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Edinburgh & the Royal Palace of Holyrood (half day)

Edinburgh has always played an important role in the lives of the Scottish and British Royal families. Your tour today begins with a panorama of the city. See the main sites of Edinburgh including Princes Street and the famous Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle at the top, and the 16th Century Palace of Holyrood at the other end.

Named after the “rood” or cross, which King David I is said to have seen between the antlers of a stag he was hunting here in 1128, Holyrood has been the scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities. Built in 1529 for James V, it was remodelled in the 1670s for Charles II. Most notably, the Palace was once the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

Now the official residence of the Queen in Scotland, the Palace’s Royal Apartments are used for investitures and banquets whenever the Queen is in residence. Today your guide will show you this lovely Palace and share its history with you. There will be some free time available here to explore at your leisure, perhaps visit the gift shop.

Drive up to “Arthurs Seat” or Calton Hill for some spectacular views over the city before returning to your awaiting ship.

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Tours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Panoramic & Castle
Edinburgh & the Royal Palace of Holryood
Edinburgh & the Royal Yacht Britannia
Stirling Castle
Scone Palace

Ports in Scotland

Aberdeen
Anstruther
Ayr
Campbeltown
Dundee
Edinburgh
Greenock
Holy Loch
Inverary
Invergordon
Iona & Staffa
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Mull
Oban
Peterhead
Portree
Scrabster
Stornoway
Ullapool
Thanks to Scottish Viewpoint,Royal Yacht Britannia and Historic Scotland for images