Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century. Click here for more information on Edinburgh Castle.
The Royal Yacht Britannia played host to some of the world’s most famous people, but above all was home for the British Royal Family for over 40 years.
Now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, you can discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Click here for more information on The Royal Yacht Britania.
Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history.
At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Click here for more information on The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland. Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and home to the UK’s only giant pandas and koalas.
Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913, in leafy hillside parkland just ten minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. Click here for more information on Edinburgh Zoo.
The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world. Click here for more information on The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen). Click here for more information on St Giles’ Cathedral.
Edinburgh’s oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments. Click here for more information on Edinburgh Old Town.
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art, design and fashion, and Scottish history, all under one roof. Click here for more information on The National Museum of Scotland.
There’s not many cities in the world where the foremost shopping thoroughfare has an interrupted view of a medieval castle, but Edinburgh’s Princes Street does just that! It’s unique in the sense that all the shops only line one side of the street, with the other side giving shoppers breathtaking views of the Old Town cityscape.
Home to huge flagship stores such as Debenhams, House of Frasers, Zara, Primark, M&S and the historic Jenners, Princes Street is the place to be to keep up with High Street fashion. Click here for more information on Princes Street.
The Midlothian Snowsports Centre overlooks the city from the Pentland Hills. Open all year round, the centre offers skiing enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the thrill of Europe’s largest artificial ski slope. A jump slope and learning slopes means that visitors of all levels can take advantage of first class tuition. Dare devils will also love the excitement of the centres tubing runs. Click here for more information on Midlothian Snowsports Centre.
Edinburgh’s beautiful Union Canal runs through Fountainbridge, Polwarth, Slateford and beyond. For those looking to develop their canoeing, rowing or boating skills, this is the perfect place to test the waters. For those more less aquatically minded, walking sections of the canal allows you to enjoy a relaxing stroll while taking in Edinburgh’s beautiful scenery. If you feel like experiencing the canal on the water for the first time, why not register for a paddling trip with the Scottish Canals. Click here for more information on Union Canal.
The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century. For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die.
Go and hear these enthralling stories on a tour of Mary King’s Close, found tucked away just off the Royal Mile. The guides will give you a fascinating insight and tell some of the more fascinating tales woven into this hidden part of the city… Click here for more information on Real Mary King’s Close.
Uncover Edinburgh’s grisly history at The Edinburgh Dungeon. Laugh and scream your way through this fantastic visitor attraction, where you’ll come face to face with Scotland’s ravenous cannibals, discover the secrets of the Green Lady and have a close encounter with Edinburgh’s infamous killer duo Burke and Hare. With immersive actor-led shows, state of the art special effects and two thrilling underground rides, this is a must-visit for anyone fascinated with the dark side of the city. Click here for more information on The Edinburgh Dungeon.
In the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery boasts some of the world’s finest art by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael. Click here for more information on The Scottish National Gallery.
Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. From the gently swaying fields of barley all the way through the distillery equipment to the steaming and bubbling Pot Still. Experience for yourself the varying aromas of our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram. Enter the vault containing the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting of your dram. Click here for more information on The Scotch Whiskey Experience.
Head of Cruise
Steve has worked in shipping for over 40 years and brings a wealth of understanding about the industry.
Steve was very much a container man and and was responsible for a short sea container terminal before moving to Enterprise Distribution Centre for paper where he was based for 8 years.
Cruise is just one of Steve’s jobs but he has a keen interest in the industry, and the heritage of the buildings.
Steve certainly brings a keen eye for detail and takes pride in the floral displays at the front of the cruise terminal and takes a active role as a director of the Tilbury on the Thames Trust that is working with the local community to restore and celebrate the Cruise Terminal building.
Head of Cruise
Rob Mason RICS BSc Hons is a Chartered Surveyor. Upon qualifying in 2003 he managed Property portfolios for large Pension funds.
In 2008 he was employed by Forth Ports Ltd to asset manage the commercial property and head up the Port security of Forth Ports 7 Scottish Operations.
He is currently the Head of Cruise for the Scottish Operations 3 Cruise Ports and 2 Anchorages, handling around 120 vessel calls and 140,000 passengers annually.
Forth Ports is the largest Port operator in Scotland and 3rd largest in the UK, 50% of Scotland's GDP in goods going through its ports and estuaries.