The Old Town of Edinburgh walking tour

- come and explore 500 years of Scotland’s history!

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Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30 2pm - 4pm Saturdays 10.30am - 12.30 2pm - 4pm
Life and Death of an Edinburgh Playboy William Brodie’s story is one of the ‘classic’ Old Edinburgh tales. Brodie was a businessman and a deacon on the Town Council, but his love of the high life was his downfall. He might have been respectable by day, but by night he was a gambler, a womaniser and a thief. You’ll discover the Edinburgh he’d have known, from his childhood home to the scene of his death. We’ll share an eyewitness account of his last moments to help you ponder over one of the biggest Old Edinburgh mysteries, did Brodie cheat his execution? And we’ll tell you these stories at the site of the execution platform on which Brodie died!

Your Edinburgh Tour Summary

This tour will take you on an exploration of the Old Town part of Edinburgh’s Unesco World Heritage Site. You’ll explore streets and buildings in and around the Royal Mile and both sides of the Cowgate valley. Throughout this Edinburgh walking tour, you will visit places linked to some of the most memorable events in Edinburgh’s rich history. You’ll walk in the footsteps of royal wedding parties, visit the site of executions, find out the location of a long lost palace and visit the site of Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Prison. You’ll explore one of the famous ‘Old Town closes’, and we will take you to places most visitors to Edinburgh miss. Two hours, five hundred years of Scotland’s history and one of the most famous historic capital cities – what a walk!

Explore parts of the city which visitors

often miss

We’ve designed this tour to take you to some ‘off-the- beaten-path’ places. This lets you experience a very different side of the Old Town. Keeping to the quieter areas also helps us deliver our tour more effectively. While we do visit the Royal Mile, we also visit some of Edinburgh’s historic places on the other side of the Cowgate valley. You’ll hear stories which many other tours don’t cover.

Greyfriars Bobby - a world-famous story

Your tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard, next to the grave of one of Edinburgh’s most famous ‘characters’…the little Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his famous story and some not-so- famous alternative theories of the life of this iconic wee dog. Which story is the truest account of Bobby’s life? That’s for you to ponder!
Close encounters in Edinburgh Any Edinburgh guided tour must take you to the narrow alleyways which were the very veins of the Old Town, packed with people, businesses, and stories. We’ll explain the living conditions during the late eighteenth century, a time when Old Edinburgh was at it’s greatest. Our stories will make you realise not only what Edinburgh folk went through, but how they used it to create positive social conditions. By the end of our story, you’ll appreciate your home plumbing way more than you ever thought possible!
We adapt your route to suit Edinburgh can sometimes be incredibly busy, especially the section of the Royal Mile between the Tron Kirk and the Lawnmarket. When the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe are on in August/September, we sometimes offer an alternative route down to the Canongate. This allows us to run a safer tour which keeps everyone together and incorporates just as many interesting and picturesque locations.
A private tour of Edinburgh with Robert, your local guide. Deacon Brodie. Greyfriars Bobby. Your Edinburgh guided tour takes you into a close. Part of the old West Bow features on our Old Edinburgh walking tour. Hidden secrets on our Edinburgh tours
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard
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Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
Pre-booking is essential
“Robert was fantastic! His excellent knowledge of Edinburgh's history and brilliant story telling and sense of humour made for a fun filled morning. We especially enjoyed the way Robert used old images to allow us to visualise how Edinburgh looked in the past. Although I have lived here all my life, I learned SO MUCH about this beautiful city.” Catherine G - TripAdvisor review - November 2019
Friendly local guide Your guide was born in Edinburgh and has lived there all his life.
TripAdvisor excellence By 16/10/2019, your guide had ‘won’ 1010 out of 1015 stars on Tripadvisor.
Traditional attire Your guide will be smartly dressed in traditional Highland dress.
Come and explore the Old Town with our enthralling Edinburgh guided tour. This two-hour walking tour will take you around some of the most historically interesting and important parts of the Old Town. You’ll hear fascinating stories about Edinburgh’s most famous historic figures such as Greyfriars Bobby, Deacon Brodie, Mary, Queen of Scots, the Irish murderers Burke and Hare and many others. Each story is shared at a location relevant to the characters we’re discussing. You really are ‘following in their footsteps’! What a great way to experience Old Edinburgh!
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

