Coach Trips: Edinburgh City
Welcome to the Student Tours Scotland Edinburgh trip. On this day out we explore the darker side of the capital city as well as seeing the sights. Your guide will take you around the Old Town and Grassmarket area with some darker stories along the way. You'll get a chance to see several views of the castle from the outside, travel up and down the Royal Mile, see the Holyrood Parliament building and the nearby park and even have a chance to climb to the top of Arthur's Seat - the hill in the city itself. There will be plenty of optional time to spend by yourself to explore the New Town, the Old Town, the monuments of Calton Hill and even go inside the castle if you wish.
Your guide will show you everything and tell you all you need. You'll get stories and legends along the way and plenty of history and dark tales to keep you going. Maps are provided so you can go off by yourself as well.
Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat
Edinburgh is a small city when compared to others in the United Kingdom but it offers a great deal of sights in a confined space. Our first stop with Student Tours Scotland will be at the beautiful Holyrood Park. Here you can see the royal household of Holyrood Palace as it sits across from the modern Parliament Building. The ruins of St. Anthony's Chapel offer some very grand views towards the sea and if weather permits then you can also enjoy the highly rewarding walk to the top of the local hilltop - Arthur's Seat. It's a busy start to the day but one that will be more than worth it.
The Old Town
Edinburgh is a city full of history. Student Tours Scotland will walk you around the Old Town will give you a brief introduction to the tales, legends and stories related to it's past. You will walk the full length of the Royal Mile (a street from Holyrood Park to the view point near the castle) and visit some of the attractions along the way. Over lunch you can also enjoy a walk around the Grassmarket area - a full of great bars, sights and shops. Time will be provided for you to explore on your own.
Calton Hill and the New Town
In the afternoon we visit the other view point in the city - Calton Hill. There is a monument here which was initially built to replicate the Parthenon in Greece. For various reasons it was never finished but is still a great place to visit and see. Edinburgh's history will be told as you take time to explore the various historical buildings as well. Afterwards you will get some time to yourself before we travel home for the day after another awesome Student Tours Scotland tour.
The golden rule with every Student Tours Scotland trip is to have fun. No exceptions. To do this you will need to take some information into account. Remember that Scotland has ‘interesting’ weather. It can be beautifully sunny one minute and then raining the next. It can be cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon. Every day is different. You need to be prepared. Always dress for the rain and the cold. Wear good shoes or at least a pair you are comfortable in. You can always leave things on the coach if the weather allows.
Remember your camera. The scenery in Scotland is among the most beautiful in the world. You won’t want to miss out on those precious memories.
If you have a smartphone or device with internet access remember to bring it with you. There will be social media competitions along the way.
Most importantly stay safe. Listen to your guide. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe when out and about. If you follow the advice and signs then you will be sure to have fun.