Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh's HighlightsPrivate Tour
Enjoy a half day, private tour exploring the medieval Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral, and the labyrinth of Old Town.
Adults: 4 Children: 0
Lonely Planet Experiences
Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure handpicked by the world's leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Travel Curious bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.
This experience comes with six months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App, which includes over 8000 destination guides.
Things to know
Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
No tickets required
Gratuities optional Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: Next to the witches well at the top of Castle Hill
What makes this tour special
On this four hour walking tour of Edinburgh, you will discover some of the most important historical sites of Scotland, including the world-famous Royal Mile and a medieval labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways and tenements that comprise this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walk through the iconic Royal Mile, discuss the history of Edinburgh's Old Town
Hear about many famous characters like Deacon Brodie and John Knox
Explore the imposing St Giles Cathedral
Learn the art history behind the masterpieces at the National Galleries of Scotland
Stand in awe of the stunning exteriors of Edinburgh Castle
Take a stroll down the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, passing by George Heriot’s School
The Medieval Labyrinth of Old Town
You will follow your expert guide into Old Town’s maze of streets and concealed courtyards, where you will learn about the city’s ‘closes’- cramped alleyways, and ‘wynds’ - narrow lanes between houses. Hear about the many characters who lived and died here, including Deacon Brodie, town councilman by day and master thief by night, who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Edinburgh Castle and Beyond
Explore the imposing St Giles Cathedral - the cradle of the Scottish Reformation during the 16th century - and the world-famous National Galleries of Scotland, which houses many stunning paintings from the Old Masters including Da Vinci, Titian, and Rembrandt.
A tour of Edinburgh would not be complete without learning about Scotland’s most famous historic attraction: Edinburgh Castle. Hear about the fascinating history of this enigmatic castle, including many of the bloody battles that took place here, such as the War of Independence between Scotland and England in the 14th Century. You will also have the opportunity to stroll the beautiful Princes Street Gardens and pass the gorgeous George Heriot’s School built in 1628, and now a mecca for Harry Potter fans around the world, as it is believed to have inspired Hogwarts.
Please note: The Scottish National Gallery is only open Thursday to Saturday. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is open seven days a week and will be substituted when the National Gallery is not available.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <email@example.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
Join the fastest growing community of professional tour guides.