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Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

This walking tour of Edinburgh is a great choice for first-time visitors who want to get their bearings of the city and learn more about its history. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll be able to stop looking at a map and focus on enjoying the sites around you. Your guide will teach you about secret places locals love, as well as the Old Town’s most famous sites. Highlights include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. 
  • The perfect overview tour for first-time visitors to Edinburgh
  • Visit many sites in the UNESCO-listed Old Town in one day
  • Exploring Edinburgh with a guide means you won’t get lost
  • A walking tour takes you to areas that can’t be accessed by car
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Departure Point

192 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RW, UK

Tour departs from outside Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile besides the statue of Adam Smith. Just look for our green and white umbrellas.

Return Details

Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, UK

The tour will end within a 5min walk of the Royal Mile.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • These tours run all the year round so please wear clothing that is appropriate for the Scottish climate and come in footwear that you are comfortable in for a two hour walking tour on the historic streets of Edinburgh.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please Note - Children, aged 15 and under, will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Little Fish Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Old Town - History and Tales.

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  • "I'd recommend taking a tour even if you've been to Edinburgh before, it gives some great insights and it's fun!" See review
  • "As a first time visitor to Edinburgh, a walking tour is a good way to have a look around." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing tour
Tiago_V
, Dec 2021
Greg did an amazing job showing us the town with a lot of information regarding the town history. He made it even better by keeping the tour entertained with a great sense of humour. Would definitely love to come back and do more tours with him on other historic sites.
star-5
Great Tour
Irene_C
, Nov 2021
We all really enjoyed the tour with Alistair who made it fun and interesting. Great value for money.
star-5
Great tour
Arlene_C
, Nov 2021
Excellent trip despite the weather. Rosheine was a lovely and very knowledgeable guide and had loads of stories about old Edinburgh. Really enjoyed it.
star-5
Smashing tour!
Jeremy_K
, Nov 2021
I booked a walking tour with Ben from Little Fish Tours very last minute, as had a few hours to kill in the city. It was such a good tour! Ben has all the info on Edinburgh and was very funny. I would recommend it to anyone.
star-5
Highly recommend
Suse_M
, Nov 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed this. Funny and interesting. Highly recommend it. Angus was knowledgeable and entertaining
star-5
Go on this tour
Stewart_J
, Nov 2021
We had a great walking tour around Edinburgh . Our guide was informative interesting and entertaining . Plenty of jokes and an honest opinion of the bagpipes most refreshing
star-5
Don't miss this tour! Even if you have been to Edinburgh many times!
Kerri_O
, Nov 2021
After analyzing all the options for a walking tour in Edinburgh, we went on this Old Town tour with John, and were not disappointed! Dr. John is a (early) retired EM physician who clearly followed his passion into the tourist industry. He was extremely well spoken with just the right touch of animation and theatrics. And we admired his overall extensive knowledge about all things Edinburgh. My elderly dad (a retired surgeon) had studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and didn't think he would see anything new - but he was pleasantly surprised. He couldn't stop raving about John and what he learned and the new places in the Old Town he was seeing. We went back after and reviewed some of this places in the detail (particularly that Dumbledore cosplayer - ha ha!) This was everything we wanted in a walking tour and could be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike!
star-5
Excellent Tour
Gabrielle_N
, Nov 2021
Alastair is a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide who galloped us through Scottish history, illustrated by fascinating monuments and sites along the way. Highly recommended. Thank you!
star-5
Start with this tour before you wander around
kanghee_k
, Nov 2021
Very knowledgeable guide. Perfect for the first tour of the city as you learn so much about every history of the corner and building of Edinburgh
star-5
Scottish history in a nutshell
Andy_E
, Nov 2021
Best short summary of Scottish history I have heard. He pointed out several difficult to notice facts related to the building and statues we visited. Lovely tour and well worth the money.

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