Edinburgh (South Queensferry) Edinburgh Castle Excursion Reviews

The famous Edinburgh Castle is an essential visit for anyone with an interest in the remarkable history of Scotland.
We took Edinburgh Castle and time on our own.
Sail Date: August 2019
We took Edinburgh Castle and time on our own. Over-priced but very good all the same.
We took Edinburgh Castle and time on our own. Over-priced but very good all the same. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Go as early as possible, and plan on 3 hours min.
Sail Date: June 2019
Go as early as possible, and plan on 3 hours min.
Go as early as possible, and plan on 3 hours min. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hard climb for seniors up into the castle - should have a golf-cart or some way to help them see ...
Sail Date: June 2019
Hard climb for seniors up into the castle - should have a golf-cart or some way to help them see the castle since they paid for it. Needed more time to see the city and to walk the streets and see the shops.
Hard climb for seniors up into the castle - should have a golf-cart or some way to help them see the castle since they paid for it. Needed more time to see the city and to walk the streets and see the shops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It is a spectacular castle, but not laid out the best.
Sail Date: August 2018
It is a spectacular castle, but not laid out the best. You are often competing with others to get through narrow spaces. That said, it has great views of the city and is near plenty of other things to do.
It is a spectacular castle, but not laid out the best. You are often competing with others to get through narrow spaces. That said, it has great views of the city and is near plenty of other things to do. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The trip by coach from the port in Rosyth to the castle offered a very nice overview of the city.
Sail Date: June 2018
The trip by coach from the port in Rosyth to the castle offered a very nice overview of the city. The EXCELLENT guide was a tremendous wealth of information, sharing many interesting facts, and helping to ensure that we maximized our ... Read More
The trip by coach from the port in Rosyth to the castle offered a very nice overview of the city. The EXCELLENT guide was a tremendous wealth of information, sharing many interesting facts, and helping to ensure that we maximized our brief visit. It inspired me to return to Edinburgh again to see and experience more! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Get there early, it gets crowded and crowded quickly.
Sail Date: May 2018
Get there early, it gets crowded and crowded quickly. Tough walking. Go up the stairs immediately to your left after the second archway. This brings you up to the Crown Jewels and Royal Apartments quickly. Everyone else works their way ... Read More
Get there early, it gets crowded and crowded quickly. Tough walking. Go up the stairs immediately to your left after the second archway. This brings you up to the Crown Jewels and Royal Apartments quickly. Everyone else works their way up, you start at the top and work your way down. Do get the audio unit, it is worth the nominal fee. Wear good walking shoes, and have a jacket it gets windy up there. Great experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
tour castle on our own after tour guide secured our tickets and gave us brief orientation to ...
Sail Date: May 2018
tour castle on our own after tour guide secured our tickets and gave us brief orientation to viewing opportunities
tour castle on our own after tour guide secured our tickets and gave us brief orientation to viewing opportunities Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Edinburgh Castle & Royal Yacht Britannia tour with Viking.
Sail Date: May 2018
Edinburgh Castle & Royal Yacht Britannia tour with Viking. Excellent but would have liked to have spent more time on the Royal Mile. You really need at least 2 full days in Edinburgh!
Edinburgh Castle & Royal Yacht Britannia tour with Viking. Excellent but would have liked to have spent more time on the Royal Mile. You really need at least 2 full days in Edinburgh! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
A very descriptive tour of Edinburgh Scotland, Old and New cities.
Sail Date: May 2018
A very descriptive tour of Edinburgh Scotland, Old and New cities. Then tours thru Edinburgh Castle over looking both of the "cities". Time to shop the massive complex of tartan wares stores.
A very descriptive tour of Edinburgh Scotland, Old and New cities. Then tours thru Edinburgh Castle over looking both of the "cities". Time to shop the massive complex of tartan wares stores. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The whole world shops on the Royal Mile, so be prepared.
Sail Date: August 2017
The whole world shops on the Royal Mile, so be prepared. Castle was really well kept.
The whole world shops on the Royal Mile, so be prepared. Castle was really well kept. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The castle is a site to see.Our guide gave us the amazing facts about the castle.
Sail Date: August 2017
The castle is a site to see.Our guide gave us the amazing facts about the castle. Viewed the Crown Jewels. St Margret's chapel and many other sites. Wear good walking shoes for there is much uneven ground. Be prepared to climb ... Read More
The castle is a site to see.Our guide gave us the amazing facts about the castle. Viewed the Crown Jewels. St Margret's chapel and many other sites. Wear good walking shoes for there is much uneven ground. Be prepared to climb stairs There are bathrooms and gift shops on site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Guide had too many people, no talking devices.
Sail Date: August 2017
Guide had too many people, no talking devices. Time cut short in Castle
Guide had too many people, no talking devices. Time cut short in Castle Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Visited the castle.
