Begin your walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town outside the National Museum of Scotland in the heart of the historic city. Follow your guide through the maze of cobbled lanes, wynds and closes that make up the UNESCO-listed district, as you get a feel for life in yesteryear Edinburgh.
Stroll down Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and admire the historic buildings along Canongate, including the 17th-century church of Canongate Kirk, a remaining section of the Fladen Wall, and the castle-like Canongate Tolbooth. Along the way, stop at the John Knox house, where you’ll hear stories about the iconic Scottish reformer, then trace the neighborhood’s development from medieval slums to lavish mansions, and learn about the construction of Edinburgh’s New Town.
Finally, arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official home of the Royal Family in Scotland, where you’ll hear about legendary royals like Mary, Queen of Scots, and learn how the Queen stays at the castle during her annual summer visit.