• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh this 2-hour walking tour with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence, and pass iconic locations like St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House.


  • 2-hour guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Wander down centuries-old cobblestone streets, passageways and Edinburgh tenements
  • See St Giles Cathedral, High Street, Parliament Square, John Knox House, Lawnmarket and Castlehill
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle after the tour of Old Town and the Royal Mile

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What You Can Expect

Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Your 2-hour sightseeing tour of historic Edinburgh begins in early afternoon. Meet your guide at Mercat Cross on High Street and stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and learning about how centuries of Dunediners (or Edinburgers!) have lived within the city’s narrow passageways, termed ‘closes’ and ‘wynds.’ As you walk, hear about Edinburgh’s extensive history, officially beginning with Roman settlement, though most renowned for its infamous royal residents and bloody wars of religious reformation and independence. 

Follow medieval streets and alleys, and check out the protected Reformation-era constructions such as St Giles Cathedral, often called the High Kirk of Edinburgh. Hear some of the site’s dramatic events like that of Protestant reformer Jenny Geddes, whose assault on a bishop indirectly led to the Wars on the Three Kingdoms. Stop in Parliament Square and at the famous John Knox House, a historic treasure that is one of the last original medieval buildings on the Royal Mile. Then continue on to Castlehill, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the bustling city below.

Next, head to Edinburgh Castle, strategically perched upon the craggy hilltop of Castle Rock, where you’ll have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior. Learn about medieval life in the palace and the many bloody battles fought here such as the War of Independence in the 14th century. On a 45-minute guided tour, explore grand buildings like the Royal Palace and Margaret’s Chapel, see the ancient Stone of Destiny, and soak up the glimmer of the Honours of Scotland’s – the UK’s oldest crown jewels.

Your excursion ends here in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Petru Ciprian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very interesting! We found out a lot of new things about Edinburgh!

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour and very knowledgeable guide.

Patrick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great orientation to the old town. Worth every pence.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was the highlight of our stay in Edinburgh. So knowledgeable and intelligent. I highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great time, knowledgable tour guide and plenty covered. Recommended.

Stephanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Charles was great - perfect way to get a little taste of Old Town and the Royal Mile!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We loved our tour guide - she was extremely easy to hear and understand, and had some great stories. She was very conscious about the pace and making sure that everyone was keeping up - it is ALOT of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.

Chantel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Really good and informative tour with great may interesting facts. Linda was our tour guide and was very friendly and also provided recommedations for other sights to visit. Makes for very entertaining and interesting tour.

Amy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We received excellent customer service at every level! Our original booking had been made for the wrong day and we didn't discover this until minutes before the tour was starting. One call to the tour service got us to the correct meetup point, swapped our tour date, and since we were the only booking, resulted in a private tour of the city from our excellent guide William. We had a great time and were treated to the full experience, even though it was just us. A truly wonderful day and we really got an insiders view of this incredible city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour, guide knew all the stories and gave great insight

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