This tour is the perfect introduction to Scotland's capital. The first secret you'll learn? That you can skip the line at Edinburgh Castle!
Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and guidebooks. Your expert guide will take you to the places where history was made - the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh's Old Town. You'll be hanging on your guide's every word, as the true stories of our capital's past unfold.
The characters? Think Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. But you'll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces - uncovering another side of our city, and Scotland's past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here - expertly told by your local guide.
Want to visit Edinburgh Castle? Then let's skip the line.
The castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it.
Visit the Castle with your local guide, and you'll walk straight over the drawbridge, and straight past the ticket line - to continue your tour with a guided visit. The full tour, including Edinburgh Castle, takes 2 hours and 15 minutes - simply choose this option when you book.
Prefer to join us for the 1 hour and 30 minute walking tour? That's absolutely fine - there's plenty to explore in Edinburgh's Old Town.
Got an Historic Scotland Explorer Pass? You're very welcome to join us - including the guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. All we ask is that other guests have booked the full experience - simply let us know.
BOOK THIS TOUR IF YOU'D LIKE TO...
- Discover secrets and stories of Edinburgh's Old Town
- Get a tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile
- Skip the line at Edinburgh Castle
- Enjoy a personal tour in a small group
- Learn about royalty, writers, philosophers – and everyday Edinburgh folk
Secrets of the Royal Mile
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Daily at 10:00am and 1pm
Including Edinburgh Castle: 2 hours 15 minutes
Walk only: 1 hour 30 minutes
Winter 2018- March 2019 Including Edinburgh Castle: £30 Adult, £28 Concession, £19 Child
Winter 2018- March 2019 Walk only: £13 Adult, £11 Concession, £8 Child
April 2019- March 2020 Including Edinburgh Castle: £30 Adult, £28 Concession, £19 Child
April 2019- March 2020 Walk only: £14 Adult, £12 Concession, £9 Child
Start Point: Mercat Cross, High Street
Finish Point: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill
*Please note: Edinburgh Castle do not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity.