Curious Tales of the Royal Mile - Private Walking Tour

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From $117.69

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Departs: Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Why was a pet blackbird arrested in 1736?
What did a washerwoman insist on before she would pull philosopher David Hume out of a swamp?
Why was Robert the Bruce Edinburgh Castle’s most deadly enemy?

You really couldn’t make up the history of Old Edinburgh!

Seldom in the world can there have been so many odd events and strange goings-on in one town’s story as in Edinburgh, and telling these curious tales is what this tour is all about! Local doctor Moray Grigor is an Edinburgh native and lover of the city, and has been collecting some of the best of its stories to bring to you.

Starting just below the Castle, we’ll be touring down the world-famous Royal Mile, ducking into alleys and back courts as we go, and we’ll be hearing the most outlandish, amusing and fascinating anecdotes of the Old Town, many collected by Edinburgh publisher and author Robert Chambers right back in 1824.

In Edinburgh, truth really is stranger than fiction – as Dr Grigor will be delighted to show you!

What's Included

All guiding and commentary on this 4-5 hour outdoor tour

What's Not Included

We have an optional refreshment stop, but food and drinks are not inclusive.

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • YOUTH: Age: 12 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 98

Additional Info

  • Due to the amount of walking on hard and sometimes uneven surfaces we do not recommend the tour for guests with mobility problems (unless using wheelchair)
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Masks not currently obligatory for guide or guests; guide will wear mask if guests prefer this, and we can supply disposable face coverings for guests as required.
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

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Tales of rebellious pets, couples at political loggerheads, two-faced businessmen, philosopher-chefs and fake news!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Advocate's Close
Tales of lame, gangfighting would-be authors, astounded judges, and very mischievous little girls!

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St Giles' Cathedral
Tales of kings in debt, romantic silver spoons, church prayer-stools being thrown, and an unusual resting place for our most famous preacher.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Mile
Tales of theatre riots, dull dances, raving beauties, novel financial products, and full-scale rebellion!

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Canongate Kirk
Tales of vicious poets, tragic Royal favourites, and eccentric economists!

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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