luxury private tours

Why not make your Edinburgh visit even more unforgettable by taking a private tour with your family or friends?

7 Hills Tours would love to take you on a journey deep into Scotland!

We now offer a fabulous range of personally-guided private tour options, from half day tours within Edinburgh up to multi-day escapes to the romantic River Tweed or the incredible beauty of the legendary whisky Isle of Jura. We also offer the unique ‘One Perfect Edinburgh Day’ day tour/shore excursion, in which we custom-create your wonderful Edinburgh experience, based round your choices and our wealth of local knowledge.

On all our tours you’ll get a fantastically warm and friendly Edinburgh welcome from your personal guide – plus, you’ll get a wonderful new and in-depth look at Edinburgh’s, and Scotland’s incredibly rich history and culture. You’ll also be touring in a state-of-the-art luxury hybrid EV sedan, so in a highly eco-friendly manner.

We are delighted also to be able to offer our private tours in German by arrangement.

Take a leisurely scroll down to discover our collection for 2019…

our private half day tours

The Silent Traveller

Chiang Yee in Edinburgh 1943-44

 

Perhaps one of Edinburgh’s most cultured visitors of the whole twentieth century was Chiang Yee, scholar, lawyer, writer and distinguished artist, in exile from his native Jiangxi province in China for decades. Already at the time a popular travel writer, he visited Edinburgh in 1943-44, recording his impressions in beautifully humane writing, poetry and painting. We’ll retrace his steps to some of his favourite spots, with readings from his wonderful travelogue, ‘The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh’.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

the 7 Hills of Edinburgh

 

Hike the roof of Edinburgh! One of our city’s most unique and distinctive features is our amazing landscape of seven hills, roughly ringing the city. Each one has its own unique atmosphere and setting, and each has its own stories to tell. On this unique morning adventure, using our luxury vehicle we will visit and then hike each hill – taking in Edinburgh’s greatest views and getting deep into it’s landscape and culture. Not forgetting a great coffee and scone stop at the luxurious Braid Hills Hotel in Edinburgh’s famous Morningside!

Tour price – £255 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) (Also available seasonally as scheduled tour, see home page)

The Silent Traveller

Chiang Yee in Edinburgh 1943-44

 

Perhaps one of Edinburgh’s most cultured visitors of the whole twentieth century was Chiang Yee, scholar, lawyer, writer and distinguished artist, in exile from his native Jiangxi province in China for decades. Already at the time a popular travel writer, he visited Edinburgh in 1943-44, recording his impressions in beautifully humane writing, poetry and painting. We’ll retrace his steps to some of his favourite spots, with readings from his wonderful travelogue, ‘The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh’.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

the 7 Hills of Edinburgh

Hike the roof of Edinburgh! One of our city’s most unique and distinctive features is our amazing landscape of seven hills, roughly ringing the city. Each one has its own unique atmosphere and setting, and each has its own stories to tell. On this unique morning adventure, using our luxury vehicle we will visit and then hike each hill – taking in Edinburgh’s greatest views and getting deep into it’s landscape and culture. Not forgetting a great coffee and scone stop at the luxurious Braid Hills Hotel in Edinburgh’s famous Morningside!

Tour price – £255 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) (Also available seasonally as scheduled tour, see home page)

ART DECO BUILDINGS OF EDINBURGH

The streamlined, geometric designs that became known as Art Deco burst on to the architectural and decorative scenes worldwide in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Even traditionally conservative Edinburgh saw new public and private buildings with an austere glamour never seen before. Come with us on a voyage into the 1930’s!. We’ll see the city’s best Deco buildings – whether school, library, bridge, inn, garage, cinema, apartment block or civil service HQ. Meantime, you’ll be hearing about the Scottish 1930’s and its architects. Controversy guaranteed!

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

 

(also available as scheduled tour, see home page).

ART DECO BUILDINGS OF EDINBURGH

The streamlined, geometric designs that became known as Art Deco burst on to the architectural and decorative scenes worldwide in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Even traditionally conservative Edinburgh saw new public and private buildings with an austere glamour never seen before. Come with us on a voyage into the 1930’s!. We’ll see the city’s best Deco buildings – whether school, library, bridge, inn, garage, cinema, apartment block or civil service HQ. Meantime, you’ll be hearing about the Scottish 1930’s and its architects. Controversy guaranteed!

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

(also available as scheduled tour, see home page).

