Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour of Edinburgh

Mercat Cross, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, United Kingdom, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1h 30min
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What To Expect

Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and guidebooks. Your expert guide will take you on a one and a half hour walking tour to all the places where history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll be hanging on your tour guide’s every word, as the true stories of the 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 the city, and Scotland’s past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here – expertly told by your guide.

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Important info

  • This tour is suitable for children aged 5+ but please note that babies and strollers are not permitted
  • Please arrive at the meeting point (Mercat Cross, Royal Mile, EH1 1RF) at least 15 minutes before the beginning of your tour to allow time to check-in
  • Concession tickets apply to seniors (aged 65+) and students (aged 18+) with a valid student ID
  • Your tour will be conducted by a live, English speaking guide (no other language options available)
  • Please bring your own set of 3.5mm jack headphones (where possible) for use with the TourTalk devices, otherwise these can be provided for you
  • Please note anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to join the tour
  • This tour runs in all weather conditions, please dress accordingly to the weather. Sensible walking shoes are advised
  • Please note only service dogs are welcome on this tour, no other pets
  • The maximum number of participants is 18 people
  • Tour ends: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill, EH1 2NG
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • For reasons of ease of movement, visitor safety and general security, suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the castle
  • Edinburgh Castle are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors
Guided walking tour of Edinburgh. Expert guide
Know Before You Go

Go beyond the guidebooks and explore Edinburgh’s Old Town with an expert guide. Learn about royalty, writers, philosophers – and everyday Edinburgh folk. Discover another side of the capital on this walking tour

Operating days

Thursday to Sunday

Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance
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Meeting Point

The Mercat Cross is an 8 sided monument situated on the Royal Mile. The tour departs from right in front of it.