Morag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the late summer sunshine

Guided Scottish City Tours

Edinburgh and Glasgow

Edinburgh Castle

Tours of Edinburgh City and beyond

Half day personal guided tour:- 
Our tour of Edinburgh could start with the magnificent Edinburgh Castle which dominates the centre of the city then a drive round Edinburgh to see its wonderful viewpoints such as Holyrood Park for photos/short walks as preferred.  We could see the Old Town including the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament before proceeding to the New Town, round the beautiful Charlotte Square then going down to the historic port of Leith to see all the new developments and seafood restaurants, perhaps visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia.

With the inclusion of additional visits, this tour could be extended easily to a full day and could include the “underground city” with a visit to Mary King’s Close.

View from Calton Hill towards Holyrood PalaceFull day personal guided tour:-
Our tour of Edinburgh could involve the content of the half day tour and (possibly) a nearby attraction on the outskirts of Edinburgh such as the fascinating Rosslyn Chapel with its beautiful carvings (featured in “The Da Vinci Code”).  A drive through South Queensferry to see the majestic bridges over the River Forth is another possibility followed by a visit to Hopetoun House (home of the Marquis of Linlithgow). 

BEYOND EDINBURGH

Down the east coast from Edinburgh lies beautiful East Lothian, famous for its history, castles, gardens, golf and distinctive red-tiled houses and farms.  A full day tour could take in Inveresk Lodge Gardens, Direlton Castle and Gardens, the clifftop ruins of Tantallon Castle, and the picturesque Preston Mill.  There is even a whisky distillery at Glenkinchie within easy travelling of Edinburgh where a tour and tasting can be found. 

Tours of Glasgow City and beyond

Glasgow School of ArtHalf day personal guided tour:-
Glasgow is a vibrant and beautiful Victorian city sitting on the River Clyde.  Our tour could take in the main sites including the City Chambers and George Square at the very heart of the city.  We could then go out past Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and afterwards to Glasgow University (founded 1451) where can be found the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and the Mackintosh House designed by the famous Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and containing designs by him and his wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. You could even have afternoon tea in the Willow Tea Rooms.

Other locations could include Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace and a visit to Glasgow Cathedral.

The Hill House, Helensburgh

Full day personal guided tour:-
The half day guided personal tour of Glasgow could be extended to include more visits to some of the places mentioned above and also the Tenement House where you can see a typical Glasgow dwelling from over a century ago.  Travelling further afield to the outskirts of the city allows you to see The Burrell Collection, the magnificent collection of artefacts of the millionaire ship-owner, Sir William Burrell, gifted to the City of Glasgow and now housed in a purpose-built building in the parkland grounds of Pollok House which can also be visited.  Nor should we forget the East End of the City and its complete regeneration due to the Commonwealth Games being hosted by Glasgow in 2014. 

BEYOND GLASGOW

Within an easy drive from Glasgow lie “the bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond, across which runs the Highland Boundary Fault separating Lowlands from Highlands.  Loch Lomond lies in Scotland’s first National Park (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs).  A boat trip could easily be arranged or a drive to the picturesque village of Luss with its pretty cottages, historic church and lochside setting. Loch Lomond Shores offers a shopping experience with a branch of Jenners and other outlets looking over the loch to view Ben Lomond, the spectacular mountain which overlooks the loch.  Some of the islands can also be accessed.

Some of the above Private tours in Scotland could also be included in a personal Driver- Guided tour of the Trossachs.  Please see our page on The Trossachs for more details.