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Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh Royal Canongate

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Enjoy fascinating insights from an experienced tour guide and local historian - me!. There will be a fun quiz for children at the end of your tour. If they do well, they receive a special prize!

You will hear and see amazing things. The story of the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots. The Canongate home of world-famous philosopher Adam Smith.

You will enjoy a great outside view of the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, the residence of the Royal Family when they are in Edinburgh.

You will also enjoy a panoramic view of Arthurs Seat, the now-extinct main volcano in Edinburgh!

Many of the true social stories you hear are mainly found in antique books. They tell it best!

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

The church is the royal place of worship when the Royal Family are in Edinburgh. The kirk - a Scots word for a church - is mainly closed except exclusively for Christian worship on a Sunday. We will not be entering it.

We WILL be exploring the kirkyard - a Scots word for graveyard. This is free to enter and where many Scottish greats, including a very famous philosopher and author, the secret lover of Mary Queen of Scots and a literary inspiration are at rest.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: White Horse Close, 27 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BU Scotland

This is a delightful hidden close - a Scots word for a side street. Whitehorse Close is free to explore. In the Close you will see a former coach house dating back to the 1600s! It was once at the north end of the Great North Road, previously the main route between Edinburgh and London.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Holyrood Abbey, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX Scotland

This is an ancient monastic ruin. It remains home to the resting souls of ancient royalty and artistocracy.

Perhaps even more exciting is that it's next door neighbour is Holyrood House. The Royal residence when the Royal Family are in Edinburgh.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Arthur's Seat, Queen's Drive Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH8 8HG Scotland

Once the main volcano of Edinburgh. Now thankfully extinct! Learn in particular of the story behind a large exposed section of rock you can clearly see. We wil not be climibing Arthur's Seat, so don't worry!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

We will stop outside the parliament to admire it's commanding presence and very modern architecture.

You can then form a personal view as to how well it sits with the architecture from centuries past you will by then have seen, dominate the Canongate.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • I wear a face shield from start to finish. Your private tour further maximizes your safety from Coronavirus.
  • Hand sanitzer
  • Fully guided English speaking walking tour

  • Face masks or face shields
  • Entry to Holyrood Abbey
  • Entry to Scottish Parliament
  • Entry/Admission - Holyrood Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - The Scottish Parliament

Departure Point
Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh EH8, UK

Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/11/2021 - 10/16/2021
Saturday - Sunday:12:30 PM - 04:00 PM
9/11/2022 - 10/16/2022
Saturday - Sunday:12:30 PM - 04:00 PM

1 hour

Return Details
Palace of Holyrood, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK

Voucher Info
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The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Edinburgh Tours & History 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.