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Walking tours of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile run by expert local guides. During the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, tours run twice per day and are completely free with no need to book in advance. Tours can also be arranged at other...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
City Chambers High Street | City Chambers, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole tour was wonderful with a guide with an amazing knowledge of the city of Edinburgh and an incredible understanding of the historical background to the sights we were guided round. I asked many questions which were all answered well and displayed a depth...More

Thank martynl7
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Dorota was our guide during Edinburgh Fringe festival and we had a private tour for two. The tour was genuinely for free and lasted more than two hours. During that time Dorota, who was very knowledgeable, showed us numerous beautiful places and told us some...More

Thank Damiannnnn
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We arrived in the morning on the last day of the Fringe. Trying to switch time zones, we set about exploring the city. Christine led our small group of five around the Royal Mile, relaying detailed stories about the people and places in this historical...More

Thank Wander706413
Reviewed 27 August 2018

An interesting tour of the closes of the Royal Mile.I found out things I didn't know, even though I am local. Mike was very knowledgeable and engaged us in conversation. I would do this tour again.

Thank Tracey D
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Before I start writing about the tour, a big bow of gratitude to Jack who gave us the tour, a wonderful gentleman full of stories. I had the best time in a long time :) . This was the first thing we did on our...More

2  Thank OwlOnAProwl
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We very much enjoyed the walking tour and got some really interesting and engaging insights and anecdotes into the people and history of the city. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Exploration664607
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This 2-hour guided tour took our party of 11 from various nationalities around the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, including inside Parliament House and St Giles' Cathedral. Eric, our guide, was on top of his subject, friendly and helpful in replying to the various questions...More

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richardr2316, Manager at Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides Association, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our tour. Your comments are much appreciated

Reviewed 20 August 2018

we spontaneously decided to join the tour and we did not regret it. the guide was not only the nicest tour guide i have ever met but also incredibly knowledgable . it was a unique experience to get to see the place through the eyes...More

Thank Antonia H
Reviewed 18 August 2018

This was a guided tour of the old town provided by a volunteer. He really knew his stuff; historical dates, important residents, colourful characters and fascinating stories. Unlike the numerous commercial high street tours (which say they are free) this was genuinely free. Our guide...More

1  Thank david_marlow
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Today we were lucky enough to see a sign down on Princes Street and make it for the 2:00 tour! We ran into a few other groups that claimed to have free tours, but I’d recommend looking out for this organization! It’s truly free and...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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