Scottish National Gallery Art Tour

1-Hour Tour

Dynamic expert guide

Art tailored to you

See the world-famous collection of Edinburgh’s National Gallery with your private expert guide. On this one hour tour you’ll see its masterpieces and hear the stories behind them, with the art tailored to you and your tastes.

This Private Tour includes

Undivided attention from your own expert guide

See Old Masters in the Gallery, from Rembrandt to Van Gogh

The option to focus on particular areas of interest or just take in what we love most

Recommendations for your own exploration of the Gallery

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Tour details


1 -10 guests:


For groups of over 10 guests, please email

Optional Add-On (+ 1 hr)
Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh’s Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited site in all of Scotland, and the most attacked placed in the UK! Learn about the real life Red Wedding, see one of the largest cannons in Europe, and discover how Scotland stole the Stone of Destiny back from the English.


11am -12pm Monday – Saturday

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at the back of the Royal Scottish Academy (directly opposite the Mound entrance to The National Gallery of Scotland).


Monday – Saturday, year-round  and Christmas Day.

This tour doesn’t run 25th-26th December.
If you would like a tour on these days, please email our team at

Not included


Languages Available

Sample Itinerary

Meet on the Mound
To maximise your time in the Gallery, you’ll be greeted by your private art historian guide on the steps of the Mound Entrance. They will get to know you and your level of knowledge, and welcome your thoughts and questions.

Hear the History of the Collection
Discover how a world-class collection of paintings was brought together, and housed in a temple that’s perfect for a city nicknamed ‘The Athens of the North’.

Admire the Old Masters
Relax as your guide brings to life works by Old masters, such as Botticelli, Raphael, Velazquez, and Vermeer.

Experience the Impressionists
See a unique collection of modern artists, whether Monet Degas, Gauguin, Cezanne and Van Gogh are just a few of the more modern works you will explore.

Advice and Support for the Rest of Your Trip
We like to stay in touch, so if there are any questions, big or small, for the rest of your trip, we welcome you to message us. We’re always happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all our tours are private and can be customized to our guests’ interests.

If you’d like to extend the art tour, or add other Edinburgh galleries (e.g the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland or the Modern Gallery in Dean village) you can request this by emailing us at

Our tours are designed for groups of 1-10 people. For groups of over 10 guests, please email us at and we’ll help you craft your ideal trip.

Tips for your guide are never expected, but they do show you think your guide did a brilliant job! If you would like to tip your guide, please do so directly during the tour (10 – 15% is customary).

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