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

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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

Mercat Cross, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RF. Look for the 8 sided monument with white Unicorn on top. You will find a member of our visitor services team waiting here to check you in. They will be dressed in black, holding an iPad, wearing an orange lanyard & holding a black & orange umbrella.

Return Details

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1, UK

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG.This tour ends at the Edinburgh Castle esplanade.

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
  • 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 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercat 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.

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 policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers 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.

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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
Our guide Charles had...
Diana_H
, Oct 2021
Our guide Charles had best knowledge, he was very clear and specific in everything he said. I would highly recommend mercat tours
star-5
Best tour guide
Dawn_C
, Oct 2021
Fred was the best tour guide ever!! She was very knowledgeable and animatad in her story telling. Also her English was very clear.
star-5
Historic Edinburgh
Anne_S
, Oct 2021
I really enjoyed learning about the history of Edinburgh. Once Charles pointed out the winds and closes they were easy to spot and were fun to explore. We chose the tour option to see the castle, and enjoyed seeing how the the castle was set up.
star-5
Walking the royal mile.
Max_H
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed our small group royal mile tour. Our guide was knowledge and made sure everyone could see all the information, that he talked about.
star-5
Excellent
Dominic_M
, Oct 2021
Simon was excellent. Flowed very easily, very informative. Can't blame him for the weather but coming from Manchester we are used to it!!
star-5
Cold, but worth it!
Sharon_M
, Oct 2021
Simon was very knowledgeable and presented the information with great charisma! This tour provides highlights of the Royal Mile ending at the castle, so it is a great introduction to the city a d it’s history!
star-4
The small group tour was...
Helen_H
, Sep 2021
The small group tour was very interesting and informative we really enjoyed it and ended up at the castle which is a must to visit definitely recommend
star-5
Great insight
Andrew_R
, Sep 2021
Great to hear things that you wouldn’t know from just wandering around. Brought the medieval town to life. Thank you 😊
star-5
Excellent tour
John_F
, Sep 2021
We learned so.much on this wonderful tour. Our guide Simin was excellent. Highly recommend thus tour
star-5
An amazing afternoon
David_A
, Sep 2021
William was an excellent guide with vast knowledge about the history of this amazing city. His little antidotes had us in stitches Excellent tour

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