Explore Scotland on one of our incredible, personalised private Edinburgh Shore Excursions, to astonishing world-renowned tourist attractions. Come with me, the Amazing James, on a memorable adventure, which will remain in your hearts, long after you return home. Our fabulous shore excursions depart from the following Edinburgh cruise terminals: South Queensferry, Newhaven, Leith and Rosyth. You can opt from our remarkable selection of shore tours to Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle, St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife, to name but a few.
Leaving the crowds of passengers on the shores to search for their tour buses, we will whisk you away on a more personal, entertaining and engaging tour experience.
Edinburgh City Tours
Scotland’s ancient capital Edinburgh, boasts a treasure trove of amazing tourist attractions for all ages of travellers. The city is an approximate 30-minute drive eastward from the Edinburgh shore excursion terminals. Arriving at Holyrood Palace, you can walk on the ancient cobbled paths of the Royal Mile, to the historic Edinburgh Castle. This mighty fortress, majestically perched on the Castle Rock, offers wonderful scenic views over the city of Edinburgh. Your entrance ticket price, includes an informative guided tour with one of the knowledgeable castle custodians.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo V.I.P Experience
Enjoy exquisite, world-class entertainment and top class Scottish Hospitality in this full day shore excursion from Edinburgh, in a day that will remain in your hearts and memories forever.
You're long awaited day will begin with my personal ’meet and greet’ as you disembark your cruise ship at one of the Edinburgh ports.
Our suggested itinerary will whisk you westwards on a magical journey to visit the monumental ‘Kelpies’ equine structures. These magnificent creatures tower 100 feet into the Scottish skies, reaching for the heavens.
Our next stop was historically one of Scotland’s most important medieval strongholds, Stirling Castle. It is here you will encounter some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks and monuments in honour of our Scottish National heroes such as, Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, King of Scots 1306 -1329. This majestic castle, proudly perched on top of a volcanic crag, is also known as the brooch of Scotland. It was said whoever holds Stirling Castle controls Scotland, as the River Forth divides the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland. The castle, home to the Royal Stuarts for many centuries, was the clasp that held Scotland together.
After an enthralling visit to the castle, we wind through the ancient cobbled streets of Stirling’s old town and take a short drive through The National Trossachs Park, to Kilmahog, for the opportunity of visiting the Edinburgh Woolen Mill, and to say hello to the famous hairy Heilan’ Coos, (Highland Cows), Hamish Dubh and Honey. We will also have time for afternoon tea in the Woolen Mill.
Mid afternoon, our tour will head eastwards to the historic town of Linlithgow, where we have time to visit the historic ruined Palace where Mary Queen of Scots was born.
Less than a 15-minute drive we travel through the Scottish countryside to Blackness Castle, on the shores of the River Forth. You may recognise this ancient castle as one of the main Outlander filming locations, where Jamie Fraser was dealt a cruel whipping at the hands of Captain Black Jack Randall.
Early evening we will arrive at a local Inn, where we shall enjoy our pre Royal Military Tattoo 3 course meal and whisky tasting. I will also entertain you with some magic tricks and steal your imagination in good old Rob Roy McGregor fashion.
After our evening meal, we then approach Edinburgh Castle for the evening’s big event. Leaving our pre booked car parking, I will escort you on foot to show you some of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks, before you enter the castle grounds to take your seats for the wonderful world famous, Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
When the show is finished I will be waiting for you to escort you back to the vehicle, and take the short drive back to your cruise terminal, where we shall say our fond farewells.
Outlander Shore Excursions
Step back in time on this spectacular Private Outlander Shore Excursion from Edinburgh, visiting some of the most famous historic filming locations featured in the Starz hit series.
Departing the shores of Edinburgh, we cross the iconic new Queensferry Crossing, travelling across the Forth Estuary, into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, to the once bustling Royal Burgh of Culross, location of the fictional town of Cranesmuir, home to the mysterious and magical Geillis Duncan, and her Procurator Fiscal husband, Arthur.
This quaint little village is a must see on your Edinburgh shore excursion, and hosts many filming locations of from the TV show Outlander, including the Mercat Cross, the herb garden and Black Kirk are amongst its famous locations.
