CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITH VISITS TO EDINBURGH CASTLE, ROYAL MILE & HARRY POTTERS BIRTHPLACE. (8 HOURS)
Our journey takes us to the capital where we visit the mighty fortress of Edinburgh Castle. http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/ On leaving the castle we embark on a leisurly walking tour on to The Royal Mile for sightseeing and shopping. We then stop for lunch at Harry Potter`s birthplace, The Elephant House http://www.elephanthouse.biz/ where J. K. Rowling was inspired to write much of her early novels. Nearby we find the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the wee Skye terrier who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years. Our city tour continues as we drive around The Palace of Holyrood House http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament Building http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ and along the Royal Mile. As we leave the old town, we cross Waverley Bridge and pass the Scott Monument on our way out of the city.
Formerly a palace, a treasury, and a prison, Edinburgh castle houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, the “Stone of Destiny” upon which Scottish Kings were crowned, and the famous 15th-century canon, Mons Meg. The castle is also a working barracks where the Royal Regiment of Scotland are billeted. The earliest, and smallest building, is St. Margaret’s Chapel which sits on the highest part of the castle. This Norman building dates back to the early twelfth century and was built by King David I in honour of his mother Queen Margaret who was later canonised. Edinburgh Castle has been besieged many times and was taken when attacked by the English King Edward I during the Scottish Wars of Independence in 1296. It was recaptured and destroyed, except for St Margaret’s Chapel, by the Earl of Moray in 1313. The annual Military Tattoo http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/the-experience is staged on the floodlit esplanade, overlooked by the battlements.
Where and When:
Meet up location: I will meet you at any place in and around Greenock, Glasgow or North Ayrshire. The official meeting point for Greenock cruise passengers is the “Foot Passenger Exit” where I will meet and greet you.
End location: At the end of the tour I will return you to a location of your choice within the Greenock, Glasgow or North Ayrshire area. Please note that I am very flexible for your time of pick up and return.
Duration: 8 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed: 35 GBP – Entry to visitor attractions, ferry fares, food and refreshments not included in tour.
What’s Included: Tour includes vehicle, driver and guiding services.
What’s Extra: Entry fees to visitor attractions, ferry fares, food and refreshments.
Tour Type: Shore Excursion, Cultural, City.
Transportation Method: 8 passenger minibus.
Activity Level: Light.
Kid Friendly: Yes.
Language(s): English (fluent).
Maximum travelers: 8