Our range of
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Edinburgh tours

“Having lived in Edinburgh almost my whole life and taken many tours with visiting friends, I am more than familiar with the main sights and stories of the old town. This was such a different perspective to take, I learned a great deal and explored a few back courts and closes that I had never seen in almost 50 years of living in and around the city. Highly recommend”

  
TripAdvisor review by Kaz1903 - May 2019  

 

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Discover Old Edinburgh on our private tours

Our guide on a Greyfriars Kirkyard tour.

This Old Edinburgh tour takes you in and around the Old Town part of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital city for hundreds of years.  If something important happened in Scotland, Edinburgh was often at the centre of it.  If something important happened in Edinburgh, it was usually of significance to the rest of the country.


Each story we tell is about a famous historical character.  Each of these stories is shared in a location which played a part in that person’s life.  You are walking in the footsteps of royals and rogues, murdered and murderers.  

 

From Greyfriars Kirkyard to the Grassmarket, the West Bow, the Royal Mile and some of the closes and wynds of the Old Town, this tour gives you a great appreciation of Edinburgh and her fascinating story.  

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Meet your local tour guide

 Like walking around town with a friend.
 

Robert has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Edinburgh. His enthusiasm is contagious and we spent a wonderful day seeing the whole center city with him. It was the highlight of our trip and informed everything else we chose to see and do. A great first day in Edinburgh!"

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EvanstonMama - September 2019 - Tripadvisor

Private Old Edinburgh walking tour

Perfect for people who want to learn about Edinburgh's Old Town

Discover the famous, and infamous, characters who lived, worked and died on the streets of the magnificent Old Town.  Robert, your local Edinburgh guide, will take you in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Irish murderers Burke and Hare, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns.
Perfect for anyone who wants to see the Old Town and learn about the history of Edinburgh and Scotland.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

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The High Kirk of St Giles'.

Snapshots from this tour's route

Victoria Street in the snow.
Victoria Street in the snow.
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The site of the Luckenbooths on the Royal Mile.
The site of the Luckenbooths on the Royal Mile.
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Gladstone's Land in the Lanwmarket.
Gladstone's Land in the Lanwmarket.
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Telephone boxes on the Royal Mile.
Telephone boxes on the Royal Mile.
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RIddle's Court.
RIddle's Court.
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The High Street in the snow.
The High Street in the snow.
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Private Greyfriars Kirkyard history tour

Perfect for people who like a dark twist to their history!

Come with us as we reveal the stories of some of the people who were buried under your feet.  Covenanters, bodysnatchers, murderers and murdered, this graveyard has it all!


Perfect for anyone who wants to discover Scottish history and wants an Edinburgh guided tour with a smaller walking distance.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

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Memorial in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
The Mausoleum of Sir George Mackenzie.
The Mausoleum of Sir George Mackenzie.

Some people say that this mausoleum, where 'Bluidy Mackenzie' is buried, is one of the most haunted places on the planet.

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The Covenanters' Prison - Greyfriars Kirkyard.
The Covenanters' Prison - Greyfriars Kirkyard.

We'll look at why this area is called the 'prison' and we'll also find out about life expectancy in Old Edinburgh.

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Greyfriars Kirkyard - the start of a tour!
Greyfriars Kirkyard - the start of a tour!

Most of our tours start here.

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The Flodden Wall and George Heriot's School.
The Flodden Wall and George Heriot's School.

Greyfriars Kirkyard is one of the most picturesque burial grounds in the country.

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Remembering the Covenanters.
Remembering the Covenanters.

This memorial is probably the most significant one in the Kirkyard.

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A Greyfriars Kirkyard mortsafe.
A Greyfriars Kirkyard mortsafe.

This mortsafe, one of two in the kirkyard, is a truly suprising historical artefact.

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Private Royal Mile tour

Perfect for anyone who wants to get an overview of Scottish history

Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile was the backdrop for some of Scotland’s history’s most influential moments.  Marie Stuart (what a wonderful name for a Scottish historian) said that in her opinion two thirds of Scotland's history took place on the Royal Mile.  Come alone with us as we explore the Abbey Strand, the Canongate, the High Street, the Lawnmarket and Castlehill on this fascinating Edinburgh tour.

 

Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns - they all knew and lived on the Royal Mile.  Your Edinburgh guide will take you to the very places where history happened.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

5-star rated on Tripadvisor.
A group on our Royal Mile tour.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

What a great place to learn about early on in our tour!

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The Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Parliament.

Your guide will show you some of the significant parts of the exterior of the Scottish Parliament.

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The Canongate Kirk
The Canongate Kirk

Could this be one of the prettiest churches in Edinburgh?

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Bakehouse Close.
Bakehouse Close.

Outlander fans will be right at home here!

