Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour of Edinburgh
Walking tours

Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour of Edinburgh

based on 9 reviews
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Thursday to Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Do this because
  • Go beyond the guidebooks and explore Edinburgh’s Old Town with an expert guide
  • Learn about royalty, writers, philosophers – and everyday Edinburgh folk
  • Discover another side of the capital on this walking 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.

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What's included
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Expert guide
Reduced price
  • Children (age 5-15)
  • Seniors (age 60+)
  • 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
  • Devices will be used so that the guide is still heard clearly whilst wearing PPE. Visitors are advised to bring their own headphones where possible
  • Please note that children under the age of 5 aren't permitted on this tour
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour
  • Tour ends: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill
  • Sensible walking shoes are advised
  • This tour does not allow more than 8 people
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  • Please check the calendar to find this tour's availability
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.
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