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Scottish Parliament Tours and Activities

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The Scottish Parliament complex, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, sits across from Arthur’s Seat at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Known for having one of the most innovative and controversial designs in Britain, Parliament is a must-see on any Edinburgh itinerary; various tours are available for those who want to explore the building.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.57
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$21.57

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.23
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$26.23

Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience

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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.88
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$49.88

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.48
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$13.48

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.97
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Edinburgh Private Tour

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See both the highlights and hidden gems of Edinburgh on a private tour that reveals Scotland’s capital through the eyes of a local. Designed with first-time visitors in mind, this private tour promises the undivided attention of your guide and gives you the chance to compile tailored recommendations to last the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.49
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Small-Group Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

Small-Group Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

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On your tour we will explore a UNESCO World Heritage status kirkyard. We visit the resting places of one of the most famous people in the world, Adam Smith AND the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots and his brutal murder. You will later see the home he shared with his mother, Panmure House. We then talk of the most famous two-faced celebrity in Edinburgh society and the site of his final crime, here in Canongate. We will also stop outside the Scottish Parliament, a modernist structure which contrasts sharply with the many historical buildings in Canongate. Here our elected representatives decide upon the the future of Scotland. Your tour completes with a majestic view of Edinburgh's former main volcano, Arthurs Seat. Learn of its formation and the true story of how Arthurs Seat got its name. We stop outside the Royal palace of Holyroodhouse. Holyroodhouse is also where Mary Queen of Scots lived with her second husband Lord Darnley. Whatever happened to him I wonder.....
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Spend a full-day exploring the best Edinburgh has to offer on this premium minivan tour. Save hours researching top sights to see and planning transport by having everything organized for you instead. The tour includes round-trip private transfers, bottled water, and a private guide. An advantage of a private tour is that the itinerary can be modified based on your interests. Potential sights to visit include the Old Town, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
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  • 8 hours
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$202.21
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Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

Private Royal Mile walking tour in Edinburgh's Old Town

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Explore the Old Town of Edinburgh with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. Hear stories about the people, history, and politics that shaped the city of Edinburgh. Go for a walk along the Royal Mile and see local landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Scottish Parliament.
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  • 2 hours
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$155.03
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Edinburgh City Tour

Edinburgh City Tour

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Edinburgh, the Capital city of Scotland & United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination attraction, over 2.1 million visitors in 2018. We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure all over the Edinburgh City, also you can make your own tour location and flexible time all over the day. Tour will be our traditional black taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle,free Wi-Fi on broad & complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location,including Air-port transport.
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  • 8 hours
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$518.50
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Highlights from Edinburgh’s Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Highlights from Edinburgh’s Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Discover Edinburgh’s complex history through the lens of its most influential architects, on a 90-minute walk. If you’re curious about the origins of Scottish design then you'll enjoy this self-guided walking tour in the atmospheric Old Town. You’ll explore the fascinating historical buildings that give the area its character, and admire award-winning contemporary architecture like the famous Scottish Parliament. On this audio tour, you’ll meander through narrow closes, beneath stepped gables and turrets, pausing at breathtaking viewpoints. You'll be shown the easy-to-miss details on the buildings, and old maps and drawings. Downloading the tour onto the VoiceMap app to enjoy the tour on location or virtually at home.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$11.99
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Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt: A Fairy Tale Capital

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)

Edinburgh City Tour (Half Day)

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Edinburgh, the Capital city of Scotland & United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination attraction.Our aim to provide a great service for the customer professionally. Every customer are very Special for us. We are care about your Health and Safety. We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure all over the Edinburgh City,also you can make your own tour location and flexible time all over the day. Tour will be our traditional black taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle,free Wi-Fi on broad & complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location,including Air-port transport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

Private Shore Excursion: Edinburgh City and Rosslyn Chapel

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Savor your time in port with a shore excursion around Scotland's capital city and visit to 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Travel via VIP minibus through Edinburgh's medieval Old Town, filled with cobbled alleyways that are bursting with legends and stories. Learn about the city's intriguing history while journeying past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, touring the Royal Mile and exploring its Georgian-style New Town. Then pay a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, which played a key role in the 2003 novel 'The Da Vinci Code' and the 2006 film of the same name.
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  • 9 hours
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$752.56
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Explore Edinburgh with a private guide during this walking tour. Meet your local guide right at your hotel and set out to see the city’s popular landmarks along with some off the beaten path places. Explore the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle and visit a historic pub for lunch. The itinerary of this private tour can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$291.48
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Edinburgh Private Tour Brazilian Guide

Edinburgh Private Tour Brazilian Guide

We make private and personalized tours, according to the client's interests, in private vehicles with great comfort and safety. Our guides accompany you on all attractions, providing the most support and historical information. Departure and return of the tour will be at the client's hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$612.11
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Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

