staffed by professional 18th century reenactors), and maybe finish up at stop 13 (Hanover Street). Here you'll find yourself right next to the Hard Rock Cafe, for which menus and priority seats can be pre-booked. Hanover Street is the final stop before the tour returns to Waverley Bridge.