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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour

Highlights
  • 2-hour historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town
  • Idea for first-time visitors and history enthusiasts
  • Explore Edinburgh's UNESCO-listed Old Town and see the might Edinburgh Castle
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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour
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Depart on your Old Edinburgh Guided Tour at 2pm.
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Overview

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 2-hour tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides photographic evidence of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.

What to Expect

Your historical tour begins at the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, an atmospheric graveyard in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. As you walk to your first location, your guide transports you back in time using vivid descriptions and photographs of old Edinburgh.

Delve into the capital’s gory past on a visit to three former execution spots and the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison, the scene of Scotland’s most infamous assassination. See, too, Edinburgh Castle from its hilltop perch, and listen to stories featuring some of Scotland’s most famous figures: Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Robert Burns all feature.

Following two hours of exploration, bid your guide farewell outside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 42 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent Tour because of the Excellent Guide

Loved our 2-hour tour of Old Town with Robert as our guide. He was very knowledgeable; he used helpful visuals; he was warm and engaging, He even explained the history of kilts, using his kilt as the example. The very small group allowed us to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lizesprit9
Reviewed 23 October 2018
Fantastic !

Delightfully entertaining AND brilliantly informative, what more could you ask for ? The tour is a two hours stroll in Edinburgh's Old Town laced with historical gossips and murders' stories, the whole thing delivered in Scottish attire and packed with humour. The historical knowledge is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Danrouw
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Thank you for your very very kind review! Your group were such fun to take around. It really makes a huge difference when people laugh at my jokes (I do try to make them funny and appropriate...honest!) I hope you have a really wonderful and...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Excellent tour

I had a really great tour with Robert. Robert is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who is filled with very interesting information and history about Edinburgh. His voice is captivating. His appearance is professional. He engages with each member of his tour. He tells...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SFOFrequentTraveler
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Derick, Many thanks for your very kind review. I was really appreciative of your supportive nature, not only with the cancellation of your previous tour due to family reasons and me having missed booking out the tour, but with your kind tip and your...More

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Excellent guided tour!

Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sharonnewell01
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Sharon, Thank you for your very kind review. You got a very different type of tour - one I used notes for on the route itself - and I really appreciate your kindness in allowing me to use these to ensure I gave you...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Perfect Way to Explore Old Edinburgh

During our honeymoon in Scotland, our travel agent booked us on Robert's walking tour of Old Edinburgh. After participating, I can't think of a better way to see the city and learn about it's rich history. Robert was funny, knowledgeable, used visuals, and clearly has...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Claire V
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate it! You were both a delight to take around the city. A good tour is as much down to the audience and their responses to my stories as it is to the stories themselves. You...More

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Rebecca G
5 September 2018|
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I'm so sorry I didn't see this. William L is correct, I have confirmation of bookings, all you need to do is give me your name. If anyone else has this issue (which is an email issue and not on 'our side of things... More
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20 August 2018|
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Hi there, yes that's absolutely possible! Would you like to text me so I can give you my email address? 07590026077 Thanks.
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Apologies, I didn't realise I could post answers here! I do hope you had a lovely time in Edinburgh, Yours, Robert - Historic Edinburgh Tours
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