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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

  • Opt to visit iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Scott's Monument and the Royal Mile
  • Gain fascinating insight into the history and heritage of Edinburgh
  • Tailor the itinerary of your tour according to your interests
Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
From US$317.52
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Private tour - full day
A full day (7 hour) guided walking tour of Edinburgh.
From US$557.28

Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.

What to Expect
The walks normally take 3 1/2 hours (half-day) or seven hours (full-day) but can be modified to suit your requirements as can the route and itinerary.

Visitors will be shown the delights of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the 'old town' and the 'new town', together with a delightful commentary from Stuart or Richard on the celebrated characters that hail from the city and the history, the culture and the architectural splendour of the city.

Your guides will discuss people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes), Deacon Brodie (the original 'Jekyll and Hyde'), JK Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) and Sir Walter Scott (the great historical romance author).

In addition, they speak with authority on the intellectual giants associated with Edinburgh and the Enlightenment such as the philosopher David Hume, and the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith.

Places, 'closes' and buildings associated with these individuals can be visited.

Also, most of the major historical sites of interest will be covered and you will visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral.

On the full-day tour there will be time to see the Queen's official Scottish residence, Holyrood Palace, and to see the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. There will also be time to see more attractions in the New Town (don't be fooled by the name, construction of the 'new town' started in the 1700's!). 

The tour can be paused any time you wish for e.g. for refreshments at any of the delightful pubs and eating establishments on the route.

There will be plenty of excitement and fun and lots of opportunities to take some memorable photographs of the best-known landmarks of Scotland's glorious and ancient capital city!
Reviews (50)
1 - 5 of 42 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
The Mind of Usher

having a most educational and fascinating tour guided by Stewart Usher (descendant of the family that funded the Usher Concert Hall no less ! ) was three hours of tales and information delivered in rich character. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sandercock-Cornwall
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Sandercock Many thanks for your thoughtful and superb Review. I recall you and your good lady well and enjoyed your company. I know some of the Closes (narrow streets) reasonably well but there are quite a few I don't know well. Whenever I get...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
A perfect tour

We had a perfect 3 hour guided tour by the 'young' Usher. With a lot of humour he told us amazing stories and lead us through the old part of the city. With lots of stops to rest and talk about the buildings and the...More

Thank erwinv842
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Erwin Thank you so much for wonderful Review of your Tour with my Son Richard. So glad that you thoroughly enjoyed the Tour and the various Stops and stories and humour at the different places. You should come to Edinburgh again.... there is plenty...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Overview of Old Edinburgh

Our tour was of old Edinburgh. Small tour group (five people on my tour) which made it easy to hear and ask questions. Richard was very knowledgeable about the history of Edinburgh and presented the facts in an interesting manner, lots of levity and bantering...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wanderer19683006781
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Wanderer Thank you so much for your wonderful Review. Small groups always make for far more enjoyable and memorable Tours. A bit of levity and banter go a long way in making things more fun and memorable. I am delighted that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Excellent, not your ordinary tour

We had the unexpected privilege of a private tour with Stuart (3 of us) and were never left wanting even for a minute for details of the history of Edinburgh and its nooks and crannies. Whatever the obscure question, Stuart was quick with an answer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeff D
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear Jeff Thank you for your marvellous Review. The Closes and nooks and crannies of the Old Town are one of the great features of Edinburgh. They give the city a great character and are much liked by Tourists from all over the world. Haste...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile
Awesome tour of the city

Edinburgh attracts a lot of tourists and there are choices for everyone. If you want an entertaining but thoughtful, well-informed guide, then this is the one for you. Full of historical facts and stories, anecdotes on famous Edinburgh residents, architectural details, etc, etc. We really...More

Thank albertoigomez
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear Albert Many thanks for your excellent Review and we are delighted that you really enjoyed it. Edinburgh certainly had more than its fair share of famous people. Also one big time Rogue ….. Deacon Brodie! Most cities have at least one such Rogue so...More

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31 May 2018|
Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, since we had that many in our group.