Port of Call Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland Grand Princess at anchor in the Firth of Forth, off South Queensferry. Edinburgh skyline visible behind ship. Large cruise ships anchor off South Queensferry, and tender their passengers into Hawes Pier (8 miles (13km) from the city. Smaller cruise ships may dock at Leith 3 miles (5km) from the city, or Rosyth 12 miles (19km) away. Most cruise lines provide a shuttle bus into Edinburgh city center.
Where do cruise ships dock in Edinburgh (or tender) @ googlemaps  South Queensferry tender pier    Port of Leith    Port of Rosyth

Edinburgh Shore Excursions

Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle Mighty Edinburgh Castle sits perched upon a steep volcanic rock, 200 feet above the city. The castle’s history goes back to medieval times – the oldest building in the castle complex is St Margarets chapel, which dates back to the 12th century. Other historical highlights include the 14th century David’s Tower, the 15th century Crown Square and the 16th century Great Hall. Booking online is advisable to avoid queuing.

Royal Mile Royal Mile Castlehill, Lawnmarket, and High Street together make the Royal Mile, running down from the Castle to Holyrood Park. Take a leisurely stroll down the Mile to check out the character shops, pubs and restaurants. Places of interest include St Giles Cathedral, Real Mary King’s Close, Tron Kirk church, and John Knox house.

Scottish National Gallery Scottish National Gallery The Scottish National Gallery has an extensive collection of great masterpieces by well known names including Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Van Gogh and Monet. But there’s also many major Scottish paintings to peruse and enjoy.

Surgeons’ Hall Museums Surgeons’ Hall Museums Edinburgh is famous the world over as a birthplace for anatomy and surgery. The Surgeons’ Hall Museums take you on a fascinating, if morbid and macabre, journey back to the medical world of the 18th and 19th centuries

Arthurs Seat Arthurs Seat If you’re lucky enough to enjoy some sunshine on your day in Edinburgh, and are feeling fit, a walk up Arthurs Seat offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding countryside. The steep hill sits in the middle of Holyrood Park, and there’s a convenient entrance to the park behind Holyrood Palace. Allow two hours for the round.

Anything you'd like to say about Edinburgh as a cruise destination?

LIKE our CruiseTimetables Facebook Page or FOLLOW our CruiseTimetables Google Plus Page to enjoy a boatload of cruise fun and information.