Sail Date: August 2017
Visited the castle. Loved the festivals in August in Edinburgh. The festivals in August make Edinburgh a happening
Visited the castle. Loved the festivals in August in Edinburgh. The festivals in August make Edinburgh a happening Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hop On Hop Off bus tour & tickets to ‘Skip the line’ to Edinburgh castle.
Sail Date: July 2017
Hop On Hop Off bus tour & tickets to ‘Skip the line’ to Edinburgh castle. Again, the bus tour guide is so informative and buying the Skip the Line tickets on Viator are well worth it if you'd like to get in without a long ... Read More
Hop On Hop Off bus tour & tickets to ‘Skip the line’ to Edinburgh castle. Again, the bus tour guide is so informative and buying the Skip the Line tickets on Viator are well worth it if you'd like to get in without a long wait. The lines are massive if you don't have the Skip the line ticket. The castle is quite impressive as it sits upon the lava rock. Side note: The cruise ship will have you wait between 1-2 hours for a tender HOWEVER, they don't check the ticket number they give you. So we had number 1170, but could have gone with the 1st boat transfer since they don't check. Otherwise, you'll be sitting like we stupidly did waiting for our group # to be called to disembark. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Heavy rain that day.
Sail Date: July 2017
Heavy rain that day. Tour guide escorted us into the castle, then left us on our own. Disappointing. We opted to remain longer in Edinburgh and took a cab back to the cruise port in Newhaven.
Heavy rain that day. Tour guide escorted us into the castle, then left us on our own. Disappointing. We opted to remain longer in Edinburgh and took a cab back to the cruise port in Newhaven. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Would have liked to have had more time in town.
Sail Date: July 2017
Would have liked to have had more time in town. The excursion was billed as "moderate" walking, but several passengers booked it that shouldn't have, and therefore we lost time at the castle.
Would have liked to have had more time in town. The excursion was billed as "moderate" walking, but several passengers booked it that shouldn't have, and therefore we lost time at the castle. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
our Guide Cathy was excellent.
Sail Date: June 2017
our Guide Cathy was excellent. However they need to find a dock, this tendering in Rough seas was unacceptable.
our Guide Cathy was excellent. However they need to find a dock, this tendering in Rough seas was unacceptable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Required some walking but the castles were worth it.
Sail Date: June 2017
Required some walking but the castles were worth it. The guides were very knowledgeable in the history.
Required some walking but the castles were worth it. The guides were very knowledgeable in the history. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We enjoyed the castle but we were rushed and did not have time to walk the royal mile.
Sail Date: August 2016
We enjoyed the castle but we were rushed and did not have time to walk the royal mile. We toured the town. Loved the buildings but would have liked more time to explore.
We enjoyed the castle but we were rushed and did not have time to walk the royal mile. We toured the town. Loved the buildings but would have liked more time to explore. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Interesting tour, shame about the weather.
Sail Date: July 2016
Interesting tour, shame about the weather.
Interesting tour, shame about the weather. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Very informative.
Sail Date: July 2016
Very informative.
Very informative. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Bought tix online to avoid queues.
Sail Date: June 2016
Bought tix online to avoid queues. Lots of hiking. Hard to find. Took HOHO bus there and still had to do a lot of uphill walking and steps. Not for mobility impaired. All military. No homey type rooms in the castle. Interesting military ... Read More
Bought tix online to avoid queues. Lots of hiking. Hard to find. Took HOHO bus there and still had to do a lot of uphill walking and steps. Not for mobility impaired. All military. No homey type rooms in the castle. Interesting military history. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Impressive castle.
Sail Date: June 2016
Impressive castle. Didn't get the full effect because they had constructed a huge grandstand and bleachers in front of the castle in preparation for the Edinburgh Military Tatoo to be held later in the summer. Still a great excursion.
Impressive castle. Didn't get the full effect because they had constructed a huge grandstand and bleachers in front of the castle in preparation for the Edinburgh Military Tatoo to be held later in the summer. Still a great excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
City is beautiful, Castle is as crowded as Disney at Christmas, I'm very glad we saw it.
Sail Date: June 2016
City is beautiful, Castle is as crowded as Disney at Christmas, I'm very glad we saw it.
City is beautiful, Castle is as crowded as Disney at Christmas, I'm very glad we saw it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The number of Castle visitors was huge.
Sail Date: July 2015
The number of Castle visitors was huge. As a half day only (combined with City tour), maybe a full day would have been better, as we walked away from the Castle commentary just so that we could spend half an hour beyond the castle walls.
The number of Castle visitors was huge. As a half day only (combined with City tour), maybe a full day would have been better, as we walked away from the Castle commentary just so that we could spend half an hour beyond the castle walls. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises