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Private Edinburgh City Tour provided by Ecosse Executive - Day Tours

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Private Edinburgh City Tour

Private Edinburgh City Tour
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 31322P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by 8 Seat VIP Mercedes minibus, "E" Class Mercedes or Jaguar XT Saloon
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Optional visits
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • All Edinburgh accommodation
  • Airports:
  • Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN Scotland
  • Ports:
  • Ocean Terminal, 74 Ocean Dr, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, UK
  • Newhaven Harbour, Pier Pl, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4LP, UK
  • South Queensferry Harbour, Gote Ln, Queensferry, South Queensferry EH30 9PS, UK
  • 180 Castle Rd, Rosyth, Dunfermline KY11 2AX, UK
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We must be advised of all childrens ages,as booster/child seats can be supplied at an additional charge
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by 8 Seat VIP Mercedes minibus, "E" Class Mercedes or Jaguar XT Saloon
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Optional visits
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • All Edinburgh accommodation
  • Airports:
  • Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN Scotland
  • Ports:
  • Ocean Terminal, 74 Ocean Dr, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, UK
  • Newhaven Harbour, Pier Pl, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4LP, UK
  • South Queensferry Harbour, Gote Ln, Queensferry, South Queensferry EH30 9PS, UK
  • 180 Castle Rd, Rosyth, Dunfermline KY11 2AX, UK
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We must be advised of all childrens ages,as booster/child seats can be supplied at an additional charge
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 13, 2020
A note from Private Edinburgh City Tour
We are delighted to announce that in partnership with the National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland we have been certified “ Good To Go.” This recognises that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring that all safety processes are in place.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Edinburgh Castle
    St Giles' Cathedral
    Greyfriars Bobby
    Scott Monument
  • 1
    Edinburgh Old Town
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    New Town
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Royal Mile
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Grassmarket
    National Museum of Scotland
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
6 reviews
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URSULA HAND
54 contributions
This was a fantastic experience. Alan was professional, respectful, courteous, always mindful of our comfort/care/needs, full of history and interesting facts. So many that we started writing them down so that we could remember them all! We started joking (my daughter and I) saying that we'd make another note of the Fee-isms. Alan's last name is Fee. Worth every cent and more! He gave us the best tips, best jokes, best insight, and most importantly......a lifetime of wonderful memories. I have made a note to keep his contact information and definitely come back and tour with him again. I believe that he is even opening up his personal residence (it's spectacular by the way) as a B&B and if it's available, I'll be staying there with him upon our return! Can't say enough good things about this company. You'd be wasting your money to book with anyone else.
Written June 5, 2022
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Alan F
Oh Ursula, what can I say in reply to that except thank you for your wonderful review. It was my ABSOLUTE pleasure to spend time with you, and I look forward to seeing you again on your return? Alan
Written June 6, 2022
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Robin L
Pine Brook, NJ5 contributions
Couples
We stopped in Edinburgh for one day before leaving on a cruise to Norway and chose a full day tour with Alan well before our trip. Unfortunately, we arrived with one of us on a broken foot (broken 1 day before we left and in a wheelchair) and one of us having lost his wallet at the airport the day before. Given that start, we didn't know what to expect and we couldn't have been happier about our experience. How do we describe the best tour guide we have ever had? He was extraordinary in every way, with a tremendous knowledge of Edinburgh and its history. He was FUNNY, irreverent, and sarcastic, JUST WHAT WE NEEDED! When he heard about our woes, he jumped into action. Task 1 - he found a chemist to replace lost hearing aid batteries (lost with the wallet). Task 2 - turned on the internet in his oversized Mercedes so that lost credit cards could be canceled. Task 3 - found the RBS so that lost money could be replaced and bank accounts frozen. Task 4 - in the remaining time, give us a wonderful, informative, fact-filled tour of his city to allow us to forget our problems. He even promised to send us written anecdotes of some of the stories he told during the day, so we could read them to our grandchildren. At the end of the day, we sadly said goodbye, gave him a hug and thanked him for saving the day! We could not recommend him more highly!
Written August 29, 2018
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Hi Robin! WOW!! How can I respond to a review like that?? It was my absolute pleasure to help sort these things out, and I'm delighted that you had a good day. I hope that you enjoyed the cruise and things got back to normal. I have not forgotten about my promise, and will be in touch when things get a little quieter here. Warmest regards, Alan
Written September 7, 2018
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pitch328
Mid Hudson, NY71 contributions
Alan was terrific! Enthusiastic, knowledgable, well read, sense of humor and most accommodating! The full day was ours and the four of us enjoyed his professionalism and insight into a truly wonderful City. Looking forward to our next visit and Alan's hospitality.
