Dear guests,

During the following weeks, our tours (except the Pub Crawl) will temporarily be starting a little further up the Royal Mile; right in front of the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant (130 High Street, Royal Mile - Edinburgh, EH1 1QS). Please keep an eye out for the guides with the red SANDEMANs’ umbrella.

Thank you for your understanding.

About Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland and a UNESCO world heritage site. Built upon an extinct volcano, there has been human activity here since around 5000bc. "The Athens of the North" is the place to seek legendary heroes, dramatic landscape and glorious cuisine in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Ready to experience Edinburgh? Start off with the FREE Tour of Edinburgh, which gives you an overview of the city's history and main attractions.
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Good to know

Airport Transfer

Edinburgh International Airport serves the city and getting to the city centre is easy: take either the Air-link 100 bus (about £4 one-way) or the tram (£5 one-way), both of them take 30-35 minutes to reach central Edinburgh.

Currency

No sterling/pounds (£) in your wallet? No problem. Edinburgh airport has currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs. Scottish bank notes from the Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank look different from English notes but have the same legal status and may be used for cash transactions anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Public Transportation

Edinburgh's public transport system is comprised of trains, trams and buses. Trains from most major cities in the UK bring you right into the city centre by arriving either at Waverley or Haymarket stations.
Lothian buses take you around the inner city quickly and easily; a single ticket costs £1.60 and a day ticket costs £4. Try downloading the Lothian Buses App for easy navigation.
Finally, make sure to bring the exact change as notes are not accepted on the bus!

Tech & WiFi

Remember to pack or buy a standard UK power adaptor to keep your technology powered up! Free WiFi can be found around the city centre.

Weather

Weather in Edinburgh can range from snow, driving winds, hail, sleet, torrential rain, sunshine and coastal fog (that could just be Monday). Be sure to pack a waterproof jacket, warm fleece and maybe even a pair of shorts if arriving for that one week of summer.

Safety

Edinburgh is considered a safe city and has a low crime rate. Like any major city, personal safety should be adhered to.

Tipping

Tipping is generally not expected in Scotland, but if you are happy with the service you are welcome to leave 10% of the bill or round it up.

Emergency number

999

Edinburgh's Top Attractions

1. Edinburgh Castle
Voted as the top UK heritage attraction at the British Travel Awards, Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic buildings in Europe. Dating back to the 12th century, it has a complex history and is filled with treasures such as the Scottish crown jewels, the National War Museum of Scotland and the mysterious "Stone of Destiny".
 
2. Arthur's Seat
The beautiful peak of Arthur‘s Seat (251m or 823ft) is a relatively easy climb (you will huff and puff a little) and gives you breath-taking views over the entire city and the countryside. Pack some decent walking shoes for this!
 
3. National Museum of Scotland
Contains treasures from around the world and the Story of Scotland from pre-history to the present day. Oh, and it’s free entry as well. A good way to warm up during the day.
 
4. Calton Hill
For those less inclined to brave the slopes of Arthur's Seat, Calton hill is another of Edinburgh's seven hills with panoramic views across the city. Look out for "Edinburgh's shame" – an unfinished Athenian acropolis which straddles the summit.
 
5. Palace of Holyroodhouse
Holyrood Palace is fit for a queen! Visit the official residence of the current British monarch. Open to the public throughout the year except when the royal family is in residence.
 
6. Royal Yacht Britannia
Step on board the former royal yacht of the British monarch. De-commissioned in 1997, it is now berthed in Leith and welcomes 300,000 visitors per year.
 
7. Camera Obscura World of Illusions
Don't trust your eyes! This interactive experience next to the castle also boasts a fine viewing tower with 360° panoramic views.

8. Scottish Parliament building
Sitting at the foot of the Royal Mile, the Scottish Parliament building is the home of the Scottish Government. This controversial building is a true gem in the world of architecture and is hailed as one of the most innovative designs in the UK.
 
9. The Scotch Whisky Experience 
Take a whisky tour and tasting at Scotch Whisky's Edinburgh home. The Scotch Whisky Experience is located at the top of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, next door to Edinburgh Castle. They offer a range of whisky tours to suit all tastes and timeframes, and are open every day of the year except for Christmas Day. A whisky tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience includes an interactive barrel ride through the production process of Scotch whisky, an exploration of the different whisky producing regions of Scotland, and a tasting in the World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, one of the wonders of the whisky world! The Scotch Whisky Experience is full accessible, and their whisky tour is available in 20 languages. For more information on tour experiences, visit their website.