4 hours. Start at the designated meeting point or meet your guide at your Edinburgh accommodation
All entrance fees are pre-booked and included
Your booking is instantly confirmed
Some uphill walking on uneven surfaces
Private Walking Tour
Just you and your guide
Professional Tourist Guide
STGA certified guide
Price is Per Group
Book up to 10 participants on this tour
Carbon Offset Included
Part of our climate positive ethos
Discover on This Tour
- Edinburgh Castle
- Royal Mile
- St Giles Cathedral
- Scottish Parliament
- Palace of Holyroodhouse
About This Tour
This is a private, half day walking tour. Your guide can meet you either at your Edinburgh city centre accommodation or on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade.
Experience the perfect introduction to Scotland’s Capital with our expert Blue Badge guides as you take in Edinburgh’s rich history on this tour situated within a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We begin our tour with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Perched upon an extinct volcano the castle with its long, rich history is one of the oldest fortified places in Europe and a symbol of the city. Follow in the footsteps of kings, queens, soldiers, and prisoners as you discover this world-famous fortress.
Among the many fascinating points of interest here are the Honours of Scotland. More commonly known as the Scottish Crown Jewels, they are the oldest Royal Regalia in Britain and were first used together at the coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1543. You will also discover the oldest building in Edinburgh – St Margaret’s Chapel which dates back to the 12th century, the Royal Palace, Great Hall, and more.
After visiting the Castle we make our way down the esplanade to begin our tour of the Royal Mile. The street gets its name from the fact that it is a ‘Scots mile’ long and connects two royal residences, the Castle at the top of the hill and the palace of Holyrood House at the bottom. This particular part of Edinburgh known as the Old Town is characterised by the survival of the narrow closes, wynds, and courtyards leading off the main streets, which give it a distinct medieval feel that can still be recognised to this day. We will discover several of these features on our tour as we immerse ourselves into the history and significance of the Mile and the landmarks along it.
Among the many landmarks and points of interest we will see are:
St Giles Cathedral
Although founded in 1124 by King David I of Scotland, the current St Giles Cathedral building dates more recently to the 14th century. Daily church services are still held there today. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows as you learn about the Cathedral’s role in Scottish history.
The Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament building situated at the easterly edge of the Old Town has been the official home of the Scottish Parliament since its opening in 2004. Building of the 4 acre site started in 1999 following a referendum result 2 years before in which the Scottish population voted for devolution, giving the Scottish Parliament the power to legislate in all areas that are not explicitly reserved to the UK Parliament. The unique design of the building makes this an unmissable modern Edinburgh landmark.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. The history of the Palace starts in 1128 when King David I of Scotland founded Holyrood Abbey, the ruins of which are still standing in the Palace grounds today. At the beginning of the 16th century James IV constructed a new palace adjacent to the Abbey. Over the years the Palace has been the site of royal births, deaths, murders, burials, plots, and wars. Today it is still used as a Royal Palace and is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining. It is also open to the public to visit.
About Your Guide
Our local, expert guides are simply the best in the business, and the primary ingredient in what makes our tours great.
As passionate ambassadors for Scotland, our guides bring Scotland to life through their knowledge, personal stories and life experiences, allowing you to truly immerse yourself into the best our country has to offer. In their safe and capable hands, you can rest assured you’re being well looked after from start to finish. So relax as we take you on an unforgettable journey to discover our rich history, proud heritage, unique culture, and breathtaking landscapes.
All of our guides are passionate expert freelance tourist guides. They are trained to the highest level of tourist guide certification in Scotland by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, meeting European Standards CEN EN15565:2008 and accredited by both the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.
Where & When
Start: Choose from two start times, 9:15AM or 2:15PM and meet your guide on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade or at your Edinburgh city centre accommodation. Please select your preferred meeting point option when booking.
Finish: Four hours after your start time at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Moderate Activity: 4-hour walking tour of Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile
Walking Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles / 2.4 Km from suggested tour starting point
Total Ascent: 36ft / 11 metres
Total Descent: 243ft / 74 metres
Walking Surfaces: Surfaces in Edinburgh Castle are steep and cobbled. The Royal Mile consists of paved surfaces and some cobbles.
- Private walking tour of Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile
- Entry to Edinburgh Castle
- Private Blue Badge Tourist Guide
- Meals and drinks
Cancellation by you 14 or more full days before tour departure: 100% refund.
Cancellation by you less than 14 full days before tour departure: No refund.
What Happens If I’m Late or If I Miss the Tour?
If you are running late, please contact the guide directly using the contact details we have provided to you after booking. Your tour finish time does not change. No refunds are issued for ‘no shows’ or missed tours.
Terms & Conditions
For further information please see our full Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy.
Yes, all of our tours can be customised to an itinerary or specification that suits you. Please contact us before booking to discuss further.
All of our tours are suitable for children but please do bear in mind the following when booking this tour:
- This tour is a 4-hour walking tour through Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile.
- This tour consists of 1.5 miles / 2.4km of walking mostly along pavements/sidewalks and paved surfaces. Surfaces in Edinburgh Castle are steep and cobbled.
- The total ascent height from the starting point is 36ft / 11 metres. The total descent height from the starting point is 243ft / 74 metres.
We recommend that participants on our tours arrange for themselves suitable travel, medical and cancellation insurance in advance.
This tour provides Instant Booking. Your tour is confirmed once your booking is paid for using our booking system. At this point you will receive an automatic email confirming your booking.
For all other enquiries, please contact us.