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Royal Mile Tours and Tickets

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The atmospheric Royal Mile thoroughfare cuts through the historic core of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, extending for slightly more than a mile from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both sides of the partly pedestrianized street are bordered by historic granite buildings bearing shop display windows piled high with symbols of Scotland, from tartan to whisky to shortbread. In between the former tenements and taverns are darkened arm-width-wide alleyways, known locally as closes.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.24
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$20.24

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Pass by Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.58
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Fright Night Tour

Fright Night Tour

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Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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  • 1 hour
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Learn about Edinburgh past and present on a private walking tour with an insider guide, who shares information about the city’s royal history and colorful characters, some of whom have inspired books and well-known stories. Get tips on where to eat and drink around the city, and see sights on and off the Royal Mile and near Greyfriars Kirk. You’ll enjoy one-on-one attention from a private guide on this tour that caters to couples, families and small groups looking for a more personal experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Royal Mile Walking Tour

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Embrace the best that Edinburgh has to offer on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of the Royal Mile. You’ll cover everything along the famous route, starting in the Lawnmarket and following it down to Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament. Listen as your guide tells you the little-known stories of the city’s most important people and events, before returning to a central location.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh

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Ideal for those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour of Edinburgh’s underground vaults is sure to make your spine tingle. With a ghoulish guide, descend into the darkened depths of the Blair Street Vaults and hear vivid retellings of torture, murder, and body snatching. Abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and prepare to experience the sinister side of Edinburgh on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Haunted Vaults walking tour in Edinburgh

Haunted Vaults walking tour in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh's underground network of vaults, which dates from the 1700s, is one of the most fascinating parts of the city to explore. To truly understand these former slum dwellings, and their dark histories, you need to explore them in the company of a guide who can provide all of the necessary context, background information and spooky stories.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.71
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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Comedy club meets history class on this walking tour with a professional comedian. Explore Old Town Edinburgh’s highlights and ask anything you want to know about Scotland. Your guide is a local, professional, stand-up comedian guaranteed to make you laugh yourself silly!
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  • 2 hours
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JK Rowling' s Harry Potter Walking Tour in Edinburgh

JK Rowling' s Harry Potter Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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This 'Harry Potter' walking tour gets fans closer to spots in Edinburgh that inspired J.K Rowling’s famous books. Walk past key sites that inspired places such as Diagon Alley, and even see the cafes and hotels where the writer wrote her book series. Your guide knows the quickest ways to get around the city on foot to fit more into your time, as well as fun facts about Harry Potter.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small, private group, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides archive imagery of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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EMF Edinburgh Running Tour

EMF Edinburgh Running Tour

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Jog around Edinburgh and see more of the city than you would walking on this running tour. Climb Calton Hill for panoramic views, and jog through the Old and New Town, stopping at famous and unexpected sights to discover their history. Your run covers about 4.3 miles (7 kilometers), with the pace set by your small group of 15 or fewer. Souvenirs of a running T-shirt, Edinburgh poster, and other extras are included.
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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Experience the grandeur of Scotland’s brooding capital with a full-day shore excursion of Edinburgh. With an expert guide, journey by coach to the city’s main attractions such as the formidable Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia, owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades! Accompany your local guide on a stroll along the Royal Mile and through Old Town, the city’s oldest quarter strewn with historic landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this walking tour covers all of the most-important sights in Edinburgh, from the cobblestones Royal Mile and majestic Edinburgh Castle to the lively Grassmarket and haunting Greyfriars Kirkyard. As you stroll the ancient and atmospheric streets, you'll learn all about the history, myths and legends of Scotland's beguiling capital.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore Edinburgh is style by opting for a private guided tour. Avoid crowded public transport and enjoy the luxury of traveling in a premium minivan. As it’s a private tour, benefit from having direct access to a guide for questions. The tour can be customized based on your interests, but potential stops include the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Grassmarket, and Edinburgh Castle.
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What people are saying about Royal-Mile tours and tickets

