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Princes Street Tours

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Princes Street
Lined with shops on the north side, Princess Street is Edinburgh’s principal shopping street. To the south, this heavily trafficked thoroughfare borders the memorial-dotted Princes Street Gardens, a park overlooked by Edinburgh Castle. Princes Street is also known for being one of the principal venues for Hogmanay, Scotland’s famous New Year’s celebrations.

The Basics
With its shops, park, prominent position, historic monuments, and views out over the Old Town, Princes Street is undeniably an important lane—second in importance only to perhaps the Royal Mile. Walking tours of Edinburgh’s New Town typically follow a route down Princes Street, allowing visitors to see and, in some instances, even climb the Gothic-style Scott Monument dedicated to the famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. It’s also a stop on hop-on hop-off bus routes and is even included on some Harry Potter-themed city tours, which typically pass by the lavish Balmoral Hotel, where J.K. Rowling composed the final chapters in the series. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Princes Street is a great place to people-watch and observe everyday life in the Scottish capital. 
  • The weather in Edinburgh can change quickly and without warning. Wear layers and bring an umbrella or raincoat.
  • Both Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens are wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
Princes Street is located in Edinburgh’s city center and is extremely well-connected. Edinburgh Waverley railway station and Princes Street tram station both provide direct access. Edinburgh Waverley offers connections to destinations all across the United Kingdom, including London.

When to Get There
Shoppers swarm Princes Street on weekends and during the lead-up to Christmas. Beat the rush of the crowds by coming early in the day. During the Christmas period, festive lights and a holiday market add to the atmosphere, while Hogmanay parties and performances are staged here over New Year’s. Princes Street Garden is at its prettiest in spring, when daffodils sprout. 

The Floral Clock
Stroll along Princes Street, specifically at West Princes Street Gardens near where it meets the Mound, between July and October to encounter the 1903 floral clock. Gardeners plant and tend the clock—which changes every year—using thousands of small, colorful blooms to create a clockface around which the electric-powered hands move.
Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
Admission: Free
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A Half Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Visiting an unfamiliar city without knowing anyone there usually means relying on travel guides. Get a more personal experience in Edinburgh by spending time with a local Edinburgher who customizes your private, bespoke tour to your own interests. Go off the beaten path and discover locals' favorite spots.
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Edinburgh Christmas Experience With A Local: Private & Personalized

Edinburgh Christmas Experience With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Edinburgh at Christmas time becomes a winter wonderland, and this tour will help you discover the city’s most magical sites. Spend an evening walking past Edinburgh top attractions, as well as hidden parts that locals love. You’ll see the Old Town, Princes Street Gardens, and much more. A local host will teach you about Edinburgh from a local’s perspective and show you where to find the best Christmas lights. Mulled wine or hot chocolate is included, and conveniently, you can customize your tour based on your needs.
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Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Silent Disco Adventure Tour

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Explore the streets of Edinburgh on this fun walking tour. As you listen to popular theme songs and hits through your headset, sing along and dance past landmarks like St. Giles' Cathedral, the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Waverley Station, and more. This is an alternative to the traditional tour groups.
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Private Tour Walking through Edinburgh, the tour will be private, exclusive for your group or family. It will be 4 hours walking around the city, knowing the main points of interest. The script can be customized according to customer interests.
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Edinburgh City Tour

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Explore an amazing Edinburgh on a private walking tour of the Old town

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Today we offer you half-day sightseeing in the historic Old Town, where some of the best Edinburgh attractions can be found, such as the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Your guide will show you all the hidden gems of this brilliant city, tell you some of its secrets and myths, you will find something that can not be reached by the internet! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel or your cruise ship. You will have a fully private tour of the old city of Edinburgh including all the main attractions. In the end, your guide will assist you in calling the taxi back or suggest a good restaurant to have lunch.
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Private Edinburgh Photography Tour

Private Edinburgh Photography Tour

Don’t limit yourself to just the Royal Mile; the Extended Photo tours take in both the Street Tour and the Night Tour so you can cover more ground and come away with more spectacular images. Let a professional photographer guide you through your setting as they whisk you to their favourite spots to capture the best images in the Capital. We will lead you to superb photographic opportunities for all kinds of subjects, from landmarks and people watching to hidden secrets and great views over the city, all the while offering practical tips and helping you to develop your own creative vision. Each tour is crafted to the skills and needs of the participants. Apart from taking photos, you can also expect to learn: Creative composition, using lines, repetition, camera angles Training your eye: composition, subjects, lighting Taking control of your camera: ƒ-stop, shutter speed, ISO and focusing Night photography basics Long exposure light streaking - cars, boats Reviewing your photography
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See Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

See Edinburgh With A Local: Private & Personalized

Settled in the rocky hills, Edinburgh offers everything from beautiful architecture to stunning landscapes. You’ll join one of our local Edinburgh hosts, and from here it’s up to you. You could strut your stuff down the Royal Mile, or pay homage at the Scott Monument. Whether you have just three hours to spare or a full day to play, your host will create an itinerary according to your schedule and interests. Are you a landmark beeliner, or a leisurely wanderer? Just tell us your pace and we’ll stick to it. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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