Tours can be tailored to meet your requirements. All our chauffeurs have a sound knowledge of the local area and if you wish we can go further afield e.g. The Highlands, Loch Lomond, St. Andrews, you name it we will take you there in style and comfort!
With our two hour Chauffeur Driven City tour you will get to enjoy all the sights of historic Edinburgh with an added touch of class. Some places you may wish to visit:
Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano, located in Holyrood park, which erupted under water during the Carboniferous period some 335 million years ago. standing at 823 feet (250m) it is one of Edinburgh’s most dominant landmarks. Known also as the Lion’s Head, Arthur’s seat is the highest of a series of peaks which take the form of a crouched Lion. the action of glaciation has made Arthur’s Seat one of the most accessible views of an ancient volcano in the world.
What used to be a village in it’s own right now forms a suburb of Edinburgh. Situated n the outskirts of Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, the area has a history dating back to the bronze age with artifacts from both the Bronze and Iron ages found on the site. The settlement dates back to the founding of a church back in the 12th century. Bonny Prince Charlie planned for the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) in a cottage built in the 18th century. In 1580 King James VI presented the then landlord of the Sheep Heid Inn with an embelished Ram’s head. The Inn itself lays claim to being the oldest surviving licensed premises in Edinburgh, if not Scotland – having been founded in 1360. It is also home to Scotland’s oldest Skittle Alley.
Calton Hill is situated at the East End of Princes Street and rises to 355 feet (108m). The views of Edinburgh, Leith, the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife are marvellous. the National Monument, on top of Calton Hill, was modelled on the Panthenon in Greece, which led to Edinburgh being referred to as the “Athens of the North’. It remains unfinished to this day and is widely, lovingly known as ‘Edinburgh’s Disgrace’. Other buildings of interest are the Nelson Monument, built in the shape of a telescope, and the City Observatory.
Palace of Holyrood House
The Palace of Holyrood House was developed on from a royal guesthouse, which had been part of Holyrood abbey. It was damaged several times by English invaders, including Oliver cromwell. Mary Queen of Scots spent many years at Holyrood Palace and her second and third marriages took place in the Abbey. Holyrood has been used over the centuries by each succeeding monarch, where today the Queen hosts garden parties during the summer for leading members of the community in Scotland.
Bobby, the little Skye Terrier, was owned by farmer, john Gray. When John Gray died in 1858, he was buried in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard where Greyfriar’s Booby made his home by his master’s grave. Local residents fed the dog and even built him a shelter, and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh was so touched by the dog’s loyalty, that he personally paid the annual dog licence and awarded him the Freedom of the City. Greyfriar’s Bobby was buried in the kirkyard where he made his home, 14 years later. Many more people worldwide know of Greyfriar’s Bobby thanks to the film by Walt Disney.
The Grassmarket lies at the foot of the Castle Rock, an important part of the Old Town since the 15th century, where livestock was bought and sold. The buildings are located around a broad street, which accommodated the weekly market, held here from 1477 until 1911. The Grassmarket was also used regularly for public hangings, most notably, the Covenanters in the late 17th century. A reminder of the Grassmarket’s past can be seen in the pubs, with names as gruesome as The Last Drop, a reference to the final public hanging to take place in the in the area in front of the pub!
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