Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This is an outdoor private walking tour with an expert, Blue Badge accredited tour guide. You can meet your guide either at your Edinburgh city centre accommodation or at the Palace of Holyroodhouse gates.

Experience the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital city with your private guide as you take in Edinburgh’s rich history on this tour situated within a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This 4-hour walking tour takes you from the bottom of the famous Royal Mile to the top, finishing in front of Edinburgh Castle which is perched at the top of a volcanic hill. From here you can choose to visit the Castle in your own time (advance booking may be required).

Due to current Scottish government Covid-19 restrictions the maximum group size for this tour is currently 7 participants.

What's Included

All Fees and Taxes

What's Not Included

Food & drinks not included

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed

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

Palace of Holyroodhouse
The first stop on our tour takes us to the gates of The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
The history of the Palace starts in 1128 when King David I of Scotland founded Holyrood Abbey, the ruins of which are still standing in the Palace grounds today.
Today it is still used as a Royal Palace and is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Scottish Parliament
Discover the unique Scottish Parliament building. Situated at the easterly edge of the Old Town, it has been the official home of the Scottish Parliament since its opening in 2004. The unique design of the building makes this an unmissable modern Edinburgh landmark.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Mile
Take in Edinburgh's most famous street, the Royal Mile. The street gets its name from the fact that it is a ‘Scots mile’ long and connects two royal residences, the Castle at the top of the hill and the palace of Holyrood House at the bottom. This particular part of Edinburgh known as the Old Town is characterised by the survival of the narrow closes, wynds, and courtyards leading off the main streets, which give it a distinct medieval feel that can still be recognised to this day. We will discover several of these features on our tour as we immerse ourselves into the history and significance of the Mile and the many landmarks along it.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

St Giles' Cathedral
Although founded in 1124 by King David I of Scotland, the current St Giles Cathedral building dates more recently to the 14th century. Daily church services are still held there today. The Cathedral is currently operating restricted visiting hours so we will enjoy the beautiful architecture from the outside as you learn about the Cathedral’s role in Scottish history.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Edinburgh Castle
Our final stop is just outside the entrance to Edinburgh Castle on the Esplanade where we learn about the famous Edinburgh Castle itself and enjoy views of the city below.

From here you can choose to visit the Castle yourself after the tour (advance booking online required to guarantee entry).

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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