Journeying on, we travel through Fife, over the Kincardine Bridge into Stirlingshire, where we visit the iconic Doune Castle. This ancient medieval castle was originally built in the thirteenth century and features as Castle Leoch, home to Clan MacKenzie in the Outlander series. Here you will enjoy a self-guided castle tour with splendid, entertaining commentary on audio guide, detailing some information on both Outlander and Monty Python filming scenes. You will also have the opportunity of seeing the Outlander gift shop, and spot some well kent memorabilia among the merchandise.
Moving on, we will take a short drive over to Linlithgow Palace, which features as Wentworth Prison in Outlander. This historic, now ruined Palace is also the birthplace of our very own, Mary Queen of Scots. We will take a short walk round this stunning Outlander location before visiting a local inn for lunch.
Early afternoon, our next stop is to Blackness Castle, which juts out into the River Forth. The castle is also known as the ‘ship that never sailed’ due to its fascinating architectural shape, and stands in as Fort William in Outlander. This is the location of some unforgettable scenes in the first series, that Outlander fans will recognise very quickly.
Our final stop of the day, Midhope Castle or better known to Outlander fans as ‘Lallybroch’, meaning Lazy Tower in Gaelic. This venue is a fans’ favourite, where you can reminisce of Jamie and Claire’s romantic and troublesome adventures, before we make the short journey east, back to your cruise ship terminal.
St Andrews & Fife Shore Excursion
Join us, on a spellbinding shore excursion, to the ancient historic towns of St Andrews, Dunfermline and the quaint coastal villages in the East Neuk of Fife. This marvellous journey takes you across the new Queensferry Crossing road-bridge, which spans from South Queensferry, into the ancient Royal Kingdom of Fife.
Our first stop of the day, takes us to ‘The Abbey Church’ in Dunfermline, previously the proud capital of Scotland. This historical Abbey was once the final resting place for Scottish monarchs, before the adoption of the small island of Iona, in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of Mull. The Abbey was founded in the eleventh century, and it is here where you can view the tomb of Robert the Bruce King of Scots 1306 – 1329.
Continuing on our adventure, we travel north, weaving through the tiny coastal villages on the Fife Tourist Coastal route. Stopping off at the old harbour in Anstruther, where you may wish to sample the award winning Scottish traditional fish and chips.
After lunch, we take the short drive to the ancient town of St Andrews, famously known around the world as the ‘home of golf’. Our shore tour will take in a panoramic drive of the old town, and to the ancient golf course, where you will have the opportunity to have your photograph taken on the famous Swilcan Bridge. The beautifully architected town is also home to the oldest of the four ancient universities in Scotland. Interestingly, it is also where the then, Kate Middleton met her charming Prince William, in the Northpoint Café. You can also enjoy a stretch of the legs, with the opportunity to visit St Andrews Castle, St Rules tower or to just wander through the charming town where you can browse interesting boutique shops.
After a fun day out from your cruise ship, we then take the 1-hour journey southwards back to your cruise ship in Edinburgh, where we say our farewells.
Rosslyn Chapel Shore Excursion
Departing early morning from your Cruise terminal in Edinburgh, we take the short journey eastwards in search of the Holy Grail to the ancient and fascinating Rosslyn Chapel. One of the most interesting Chapels in Scotland, and arguably made even more famous the world over, by Dan Browns ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The Chapel was founded in 1446, and still used as a place of worship today. After purchasing your tickets in the visitor centre you can experience a fascinating, informative talk by one of the Chapel’s guides. The Chapel has a splendid visitor centre, cafeteria and gift shop, stocking lots of fantastic Scottish trinkets and souvenirs.
We continue on, with a short drive westwards, to the historic town of Linlithgow, where we have the opportunity for a short walk around the amazing Linlithgow Palace, where Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542. The palace also featured as ‘Wentworth Prison’ in the Starz hit series, Outlander penned by Diana Gabaldon. You will also have time for some photographic opportunities before we visit the ‘Four Mary’s’ pub for lunch.
