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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


Save valuable vacation time with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle on this walking tour. Listen to your guide's commentary about the Scottish landmark's history as you walk through the fortress.
  • Edinburgh Castle tour with skip-the-line access
  • 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 Travelers 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 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 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.

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Greg was Great
, Sep 2019
Greg was historically informative yet very entertaining. He kept a large group together on a very busy day at the Castle. Well worth taking this tour.
, Sep 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the castle, Greg was amazing on the tour loved how told the stories.
Greg is Awesome, but the tour should start by the Castle
, Sep 2019
Greg was one of the best tour guides I’ve had. Knowledgeable, funny, a character. The tour started too far away and he almost lost folks as we kept a fast pace. Could be shortened in duration.
Lots of history.
, Sep 2019
Raj was very knowledgeable, personable and organized. Get there as early as possible because even on a weekday it is very crowded.
Excellent History Tour
, Sep 2019
Even though the weather was a bit cold and windy, the tour was very enjoyable. Our guide, Dick - a welsh historian, was great! Thumbs up!
Richards Remarkable
kirk h
, Sep 2019
tour operators very organized and pleasant. Group size was perfect and Richard very engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and amusing all at the same time. Have never had a bad experience booking through Viator!!!
A knowledgeable tour guide
, Sep 2019
Richard was a history buff who knew and shared interesting facts and legends Edinburgh Castle. He kept our attention and made the tour enjoyable.
Castle Black, Edinburgh
, Sep 2019
Our guide Erin made this tour. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and funny! Hands down the best walking tour of any of the Castles we visited!
Misrepresented over phone
, Sep 2019
I asked for and was told that this tour was a walking tour of city and the castle. It was not - only the castle. As such it was massively overpriced. beware!
You want and need Dave as your tour guide!!!
, Sep 2019
Dave made this tour. I’ve never had a more animated, hilarious or passionate tour guide in all my history of tours. He was exceptional and memorable for sure. We couldn’t stop talking about how awesome the tour was. It was incredibly informative but also so much fun. And Thanks for making our experience top-notch Dave!!! Cheers!!!

Product code: 6785EDICAST01

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