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Itinerary
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!
Locations visited
St Giles' Cathedral
Edinburgh Old Town
New Town
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Overview

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.

Highlights
  • 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
  • Receive undivided attention from your private guide
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Reviewed 6 days ago
This is the way to get insight to city

Our guide, Mr Stuart Usher, part of the well known Scottish family, provided us with a fantastic insight to Scotland's and Edinburgh's history, architecture etc. What is special about Richard is that he is engaging you and does not allow you just to "free ride"...More

Thank Ari L
Reviewed 1 week ago
3 hour tour with Richard Usher

My wife and I, plus three others, had an incredible tour of Edinburgh. Richard Usher is extremely knowledgeable about the history and city. I came out of that tour, with so much hunger to learn and read more history about the city. To summarize, you...More

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very interesting guide

We had an excellent time on our tour. Richard was very engaging in all the stories about the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. It was great that we had a small group so we could easily hear all the stories. We had a small break half...More

Thank Sharon445
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great Tour in Edinburgh

Stuart is an expert in everything Edinburgh, and a very nice gentleman! We enjoyed his company and his service! This is the best way to know Edinburgh if you’re staying a short time. Our tour included Edinburgh Castle, an excellent whisky tour with tasting, a...More

Thank Ferstreber
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edinburgh walking tour with Richard Usher

We booked this tour for the first afternoon of our stay in Edinburgh and it was an absolute highlight of our stay in Scotland. Richard was extremely informative, accommodating and charming. Thank you for the great day Richard. I highly recommend this trip to anyone...More

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