Free Saturday afternoon drop-in guided tours of the National Galleries of Scotland's art collections take place every month.

Tours of the Scottish National Gallery are on the last Saturday of every month, and tours of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern One are on the second Saturday.

We also offer Thematic Tours of the Portrait Gallery on the first Saturday of the month.

See the What's On calendar for details.

All are welcome. 

Guided Tours

We offer one hour private guided tours around our temporary exhibitions or highlights tours around the permanent collection to all types of adult groups of 10 or more persons.

We also offer bespoke tours on a theme of your choice.

Tours are lead by a freelance team of highly experienced guides from a variety of backgrounds within the arts including practitioners and art historians.


Highlights or Exhibition Tour: Minimum Price £50 (10 persons), thereafter £5 per head

Bespoke Tour: Minimum Price £100 (10 persons), thereafter £10 per head

Please book at least four weeks in advance.

Self Guided Tours

If you would like to visit any of the exhibitions or permanent collection on a self guided tour it is also necessary to book in.

Please make sure you move around the gallery spaces in groups of 20 or fewer, split up into further groups if necessary. This is especially important in smaller exhibitions.

Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that if you cancel or fail to arrive for your guided tour or workshop, there may be an administration charge, as follows:

50% of the value of chargeable events, if cancelled less than 3 weeks prior to the visit.

100% of the value of chargeable events, if cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the visit.

Paying Exhibition Group Discount

We offer 50% of the full ticket price of a paying exhibition for an adult group if booked two weeks in advance.

Please note a guided tour of a paying exhibition will include the exhibition entry price and the price for a guided tour detailed above.

Please be sure to detail what you wish to book on the booking form below. We look forward to hearing from you and to organising an enjoyable visit for your group.

If you require any further guidance on planning your visit, please contact the Education Bookings Coordinator on 0131 624 6410 or

Booking Form for Adult Groups