Tales and Songs 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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Come on an Edinburgh Old Town experience like no other!

Your guide, Dr. Moray Grigor, is a local physician and folksinger with a passion for his native city, its songs, stories and curiosities. In this tour he brings all this together, (with a little help from his mandolin!), taking you on a fascinating and fun trip down the historic Royal Mile.

You'll hear songs, poems, and Old Town tales galore, and you'll hear not just English but the more German/Scandinavian sound of Old Scots, and Scotland's own Celtic language, Gaelic. Don't worry, though, all will be understandable, as you will have a written guide to all the songs and poems.

As we tour, Moray will tell stories from each part of the Royal Mile, and you'll meet the characters whose legends live on in Edinburgh's story - including Rabbie Burns, Deacon Brodie, Jenny Geddes, David Hume, and more.

We're looking forward to welcoming you!

What's Included

Music, poetry and stories are all inclusive to the tour - as well as a warm Edinburgh welcome!

What's Not Included

We stop for an optional cafe break, but food and drink is 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 we would not recommend the tour for guests with chronic mobility problems.
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Masks are currently mandatory in indoor spaces such as cafes; 7 Hills Tours can supply masks on request. Masks are not currently obligatory outdoors, but guide will be happy to wear mask should guests prefer this.
  • 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

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade
Historic plaza fronting Castle; here we'll hear poetry from Allan Ramsay and a song by Sir Walter Scott

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Tales of David Hume, Dr Johnson and Boswell, King James VI, and songs of rebellion!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St Giles' Cathedral
Atmospheric High Kirk of Edinburgh, Cathedral of the Church of Scotland, where we'll see the tomb of royalist general Montrose among other wonderful memorials and regalia.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Advocate's Close
The only Royal Mile close with a full view to Princes Street - essential photography spot!

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Mile
Our tour will take us down most of the length of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, the city's original street.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Canongate Kirk
Destination of our tour - historic Stuart-era church, internment place of David Rizzio, Adam Smith, and Edinburgh's great poet Robert Fergusson.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bakehouse Close
Canongate close, key filming location for 'Outlander'.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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