In Search of Robert Louis Stevenson

From frail little boy, through eccentric and introspective youth, to worldwide fame as one of the all-time great novelists, Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps the most beloved of all Edinburgh’s literary sons. Join us in tracing his early years in his home city; the places he lived, and others which inspired him. We’ll visit his birthplace and follow his baby outings to the botanic gardens. We’ll see his childhood home and schools, before heading to his grandfather’s manse at Colinton, followed by a visit to the family’s summer house on the slopes of the Pentlands.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

Option to finish the tour by lunching at the Hawes Inn, made famous in ‘Kidnapped’.

In Search of Robert Louis Stevenson

From frail little boy, through eccentric and introspective youth, to worldwide fame as one of the all-time great novelists, Robert Louis Stevenson is perhaps the most beloved of all Edinburgh’s literary sons. Join us in tracing his early years in his home city; the places he lived, and others which inspired him. We’ll visit his birthplace and follow his baby outings to the botanic gardens. We’ll see his childhood home and schools, before heading to his grandfather’s manse at Colinton, followed by a visit to the family’s summer house on the slopes of the Pentlands.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

Option to finish the tour by lunching at the Hawes Inn, made famous in ‘Kidnapped’.

hidden & mystical edinburgh

Edinburgh is well known as one of the great world cities for atmosphere and romance – but our roots go hugely deep into prehistory, and even to this day there are wonderful secret and off-the-beaten track places that take us back into Edinburgh’s mystical and mysterious remote past. From a secret physic garden, through ancient healing wells, ritual standing stones, to an incredible underground grotto, thought to be a full scale Druidic temple.

Come into the mystic with us on a wonderful morning adventure!
Also available as a full day tour, visiting the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel, and the wondrous Great Yew of Ormiston’.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

hidden & mystical edinburgh

Edinburgh is well known as one of the great world cities for atmosphere and romance – but our roots go hugely deep into prehistory, and even to this day there are wonderful secret and off-the-beaten track places that take us back into Edinburgh’s mystical and mysterious remote past. From a secret physic garden, through ancient healing wells, ritual standing stones, to an incredible underground grotto, thought to be a full scale Druidic temple.

Come into the mystic with us on a wonderful morning adventure!
Also available as a full day tour, visiting the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel, and the wondrous Great Yew of Ormiston’.

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

HISTORIC EDINBURGH, NEWHAVEN AND LEITH

Our history is found not just in the Old Town but all around our wonderful city. On our luxury vehicle morning tour you’ll explore many of the key places in Edinburgh’s story, including Newhaven Harbour, the historic port of Leith, the world’s oldest golf clubhouse, the gathering place for King James IV’s army before the catastrophe on Flodden Field, the seventeenth century source of the Old Town’s water supply at Comiston, and the prehistoric standing stone known as the Caiystane. Complimentary morning coffee and scones will be served at the wonderful Braid Hills Hotel!

Tour price – £225 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

HISTORIC EDINBURGH, NEWHAVEN AND LEITH

Our history is found not just in the Old Town but all around our wonderful city. On our luxury vehicle morning tour you’ll explore many of the key places in Edinburgh’s story, including Newhaven Harbour, the historic port of Leith, the world’s oldest golf clubhouse, the gathering place for King James IV’s army before the catastrophe on Flodden Field, the seventeenth century source of the Old Town’s water supply at Comiston, and the prehistoric standing stone known as the Caiystane. Complimentary morning coffee and scones will be served at the wonderful Braid Hills Hotel!

Tour price £225 (up to 3 adults, or family of up to 4)

our private full day tours

Mary, Queen of Scots

In all of Scotland’s history, there is no more iconic figure than Mary, Queen of Scots.  Literally fought over as a child by England and France to be their future Queen, she was fated to have a short, tragic and highly dramatic life. In this full day tour we first visit Mary’s birthplace, Linlithgow Palace, and the church where she was baptised. Returning to Edinburgh, we will be visiting Craigmillar Castle, where Mary took time out from the city, and where the fateful Darnley assassination was plotted by her supporters. After a cosy lunch at the historic Sheep Heid inn, where Mary also dined, we will see the sites of Darnley’s killing itself and of her court favourite David Rizzio’s grave, before finishing the tour at wonderful Holyrood Palace, Mary’s Edinburgh home. Here we’ll see Mary’s own rooms, along with her own needlework and other key memorabilia. Plus, the Palace and Holyrood Abbey as a whole will be yours to explore.

All round the tour, there’ll be the opportunity to chat with your driver/guide for the day, Moray or Amanda, about Mary and her life and times!

