Walking tours of Edinburgh's historic districts – at a time which suits you best

Let us organise a tour especially for your organisation, group or family.

Photo: Eric Watt

These custom tours are led by the same expert local guides who lead our highly-praised free Royal Mile tours during the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.

Although we will do our best to arrange your tour for the date that suits you best, this cannot always be guaranteed. It would help if you could give us as much notice as possbile (at least two weeks) and also if you could give a choice of dates.

All charges are per person.

There is no charge for school groups, including teachers and other accompanying adults.

TOUR 1: UPPER ROYAL MILE - Edinburgh Castle to the Netherbow Port

A tour of the original burgh of Edinburgh, taking in the upper section of the Royal Mile, including Edinburgh Castle, Lawnmarket, Parliament Hall, City Chambers, Tron Kirk and John Knox House.

Tour takes 1 to 1 ½ hours. £3 per person (£1 for under-17s).

TOUR 2: LOWER ROYAL MILE - Netherbow Port to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

A tour of the quieter eastern section of The Royal Mile (the old Canongate burgh), taking in Canongate Tolbooth, Canongate Kirk, the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Tour takes 1 to 1 ½ hours £3 per person (£1 for under-17s).

TOUR 3: THE FULL ROYAL MILE - Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

For those with a bit more time to spare, this option combines Tours 1 and 2, taking in the entire length of the Royal Mile from the castle at the top of the hill to the palace and the bottom.

Tour takes 2 to 2½ hours. £5 per person (£2 for under-17s).

During the 2017 Festival period (4th to 28th August), we offer a free version of this tour.

TOUR 4: GRASSMARKET

Edinburgh’s original marketplace and now, in the 21st century, one of the liveliest spots in the city.

Tour takes approximately 1 hour. £3 per person (£1 for under-17s).

TOUR 5: GREYFRIARS KIRK

One of Edinburgh’s oldest churches with many historic associations. Its adjacent kirk yard is the scene of the world-famous story of Greyfriars Bobby.

Tour takes approximately 1 hour. £3 per person (£1 for under-17s).

TOUR 6: GRASSMARKET AND GREYFRIARS KIRK

This tour, which combines Tours 4 and 5, covers the kirk and kirk yard, as well as the nearby Grassmarket.

Tour takes 2 to 2½ hours. £5 per person (£2 for under-17s).

TOUR 7: EDINBURGH'S NEW TOWN

The New Town (which in fact dates from the 18th Century) has some of the finest neo-classical and Georgian architecture in Britain and is considered a masterpiece of town planning. Our tour will show a selection of its many hundreds of historic buildings.

Tour takes 2 to 2½ hours. £5 per person (£2 for under-17s).