Use code APP20 and enjoy App users, you save more today! Up to 20% Off dining, beauty & more using the Groupon App. Ends tonight. Some deals excluded.

Essential Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town

Edinburgh Cab Tours

Select Option


What better way to acquaint yourself with the layout of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town than a private tour with your own experienced guide.

In 3 hours your guide will cover all of the highlights of the Old Town as well as the hidden gems that the unwary visitor misses.

Your guide will scratch under the surface of each location helping the visitor to understand why the city has such a gruesome history. Although many people think it is just about the Castle, it is much more than that. It is about the people who lived and died in the Old Town.

You will hear stories of body-snatchers, of witches and the religious zealots that sent them to their deaths. We will explain how Scotland went from independent country to becoming part of the United Kingdom and its impact on Edinburgh

The 18th century was a period that saw the rebirth of Edinburgh through learning and education. This period became known as the Scottish Enlightenment. Come on this tour to be entertained and enlightened.

About This Deal

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ Scotland

We will walk through one of the oldest graveyards in Edinburgh and will tell tales of some of its most famous inhabitants.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: 21 Grassmarket Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland

Brief photo stop.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG Scotland

We will stop here for approximately 15 minutes to allow your guide to explain about the Castle and the surrounding landmarks. We do not enter the Castle.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

The Royal Mile stretches from the Castle to the Palace and we will walk our way downhill stopping at numerous locations listed below.

Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

The area of St Giles Cathedral was considered to be the very heart of medieval Edinburgh. We will spend approximately 30 minutes here while your guide "paints a picture" of life in this area.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mercat Cross, Parliament Square, Edinburgh Scotland

Considered to be the main public meeting place for the townspeople of Edinburgh but here we will tell you the other significant features of this area.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

Commonly believed (mistakenly) to be the property of Scotland's most famous Protestant reformer, John Knox. This is the oldest building on the Royal Mile and here we will tell you who really lived here.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Museum of Edinburgh, 142 Canongate Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD Scotland

This free-to-enter museum is housed in another of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile and is a treasure trove of historic artefacts related to the history of Edinburgh's Old Town.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN Scotland

We will take a brief look inside the Canongate Kirk (when open). This has been a place of worship since 1688 and is where our present Queen Elizabeth II goes when she is in residence.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK

This is the official residence of our Queen when she is in Edinburgh. However, its history stretches right back to the early 1500s but the abbey adjacent to it dates back to the early 12th century. Let your guide explain the most important periods in history associated with the Palace.

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note that this tour operates as a private tour only. We believe this is essential particularly whilst social distancing measures are in place.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will follow any COVID-19 measures that are recommended by the Scottish Government at the time of your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks are not required to be worn when in public outdoor areas. Should the tour include entry into a building, it MAY be a requirement to wear a mask. Your guide will advise you at the time. Social distancing measures will be advised at the time of booking.
  • Private guide

  • Pay-to-enter attractions.
  • Entry/Admission - John Knox House Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse

3 hours

Return Details
Abbey Strand, Edinburgh EH8 8DU, UK

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Edinburgh Cab Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.