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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!
All tours will be operated by Andrew Burnet & Company Ltd. For further information or to book your tours contact Andrew directly by email
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.
Ian Rankin’s series about the mercurial Detective Inspector John Rebus accounts for an estimated 10% of all crime book sales in the UK (as of 2015) and the books have been translated into 26 languages around the world.
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.
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 by JK Rowling as inspiration for her novels.
Who the world’s worst poet was, and which Hogwarts teacher is named after him!
Where Lord Voldemort is buried!
In which café Rowling wrote the FIRST Potter book!
Did you know that Edinburgh was once home to some of history’s most notable writers? 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.
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is a Medical Royal College in Scotland. It is one of three organisations that sets the specialty training standards for physicians in the United Kingdom. It was established by Royal Charter in 168.
The tour will be hosted by the College Librarian (who has been there for 40 years) and will take you through the medical archives and around the Great Hall, Cullen Suite and the New Library where two Heritage experts will display rare and unique artefacts of the college collection. These can include, but are not restricted to, Victorian murder weapons or a first edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species.
Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.
The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.
The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art.
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.
The Gallery is also home to the NGS’s outstanding collection of photographs which includes around 6,000 works by the early Scottish pioneers of the medium, Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill as well as new works by leading-edge contemporary photographers.
Pickering’s is lovingly created by its founders, Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell. Business partners for 12 years. Friends for even longer.
Summerhall Distillery is housed on the site of an old animal hospital. Part of a veterinary school known locally as the Dick Vet. Now it’s an arts venue called Summerhall featuring a pub called The Royal Dick. The Distillery is adjacent to the pub. Edinburgh’s first exclusive gin distillery in over 150 years. Where they produce their small batches of hand crafted, beautifully balanced, marvellously mixed Pickering’s Gin.
Arthur's Seat is Edinburgh's highest hill, visible for miles around. The rocky slopes and cliffs of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags are part of Holyrood Park and provide a spectacular natural backdrop to the city.
Arthurs Seat is an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago. With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest. The guide will also explain the incredible range of geology features found all over this iconic rock.
An adrenalin filled adventure on board a rib boat which will speed you across the Firth of Forth and out to take a closer look at our 3 world famous bridges spanning this stretch of water - the original Forth Road Bridge, the iconic Forth Railway Bridge and the brand new Queensferry Crossing. The tour then kicks on to some of the smaller islands in the estuary where sea life and birdlife abound.
You will be taken to a private loch not far from Edinburgh for a half day of tutored fishing hosted by one of Scotland’s best fishermen.
The loch is stocked with brown trout so a catch is pretty much guaranteed, ghillies and guides will also be on hand to help you with the equipment & clothing, the art of casting and perhaps even how to cook your catch!
A half day adventure trying out some our classic countryside pursuits such as: Quad biking, Honda Pilots, Blind Land Rover driving, 4x4 off-road driving, Rage Buggies, laser clays, archery, clay pigeon shooting, target rifles or falconry.
A combined tour taking you out to beautiful East Lothian (30 minutes from the city) to visit Rosslyn Chapel, located in the village of Roslin and dating back to 1446 when William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, began it’s creation. It is now a Category A listed building displaying outstanding craftsmanship and holds an important place in the history of Scotland.
Anyone who has read Dan Brown’s worldwide best seller ‘The Da Vinci Code’ or has seen the film starring Tom Hanks, will be fascinated by the mysteries and legends surrounding this ‘Architectural Wonder’
The short journey to Glenkinchie Distillery follows where you will be given an in-depth tour of this small working distillery (the most southerly in Scotland) and offered a whisky tasting to round off a super day.
Another combined tour taking you to one of Scotland’s grandest castles in Stirling. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. It has seen many royal dramas and witnessed the lives and deaths of almost every Scottish monarch up to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.
From here the short journey will take you to Glenturret Distillery nestled in the Perthshire hills and home to The Famous Grouse.
You will be given an in-depth tour of this distillery which is Scotland’s oldest working and offered a whisky tasting to round off a super day.
Learn about the many fantastic tours you can part take to discover the many top attractions in Edinburgh. Edinburgh can be enjoyed by all - take a look at our guide 'Taste of Scotland Excursions".