Private Day & City Tours

Historic sights and local flavour - the best way to explore.

A day of discovery in the country or in the city.

We pick you up at your accommodation in Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Dundee, Perth and around central Scotland.

We provide fascinating day trips looking at history and culture. We take you to places which are off the beaten track, where you will get a local flavour of the country. All our day tours include the best food stops.

Get in touch, tell us what you would like to do, and we will provide you with a tailor-made day trip just for you. If you’re not sure we can give you a few ideas.

Here are some of the day trips we offer.

Highlands – Travel to the stunning beauty of the Scottish Highlands to visit mountain landscapes and stand on the shores of beautiful lochs. Tour historic castles and palaces and visit picturesque villages where you can sample local food and drink. We can also include a visit to one of our fine whisky distilleries.

Coastal – A journey to the towns and villages by the sea where you can wander narrow streets to ancient harbours and soak up the culture of Scottish coastal life. We love these local communities which are home to a mixture of local and creative people as well as fisherman. Our coastal day tours also include a visit to larger towns such as historic St Andrews, Arbroath or North Berwick and we know where to get the best seafood!  

The Scottish Borders – To the south of Edinburgh lye the lowland beauty of the Scottish Borders region. An area which is rich in history and serene countryside, we can design a tour which would include ruined ancient abbeys, peaceful villages, stately homes and castles all of which sits peacefully by the beautiful river Tweed.  

Private City Tours

Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city - A European Gem. The Old Town and New Town sit at its centre divided by beautiful Princes Street Gardens and the National Art Galleries of Scotland. Explore the medieval streets, squares, and closes of the Old Town, centred around the famous Royal Mile which links Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Edinburgh’s elegant New Town is an elegant Georgian masterpiece, and along with the Old Town, was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1995. We also include the local’s favourite, Port of Leith and Newhaven along the north side of the city by the Firth of Forth.

Glasgow   

In 1988 Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, hosted a garden festival on the banks of the post-industrial river Clyde. It was a huge success and was the beginning of a regeneration which also brought, in 1990, European City of Culture status, and the city hasn’t looked back since.

Glasgow is 1400 years old and most of this history is centred around the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. It is built around the tomb of its patron Saint, St Mungo. The Cathedral is one of the finest in Scotland and still has its original rood screen intact.

Glasgow translates as ‘dear green place’ there are more parks here than any other city in the UK. The architecture of Charles Rennie MacIntosh is superb and no visit to Glasgow would be complete without seeing some of his work. There is a wonderful food and drink scene in Glasgow, and we will experience this in the fashionable West End. The West End is also home to the University of Glasgow, Scotland’s 2nd oldest, dating to 1451 and the majestic Victorian Kelvingrove museum and art gallery. 

Dundee

Dundee enjoys an enviable location on the banks of the Firth of Tay, and it is a city with an intriguing story. The city began life as a small port in the 11th and 12th Centuries and by mediaeval times became busy importing wine and grain from Europe, its main export being wool. The city centre is home to St Mary’s Church, which has a long history, and its main steeple is of 15th Century Gothic style. By 1861 the population grew to 90,000 due to Irish immigration as people were fleeing the potato famine. The city was also a centre of ship building and became the UK’s main whaling port. Many Dundee factories made products from Jute, a crop grown in India, such as rope and sacking. The Jute industry transformed the city and employed over half the population. Today Dundee is enjoying a fresh lease of life with the opening of the new Victoria & Albert museum of art and design and more spaces across the waterfront are opening to the public. Our tour looks at the history of Dundee from early times to its regeneration in the 21st Century.

St Andrews

A picturesque seaside town situated on the east coast of Scotland by the northern sea. St Andrews was once Scotland’s premier Cathedral town and was the centre of the Scottish church.

The magnificent 13th century cathedral dominated the burgh, whose street plan survives much as it was 500 years ago. The shrine of St Andrew, a martyred disciple of Christ, was one of the most important pilgrimage places in western Christendom. Possession of such relics placed St Andrews on a par with the great shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The ruined Cathedral and religious buildings in St Andrews are very impressive and inspiring to walk around.

The ‘voluntary’ society of teaching clergy or in other words, the University of St Andrews was founded in 1413, making it the oldest University in Scotland. It is a university town with some wonderful college buildings spread across the town centre. Golf goes back to the 15th century and St Andrews is widely known as the ‘home of golf’. Even if you’re not a ‘fanatic’ you can’t help being impressed at the situation of the 18th hole of the Old Course as it rolls into town with views of the west sands and sea beyond.

There is a bustling café and bar culture in St Andrews and small local shops are a feature of the town centre.

We always enjoy our tours around St Andrews, there is so much history in such a wonderful setting.