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Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile

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This is an outdoor private walking tour with an expert, Blue Badge accredited tour guide. You can meet your guide either at your Edinburgh city centre accommodation or at the Palace of Holyroodhouse gates.

Experience the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital city with your private guide as you take in Edinburgh’s rich history on this tour situated within a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This 4-hour walking tour takes you from the bottom of the famous Royal Mile to the top, finishing in front of Edinburgh Castle which is perched at the top of a volcanic hill. From here you can choose to visit the Castle in your own time (advance booking may be required).

Due to current Scottish government Covid-19 restrictions the maximum group size for this tour is currently 7 participants.

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

The first stop on our tour takes us to the gates of The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which 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.
Today it is still used as a Royal Palace and is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Discover the unique Scottish Parliament building. Situated at the easterly edge of the Old Town, it has been the official home of the Scottish Parliament since its opening in 2004. The unique design of the building makes this an unmissable modern Edinburgh landmark.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

Take in Edinburgh's most famous street, 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 many landmarks along it.

Duration: 2 hours

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

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. The Cathedral is currently operating restricted visiting hours so we will enjoy the beautiful architecture from the outside as you learn about the Cathedral’s role in Scottish history.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Our final stop is just outside the entrance to Edinburgh Castle on the Esplanade where we learn about the famous Edinburgh Castle itself and enjoy views of the city below.

From here you can choose to visit the Castle yourself after the tour (advance booking online required to guarantee entry).

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions the maximum group size of this tour is 7 participants.
  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Snacks - Food & drinks not included
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle

4 hours

Return Details
1 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, UK

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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.