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Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission

  • 90-minute walking tour of Royal Edinburgh
  • Hear stories of legendary Scottish royals like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Admire the historic buildings along Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town
Edinburgh Royal History Walking Tour with Optional Palace of Holyrood House Admission
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Tour includes skip the line entry to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Follow in the footsteps of Scottish icons like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie as you unravel the truths and myths of Edinburgh’s royal history. Set out on a 90-minute walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, spot the royal sites along Canongate and admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. After a comprehensive introduction to Edinburgh’s royal roots, enjoy skip-the-line access (optional) to the Palace of Holyrood and explore the magnificent royal residence independently.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace.

Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life.

Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen.

Finally, bid your guide farewell and use your skip-the-line tickets to explore the Palace of Holyrood independently. Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
Reviews (16)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 5 November 2018
Tour guide made the tour!

From the moment I booked the tour, Mercat was excellent. I inquired about an aspect of the tour and quickly received a clear response as well as a map of where to meet. Our guide, Charles, made the time so memorable. He is enormously knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jane P
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Hi Jane Thank you for posting such a positive review on your tour with Charles. He is a true gentleman and always takes extremely good care of his groups. His is also the man you want in your team if there is ever a quiz...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile
A brilliant way to really learn the history of the city

I took a morning walking tour led by Simon Bendle of Mercat Tours. The tour focused on the lower half of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, finishing at the Palace of Holyrood House, which I visited afterwards. Simon proved an excellent guide, so very knowledgeable of his...More

1  Thank AnnClarissa
Reviewed 14 September 2018
The lower part of the Royal mile

Great tour. Informative and historical information was a good way to grasp the city and the culture. Highly recommend it. Should be followed by a visit to the Edinburgh castle which we did the following day.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RK582
Reviewed 30 August 2018
Historic Edinburgh Walking Tour with Simon

This tour exceeded my expectations. Simon proved to be an excellent guide, sharing his detailed knowledge in a very engaging way. The focus was on the old Canongate borough and included a satisfying range of material: social, political, religious, architectural, etc. Highly recommended.More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Thomas M
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Hi Thomas, thank you for taking the time to send us your review and for your kind words about our guide Simon - we couldn't agree more! I will certainly make sure he receives them. Delighted you enjoyed your time with us and please remember...More

Reviewed 8 May 2018
wonderfully rich walking tour

Our tour guide Naomi gave us a wonderful tour of the Canongate area of Edinborough, an area I knew little about and yet it is so rich in history. The tour was a nice mix of elements--local geography, beautiful/interesting sites, history, and good stories. It...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank marmstr2015
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking time out to post a review on your recent tour with us. Treasures of the Old Town is as you mention a wonderful mix of rich history and is a super introduction to the Canongate, which can sadly be overlooked....More

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