Tour price – £450 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

Mary, Queen of Scots

In all of Scotland’s history, there is no more iconic figure than Mary, Queen of Scots.  Literally fought over as a child by England and France to be their future Queen, she was fated to have a short, tragic and highly dramatic life. In this full day tour we first visit Mary’s birthplace, Linlithgow Palace, and the church where she was baptised. Returning to Edinburgh, we will be visiting Craigmillar Castle, where Mary took time out from the city, and where the fateful Darnley assassination was plotted by her supporters. After a cosy lunch at the historic Sheep Heid inn, where Mary also dined, we will see the sites of Darnley’s killing itself and of her court favourite David Rizzio’s grave, before finishing the tour at wonderful Holyrood Palace, Mary’s Edinburgh home. Here we’ll see Mary’s own rooms, along with her own needlework and other key memorabilia. Plus, the Palace and Holyrood Abbey as a whole will be yours to explore.

All round the tour, there’ll be the opportunity to chat with your driver/guide for the day, Moray or Amanda, about Mary and her life and times!

Tour price – £450 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

The Covenanters

 

The Reformation hit Scotland like a tidal wave in 1560, but a century later Scottish Presbyterian worship had to go deep underground once the Stuart monarchy had been restored. Loyal to their God over the king, zealous preachers led committed worshippers at sites known as ‘conventicles’ on remote hillsides and moorlands, risking transportation or even hanging. We’ll visit where it all started in 1638 with the signing of the National Covenant in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, where, ironically, 40 years later, Covenanters were cruelly imprisoned. At the nearby National Museum of Scotland we’ll see crucial Covenanter relics, before heading out of town into real Covenanter country! First to the Pentland Hills and the battlefield of Rullion Green, where a Covenanter uprising in 1666 was defeated; then, after a cosy lunch, on to a secret and mysterious illegal worship site, near Harthill in Lanarkshire. Here we can quote a little from the oratory of the most famous Covenanting preacher, Alexander ‘Prophet’ Peden, giving some flavour of the times.

All through the day there’ll be the chance for chatting and musing with your driver/guide, all about the turbulent times of the Covenanters!

Tour price – £450 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

The Covenanters

 

The Reformation hit Scotland like a tidal wave in 1560, but a century later Scottish Presbyterian worship had to go deep underground once the Stuart monarchy had been restored. Loyal to their God over the king, zealous preachers led committed worshippers at sites known as ‘conventicles’ on remote hillsides and moorlands, risking transportation or even hanging. We’ll visit where it all started in 1638 with the signing of the National Covenant in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, where, ironically, 40 years later, Covenanters were cruelly imprisoned. At the nearby National Museum of Scotland we’ll see crucial Covenanter relics, before heading out of town into real Covenanter country! First to the Pentland Hills and the battlefield of Rullion Green, where a Covenanter uprising in 1666 was defeated; then, after a cosy lunch, on to a secret and mysterious illegal worship site, near Harthill in Lanarkshire. Here we can quote a little from the oratory of the most famous Covenanting preacher, Alexander ‘Prophet’ Peden, giving some flavour of the times.

All through the day there’ll be the chance for chatting and musing with your driver/guide, all about the turbulent times of the Covenanters!

Tour price – £450 (includes up to three adults, or family of four)

One Perfect Edinburgh Day

Pick and mix from all of our tours and much, much more, to create One Perfect Edinburgh Day!
7 Hills Tours can create a flexible shore excursion or day tour with you, following your interests to explore Edinburgh and beyond. Picked up and brought back to your hotel or vessel, you’ll be touring at your own pace, in our luxurious and eco-friendly hybrid EV, while enjoying a great Scottish welcome. Drive the elegant streets of the New Town, or wander the cobbles of our historic Royal Mile, hearing the stories of characters like Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Adam Smith. See our mighty Edinburgh Castle, and the refined Palace of Holyrood. Hike majestic Arthur’s Seat – or even our complete set of 7 Hills! Have coffee at the café where Harry Potter was first created, or see where Robert Louis Stevenson grew up. See great art at our galleries, or stroll in our wonderful woodlands. Even leave town completely – to East Lothian, our malt whisky distillery and the incredible Bass Rock; or north-west to the lovely Trossachs. The choices will be yours!

