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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Learn the secrets of Edinburgh's historic past on this afternoon walking tour of the city's famous Royal Mile. Upgrade your walking tour to include a tour of the historic Edinburgh Castle.


  • Edinburgh Royal Mile afternoon walking tour
  • Mercat Cross to Blair Street
  • St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh tenements and passageways of the Royal Mile
  • Professional local guide
  • Upgrade to visit the historic Edinburgh Castle

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What You Can Expect

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour with Optional Edinburgh Castle Tour

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour

Begin your tour at the Mercat Cross which marks the historic heart of Edinburgh. Here merchants gathered to trade: 'Mercat' is simply the Scots word for market. The townspeople met to exchange news and gossip and listen to public pronouncements, and visitors to the city came here to find a guide who was both city grapevine and taxi driver!

Pick up your guide at the Mercat Cross and let him entertain you with stories from Edinburgh's past. Since the earliest times, Edinburgh has been at the forefront of religious and legal matters in Scotland. St Giles Cathedral was founded in 854 AD and has been site of some of the most dramatic events in the nation's history. The Protestant Reformers, the brave Covenanters and the fiery Jenny Geddes who threw her chair at the Bishop - hear about them all.

Home to the earliest skyscrapers in Europe, some famous Edinburgh tenements were 14 stories high. After defeat by the English in 1513 the city fathers build the Flodden Wall around Edinburgh to protect against invasion. As the population grew, the city could not expand outwards, so it grew upwards. It is said that people, ten stories up, could reach out and shake hands with their neighbors in the opposite building!

Your tour ventures down the narrow passageways into courtyards where you learn of tragedy and triumph, marvel at the stunning architecture - and recoil at the cry "gardyloo". The Royal Mile was home to the great, the good - and the not so good - of Edinburgh. Deacon Brodie, locksmith by day and thief by night, inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Deacon Brodie and many others populate this enthralling and fascinating tour of the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Upgrade to include a tour of Scotland’s most famous historic attraction: Edinburgh Castle! The castle is believed to date back as far as the Iron Age, and has witnessed a number of bloody battles, including the War of Independence between the Scots and English in the 14th Century.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

It was great! We only had two days in Edinburgh, so I'm glad we did this tour. It gave a quick history of Edinburgh and pointed out things we would've missed if we were on our own. I highly recommend it! We didn't add the Castle Tour, but I would. We ended up doing the Castle separately, but it would have been nice to have a guide there as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was interesting to find out things that are not commonly know about the Royal Mile. Although after several days of visiting Edinburgh my feet were aching nothing to do with this tour by-the-way. It is worth every penny!

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