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Private Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Private Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Short on time but still want to experience Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed gems? No problem! Jump aboard a classic Mini Cooper for a private half-day tour of Edinburgh and zip around the sights in style. Hop out along the way to admire Edinburgh Castle, take in the views from Arthur’s Seat and stroll down the Royal Mile, then explore the lively Grassmarket and visit the waterfront neighbourhood of Leith. Finish your adventure by tucking into a delicious lunch or dinner (depending on option selected) of typical Scottish cuisine.
  • Private tour of Edinburgh by Mini Cooper
  • Enjoy magnificent views over Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat
  • Walk along Edinburgh’s iconic Royal Mile in the UNESCO-listed Old Town
  • Explore the riverfront Leith neighborhood and the Grassmarket
  • Ideal introduction to Edinburgh for first-time visitors or those short on time
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
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Fuel surcharge
Bottled water
Lunch
Dinner
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Transport by private vehicle
Drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all city centre locations

Meet your guide at your central Edinburgh hotel and jump aboard your transport for the day—a classic Mini Cooper! The ideal size for weaving through Edinburgh’s maze like streets, zip through the UNESCO-listed Old and New towns, see the city in style and save time getting around the attractions.

Head to the peak of Arthur’s Seat, one of Edinburgh’s famous seven hills, and marvel at the views, which span the entire city and include landmarks like Holyroodhouse Palace, the official home of The Queen in Scotland. Admire the mighty fortress of Edinburgh Castle as you descend into the city and listen as your guide points out the legendary Royal Mile and the historic Grassmarket, once the site of public executions and now a lively market place.

Next, head out to explore the coastal neighborhood of Leith, stopping along the way to peek into Scotland’s oldest pub and snap photos of the balancing stones in Dean Village. Follow your guide on a stroll along the scenic waterfront of Leith and uncover more of the city’s secrets as your guide points out hidden attractions and local haunts unknown by tourists.

Finally, refuel after your morning or afternoon of sightseeing with lunch or dinner at a local restaurant, and tuck into some traditional Scottish cuisine. Before you journey back to your hotel and bid your guide farewell, you also receive a free goody bag to remind you of your time in Edinburgh—the perfect end to the perfect tour!

Please note: Arthur’s Seat is closed to cars on Sundays and will not be visited.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Edinburgh Old Town
The old town
Pass By:  
New Town
New Town
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Mini Mack Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • "I’d definitely recommend the company for anyone looking for a unique tour of the area." See review