One Perfect Edinburgh Day

 

Pick and mix from all of our tours and much, much more, to create One Perfect Edinburgh Day!
7 Hills Tours can create a flexible shore excursion or day tour with you, following your interests to explore Edinburgh and beyond. Picked up and brought back to your hotel or vessel, you’ll be touring at your own pace, in our luxurious and eco-friendly hybrid EV, while enjoying a great Scottish welcome. Drive the elegant streets of the New Town, or wander the cobbles of our historic Royal Mile, hearing the stories of characters like Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Adam Smith. See our mighty Edinburgh Castle, and the refined Palace of Holyrood. Hike majestic Arthur’s Seat – or even our complete set of 7 Hills! Have coffee at the café where Harry Potter was first created, or see where Robert Louis Stevenson grew up. See great art at our galleries, or stroll in our wonderful woodlands. Even leave town completely – to East Lothian, our malt whisky distillery and the incredible Bass Rock; or north-west to the lovely Trossachs. The choices will be yours!

our private multi-day tours

Tweed Journey

From Source to Sea

2 day tour

The River Tweed is without doubt Scotland’s most storied and romantic river, replete with myth, legend and the turbulent history of the border between Scotland and England. Come on a two day journey with us into the beauty and the legends of the Tweed valley, from the source near Moffatt to its mouth at Berwick. On the way we’ll meet legends of Merlin, wizard of King Arthur, and of Thomas the Rhymer, kidnapped in legend by the Elven-Queen. We’ll visit rugged castles, romantic ruined abbeys and gorgeous stately homes, including, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house at Traquair. You’ll see the place where Robert the Bruce’s heart rests at Melrose Abbey, and where Scotland’s King James IV met his end on Flodden Field.

As well as the wonders of history and landscape, you’ll also meet great Borders hospitality, in beautiful and ancient towns such as Peebles, Melrose (where you’ll stay overnight) and Kelso.

‘Immerse’ yourself in the Tweed, our living, liquid legend!

Tour price – £850 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) – not inclusive of food/accommodation.

isle of jura odyssey

3 day tour

Among all the wonderful islands of the Hebrides, perhaps none can match the rugged but tranquil Isle of Jura for sheer beauty. One road, one village, one distillery and one community of 200 people, among 5000 of Scotland’s finest Red Deer, in one of Europe’s last wildernesses. Come with us on an escape to Jura, calling at historic Stirling, Loch Lomond, and Inveraray, making the thrilling crossing to the island on the powerful 12-seater Jura Passenger Ferry. Over on the island, you’ll have a two-night stay, and the choice will be yours whether to be actively touring the island, or just basking in its sheer tranquility! By the time you leave, you’ll feel like an honorary Diurach!

Tour price – Fully escorted £1275/Freestyle on Jura £850 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) – not inclusive of food/accommodation.

YOUR TOUR GUIDEs

Your guides are Dr Moray Grigor and Amanda Aikman MA (Hons.) We look forward to welcoming you on your tour! Click below for more information about Amanda and Moray.

Tweed Journey

From Source to Sea

2 day tour

The River Tweed is without doubt Scotland’s most storied and romantic river, replete with myth, legend and the turbulent history of the border between Scotland and England. Come on a two day journey with us into the beauty and the legends of the Tweed valley, from the source near Moffatt to its mouth at Berwick. On the way we’ll meet legends of Merlin, wizard of King Arthur, and of Thomas the Rhymer, kidnapped in legend by the Elven-Queen. We’ll visit rugged castles, romantic ruined abbeys and gorgeous stately homes, including, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house at Traquair. You’ll see the place where Robert the Bruce’s heart rests at Melrose Abbey, and where Scotland’s King James IV met his end on Flodden Field.

As well as the wonders of history and landscape, you’ll also meet great Borders hospitality, in beautiful and ancient towns such as Peebles, Melrose (where you’ll stay overnight) and Kelso.

‘Immerse’ yourself in the Tweed, our living, liquid legend!

Tour price – £850 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) – not inclusive of food/accommodation.

isle of jura odyssey

3 day tour

Among all the wonderful islands of the Hebrides, perhaps none can match the rugged but tranquil Isle of Jura for sheer beauty. One road, one village, one distillery and one community of 200 people, among 5000 of Scotland’s finest Red Deer, in one of Europe’s last wildernesses. Come with us on an escape to Jura, calling at historic Stirling, Loch Lomond, and Inveraray, making the thrilling crossing to the island on the powerful 12-seater Jura Passenger Ferry. Over on the island, you’ll have a two-night stay, and the choice will be yours whether to be actively touring the island, or just basking in its sheer tranquility! By the time you leave, you’ll feel like an honorary Diurach!

Tour price – Fully escorted £1275/Freestyle on Jura £850 (includes up to three adults, or family of four) – not inclusive of food/accommodation.

YOUR TOUR GUIDES

Your guides are Dr Moray Grigor and Amanda Aikman MA (Hons.) We look forward to welcoming you on your tour! Click below for more information about Amanda and Moray.