Written February 10, 2020
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Alan F
Hi guys! Thank you for your wonderful review, it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with the four of you. I look forward to the next time? Warmest regards, Alan
Written February 11, 2020
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robin m
1 contribution
Booked a full day tour with Ecosse Executive Tours through Trip Advisor three months in advance of our day visit in Edinburgh so that my 80-something parents could enjoy the city without exhausting themselves. I confirmed the booking directly with the company two months ago and received a pleasant response that our booking was confirmed, and I could rest assured we would be well taken care of. Today we disembarked, happily walked up to Alan, the tour director, only to be told that we would be traveling with a different tour guide today. Paul, he said, would be here by 9am (the contracted time for our tour to begin), "I promise." And with that, Alan drove off with a different party. At 9:20am, after watching the precious minutes of our limited stay in Edinburgh tick away, we decided we probably needed to pivot as neither the "promise" nor the contracted-and-paid-for tour were going to be fulfilled. Thanks Ecosse and Trip Advisor for a thoroughly disappointing, stressful and crappy experience.
Written June 20, 2022
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Alan F
I am so sorry that this happened and that your shore excursion was ruined. When I saw you at the quay side I was under the impression that your driver/guide was on his way and would be with you very shortly. Unfortunately that didn't turn out to be the case, as I found out later on that day when it was way to late in the afternoon to arrange another guide for you. It will be of no interest to you I know, but that person was dismissed on the spot and no longer works for my company. If you ever come back to Edinburgh, I would like to offer my personal guiding services to you free of charge for a full day Edinburgh City Tour. Regards, Alan
Written July 8, 2022
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Karen S
New York City, NY5,213 contributions
We were picked up on time by our amazing guide Alan Fee at our hotel. We spent the full day going around Edinburgh and seeing as much as possible. Alan made us see Scotland and especially Edinburgh in a special way. Alan has a sense of humor, a kindness that made our day special
Written August 15, 2019
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Alan F
Hi Karen!! Thank you for your lovely review. I'm delighted that you had a good experience and it was a pleasure to share some time with you all. Warmest regards, Alan
Written August 18, 2019
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Amy S.
1 contribution
Family
My daughter did some research on local tour guides when we decided to visit Edinburgh this summer. She looked at several sites, read numerous reviews, and came to the decision that Alan would be our best bet. We booked, emailed back and forth a bit about an itinerary, and were set. We weren't sure what to expect having not used personal tour guides before, but nothing could have prepared us for the outcome. Alan was amazing! He was very well versed in local history and had extensive knowledge in general regarding Scotland and the United Kingdom. Alan made sure we saw everything on our list even managed to squeeze in a side trip to Rosslyn Chapel when we mentioned wanting to go there. The day flew by, and we found ourselves not wanting it to end. I highly recommend Alan's tour guide services through Ecosse Executive. It was the best way to experience Edinburgh and all it had to offer.
Written July 18, 2019
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Alan F
Hello! Thank you for your wonderful review, it is much appreciated. I'm delighted that you had such a good day and it was my pleasure to show you around. Warmest regards, Alan
Written July 30, 2019
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*Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.
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By: Ecosse Executive - Day Tours
kang14051
kang14051
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Outstanding tour and tour guide - strongly recommend
Had a terrific time on this tour. Alan was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. Kept both kids and adults engaged an
celfert
celfert
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One of my best tours ever.
I am from SC and I booked this tour online. I corresponded several times with Allen Fee and he was very helpful and
hiflyj0y
hiflyj0y
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Custom tour
We had a great time with Alan taking us on a private tour. He dropped my husband off at the golf course and took me
SidMaxwell
SidMaxwell
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Fantastic tour of the Royal Mile and historic Edinburgh
Alan provides us a great family experience on this half day tour. He knows and loves the history of the city and h
Actonmassa
Actonmassa
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Ms
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our driving tour of Edinburgh. Nick, our driver was knowledgeable and entertaining. H
Marcus D
Marcus D
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The absolute most comfortable and professional tour in Scotland!
I can not say enough positive things about this company and the Day Tour that we had in Edinburgh! From my booking
megdudley
megdudley
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The Ecosse tour was the best! Learned more than i thought possible about Edinburgh
Our tour was run by Alan Fee - the owner of Ecosse. He's an ex-paratrooper who is also a history major! The sto
Hsdudley
Hsdudley
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Wonderful time viewing Scotland and learning about its history
We traveled from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and then up into the Highlands for a 5 day tour. Our driver/tour guide
Jen S
Jen S
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Ms jen
Incredible and professional tour guide service. Alan tailored the tour to our wants/needs and his witty personality
Gabonnow
Gabonnow
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Exceptional experience with great historic details!
Alan provided a remarkable tour and insight to a beautiful country and its people! It was a relaxing day filled wit
MeredeLily
MeredeLily
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Wonderful tour of Edinburgh
Alan Fee gave us an absolutely superb tour of Edinburgh. He greeted us with an impeccably clean van stocked with S
jwebberfb
jwebberfb
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Stop searching.....this is it
Don’t know how else to say it, except to say this is a first class tour that allows you the chance to see three day
familleandremichel
familleandremichel
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This is life like it should be....
Thank you once again Alan for the wonderful visit we had with you in Edinburgh at the end of July. Kids had fun, I
Elizabeth S
Elizabeth S
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Customized day trip
We had a party of eight, with varied interests. Alan was very helpful and accomodating with all my questions. We we
hamy_17
hamy_17
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Amazing Tattoo
Alan was such a fantastic tour guide, very informative , could tell you anything about the country. Pick up on time
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