“Robert is a supremely- talented guide. He tailored my 2-hour tour by asking my preferences. No boring scripted tour with him. In addition, Robert was a walking encyclopedia of information, providing fascinating details and insights about history and the sites. There never was a dull moment…His passion for history makes Robert an ideal guide for this kind of tour! Highly-recommended!!” TripAdvisor review by Michael H - August 2019
Life and Death of an Edinburgh Playboy William Brodie’s story is one of the ‘classic’ Old Edinburgh tales. Brodie was a businessman and a deacon on the Town Council, but his love of the high life was his downfall. He might have been respectable by day, but by night he was a gambler, a womaniser and a thief. You’ll discover the Edinburgh he’d have known, from his childhood home to the scene of his death. We’ll share an eyewitness account of his last moments to help you ponder over one of the biggest Old Edinburgh mysteries, did Brodie cheat his execution? And we’ll tell you these stories at the site of the execution platform on which Brodie died!
Explore parts of the city which visitors often miss We’ve designed this tour to take you to some ‘off-the-beaten-path’ places. This lets you experience a very different side of the Old Town. Keeping to the quieter areas also helps us deliver our tour more effectively. While we do visit the Royal Mile, we also visit some of Edinburgh’s historic places on the other side of the Cowgate valley. You’ll hear stories which many other tours don’t cover.
Greyfriars Bobby - a world-famous story Your tour starts in Greyfriars Kirkyard, next to the grave of one of Edinburgh’s most famous ‘characters’…the little Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. We’ll look at his famous story and some not- so-famous alternative theories of the life of this iconic wee dog. Which story is the truest account of Bobby’s life? That’s for you to ponder!
Close encounters in Edinburgh Any Edinburgh guided tour must take you to the narrow alleyways which were the very veins of the Old Town, packed with people, businesses, and stories. We’ll explain the living conditions during the late eighteenth century, a time when Old Edinburgh was at it’s greatest. Our stories will make you realise not only what Edinburgh folk went through, but how they used it to create positive social conditions. By the end of our story, you’ll appreciate your home plumbing way more than you ever thought possible!
We adapt your route to suit Edinburgh can sometimes be incredibly busy, especially the section of the Royal Mile between the Tron Kirk and the Lawnmarket. When the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe are on in August/September, we sometimes offer an alternative route down to the Canongate. This allows us to run a safer tour which keeps everyone together and incorporates just as many interesting and picturesque locations.

Your Edinburgh Tour Summary

This tour will take you on an exploration of the Old Town part of Edinburgh’s Unesco World Heritage Site. You’ll explore streets and buildings in and around the Royal Mile and both sides of the Cowgate valley. Throughout this Edinburgh walking tour, you will visit places linked to some of the most memorable events in Edinburgh’s rich history. You’ll walk in the footsteps of royal wedding parties, visit the site of executions, find out the location of a long lost palace and visit the site of Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Prison. You’ll explore one of the famous ‘Old Town closes’, and we will take you to places most visitors to Edinburgh miss. Two hours, five hundred years of Scotland’s history and one of the most famous historic capital cities – what a walk!
Come and explore the Old Town with our enthralling Edinburgh guided tour. This two-hour walking tour will take you around some of the most historically interesting and important parts of the Old Town. You’ll hear fascinating stories about Edinburgh’s most famous historic figures such as Greyfriars Bobby, Deacon Brodie, Mary, Queen of Scots, the Irish murderers Burke and Hare and many others. Each story is shared at a location relevant to the characters we’re discussing. You really are ‘following in their footsteps’! What a great way to experience Old Edinburgh!

The Old Town of Edinburgh walking tour

- come and explore 500 years of Scotland’s history!
YOUR OLD EDINBURGH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN GIVEN A ‘FIVE-STAR’ RATING ON TRIPADVISOR
“Robert was fantastic! His excellent knowledge of Edinburgh's history and brilliant story telling and sense of humour made for a fun filled morning. We especially enjoyed the way Robert used old images to allow us to visualise how Edinburgh looked in the past. Although I have lived here all my life, I learned SO MUCH about this beautiful city.” Catherine G - TripAdvisor review - November 2019

Meeting place >

Inside the main gates of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QQ
£8 concession £2 children under 16 (although we’d say tour is ‘parental guidance’)
£10 standard

Tour times >

Tickets and prices for a scheduled tour >

Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30 2pm - 4pm Saturdays 10.30am - 12.30 2pm - 4pm
Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd , 28/2 Bridge Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0LQ
Copyright Historic Edinburgh Tours 2019 Registered in Scotland I SC 454482
“WHAT A TREAT IN OLD TOWN! Robert is a supremely-talented guide. He tailored my 2-hour tour by asking my preferences. No boring scripted tour with him. In addition, Robert was a walking encyclopedia of information, providing fascinating details and insights about history and the sites. There never was a dull moment…Highly-recommended!!” TripAdvisor review by Michael H - August 2019
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