Walking tours

Edinburgh walking tour with optional Edinburgh Castle skip-the-line tickets and guide

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Availability: Daily
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Language: English
Printed ticket only
Do this because
  • Discover the secrets and stories of Edinburgh’s Old Town
  • Learn about royalty, writers, philosophers – and everyday Edinburgh folk
  • Skip the line at Edinburgh Castle, and get an optional guided tour
What to expect

Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and guidebooks. Your expert guide will take you on a one and a half hour walking tour to all the places where history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll be hanging on your tour guide’s every word, as the true stories of the capital’s past unfold.

The characters? Think Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. But you’ll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces – uncovering another side of the city, and Scotland’s past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here – expertly told by your guide.

Next, you have the option to head to Edinburgh Castle. The castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it. Visit the castle with your guide, and you’ll walk straight over the drawbridge, and straight past the ticket line – to continue your history tour with a guided visit. The full walking tour of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle, takes two and a quarter hours – simply choose this option when you book.

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What's included
  • 1 hour 30 minute walking tour of Edinburgh with expert guide
  • Skip-the line ticket for Edinburgh Castle and 45 minute guided tour (optional)
Reduced price
  • Children (5-15 years old)
  • Seniors (60+ years)
  • Students (with valid ID)

Mercat Cross, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom

Meeting point:

The Mercat Cross is an 8 sided monument situated on the Royal Mile. The tour departs from right in front of it.

What to remember
  • Please note: Edinburgh Castle do not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25 liter capacity
  • Children over 5 years of age are very welcome!
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour
  • Both mobile and printed vouchers are accepted, and must be shown to your guide on the day of your tour
  • Tour ends: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill
  • Sensible walking shoes are advised
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  • Tour with Edinburgh Castle skip-the-line ticket and guide option: daily, at 10.00am and 1.00pm
  • Walking tour of Edinburgh: daily, at 10.00am,1.00pm and 3.00pm
  • Walking tour lasts 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Tour including Edinburgh Castle visit lasts 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour begins
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Booking fee
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