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Why Try The MacTours Vintage Bus Tour?
- Explore the capital and savour exclusive discounts at popular cafes that feature along the sightseeing route.
- Start your journey from any stop. Vintage Routemaster buses arrive every 20-30 minutes, ideal for those on the go.
- Hear fascinating facts and stories from a local guide.
- Tickets provide generous Edinburgh attraction discounts (see below).
Bus Tour Map And Timetable:
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Ticket Usage Instructions:
Please print off the ticket voucher you receive from this site and present to either a MacTours bus driver, or a member of the Edinburgh Bus Tours staff on Waverley Bridge. Ticket vouchers are usable within 3 months of purchase.
Tour Route Details:
MacTours is a hop-on hop-off service that offers passengers a definitive as well as stylish sightseeing route through the heart of Edinburgh. Begin your journey at Waverley Bridge, from which point you'll ride east towards the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. This outward leg of the journey passes by the front of Calton Hill, a stunning viewpoint whose features include the National Monument, Nelson Monument and City Observatory.
Once you arrive in the city centre's east end either hop-off off at stop 3 (Queen Mary's Bathhouse & Holyroodhouse), stop 4 (Our Dynamic Earth science centre), or continue on into the Old Town. Stop 5 places you at the top of Cowgate, a street renowned for its numerous bars and pubs set inside restored 18th century vaults. Our recommendation for drinks would be the Three Sisters, which has a large and beautiful open-air courtyard, or Bannerman's Bar if you're looking for a rustic and relaxing atmosphere.
If you're hungry as well as thirsty stay on the bus for an extra 3 minutes or so and get off at Grassmarket (stop 6). This historic street, once an important market place, remains a popular public space to this day and boasts a wide variety of fantastic international bars and restaurants. During the summer festival season it's also an epicentre of live entertainment.
After being fed and watered hop-on the next bus and take a ride past the Edinburgh College of Art towards Nicolson Square, where you'll encounter the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Surgeons Hall. While there's plenty to explore on this side of town we'd suggest sticking with the bus until reaching stop 9. Here is where you'll find the National Museum of Scotland and the famous Greyfriars Bobby statue. Alternatively, disembark at stop 10 for Edinburgh Castle, The Scotch Whisky Experience, and Camera Obscura.
From stop 10 the tour begins to make its way towards Edinburgh New Town. The first stop on this leg is next to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, near to which is three of Edinburgh's most iconic cultural organisations: the Traverse Theatre, Usher Hall and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Stop 12 at Charlotte Square is the location of the Georgian House, a museum building that recounts 18th century upper class life in Edinburgh. It's staffed by a team of professional reenactors.
The last two stops before the tour returns to stop 1 place you at Hanover Street and Market Street respectively. If you haven't already eaten at any point along the tour and feel yourself getting peckish then we'd recommend pulling up a seat at the Hard Rock Cafe near stop 13. Two set menus and priority seating are bookable from this site.
Ticket Holder Discounts 2016:
Edinburgh MacTours ticket holders are entitled to a selection of attraction, dining and shopping discounts. Take a look at the map download above for a full list of included offers, or see the following list of highlight discounts:
- Up to £5.45 off tea and cakes at popular Edinburgh cafes.
- 10% off admission at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.
- £1.50 off an adult ticket for Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.
- £5 off Edinburgh Dungeon Admission.
- 2 for 1 entry to the Glasshouses at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden.
- 10% off tours, hot drinks and cakes at the Scotch Whisky Experience.