Cruises To Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland Grand Princess at anchor in the Firth of Forth, off South Queensferry. Edinburgh skyline visible behind ship. Edinburgh offers four options for cruise ships visiting the city, two anchorages for larger vessels, and two ports for smaller. The two anchorages are off Newhaven, from which passengers are tendered into Newhaven Harbour (3 miles from the city centre), and off South Queensferry, from which passengers are tendered into Hawes Pier (9 miles from the city centre). The two ports are the Port of Leith (3 miles from the city centre), and the Port of Rosyth (15 miles from the city centre).

Where do cruise ships dock in Edinburgh (or tender) @ googlemaps  Newhaven Harbour tender pier    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.

Legend doorstep graphic  a shore excursion conveniently close to the port.