Edinburgh's Royal Mile Private Walking Tour

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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The rich history and dark beauty of Edinburgh has drawn world travellers to the city for generations. And for generations, the people of Edinburgh have opened their minds and their hearts and shared the stories that make them unique. Now it's our turn.

Dubbed the "Athens of the North", it is difficult to imagine any other city with so much to offer tourists. The breathtaking feeling of walking through and experiencing history will follow you through your tour. Starting at the ultra modern Scottish Parliament, you'll wend your way up the famous Royal Mile, finishing at the magnificent Castle. You'll be under the care of a local- someone who knows Edinburgh and her history, lives its present and will influence its future. Our half day and full day options give you the opportunity to extend your tour and take in even more of Edinburgh.

From grand tales of castles, to family secrets set in one of Edinburgh's tiny closes- this is how you get to know a city.

What's Included

All Fees and Taxes

What's Not Included

Tips and Gratuities

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • 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

The Scottish Parliament
It is an interesting time in Scottish politics, and there's no better person to hear about the political landscape here than someone who lives and breathes it. Hear the checkered history of Scotland's parliament, learn about the journey it took to win our devolution and the next uncertain steps for Scotland from a local, someone who lives here and who has experienced the political changes of the last few years.

• Admission Ticket Free

Holyrood Park
Holyrood has a long, illustrious history. Not only will you learn about all of the characters and events that happened here in days gone by, you'll learn about our current Royal Family, their relationship with Scotland and how they spend their time in Scotland.

• Admission Ticket Free

Cannongate Tolbooth
As we walk up the Royal Mile, your guide will lead you in and out of closes and alleys, introducing you to parts of Edinburgh that don't feature in your guidebook. You'll learn the fascinating history of buildings you wouldn't have otherwise noticed and hear about the characters that lived and worked in them and made them memorable!

• Admission Ticket Free

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Further up the Royal Mile, you'll learn about the rich culture of storytelling in Scotland and hear about how our stories are a vitally important part of our life and our culture here in Scotland.

• Admission Ticket Free

John Knox House Museum
As we wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to her about those that have come before and made their mark, you'll learn about religious reform and rebellion here in Scotland. One of the men who was instrumental to Scotland's religious reformations was John Knox and this is where you'll really get a feel for how he lived his life.

• Admission Ticket Free

St Giles' Cathedral
Continuing our journey up the Royal Mile, we'll find ourselves facing the imposing structure of St Giles. This has been the hotbed of religious power in Scotland for hundreds of years and is abound with tales. Our guides will take you into the Cathedral and show you around as part of your Royal Mile tour.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

After St Giles, we'll carry on up this ancient hill and hear more about what life would have been like in days gone by and what it is like living and working here now. By the time you reach the top, you'll see why Edinburgh has been dubbed the 'Athens of the North' and you'll have fallen in love with the characters who used to roam the very streets you're now walking.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Scotch Whisky Experience
'Beverages' is one of Scotland's biggest exports and no trip to Scotland is complete without learning of the water of life. Whisky is both historically and more modernly, a huge industry in Scotland but our love for the drink, the process by which it's made and the things that make it great are the same as they have always been!

• Admission Ticket Free

Edinburgh Castle
And finally, our tour comes to rest in the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Hear of the battles, dynasties, Kings, Queens, paupers and prisoners who have called this castle their home and learn why its such an important site not just for Edinburgh, but for all of Scotland.

• Admission Ticket Free

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