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The John Knox House and the Netherbow.
The John Knox House and the Netherbow.

Learn about this hugely important part of Old Edinburgh on our Royal Mile tour.

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The High Street in winter.
The High Street in winter.

This place is pretty to look at, and fascinating to learn about!

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Private slums of Victorian Edinburgh tour

Perfect for anyone who wants to experience a very different side of Edinburgh's history

Welcome to our favourite Edinburgh guided tour! You’ll get to know a very different side of Scotland’s capital city as you learn about the lives and struggles of Edinburgh’s Victorian slum dwellers.


It was once said that history was written by the winners, this explains why this Edinburgh tour explores some of the most surprising, horrifying and least well-known of the capital's stories.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

5-star rated on Tripadvisor.
Two early Edwardian girls in Bakehouse Close.
Greyfriars Bobby.
Greyfriars Bobby.

The story of Greyfriars Bobby gives us a very 'tainted' view of life for Edinburgh's Victorian poor.

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Bowhead House by James Drummond
Bowhead House by James Drummond

One of the most attractive buildings on the Royal Mile. We'll tell you what happened to it.

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The Victorian Edinburgh tour in the Grassmarket.
The Victorian Edinburgh tour in the Grassmarket.

Robert discussing life for Edinburgh's Victorian poor.

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The Vennel in the snow
The Vennel in the snow

We'll stop here to recreate a typical rented room in a Victorian slum.

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Old Edinburgh in Victorian times.
Old Edinburgh in Victorian times.

Your guide will use A3 images to help you imagine Edinburgh as it once was.

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Grassmarket by Archibald Burns - 1860s
Grassmarket by Archibald Burns - 1860s

You'll visit this very location on this Edinburgh tour.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie's Edinburgh tour

Perfect for anyone who wants to learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Jacobite Rebellion

You'll walk in the footsteps of Prince Charles Edward Stewart and his Jacobite army.  You'll find out what it was like to live through one of the most exciting periods of Edinburgh's history. 

Come with us as we help you imagine Edinburgh's Old Town in the late summer of 1745.  We'll take you to the places where Jacobites and Hanoverians plotted, celebrated and (in some cases) died.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

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The site of the old Mercat Cross.
The site of the old Mercat Cross.

Two very important and symbolic events happened here. We'll look at both.

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Tweeddale Court.
Tweeddale Court.

You'll visit this pretty location and learn about the man who called it home.

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The site of the Netherbow Port.
The site of the Netherbow Port.

This is where you'll find out how Edinburgh was attacked. Kind of...

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The John Knox House and the site of the Netherbow Port.
The John Knox House and the site of the Netherbow Port.

This pretty spot was once one of the most important strategic places in Old Edinburgh.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie
Bonnie Prince Charlie

Prince Charles Edward Stewart - was he the 'Prince' or the 'Pretender'? You decide!

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Victoria Street.
Victoria Street.

This street, or part of it anyway, was once the West Bow. It housed a significant 'player' in Old Edinburgh's Jacobite politics.

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Bespoke private tours of
Edinburgh's Old and New Towns

Perfect for anyone who wants a half, or full day exploration of Edinburgh

Sometimes you want a tour which has been tailored around the things you want to see and the lunch and coffee stops you want to make.  

We've got the experience and skill to take your group on a tailor made tour of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.

We can meet you at your hotel, finish the tour at a restaurant of your choice and take you around the city at a pace which best suits you.  This is the ultimate way to explore the magnificent capital city of Scotland with Historic Edinburgh Tours.

£40 total price for a private tour for 1-4 people.
£60 for a private tour for 5-8 people.
2 hour long walking tour.
English language.

Calton Hill and the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh.
The John Knox House.
The John Knox House.

Edinburgh is fortunate to have many incredible old buildings for you to see.

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White Horse Close.
White Horse Close.

Picture postcard perfect!

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St Giles' in the High Street.
St Giles' in the High Street.

Edinburgh's most famous church building has a number of fascinating stories.

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Your local Edinburgh guide in action!
Your local Edinburgh guide in action!

Pointing out the past to a Dutch TV personality.

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The Lawnmarket.
The Lawnmarket.

Explore Edinburgh's Old Town with our award-winning tour guide.

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The Royal Mile.
The Royal Mile.

Edinburgh's most famous historic street.

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A few photos from our range of Edinburgh tours

A group on our Victorian Edinburgh tour.

This was our first Victorian tour - we think it was a success!

Guests on tour!

Two American friends and Robert.

Greyfriars Kirkyard - not all doom and gloom!

Sharing a joke on our Greyfriars Kirkyard tour.

A wee bit of banter!

Fun on tour.

Torturing the tour guide.

Poor Robert!

A private tour strikes a pose!

We love taking groups around the Old Town.

A group in the Old College.

Smiles all round!