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    star-2
    Best part was the car
    Brianna
    , Sep 2020
    We booked this tour to get a taste of Edinburgh and to learn something about the city knowing we would only be there for a few days. Yes, we are in a difficult times but many things can be done planning ahead. Andy reached out to use the day before to confirm and check in...and also to be prepared for a different type of tour due to COVID. Not a problem, I let him know the one thing we wanted to do was to have a traditional Scottish Pub experience. Yes, they are open and yes they take Reservations ahead of time. Andy picked us up in the Mini--very cool and fun! Drove us around to the places and let us know of some good hiking tips. Zero knowledge of the history and really just pointed out landmarks. After our drive around the city where we were told many times "this is going so fast since everything is closed". Well that is not true, but also there could have been some items added in knowing things would move alot faster. To Andy's defense this was his first tour back from COVID. Lunch was going to be our highlight..sadly we were brought to a Burger and Wings place. Being American this was a major disappointment for our traditional time in Scotland. Overall, I would say it was an average guy trying but not succeeding. Very nice and the car was great, but learning anything about Scotland was missed. If you do book I would make it very crystal clear what you are wanting to do and have that confirmed at the beginning of the tour.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Thanks for your review and we are obviously disappointed it wasn't what you were expecting. 2020 was a horrible year for everyone with the continuing pandemic. Our usual pub destination was closed that day, so we are sorry you didn't have the typical food experience we wanted for you. I'm sure a different restaurant could have been arranged on the day if that was mentioned. To say Andy has 'zero knowledge' is inaccurate as he's a great tour guide and not just an 'average guy' as many of our reviews are testimony to. Our 4hr tours are set for everyone so they have the same experience, however with Covid during this time this wasn't the case. We hope you had an enjoyable stay in Edinburgh and if you are ever back in town, I would be happy to take you for a complimentary lunch to the pub you missed on tour. Many Thanks, R
    star-4
    Dynamite tour!
    lilgrape28
    , Feb 2020
    As a woman traveling alone with very little time in the area and even less time to plan, I chose MiniMack tours and I’m so glad I did! Rowan was charming and polite and instantly put me at ease. His knowledge of the area coupled with his often humorous commentary made the hours fly by. I wish I had more time to do a longer tour with the company! I’d definitely recommend the company for anyone looking for a unique tour of the area. Especially if you want to see everything and only have a small amount of time!
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
    Thank you. I wish we could have made it a 5 star review but glad you enjoyed your time!
    star-5
    Great Way to See Edinburgh's Hidden Gems
    jdelaney2019
    , Oct 2019
    Earlier in 2019, I had a great experience in Edinburgh with this company so I booked the half-day tour to take with my wife. It was a wonderful experience that ended with lunch at a restaurant we wanted to visit anyway. Rowan was a great guide/driver and we saw many parts of the city outside of the tourist hot spots. While the tour is more expensive than many of the big bus options available, it was worth it and we came away with a better appreciation of the city.
    star-5
    Me, My wife and our Driver Andy in a Mini
    Alan L
    , Nov 2018
    Andy our tour guide gave us an introduction to Edinburgh, we thoroughly enjoyed his stories and all his knowledge. I had my First Scottish Beer at the Rose Leaf in Leith. Andy also gave me a Wee Dram out of a Scottish cup called a Quaich, Andy actually cost me money as my wife insisted on buying one for our home in South Africa. I can recommend Andy for anyone who wants a personalized tour of Edinburgh. PS: Andy, How was your wife's birthday? Did she enjoy the restaurant that you took her to celebrate at?
    star-5
    Mini tour
    mauretta2018
    , Jul 2018
    Car was a Mini - tour was not. Very personal, relaxed tour of the city. No hurry if you want to linger at a certain stop. Very knowledgeable, friendly guide. Roseleaf pub great for lunch.
    star-5
    Loved this tour. It was a nice mix...
    Renee E. H
    , Dec 2017
    Loved this tour. It was a nice mix of seeing sights, stopping to walk around great locations and an absolutely top rate lunch at a pub. Our driver, Rowan, was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. I couldn’t recommend this more!
    star-5
    This tour should rate among the top...
    Willyn W
    , Nov 2017
    This tour should rate among the top 10 things to do in Ediburgh. Yes, the castle is an awesome place. Yes, the Royal Mile is great. St. Giles is a must-see. But spending a half day with Andrew ought not to be missed. We saw places we wouldn't have known to visit. We only had three days to see Edinburgh before returning to London for our anniversary trip. Touring with Mini Mack Tours was perhaps our best choice of the trip.
    star-5
    Top tier excursion. These two...
    John H
    , Oct 2017
    Top tier excursion. These two brothers Rowan and Andy operate Mini Mack w/their Mini's. Absolutely most enjoyable excursion we took while on our British Isles cruise. Andy was like our being with a family member. Great educational commentary on Edinburgh as we drove/stopped. Took us places obviously that a bus certainly would never go! Quaint, out of the way places and surely quicker...and FUN! Flexible/asked if we had any definitive want-to-see stops and topped off by a lunch at a local Pub which was soooo good/great experience. We're not tiny people but the tiny car was terrific! Must do when in Edinburgh!
    star-5
    Our driver Rowan was GREAT! Full of...
    kirsten
    , Sep 2017
    Our driver Rowan was GREAT! Full of interesting information and history, he is funny, polite, able to adapt to what ever you are interested in seeing. Got a great feel for the city, and lunch at the end in a cool local pub was great. I would absolutely recommend him and this tour to anyone! His car Red Rocket is the cutest mini ever and very comfortable to ride in, even for me in the back seat. Great for driving around the streets of Edinburgh.
    star-5
    The Mini Mack tour is the very best...
    zmliberatore
    , Sep 2017
    The Mini Mack tour is the very best way to acclimate and acquaint yourself with Edinburgh, especially if you have a limited time in the city. This tour was superb. Our local and knowledgable guide, Andy picked us at our hotel and then zipped us around to some major attractions that are a must see, he also introduced us to a hidden jewel of an herbal garden in a lovely park just steps from an old 14th century pub, the Sheep Heid Inn, where the Queen had popped into on a recent trip. If we were on foot for the day we would never have been able to access as many wonderful sights or know the local lore. Andy was very affable and easily answered our questions and was open to our interests. We finished our tour with lovely a bite to eat in a local pub with a varied menu. We would highly recommend this tour, owned and operated by locals, conveying anicdotes only a local can convey, whilst tooling around in a peppy Mini Cooper! Thank you Andy!

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