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MacTours City Tour

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Address: Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 220 0770
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MacTours City Tour has it all, a live guide to point out the places of...

MacTours City Tour has it all, a live guide to point out the places of interest along the route, a 24 hour ticket allowing you to hop on and off to explore Edinburgh's attractions and places of interest and all this on a traditional style vintage bus. MacTours City Tour penetrates the Old Town of Einburgh with non stop fantastic views and stories.

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Beautiful day to see Edinburgh by bus

All the staff on the two busses we went on were friendly and helpful. We learned lots of interesting facts about Edinburgh's history and really enjoyed the experience. I'd highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2016
Jenny S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

All the staff on the two busses we went on were friendly and helpful. We learned lots of interesting facts about Edinburgh's history and really enjoyed the experience. I'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city - definitely worth the money.

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Frisco, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Not your average hop on/hop off bus tour! The bus is vintage with an open-air top deck. The tour takes about an hour and hits all the hot spots. The guides (not recorded!) are hilarious! We loved the running commentary! We rode around 1.5 times to get back to our hotel and both guides were fantastic - kept us in... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We joined the throng at Waverley station specifically for this vintage bus tour. The queues were chaotic and poorly marshalled. All Tour queues seemed to mingle and it was a miracle that a fight didnt break out! HOWEVER once the bus arrived this was an excellent introduction to the city. The Guide was extremely knowledgeable with a kind, gentle manner... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Brillint, different tour guides every time. Excellant knowledge very helpful and a nice old styles bus

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Hop on hop off with a bus every half an hour, added to the experience that this tour runs old Routemaster double decker buses. We did the full circuit to start which takes about an hour then stayed on the bus for a couple of stops to the Grassmarket area which is full of pubs. Reboarded to the Royal Mile... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Great way to see the city, hopping off and on at all major attractions. Beautiful old style Double Decker, Open top bus and Fabulous live commentary from Colin ... Much better than listening to a recording! Just under an hour to complete the tour if you stay on, but you can travel around all day hopping off at as many... More 

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ElaineEBT, Sales Manager at MacTours City Tour, responded to this review

Sarah H Thanks for your lovely review. MacTours is back after a winter rest so it's good to hear how much you enjoyed exploring Edinburgh with us. I hope you made the most of the Afternoon Tea offers, new for 2016! Colin will be delighted at his special mention too. Many thanks Elaine More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Get some flexibility and buy a 24/48 hour ticket that will cover a number of tour buses. Kids (teenagers) had a laugh with horrible histories audio. Bit of craic and a good way to get familiar with the city and history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Excellent tour of the city with Eric the very knowledgeable tour guide . Much better than wearing headphones as he made the tour interesting and fun - recommended !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We used our 24 hour ticket thrice & found that Tom was the best guide we had on Mac tours city bus. Try & get on the bus he is a guide on!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Great tour, lovely staff and sunny weather! I'm Scottish but i learnt things! Yay! We were a hen party but felt very welcome.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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