We’re ALL goin' on a Summer Holiday

Posted on August 1, 2023

A group of friends playing treasure hunt

The UK is BURSTING with amazing places, people and things to do. Having a Great British adventure this summer? With Treasure Hunt Edinburgh you’ll see some of the best bits, and hidden gems that Edinburgh has to offer. Whether you’re travelling for miles or minutes, grab your shipmates and keep reading!

With so much to see in Edinburgh it can be hard to make sure you’re not missing out. Our routes have been cleverly designed and playtested to guide you to the best spots, from tourist highlights to local hangouts, you and your crew are sure to uncover some real treasures.

How does it work? ☠️

It’s designed for adults, so you’ll have a laugh together. If you’re adventuring with a large crew, we recommend splitting into smaller groups and seeing who can solve the final clue first! (after a few refreshment breaks along the way of course!) Captain Bess, our bossy pirate leader, sends cryptic clues, and treasure maps to your phone, shipmates work together to solve the clues and discover the next part of the journey. Ages 8+ are welcome too if you want to make a family day of it!

An illustration of how Treasure Hunt Edinburgh works

Adventures wherever you go! 🗺️

Did you know Captain Bess has tours all across the UK? Wherever you’re going in the UK this summer, there might just be a Treasure Hunt tour nearby! See our other cities here.

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Whether you’ve lucked out and the sun is shining on fair Edinburgh, or the rain is dampening play, fear not! Treasure Hunt Edinburgh takes you past some excellent pubs and cafes, you can stop whenever you want to, grab a drink and cool down (or dry off! ☔) There’s no need to rush, take your time and enjoy it, grab some selfies, go viral on tik tok- you’ve got time!

As well as the best hidden gems, the route goes round some of the must-see sights of Edinburgh including:

Edinburgh Castle - perched atop an extinct volcano, you’ll marvel at this incredible fortress.

Edinburgh Castle atop a steep craggy hill, taken from below

St Giles’ Cathedral - this stunning church boasts incredible architecture and wonderful stained glass windows.

St Giles’ cathedral on a backdrop of clear blue sky.

The Mercat Cross - an important spot from which public proclamations would be made for all to hear!

National Museum of Scotland - this distinctive Victorian museum and its striking new building house extensive collections.

The round, stone tower on the corner of the National Museum of Scotland.

McEwan Hall - the marvellous graduation hall of the University of Edinburgh.

McEwan Hall, a fine round building in Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Royal Mile - the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, you’ll explore the finest section of this famous stretch.

Greyfriars Kirk and graveyard - a peaceful and beautiful graveyard, complete with graves that inspired JK Rowling!

A pretty view of trees, grass and gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard

Grassmarket - a picturesque market square right in the heart of the Old Town.

Attractive buildings and people eating outside on the street in Grassmarket.

By the end of the game, you’ll have unearthed the treasures of Edinburgh and know which areas you’d like to come back to.

“...exploring the city this way was so much more fun for us than going on a group tour. It was such a great and memorable experience, I can't wait to go to more cities they offer treasure hunts in.”

—Rachel T, Google


Telephone: 0131 510 2482
Text us: 07380 309380

The Old Town Adventure starts from:
1 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BJ