Edinburgh, Scotland's beautiful capital city is always worth a visit. You will fall in love with Edinburgh the moment you arrive at Edinburgh airport where your airport shuttle provided by our bus company will already wait for you to drive you to the city centre. A relatively small city, Edinburgh is dominated from afar by the silhouette of the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, and is seat of the Scottish Parliament. It might seam not a big city, however, you would think about employing our charter bus and tour bus rental services in any case, because you have some ground to cover during your stay in Edinburgh. Edinburgh consists of the Old Town and the New Town, and you can find a huge variety of historical buildings in the city centre.
As a bus company with decades of experience, we will take care of all your transportation requirements. Book an airport shuttle, book a charter bus for a day to explore the city, rent a bus with driver for a few days to not just explore Edinburgh, but the surrounding areas as well. Whatever you need, our Coach Charter Europe’s bus rental team is waiting for your call.
To give you some impression on what awaits you in Scotland's most beautiful city; please have a look at our Top 10 bus company suggestions for your Edinburgh visit.
1. Edinburgh Castle
This is the symbol of Edinburgh; the old fort is located at the summit of Castle Rock. It is Scotland's most famous castle with the oldest part of the castle dates back to the 12th century. This compound houses the One O`clock Gun, St Margaret's Chapel, The Honors of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels), the Scottish National War Memorial, and other attractions. You will need several hours to explore the castle without any haste, but no worries as your tour bus will either wait for you or pick you up again when you need it.
2. Palace of Holyroodhouse
Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, it is Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Located at the end of the historic Royal Mile, this gorgeous palace is the home of Scottish royal history. Visitors have the chance to explore 14 amazing historic and State Apartments, the ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and the remarkable royal gardens. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used on a regular basis by The Queen for State ceremonies and official functions.
3. Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is Edinburgh's most famous street. It connects Edinburgh Castle in the west with the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the east. From the castle gates to the palace gates, the street is almost exactly a mile long and runs downhill between two important places in Scotland's royal history, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, thus the name. The streets that make up the Royal Mile are west to East Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Beach. The Royal Mile is the busiest tourist street in the old town, which could only be rivalled by Princes Street in the new town.
4. St Giles Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral was built on an ancient sanctuary dating back from the ninth century. The cathedral was dedicated to Saint Giles, the patron saint of the lepers. Though technically speaking not a cathedral as it is a protestant church, St Giles is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire, it cannot be missed on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of HolyroodHouse. Easy to reach on foot, but if you are already tired after a long day of exploring the city, our tour bus will drop you off as close as possible.
5. Calton Hill
This is one of Edinburgh's main hills, it is located at the bottom of Princess Street, and your tour bus driver will make sure to drop you off directly at the steps leading up to Calton Hill. On the hilltop you can explore several monuments, each of which is worth the climb up to the summit. Visit the National Monument of Scotland, the City Observatory and the famous Nelson Monument. The hill offers breathtaking and stunning views over the city, which you should enjoy during the day and at dusk to experience all of Edinburgh's beauty.
6. The Real Mary King's Close
The Real Mary King’s Close is one of the alleyways located beneath the Old Town buildings, on the Royal Mile. Closed for many years, Mary King’s Close is now reopened to the public. Book a tour down this Close, and you discover tales of the plague victims, murderers and their prey from the 16th and 17th centuries, all of which now haunt the close as ghosts. You will be able to see the living spaces of the poorest inhabitants of Edinburgh's Old Town during the Plague days and stroll past crimes scenes. If you are lucky, you might even meet Annie, a little girl who had lost all her dolls hundreds of years ago, and cries inconsolably because of this. A lot of visitors bring dolls and toys for Annie so she can finally rest in peace and does not have to haunt the close for any longer. After this rather scary visit, board your cozy tour bus and head to your next stop in Edinburgh.
7. Princess Street Gardens
Established in 1820 following the draining of the North Loch, but in present day, the Princess Street Gardens cover more than 150.000 square meters and are divided into two parts by The Mound, which is an artificial hill that connects New Town and Old Town and where the Scottish National Gallery can be found. Easy to reach by charter bus, the Princes Street Gardens is one of the most impressive and stunning urban parks situated in the heart of Edinburgh. You will meet many locals here all year long. In the wintertime, make sure to visit the Winter Wonderland in the gardens, a lovely Christmas market.
8. Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood was officially opened in 2004 and is a must-see when in Edinburgh, so let your Coach Charter Europe’s tour bus driver plan for a stop at the parliament. The intriguing and extravagant building was designed by the famous Catalan architect Enric Miralles. Located just a stone's throw away from the Palace of Holyrooodhouse at the bottom of the Royal Mile, the building is open to the public and guided tours are offered frequently. The Parliament Building has been a source of controversy as construction went considerably over budget. Also, a heated debate still rages over the question whether the building is simply beautiful or rather horrid.
9. Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is one of Edinburgh's most famous sights. It is home to an art collection from the early Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Spend an hour or two, and enjoy masterpieces from Raphael, Velázquez, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Verméer. This collection is rightly regarded as one of the world's best. The key part of the collection is dedicated to Scottish sculptural heritage.
10. The Royal Yacht Britannia
Another attraction you should not miss while in Edinburgh is the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Royal Yacht welcomed some of the most prominent figures in the world, but was mostly home for more than 40 years to the British Royal Family. The ship is berthed in Leith outside of the city. Book your Coach Charter Europe’s chartered bus and have your driver get you safely to the port of Leith. Before you board this esteemed cruise, you will receive a warm welcome from the Britannia's Ocean Terminal Visitor Centre. Read of the Royal Yacht's past and witness its interesting history documented by historical photos.
You will surely agree with us that Edinburgh is more than worth a short visit. There is an abundance of places to explore. Rely on our bus company Coach Charter Europe and our bus charter experience to make your trip a success. As a tour bus specialist, we will make sure you will travel
Edinburgh safely and comfortably. Our modern charter bus and airport shuttle fleet is state-of-the-art, and our friendly chartered bus drivers and tour bus booking team will accommodate all your wishes. Our bus company is always happy to provide excellent chartered bus services tailored to your needs. Just get in touch with our Coach Charter Europe’s tour bus team and find out about our bus rental services. We look forward to hearing from you.