Welcome to Edinburgh! The city is located on the east side of the country approximately halfway up the coastline. There are a few ports and cruise ship ports that service Edinburgh - Leith, Rosyth and South Queensferry, most of our Edinburgh Shore Excursions leave right from your port!
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century although the first inhabitants were in the Edinburgh area in 8,500 BC. The city is full of history and modern additions and excursion attractions.
The city set up over an extinct volcano, known as Arthur's Seat. Edinburgh is divided into two sections - Old Town and New Town. Old Town is known for its medieval streets and Reformation buildings. This is the original section of Edinburgh. You can find many interesting attractions such as St. Gile's Cathedral, the General Assembly Hall, and the National Museum. New Town, built in the 18th century, resulted from overcrowding of Old Town. Attractions in New Town include the Palladian Mansion, Waverly Station and its iconic clock tower and St. Andrews Church. Check out our sightseeing excursions in Edinburgh!
Throughout the city, Edinburgh has a beautiful selection of museums and art galleries for visitors and cruise ship passengers who want a relaxed and cultured day out or on an Edinburgh excursion. The National Gallery of Modern Art houses fascinating collections, and the property is beautiful and serene. The Royal Botanic Gardens is also a beautiful choice, as it includes a rock garden, arboretum, and over 70 acres of shrubs, plants, and trees, a Chinese Garden, and a duck pond. Some of the plants date all the way back to the dinosaur age!
One site you won't want to miss is the Edinburgh Castle - a royal fortress, home to Scotland's crown jewels. The one o'clock gun is fired every day except for Sundays! You may also want to climb the 287 steps up the Scott Monument or tour the Scottish Parliament. If you visit during August, visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the most popular attractions of the year, which features plenty of food, art, and entertainment. But throughout the year there are numerous festivals.
Besides its roots in tradition, Edinburgh has a modern vibe as well. Galleries, chic restaurants, day spas, a hip pub culture, and nightlife are all experiences to enjoy. Or, walk along cobble streets to explore hills, mountains, and gardens. Enjoy our Edinburgh shore excursions!
Edinburgh has much to offer with things to see and do.