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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
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A 3.5 hour private afternoon tour
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Private tour - full day
A full day (7 hour) guided walking tour of Edinburgh.
USD 570.64

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 (45)
1 - 5 of 37 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
A Wonderful Must-Do Guided Walking Tour!!!

Our 3-hour walking tour with Richard Usher was a highlight of our time in Edinburgh. What a way to start off your vacation and time in this beautiful city! Richard's knowledge of architecture and history, as well as his humor, was enlightening and entertaining. We...More

Thank Alison I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this tour for our initial introduction to Edinburgh, based on the recommendation of two unrelated travel company Directors. WOW, were they ever spot on... No silly tour guides with off-topic comedy acts and juggling distractions, nor large groups. Richard was an absolute professional,...More

Thank ConstantExplorer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Loved this walking tour of old town

Pre booked this tour on recommendation of travel agent. The host, Richard, was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. We covered a lot of ground and I felt we hit all the most notable sights of old town, with a lot of history and colourful commentary....More

Thank JulieV1970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Private tour of Edinburgh

Stewart Usher was an excellent guide to the city. He had a lovely since of humor, a quick wit and a great deal of knowledge of the history of Edinburgh. I strongly suggest booking this tour upon arrival to the city.

Thank rebekahmouch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Edinburgh walking tour!

We really enjoyed the Edinburgh guided tour with Richard Usher. Richard is a very entertaining, eloquent and informative guide. His wealth of knowledge is vast and he gave us insight that is more indepth than your average "touristy" tours. Richard even comes prepared with umbrellas...More

Thank Helen725
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Helen Thanks a million for your fantastic in-depth Review of your recent Tour of Edinburgh with Richard. Umbrellas are a must in Edinburgh! Edinburgh has it all.... Castle, Palace, world famous for its Architecture, famous men and women natives of Edinburgh AND even the...More

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