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Companion/Guest Tours

For those wishing to take full advantage of traveling to Edinburgh, we have prepared for you our very own "Taste of Scotland - Excursions". We encourage you to take time and part take in some of these amazing, fantastic tours of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. It will leave you speechless!

The tours are only available on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 and we ask that you indicate your preference using the section on the conference registration form. Tours which don’t attract the minimum number of participants will be cancelled.

All tours will be operated by Andrew Burnet & Company Ltd.  For further information and to book your tours contact Andrew directly by email

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Morning Tours

Stirling Castle & Glenturret Distillery
A combined tour taking you to one of Scotland’s grandest castles in Stirling, associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. The Castle tour will be followed by a short journey to Glenturret Distillery nestled in the Perthshire hills, where you will be given an in-depth tour of Scotland’s oldest working Distillery, and offered a whisky tasting at the Home of the Famous Grouse!...READ MORE
    Climb Edinburgh’s extinct volcano!
Arthur’s Seat is located in Holyrood Park, at the end of the Royal Mile and this large, grass covered hill is the remains of an extinct volcano that erupted 340 million years ago. Arthur’s Seat is the highest point of this extinct volcano and for those who are passionate about hiking, the summit offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city...READ MORE

Tour of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery and you can embark on a fascinating 45-minute guided tour of the gallery...READ MORE


The Harry Potter Trail
Grab a wand and join your robed guide to experience Harry Potter's magical Edinburgh on a guided visit to city locations featured in the films and used as inspiration for the novels. Join this fantastic Harry Potter tour and see where the magic all began!...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Afternoon Tours

Tour of Summerhall Distillery-Home to Pickering’s Gin
Summerhall Distillery is housed on the site of an old animal hospital, now it is where it’s founders produce their small batches of hand crafted, beautifully balanced, marvellously mixed Pickering’s Gin. You will see how hand crafted, small batch gin is made and sample all three Pickering’s gin expressions...READ MORE

    Vintage Red Bus City Centre -Sightseeing tour
Hop aboard this 1960’s classic Route Master bus for a guided tour of the key streets and buildings in both the New Town and The Old Town districts of Edinburgh...READ MORE

Enlightenment Walking Tour
Discover Edinburgh at the moment it transformed the world of history, science, literature and philosophy. On this private tour, you’ll see a city that was home to an extraordinary concentration of great minds: David Hume, Adam Smith, James Hutton and Walter Scott...READ MORE


Burns & Stevenson Tour
Come learn about literary icons Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson amidst the inspiring backdrop of Edinburgh’s old city! In the delightful surroundings of the historic Royal Mile, experience this engaging ninety-minute walk that starts at the Canongate Church and ends at the Writers Museum...READ MORE

Private Guided Tour of The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Embark on a privately guided tour of Scotland’s official residence of HM The Queen which highlights both Holyrood’s dramatic past, and the Palace’s important role today. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history...READ MORE


Friday, May 11, 2018 – Morning Tours

History of St Andrews Walking Tour
St Andrews in The Kingdom of Fife is renowned for its solid connection with golf, impressive architecture, and fantastic array of restaurants, coffee houses and shops. Take a guided tour of this picturesque town

Tour of Rosslyn Chapel & Glenkinchie Distillery

A combined tour taking you to beautiful rural East Lothian to visit the world-famous Roslyn Chapel followed by a guided tour and tasting at Glenkinchie Distillery, Scotland’s most southerly distillery known as Edinburgh’s “local”...READ MORE

Friday, May 11, 2018 – Afternoon Tours

  Edinburgh city centre sightseeing walking tour with a visit to Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh is a compact city, and so it is easy to see the sights on foot, but a private walking tour provides a group with a greater insight into the history, culture and traditions of Scotland’s capital city while passing some of the city's famous sights. This tour will be hosted by a knowledgeable guide and will include a visit to Scotland’s most iconic landmark, Edinburgh Castle...

44 Scotland Street Tour
This tour is an insight into the locations, characters and stories featured in Alexander McCall Smiths' serial novel – ‘44 Scotland Street’. The book is an episodic novel by Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The story was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper starting 26 January 2004, every weekday, for six months...READ MORE

  Rebus Literary Experience
Experience the dark and hidden world of Ian Rankin’s best-selling Rebus novels and discover the history and mystery of the real locations, with stunning views of some of Edinburgh’s unexplored areas...READ MORE

Historical walking tour
Join a local historian on a historical walking tour around Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Learn about Edinburgh’s fascinating history, literature heroes, infamous criminals and battles that shaped the city into what it is today. The tour will take you into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, off the tourist trail, including a visit to Edinburgh’s underground vaults...READ MORE


Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Afternoon Full Group Activity

  Three Bridges private sailing
Board the privately chartered Maid of the Forth vessel and depart on a sailing on the Firth of Forth with phenomenal views of the Forth Rail and Road Bridges as well as the spectacular Queensferry Crossing. The vessel will also pass Inchcolm Island, by far the most beautiful of all the islands in the Firth of Forth, with an abundance of wildlife, from the nosey grey seals to the comical little puffins...READ MORE