There are many individual companies offering sightseeing tours around Edinburgh and further afield across The Lothians and they fall into a few different categories.
Edinburgh bus tours are a great choice for seeing the whole city whilst ghost walks and literary themed walking tours can help you tap into a more niche aspect of the city. Further to that there are also luxury limousine ride tours, unique trike excursions and many day trips and experiences outside of the city by minibus or coach.
Edinburgh is known for its small size, making it deal for covering by foot but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, a sightseeing tour can be a wonderful choice. Tours by foot are led by knowledgeable guides, many multilingual, and allow you to enjoy the city at a leisurely pace, with interesting sights you may never have noticed being pointed out.
There are several bus tour companies operating in the city and it’s a great way of getting from attraction to attraction. Each bus tour company is different and some have their own themes. Whilst some have an itinerary you’re supposed to stick to, some are simply hop on, hop off which means you can buy one ticket and enjoy the city sights as you spot them, jumping back onto the bus when you’re ready.
Many of the official sightseeing tours available throughout Edinburgh can booked and discussed online or you can visit the VisitScotland Information Centre on Princes Street on your arrival.