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
"Great way of seeing parts of Edinburgh that we normally wouldn't think of going to. Hopped on and off the bus throughout the day. Free earphones for the commentary were great. Well worth the money."..."
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
"What a fabulous man Stuart Usher the guide is. Highly entertaining and knowledgeable. Absolutely loved this tour."..."
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh
"A must when you’re in Scotland! Although it’s a 12 hour bus trip it is worth every minute. The tour guide, Jamie, made it very interesting with all his knowledge of the Scottish history. The landscapes are spectacular!"..."
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk
"Our guide Margaret -Anne was excellent. She made the whole experience come to life and punctuated the tour with humour and anecdotes. Ten out of ten to her. Very worthwhile tour and good value for the money."..."
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Fright Night Tour
"Overall great experience! Worth it! John Napier is a very good storyteller and funky as well. Wehaf aome great laughs."..."
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh
"Enjoyed the tour, guide and driver both great fun. Loads of fun and lots of laughs. Would recommend."..."
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh
"Fraser gave us a very informative and entertaining time. Would definitely recommend him as your guide."..."
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
"Australian David did a wonderful job of bringing Edinburgh's history to life! We enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend! You will not be disappointed!"..."
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
"Fab experience, brilliant host, brought the tales to life. Saw Edinburgh in a whole new light. Not too be missed."..."
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking tour including Underground Vaults
"Our guide was hilarious if he isn’t a stand up comedian when he’s not being a guide he should be! Fantastic tour, really interesting, Incredibly creepy and made me jump out of my skin on many occasions!"..."
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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
"Gillian was so charmant, copetetive und polite. It was a real pleasure to have a private guide. Also Will, thank for quick repone and handling of our bookings."..."
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh
"Great time— was glad to see the vaults after days in above ground. Make sure you’re ready to stand for a long time!"..."
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Haunted Vaults walking tour in Edinburgh
"This was a very fun experience. I would recommend the late tour. Our guide was informative and lively."..."
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh
"This was a wonderful way to see old Edinburg. The tour guide was funny, interesting, and lively. The puppy is a fun loving Goldendoodle. We enjoyed the banter mixed in with the funny tidbits about history. The walk is fast, so it’s hard on anyone with mobility issues."..."
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JK Rowling' s Harry Potter Walking Tour in Edinburgh
"This was a very interesting and informative tour our Guide Jule was extremely knowledgeable on the subject of Harry Potter and JK Rowling with lots of interaction with the group I would definitely recommend this tour to others"..."
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults and Graveyard Ghost Tour
"What an awesome tour! We booked this one on a whim and we were both so glad we did. The tour guide was really nice, and we got some interesting information about the chambers even though it was a ghost tour. Would definitely recommend!"..."
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Private Old Edinburgh Tour - Walk in the footsteps of Royals and Rogues!
"Robert greeted us with a great enthusiasm and had a in depth knowledge of the history of Edinburgh with fantastic stories to tell. We felt very entertained. We would highly recommend Robert. And just want to say a huge thank you."..."
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
"I strongly recommend Allison Duncan. She is a former History professor and is very knowledgeable about the history and human interest stories of Edinburgh. She also has a lovely personality and we were not bored for a second during our 3 1/2 hour tour!"..."
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EMF Edinburgh Running Tour
"Really enjoyed running through Edinburgh. Tour guide was fantastic, fun, and energetic and so knowledgeable!"..."
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour
"Good tour with enough time to see the castle and enjoy walking the royal mile. Even had lunch on the mile. Would recommend this tour."..."
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Small Group Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour
"Simon was an outstanding guide. As I have hearing problems, I found his speaking to be interesting, and extremely clear and understandable - most guides do not come close to that."..."
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide
"Serena was an absolute delight. Very informative , warm and quite obviously loves her job and Scotland. A real asset"..."
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Edinburgh Half Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
"What a great day! Alexander was superb. A passionate Scotsman with an amazing knowledge of everything Scotland and beyond."..."
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