Private Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

Explore Edinburgh and nearby Rosslyn Chapel on this 9-hour private shore excursion by minivan. See Edinburgh Castle, home to several monarchs and the Scottish crown jewels. Wander down the Royal Mile and around the New Town, experiencing both ancient Edinburgh and the modern cosmopolitan city. Drive past the Scottish Parliament and around Arthur’s Seat before heading out to visit Rosslyn Chapel, built in the mid-15th Century and made famous by the Da Vinci Code.
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  • 8 hours
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$754.92
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Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Private Tour, Edinburgh Highlights including entry to Edinburgh Castle

Join us for this half day tour of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Exploring the Old Town on foot, led by your local Blue Badge Guide, is the best way to soak up the local atmosphere. Starting on top of the volcanic rock, we will visit the iconic Edinburgh castle. Then we will follow the ancient path of a glacier all the way to bottom of the Royal Mile. Your guide will lead the you through narrow closes and beautiful buildings surrounding the Royal Mile, giving you the chance to discover the city’s history and its famous citizens along the way. Our tour finishes with a view of both the Royal palace of Holyrood and the modern Scottish Parliament, a fantastic introduction to the city of Edinburgh.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.99
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$261.99
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Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow 3 Days Scotland Private Tour

The Highlands is the epitome of Scotland. Big skies, sparkling countryside, great food, friendly people and the Scottish Highlands. A natural playground that begs to be explored, with the finest and most romantic castles. Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland where hundreds of years of history unite an unforgettable world-class city. The magnificent architecture of the city is shifting from the enclosures of the medieval Old City to the grace of the new Georgian City. Above all, Edinburgh Castle stands with its magnificent splendour. Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a compact and lively town but home to the world's largest arts festival. Glasgow is true heaven with excellent food, drinks and unforgettable experiences as well. The lush and beautiful land is full of green areas, evergreen forestry of the Highlands with their sweeping mountains and deep “lochs”, and its compact wildlands, the islands with lots of beautiful beaches and vast views. Oh, what views!
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  • 3 days
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$1,357.84
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A History of Witchcraft in Edinburgh: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

A History of Witchcraft in Edinburgh: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Taken in Edinburgh’s famous sites while hearing the history and folklore of witchcraft on this affordable self-guided walking tour. • See where the Wizard of West Bow lived and walk in the footsteps of the women sentenced to death for witchcraft • Hear from producer Katrina Milne who’s lead over 2000 clients on our tours since launching Travel Kat Tours in 2018 • Do it all in 75 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before and after your booking date • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline. Please note that this is a hilly walk.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$5.99
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$5.99

Edinburgh Self Guide

Edinburgh Self Guide

So, you arrive in Edinburgh and want to know all about it. You have 3 choices available to you. 1. Go on a guided tour and see all those sights you read about before you came. 2. Walk around aimlessly hoping that the Gods of tourism will guide you. 3. Go to snikkit dot com and see what like minded locals want you to see about their home. Snikkit dot com will show you everything about a place on a simple, easy to use interactive map. The main sites The history The people But also the small stories, the best pubs and bars, where the locals eat and much much more. This is your tour at your own pace and at your convenience. We have done all the homework for you and found and researched all the stories and facts you need for an enlightening self guided tour of Edinburgh's history, architecture, music, ghosts, murders and culture. Once logged in you are the boss, you decide what you want to see and when you want to see it.
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  • 3 to 12 hours
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$13.47
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Private Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

Private Mary Queen of Scots Walking Tour

Enjoy fascinating insights from an experienced tour guide and local historian - me!. There will be a fun quiz for children at the end of your tour. If they do well, they receive a special prize! You will hear and see amazing things. The connection of Mary Queen of Scots with the owner of John Knox House, the final resting place of her secret lover and where she kept her favourite horse. You will also enjoy a great outside view of the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, the residence of the Royal Family when they are in Edinburgh. This was where - for a while - Mary Queen of Scots lived with her second husband, Lord Darnley. You will also see Panmure House, home of world-famous philosopher Adam Smith. You will also enjoy a panoramic view of Arthurs Seat, the now extinct main volcano in Edinburgh! Many of the true social stories you hear are mainly found in antique books. They tell them best!
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
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$107.85
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Edinburgh Private Tour Brazilian Guide

Edinburgh Private Tour Brazilian Guide

We make private and personalized tours, according to the client's interests, in private vehicles with great comfort and safety. Our guides accompany the customer on all attractions, providing the greatest support and historical information. Departure and return from the tour will be at the client's hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$874.43
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Private City Tour in Edinburgh Brazilian Guide

Private City Tour in Edinburgh Brazilian Guide

We do private and personalized tours, according to the client's interests, in private vehicles with great comfort and safety. Our guides accompany the customer on all attractions, giving the greatest support and historical information in English and Portuguese. Departure and return from the tour will be at the client's hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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$378.93
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Should I book Scottish Parliament tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Scottish Parliament can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Scottish Parliament 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Scottish Parliament costs USD 5.99. Guided Scottish Parliament tours start around USD 5.99 per person.
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