Guided tour

Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

From US$ 18.62 per person

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town of Edinburgh. There you can explore its historic streets whilst having the history of Edinburgh come alive with the help of a talented tour guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore Edinburgh's historic Old Town
  • Discover the stories that helped to shape a nation
  • Walk the stunning winding streets and experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Full description
You will meet your guide on Edinburgh's iconic and historic Royal Mile, by the Statue of Adam Smith (one of Scotland's greatest thinkers). From there, your tour will be lead through the gorgeous winding streets that comprise Edinburgh's "Old Town". Covering everything from history to religion and folklore, this walking tour is an original tour of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Your talented and entertaining guide will walk you through the streets and alleys of "Auld Reekie", while enthralling you with with its history, folklore, and tales! You will learn about the secrets Edinburgh is hiding and experience the incredible stories it has to tell, as your guide leads you through the city's long history. Topics included in the tour include Edinburgh's Mercat Cross, St. Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Enlightenment, Greyfriars Bobby, the Grassmarket, Harry Potter's inspirations, and many more. Your tour will finish in the heart of Edinburgh, surrounded by several bars, restaurants, cafe's, and great transport links.
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

This tour meets at 192 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RW. Outside the Caffe Nero, by the statue of Adam Smith. Your guide will be there holding a large green and white umbrella, so we should be easy to spot.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This tour will run regardless of the weather, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that children aged 15 and under will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 107 reviews

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This tour was by far the best tour we've experienced, ever. There is always more to a place than meets the eye and this tour has proved just that. You can tell that Luka is very passionate about what he does and that made it more enjoyable. We have learned a lot and can't wait to come back to Edinburgh to book some more of his tours!

October 14, 2021

This tour was absolutely excellent! Really interesting, very well presented with a thorough knowledge of history told with the context you need to really understand it. I totally recommend this to anyone who wants something a little bit different. You could feel his love and enthusiasm for the subject matter.

July 17, 2021

Ben was a very informative guide, giving us insights into the history and the real stories behind the many myths and legends of Edinburgh and Scotland. His extensive knowledge and dry humour made for a very enjoyable walkabout despite the pouring rain. If we had more time we would have done the whiskey tour but we look forward to doing that the next time we are visiting.

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July 13, 2021

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