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Edinburgh Old Town Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Step back into Edinburgh’s historic past with a walking tour of Old Town and Royal Mile
  • Explore Royal Mile, the main artery of Old Town, with a guide
  • See St Giles Cathedral, High Street, Parliament Square, John Knox House, Lawnmarket and Castlehill
  • Discover Old Town as you walk through its narrow wyndes and closes with an expert guide
  • Explore places in Edinburgh that are not covered by tour buses and guidebooks
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    1.5 hours

    Start time

    10:00am & 1:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour starts at Mercat Cross (an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Tour ends at World's End, St Marys Street

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This tour is a fascinating introduction to the secrets and tales of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Your tour will follow the Royal Mile; the the main artery of the Old Town area which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace.

    This tour will lead you where tour buses or guide books won’t take you; the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.


    You will meet your guide at Mercat Cross, an octagonal monument on the Royal Mile, opposite City Chambers.

    Your tour will take you through the narrow alleyways of the Royal Mile, often no more than a few feet wide, leading downhill on either side of the main spine forming a herringbone pattern. There are numerous notable buildings in the area such as St. Giles' Cathedral .

    Visit Parliament Hall which is the oldest part of the Scottish Parliament and was once the supreme court. It was built in 1632 and while it may no longer be a functioning court the hall has hardly changed and will transport you back hundreds of years.

    The tour also includes a visit to the Discovery Room and an intriguing presentation. Written translations available on request (Fr, Ger, It, Sp, Rus).

    The tour ends at World’s End, St Mary’s Street.

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  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Walking Tour of the Royal Mile
    • English guide


    • Meals and transport
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Edinburgh Old Town Walking Tour

      very enjoyable and informative tour led by a very enthusiastic guide who really knew his stuff. Great tour....

      Mr G Crammond