Early afternoon, we travel on another short journey to Hopetoun House, which featured as the Duke of Sandringhams residence, in Outlander. This outstanding classical manor house, in reality, is home to the Marquis of Linlithgow. A paradise for art lovers, boasting paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian, Reubens and Canaletto among it’s collection.
Our wonderful day comes to its end, with a 15-minute drive back to the port, where you board your cruise ship for your next adventure.
Discover the ancient art of Whisky distilling on this spiritual Edinburgh Shore Excursion. Our signature whisky tour takes us on a 40-minute drive southeast to the wonderful Glenkinchie Distillery. The lowland whisky distillery, lies 15 miles outside of the capital city of Edinburgh, in Pencaitland, on the edge of the Lammermuir hills.
The distillery founded in 1837, offers a fantastic selection of guided whisky tours and tastings. You can opt for the ‘Glenkinchie Distillery Tour’, ‘The Four Corner Tasting Tour’, ‘Whisky in the Wild Tour’, ‘The Warehouse Experience’ or for the real whisky connoisseur, the ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’.
We then travel down to North Berwick, on the beautiful Lothian coastline, where we have some great eateries with some real Scottish fayre to sample.
After lunch, we travel on to the city of Edinburgh, where you have the choice of visiting ‘The single Malt Society Private Members Club’, or the Five Star Rated ‘Whisky Heritage Centre’. Both offer the whisky enthusiast wonderful whisky experiences to savour their amber nectar, before heading back to your cruise port.
It is also possible to create a bespoke whisky experience shore excursion from the ports of Edinburgh. Other world- class whisky distilleries that are possible to visit include: Deanston, Auchentoshan, Glengoyne, Kingsbarns, Tullibardine or Glenturret. All of these mentioned offer terrific whisky tours and tastings.
Stirling Castle & The Trossachs
One of the most popular shore excursions for visitors to Scotland, is undoubtedly the mighty historical Stirling Castle. We journey just over an hour’s drive west from the ports of Edinburgh, to this magnificent fortress dominating the skyline, as it sits proudly on a volcanic crag, overlooking the highlands and lowlands of Scotland.
Stirling Castle, also referred to as the brooch of Scotland, was one of the largest and most important strongholds in medieval times. It was a Royal Residence to the Stuart monarchy for over 200 years, and is now maintained by Historic Scotland.
Follow the castle guardian through the cobbled stones, and soak up the atmosphere on a truly superb historical guided tour through the ages.
From the Renaissance Palace, to the Great Halls and Castle kitchens, you will be in awe of this stupendous Scottish Castle.
From Stirling, we journey on through the beautiful Scottish countryside to Callander, the gateway to the National Trossachs Park.
Callander sits above the lush green fields of the winding River Teith, and is a picturesque Highland Tourist town, with a largely Georgian and Victorian mantra. It is a popular beauty spot for visitors not only worldwide, but also from Scotland itself.
After lunch, we take a short drive to Kilmahog, where you have ample time to browse the Edinburgh Woolen Mill, which has a terrific selection of Scottish garments, trinkets, and souvenirs. Kilmahog is also home to the famous hairy Heilan’ Coos (Highland Cattle), Hamish Dubh and Honey. You can purchase bags of carrots, turnips and potatoes from the Woolen Mill, you can entice the coos with. to get your photo taken with them.
Continuing on through the Trossachs en route to Loch Lomond, we pass by Lake Mentieth, the only natural lake in Scotland. Inchmahome is the largest of 3 lake islands, with the ruins of the Augustinian priory set amid the luscious woodland.
Our last stop of the day is to Balmaha, on the eastern side of the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Balmaha lies on the West Highland Way and is nestled below the Conic Hill, which offers stunning scenic views of Ben Lomond from its 1184 ft summit. Another popular beauty spot for visitors and Scottish folk alike, this offers peace and tranquillity by it’s calming shores.
We will then make our way back to your port in Edinburgh.
Our phenomenal private shore tours from Edinburgh ports are in high demand, therefore, it is advisable to contact us today to avoid disappointment. We look forward to assisting you in creating your perfect port excursion, from any of the ports in Edinburgh. Our shore trips will leave you with lifelong memories of our wonderful wee country. Contact James at Tour Guide Scotland today by email - [email protected] or by calling 07801 354512.