Tours & activities in Edinburgh

2-hour Edinburgh Highlights Private Tour

Make the most out of your visit and discover Edinburgh's top attractions with your private tour guide

ABOUT THE 2-hour Edinburgh Highlights Private Tour

This 2-hour private tour is the perfect introduction to Edinburgh and a great way to orientate yourself in the city. Your local private tour guide will take you to must-see sights such as the Royal Mile, Mercat Cross, Greyfriars Kirkyard and more.


Discover Scotland’s capital, in the company of a local expert guide

Historical heavyweight Edinburgh has seen it all. Over the years, the quaint capital has played host to the heroes and villains of Scottish folklore; from William Wallace and his band of kilted rebels, to the body-snatchers Burke and Hare. We’ll take you through the spate of witch burnings that took place in the city between the 15th and 18th centuries, and explore the heartwarming true story of Greyfriars’ Bobby - Scotland’s favourite folktale.

Often lauded to be the U.K's most picturesque city, this 2-hour private tour will trace a path through the stunning Royal Mile, before passing Edinburgh Castle, Mercat Cross and George Heriot’s School (rumoured to be the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts).

See Edinburgh up-close

If you and your friends or family are popping into Edinburgh for a quick trip then make the most of your stay by booking a private tour that fits your schedule!

This private tour will show you Edinburgh as it was meant to be seen - exploring its nooks and crannies by foot and stopping to take in the stunning views. Your local expert guide will not only help you to tick off many of the must-see sites, but will make sure you leave with all of your questions about each attraction answered.

Want a more comprehensive overview of the city? Upgrade to the 3-hour Private City Tour


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Your 2-hour Edinburgh Highlights Private Tour starts on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close

  • St Giles' Cathedral
  • The Royal Mile
  • Old & New Towns
  • Mercat Cross
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) & Greyfriars Bobby
  • Grassmarket
  • Site of Witch Burnings
  • The original ‘Hogwarts’
  • William Wallace & the Stone of Destiny
  • National Museum
  • Covenanters’ Prison
  • Martyrs’ Memorial
  • The real Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  • Tron Kirk


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Private walking tour
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • Most popular starting times available online
  • We can adapt the tour for you, even when booking online! You will be asked some questions during the checkout process to help us better tailor the tour to the needs of your group
  • Full refund for cancellations with more than 72 hours notice
  • Invoice available after tour date
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With a private tour, you're the boss!


Whether you’re travelling with a group, or simply want your own private guide, SANDEMANs private tours offer you the flexibility to name your time, meeting point and what you specifically want covered, all at some of the best prices in Edinburgh.

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Edinburgh's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

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Tailor your experience with a SANDEMANs private tour

  • Expert guides
  • Regular and bespoke options available
  • Pick-up service from your hotel or hostel available
  • Variety of languages available
  • Excellent customer service support


Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.


I am travelling alone; can I book a Private Tour?

Yes, absolutely!

Is there a maximum capacity per group?

Yes, for us to guaranty the quality of the tour, each tour guide can take a maximum of 30 people.

Larger groups can book two private tours online or contact us at for further quotations.

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