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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wander down centuries-old cobblestone streets, passageways, and Edinburgh tenements
  • See St. Giles Cathedral, High Street, Parliament Square, John Knox House, Lawnmarket, and Castlehill
  • Upgrade to included skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See all the highlights of the Old Town—including a skip-the-line visit to Edinburgh Castle—to make the most of limited time
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Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle (if this option is selected)
Award-winning local storytellers
Small group experience
TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy live storytelling at safe distance

Departure Point

High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

Return Details

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK
Your sightseeing tour of historic Edinburgh begins in early afternoon. Meet your guide on High Street and stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and learning about how centuries of Dunediners (or Edinburgers!) have lived within the city’s narrow passageways, termed ‘closes’ and ‘wynds.’ As you walk, hear about Edinburgh’s extensive history, officially beginning with Roman settlement, though most renowned for its infamous royal residents and bloody wars of religious reformation and independence. 

Follow medieval streets and alleys, and check out the protected Reformation-era constructions such as St. Giles Cathedral, often called the High Kirk of Edinburgh. Hear some of the site’s dramatic events like that of Protestant reformer Jenny Geddes, whose assault on a bishop indirectly led to the Wars on the Three Kingdoms. Stop in Parliament Square and at the famous John Knox House, a historic treasure that is one of the last original medieval buildings on the Royal Mile. Then continue on to Castlehill, where you enjoy sweeping views of the bustling city below.

Next, head to Edinburgh Castle, strategically perched upon the craggy hilltop of Castle Rock, where you have skip-the-line access to tour the building’s impressive interior, if you've selected this option. Learn about medieval life in the palace and the many bloody battles fought here such as the War of Independence in the 14th century. On a guided tour, explore grand buildings like the Royal Palace and Margaret’s Chapel, see the ancient Stone of Destiny, and soak up the glimmer of the Honours of Scotland’s – the UK’s oldest crown jewels.

Your excursion ends here in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Castle
If the "castle included" option is selected you will enjoy a 30 minute introductory tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide and then have as much free time as you like to explore the Castle afterwards
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Giles' Cathedral
View the exterior and hear the history.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parliament House
View the exterior
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edinburgh Old Town
Explore on foot. Hear the history from your guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Margaret's Chapel
Included with castle entry ticket.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Royal Mile
Explore on foot with your storytelling guide.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John Knox House Museum
View the exterior and discover the history with your guide
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castlehill
Enjoy the views over Edinburgh.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Tours are guaranteed all year round, so please dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note: Edinburgh Castle will not admit visitors with bags larger than a 25litre capacity
  • Please note that we cannot accept babies or children under the age of 5 on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercat 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
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 Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
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 Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This tour is recommended for those who want to learn some history of the city." See review
  • "It is a walking tour and understand that you are going to be walking up hill most of the time." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour
Cathy_W
, Jun 2021
Really easy to find the team, the guide was excellent, he had a lovely way with him and great knowledge. The weather was superb so made it even better, the timing was great just fast enough to keep it interesting but slow enough to take it in.
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star-1
Absolutely disgraceful
Paul_A
, Jun 2021
The tour operator had no record of my booking. They had no soaces on the tour. Wasted day. Refund my money please.
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Abysmal
Shaz
, Jun 2021
Zero stars! Absolutely appalling. They ruined our last day of holidays. We had booked a historical tour and Edinburgh castle, only to find that they had not sent out booking on to the tour operator Mercat. We wasted nearly 1 hour to try and figure out what had happened. Worst still, there is no customer service that you can call in the UK . The only means was sending messages via WhatsApp and even then there is no means to call or email. There were 3 other groups that we were aware of who also had the same issue. Viator had taken the payment from us. We had to waste further time contacting banks and also trying to reschedule our day, whilst trying to pacify 2 very disappointed children. I want to know how Viator will be compensating ruining our holidays, wasting our time and stressing us out?
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star-1
Guide Did not turn up
Wiliam_D
, May 2021
Guide did not turn up phoned number on sheet no reply’s very poor request refund nothing more Say thank you
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star-5
Fantastic tour
Jen
, May 2021
Simon was such a great tour guide - funny, knowledgeable and engaging. Throughly enjoyed every minute. Highly recommend!
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star-5
great tour!
Jennifer_W
, Dec 2020
This was a wonderful tour. I tend to ask a lot of questions and my guide was full of information and anecdotes. would do again
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star-4
Great tour!
Fiona_T
, Oct 2020
Nicki was a great guide with lots of interesting info. Shame she couldn’t take us in the castle due to COVID restrictions.
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star-5
One trip to do while in Edinburgh
BrianC
, Sep 2020
Simon was a great tour leader; humorous, knowledgeable, personable and respectful. The audio link was excellent, which really helped to hear Simon over the street noise and other tour leaders' ramblings! Highly recommended.
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star-5
Fantastic value for money
Stephen_M
, Sep 2020
Charles was a fantastic guide with wealth of knowledge and interesting facts. Due to the current restrictions the size of our walking group was perfect.
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star-4
Ok
Akshay_D
, Mar 2020
Okish. Won’t recommend ....not much of history in history tour. Hardly any info given about the castle and its history
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