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Save valuable vacation time with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Listen to your guide's commentary about the Scottish landmark's history as you walk through the fortress.
  • A 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • Skip the line and go straight into the castle grounds
  • Learn the history and the secrets of the castle
  • See the National War Museum and the National Monument
  • Continue to explore the castle independently after the tour

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line entrance means more time inside and you can stay as long as you like after the tour ends.
Meet your guide at 124 High Street in front of Starbucks to join the Castle Tour.  Skip the often long entry line and proceed directly into the castle for your 1.5-hour walking tour.

During the walking tour, learn the secrets of this famous castle, including seeing one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries and the smallest shrine in the world. Walk through Crown Square, the main courtyard of the castle. See the Crown Jewels of Scotland, including the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish monarchs. Visit the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the National War Museum, which enables you to learn more about battles that have shaped Scottish history. 

After the conclusion of your walking tour, you are free to stay and explore the castle independently for as long as you like.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

Took this walking tour as part of our 2 day visit to Edinburgh. The tour started in center of ‘The Golden Mile’. Our tour guide had us walk up to the castle. Once we got to gate of castle our tour guide stated to present the history. Once we entered the castle the guide would stop at each area of castle and give very informative information. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the castle and Scottish history as well. We (my wife, myself and grown son) really enjoyed this walking tour and would highly reccomend this tour to anyone who visits Edinburgh

, Oct 2018

A full 1:45 tour filled with exciting historical facts knowledgeably presented through tons of humor and vivid narration from Naomi our tour guide.

, Oct 2018

Wonderful guide Dave! His animated telling of stories made history come alive. I would absolutely request him as our guide for any future tours.

, Sep 2018

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of Edinburgh castle and the history surrounding Edinburgh/Scotland in general. Overall, the tour was paced well and covered the right amount of history/information as well as keeping the interest of the group. The only improvement for this tour that I would recommend is to start this tour closer to the castle (in lieu of walking the Royal Mile to start the tour at the entry to the castle).

, Sep 2018

We took the Skip-The-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour through Sandeman's Tours. We got a little mixed up and tried to pick up the tour AT the Castle, but it really began farther down the Royal Mile. We got to the right place ultimately and were fortunate to be part of Angus's tour! Angus was really knowledgable but also witty and kept the narrative light despite some of the more complicated historical twists and turns regarding Scottish Independence and the Castle's role in it. After getting some background history as we headed up the Mile toward the Castle, Angus parked us on the Esplanade and got our tickets. We went in as a group. The tour basically goes to all of the exterior points of interest and then at the end about 90 mins all in, you are free to go back to check out what you're interested in. We saw the Palace Apartments, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels, St Margaret's Chapel, Mons Meg and the Prisoners of War museum. We tried to do some of the National War Museum, but didn't leave ourselves enough time! The tour was a great prelude to the Castle experience and Angus was a fabulous guide! I'd do it again, just to hear Angus try out every accent he knows or doesn't, lol!!

, Aug 2018

Our guide David was great! He was very knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this tour.

, Aug 2018

Tour guide never showed up at the meeting point at the scheduled time. Had to purchase tickets to the castle on our own, and to shorten our visit because of the 45 minutes we waisted waiting for the tour guide

, Aug 2018

Fun tour with a great guide. Our guide had the perfect mix of humor and history. So much to see that he pointed out additional things as we went through. I cant imagine doing the castle without a guide.

, Aug 2018

Dave was a great guide and very enthusiastic about the Castle and its history. Lots of tips for things to do and see around the castle after the tour and a lot of insider information.

, Jul 2018

Ali was an excellent docent and guide .... informative, engaging, and humorous. The walking is for young and middle adults and those with comfortable shoes. Those who wish to get the most from the tour need to read

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