• 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

Char Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Amazing tour. The guide was so informative and fun! The castle was very interesting.

lynley g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Loved the history..........take the morning tour......less crowds walking around then
Our tour leader was very interesting and was certainly well informed.
Walking shoes a good idea as the footpaths / road are cobblestones.
Great to have Skip the line entry as when we left the castle there was an hour wait in the queue for entry tickets

Marianne O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Eva our tourguide was easy to understand. She was a very good storyteller and she had a great degree of knowledge.This is a must for all visitors.

Pamela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My guide was Eva.. Very knowledgeable. Took time to answer questions. I would definitely due another tour with this group, especially if she was leading it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was a great way to get acquainted with the historic center and a brief overview of the castle. It was fun, easy and informative.

Natalie Diane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Really great tour with a lot learned on royals and history, very informative and entertaining! Keep it up eva!!! :)

Thitipat W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great tour!!!

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.

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