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Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Private walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Explore the city with an in-the-know guide to get a local's perspective
  • Listen to fascinating tales about Edinburgh's history, legends and royal connections
  • See sights around the Royal Mile and Greyfriars Kirk
  • Receive recommendations for restaurants and bars to visit later
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Departure Point

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tours leave from the main entrance of St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile. You will recognize your guide from the name badge around their neck
  • Please arrive at least five minutes early
  • Please dress for the Edinburgh weather, which can be very irregular
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Iconic Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Edinburgh Private Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Private Walking Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Edinburgh Private Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Private Walking Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Edinburgh Private Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Private Walking Tour.

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Walking Tour with Gillian
Mary A
, Oct 2019
Our Edinburgh walking tour with Gillian was great! Gillian is an amazing tour guide. She is friendly, flexible and extremely knowledgeable. She made sure we saw all of our requested attractions in addition to telling us many fascinating stories. If I get back to Edinburgh, I will definitely request another tour with Gillian. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Mary A, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your tour with Gillian. She is a lovely person bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm and always goes above and beyond to make tours perfect for all our guests. We hope you can come and tour with her again. Many thanks, Will
private Stadtführung
, Jun 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Compa..., Thank you for the kind review. Gillian said you were all lovely and she really enjoyed meeting you and it was my pleasure to get back to your emails promptly, we are very happy the tour was very enjoyable for you.
We had a great tour with Gillian. She...
, Sep 2017
We had a great tour with Gillian. She was very personable and knowledgeable. Gillian told us many humourus while educational history tales. I would definitely recommend this tour for visitors to Edinburgh.
David was well versed on the city's...
Thomas B
, Jul 2017
David was well versed on the city's buildings, history and culture we couldn't have had a more excellent guide. The pace was good, the tour covered highlights of the Royal Mile, Greyfriar's kirkyard and ended at Grassmarket. The tour more than met our expectations.
Will was very entertaining and...
Michael W
, Sep 2016
Will was very entertaining and informative. Gave us a real flavor of the city, great job.
Our guide, will, was excellent. He also...
Karen P
, Aug 2016
Our guide, will, was excellent. He also called to check on our whereabouts right before the tour and we were having a hard time parking. He waited for us and was highly informative and funny. We had debated just doing the tour ourselves with guide book, but all agreed it was way better with good guide.
Rose, the young woman who gave us the...
Janet T B
, Aug 2016
Rose, the young woman who gave us the history, walking tour was amazing. You need to give her a raise. Her knowledge was perfect, she was personable and we all voted to take her along with us thru Ireland. Thank you
Our tour guide, Emma was an angel...
Renae S
, Jul 2016
Our tour guide, Emma was an angel!!! She waited in the cold rain for 45 minute for us to show up for the tour. Then she preceded to give us an in-depth and very fun tour despite the late hour and miserable weather. The service we received was exceptional!
We recently experienced the 2.5 hour...
, Mar 2016
We recently experienced the 2.5 hour walking tour on March 4th with Will. It was a wonderful way to learn an overall idea of the town and he gave us so many ideas of places to go and restaurants to try. We enjoyed learning and seeing all of the interesting facts about the city of Edinburgh. We particularly enjoyed the tour of the graveyard and how many interesting characters were in the cemetery. I highly recommend this as a way to get an overall introduction to the wonderful city of Edinburgh.

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