P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Edinburgh in Scotland as a Port-of-Call.
This handsome capital has an eclectic mix of medieval and Georgian architecture. One of the city’s most obvious attractions is Edinburgh Castle, first founded in the 7th century. It’s still the headquarters for several of the British Army’s Scottish regiments and, at noon each day, the sound of a cannon fired from the castle’s battlements reverberates throughout the city. The castle sits at one end of the Royal Mile with the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. Founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
Princes Street is the shopping district, while George Street is home to bars and restaurants. Those with a love of art will want to visit the National Portrait Gallery. Alternatively see life as it was once lived by touring the city’s remaining underground vaults. For the more active visitor the view from the volcanic sill of Arthur’s Seat may be worth a refreshing, if slightly strenuous walk.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Edinburgh as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Edinburgh Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Edinburgh Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Visit the magnificent capital of Edinburgh, a city which offers an interesting balance between traditional and contemporary.
Enjoy a fascinating city tour that embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights, in both the medieval ‘Old Town’, and the 18th century ‘New Town’, both of which form a World Heritage Site.
During your journey, view the many elegant streets, mysterious cobbled alleys with Georgian and Victorian architecture, nestling alongside a variety of vibrant, cosmopolitan and modern elements, including an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. The most majestic aspect of the city is medieval Edinburgh Castle which dominates the skyline. Before returning to the ship, drive along the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile, and pass Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh.
This tour is ideal for those who prefer to sightsee from the comfort of a coach.
Royal Mile Walking Tour
Explore the famous historic Royal Mile on foot.
The Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace. Although the Old Town of Edinburgh grew up around the castle in the early middle ages, there have been settlements on the castle rock since prehistoric times. It boasts a complex political and social history that saw it turn from a small village to a royal market town, to a centre of European Enlightenment. Its renewal today as a beautiful ‘living museum’ and cultural centre is a fascinating story. In the Old Town, stories and folklore seem to appear out of the buildings and stones. Ghouls and ghosts, sieges and war craft, religious wars, martyrdom and zealous public reformers stalk across the cityscape of this World Heritage site.
The walk will cover 3 of the 4 sections of the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket and the High Street. You will see St Giles’ Cathedral, John Knox House, the ancient home of the pre-Enlightenment Scottish Parliament, ‘Writers Close’ with its history of literary visitors and Gladstone’s Land, a perfectly preserved 17th century tenement. Listen as your guide regales you with stories of the area’s most interesting historical figures.
The tour will end with a short coach tour of the Canongate, the final section of the Royal Mile, where there will be a chance to see Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Visit Her Majesty The Queen’s beloved private yacht and discover the heart and soul of this most special royal residence.
The Royal Yacht Britannia, once home to The Queen and the Royal Family, is now based permanently in Edinburgh. You will have the chance to explore the ship whilst your guide provides you with captivating stories and rare glimpses into the life of the British Royal Family.
This magnificent floating palace is a master class in style and luxury, and remains one of the most famous ships in the world. Britannia has hosted many glittering state and official occasions, where she has welcomed some of the world’s most famous and influential people including Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Rajiv Gandhi and Boris Yeltsin.
The tour covers 5 of Britannia’s decks which will take you from the fabulous State Apartments and crew quarters through to the gleaming Engine Room. Highlights will include the State Dining Room, Sun Lounge, Officers Wardroom and the on board garage which houses one of Her Majesty’s Rolls-Royces. You will also have the unique opportunity to see inside the Queen’s Bedroom, a rare insight that is not possible at any other royal residence.
Discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photos found in the different rooms, the majority of these items are the original pieces, which have been loaned from the Royal Collection.
Magnificent Edinburgh Castle and City
Visit Scotland’s magnificent and historic capital, and explore its world-famous medieval Castle.
Travel into Edinburgh, with its dramatic setting perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Enjoy a fascinating city tour before visiting the impressive Edinburgh Castle.
Dominating the city, the Castle has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens through the centuries. Enjoy a guided visit of the Castle, before spending some free time on the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile. After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, go through the extensive, rather wild Royal Park.
Continue to the Georgian New Town, with its elegant townhouses and private parks, before ascending Arthur’s Seat, which affords beautiful views across the city,
Glamis Castle and St Andrews
Enjoy time at the spectacular Glamis Castle and the charming old university town of St Andrews.
Travel through the Vale of Strathmore, a fertile valley with the Grampian Mountains to the north and the Sidlaw Hills to the south, to your first stop, the imposing keep of Glamis Castle, with its rich history and stunning setting. Owned by the Bowes-Lyon family, it was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, Lady Strathmore. It is an archetypal Scottish baronial castle, made famous as the setting of Duncan’s murder in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Visit the Royal Apartments and see pheasants and deer in the surrounding Royal Park.
Continue to St Andrews, a beautiful town situated on a wide bay on the north-east Fife coast. Often described as the Oxford and Cambridge of Scotland, it has a very distinctive collegiate feel, with its quads, beautiful gardens and magnificent old trees, which influenced Prince William to study at the ancient university, the place where he first met Kate Middleton and started their Royal romance. Enjoy a guided tour by coach, passing through the medieval streets, past the ruined Gothic cathedral and castle, and close to the Old Course, where the game of golf originated. Afterwards, enjoy around 2 hours free time to explore this historic gem with cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and many places which have changed very little in centuries.
Edinburgh on your Own
Explore Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital, whose Old Town and Georgian New Town form a World Heritage Site.
Edinburgh has a treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval `Old Town`, and the 18th century `New Town`. These include Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, famous Princes Street and its shops, the Outlook Tower and its view over the city. Whether you are sightseeing or shopping there are an abundance of places to eat and drink to keep you replenished This unguided tour gives you the freedom to choose what to do with your day out.
Holyrood Palace and Royal Yacht Britannia
Visit the residence occupied by Her Majesty The Queen whenever visiting Edinburgh, and see her beloved private yacht.
Once described as her floating palace and her ‘home away from home’, a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia is a master class in style and luxury, and a unique insight into the lives of the British Royal Family. As host to glittering state and official occasions, this remains one of the most famous ships in the world. Discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the Sun Lounge, Drawing Room and Bedrooms, as well as the Working Deck, Officer’s Mess, Sick Bay and Engine Room.
Holyrood Palace, which stands proudly at the eastern end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, is the official Scottish residence Queen Elizabeth II. The Palace was built in the style of a French chateau and contains the Great Gallery, which is adorned with over 100 portraits of Scottish monarchs through the ages. There is also a chance to explore the beautiful grounds where the Queen hosts her annual Garden Party.
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