Cruise Port: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a delightful cruise port. As well as tours in the local area, there is so much to see and do in town itself. If you arrive during the summer cruising season there is a good chance that the Fringe Festival is on as well as the Military Tattoo. Check the dates because it may impact your plans. Edinburgh goes crazy during the festival!

We had previously visited Edinburgh and enjoyed the Tattoo, toured the city in a Hop-on Hop-off bus (with live commentary) and explored the decommissioned royal yacht Britannia. This visit we were looking forward to “just” walking the Royal Mile.

The Royal Mile is a strip from the Edinburgh castle down to the Hollyrood Palace and Parliament House. There is so much to see and linger at along the way that it took us five hours to traverse what is little over a mile. Of course, that included an overpriced lunch along the way and lots of poking around Scottish souvenir stores.

To guide our walk we took advantage of Rick Steve’s Audio Guide. Rick’s well-crafted walking tour can be downloaded to your smartphone so that you can listen to history and have things pointed out that you would otherwise miss.

Our ship was too big to get under Forth Bridge so we anchored in the Firth of Forth and were tendered to shore at Queensferry. Queensferry is about 30 minutes by road from Edinburgh, but traffic can obviously affect this. At the end of the day we had to wait around 20-30 minutes at a taxi rank for a cab to take us back. Although this wasn’t a problem for us because our ship had a midnight sail away to allow passengers to go to the Military Tattoo, it would have been scary with a typical 5:00pm sailing.