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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This walking tour of Edinburgh is a great choice for first-time visitors who want to get their bearings of the city and learn more about its history. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll be able to stop looking at a map and focus on enjoying the sites around you. Your guide will teach you about secret places locals love, as well as the Old Town’s most famous sites. Highlights include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. 
  • The perfect overview tour for first-time visitors to Edinburgh
  • Visit many sites in the UNESCO-listed Old Town in one day
  • Exploring Edinburgh with a guide means you won’t get lost
  • A walking tour takes you to areas that can’t be accessed by car

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuity

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 192 High St
    192 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RW, UK

    Tour departs from outside Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile besides the statue of Adam Smith. Just look for our green and white umbrellas.

End point

  • Edinburgh Old Town
    Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, UK

    The tour will end within a 5min walk of the Royal Mile.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • These tours run all the year round so please wear clothing that is appropriate for the Scottish climate and come in footwear that you are comfortable in for a two hour walking tour on the historic streets of Edinburgh.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please Note - Children, aged 15 and under, will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveller Tips

I'd recommend taking a tour even if you've been to Edinburgh before, it gives some great insights and it's fun!
As a first time visitor to Edinburgh, a walking tour is a good way to have a look around.
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Excellent city tour with Angus!
Kathy_L, Aug 2022
This was our first visit to Edinburgh and our first tour. Our guide was Angus, he was GREAT! Not only was he knowable, but he added his own comic side to the tour, he answered all our questions and went out of his way to make sure we saw as much as we could. After the tour he gave us several “to do’s” and food and drink recommendations! Thank you Angus! Cal and Kathy Lee from Hawaii 🌺
Walking with Rosin
Tanya_C, Sept 2022
Rosin was a very knowledgeable tour guide. She provided great facts on various attractions in Edinburgh.
Informative and Educational
Michael_K, Aug 2022
Great tour, provided an overview of the city history with the right mix of lore and facts. Richard was a great guide, really knew his info and was able to passionately connect with his audience. Book it!
Wonderful Tour
Kevin_T, Sept 2022
We had an awesome time. Angus, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very kind. It was great to see the old city and hear a mix of humor and history blended together well.
Old Town Tour
Greg_W, Aug 2022
John was great, spoke loudly and clear! A lovely introduction to the "Old Town". Good information and entertaining.
Our guide Rich, with...
Susan_S, Sept 2022
Our guide Rich, with Little Fish Tours, was great. Very knowledgeable about the history of Ediburgh and made it fun!
Very informative.
7ddhjy2nhw, Sept 2022
We have been to Edinburg twice before, and still leaned quite a bit. Very clear and concise history.
Excellent background to the city
Anne_O, Aug 2022
John was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours that we toured the old town.
Some cool places with a Scottish History lesson
Parke_P, Sept 2022
We were taught Scottish history which was nice - didn’t see a whole lot of sites but it was a quick tour.
Fun and informative tour
Joana_V, Aug 2022
It was very interesting to know more about the story of the city and how people lived before. Our guide, Alan, really made the old town stories and caracters come to life.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must Do Tour of Edinburgh
Tina_S, Jul 2022
Angus is an exceptional storyteller and does such an amazing job of sharing some of the amazing history of the beautiful old Town of Edinburgh. I absolutely recommend this tour.
Great tour!
Jaya_I, Aug 2022
It was a great tour. Our guide John was funny. The tour does include a lot of talk about history of the city. So, make sure you like listening to history and you will love this one!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very enjoyable two hours
Martina_C, Sept 2022
We booked this tour after our scheduled tour of the castle was cancelled following the queens death. While a lot of the streets were closed , we had a lovely two hours spent looking at parts of the old town we might not have seen otherwise. The guides stories were very entertaining and I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Delightful, engaging, informative!
JoLin_K, Oct 2022
We throughly enjoyed the delightful 90min power-packed walk with the ever-vibrant and engaging Alistair, who delivered his stories and well timed punchlines with much aplomb! We did this walk at 1030am on Sat morning 1 Oct, on our first day in Edinburgh and Scotland, starting from Mercat place and ending at the National Museum. Ally gave us a fantastic start with a condensed overview of Scottish history, peppered with current affairs and popular information. We strongly recommend this walking tour to all visitors. It was well-worth the fee we paid (unlike some other tour we took up, sadly that was not with Little Fish!) We had booked this tour a few weeks in advance, without first paying anything. The payment was automatically deducted two days before the walk, with plenty of email reminding us of the upcoming deduction, giving plenty of time for cancellation if we had changed our mind. Thank goodness we didn’t miss out on this one!
Kept me awake!
Adriane_B, Sept 2022
Great history of Edinburgh and our tour guide was amazing. Would recommend for anyones first time there and helps with jet lag to keep you moving.
Great interesting tour of the old town with some funny stories
Melvin_D, Aug 2022
Alan was a great tour guide, funny stories and interesting tour. Even though it was busy with the Fringe festival in de old town, Alan showed us the old town and even explained some quick facts about the Castle from the outside.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Edinburgh walking tour.
Matthew_K, Sept 2022
Ali gave us a great tour. He is extremely knowledgeable, quick witted but most of all, quite entertaining. He told us great stories and taught a lot of Edinburgh history. He was also able to pivot and provide great answer questions that he was not prepared for. I would highly recommend a tour with Ali.
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Millie_H, Sept 2022
Very informative, good delivery! Disappointed we didn't get to Holyrood House. Our guide Roisin was very knowledgeable
The guide was very...
Dimitrios_K, Aug 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable but we could not stand dashing to a place and then spend a long time talking about it.
Great intro to Edinburgh
Patricia_F, Sept 2022
This was a great tour- just the right mix of history and folklore. We specifically chose this tour in an attempt to orient ourselves to the city landmarks and the tour more than met that goal. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. I'm not sure of the guide's name- my apologies, but we were jetlagged. (Best guess is Alex or Ben.)


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