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Edinburgh Guided Tour

Private & Group Walking Tours of Edinburgh, Scotland & Tours by Car

We now offer virtual tours of Edinburgh where our guide can link up to the client, using zoom or similar technology, whilst the guide walks and/or drives around the city giving a commentary as he/she does so. We have now done this, very successfully, for educational establishmentscompanies and private individuals. If you wish to book a virtual tour, or simply wish to know more, please contact us by using our contact form on our contact page, saying what you have in mind. 

#5 in the World for Cultural Experiences

Great news! In 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award ranked Edinburgh Guided Tour at number 5 in the world for cultural experiences! An outstanding result for a small business.



Father and son team, Stuart and Richard Usher, started Edinburgh Guided Tour in 2012 with one clear vision; to provide an intimate walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and Royal Mile that would enthuse their guests with its amazing history, its famous characters and its magnificently varied architecture.

Simply put, they want their guests to fall in love with Edinburgh!

Latest news: Introducing Dr Alison Duncan to our walking tours. Alison has joined us mainly to conduct Tours by car (see below), but will also take some of our walking tours. She is a Scotland expert and professional historian and she can make the wonders of Scottish History come alive in front of your eyes, as she takes you on tour.

Alison was recently interviewed by Channel Four’s Professor Alice Roberts as part of their episode covering Edinburgh, on the hit TV series, ‘Britain’s Most Historic Towns’. Please see the video on the right.


The Ushers of Edinburgh

Stuart and Richard’s family roots are steeped in the history of both Edinburgh and Scotland. Stuart’s great-grandfather, Sir John Usher Bt., and his great-great uncle, Andrew Usher, introduced blended whisky to the world. In fact, Andrew in particular is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Blended Scotch Whisky Industry. From the Usher Hall by Edinburgh Castle and the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, to the Usher created North British Distillery near the city centre, the Ushers are as intertwined with Scotland’s Capital City as bagpipes and tartan are with this outstandingly beautiful country.


Andrew Usher, father of the modern Scottish whisky industry

The Walking Tour

Start your holiday with us and let us give you inside knowledge on what to see, where to go, and things to do.

The Walks focus on the historical, cultural, and architectural heritage of Edinburgh. Most of the major historical sites of interest are covered, including the world-famous Royal Mile in the Old Town.

On our Group Walking Tours, we have an absolute maximum of 10 walkers to ensure you have a first-class experience. We feel strongly that tours of 30, 40 or 50 more, just cannot give you the same experience.

And where better to start those walks than the Usher Hall, Scotland’s premier concert hall, donated to the city in 1896 by Andrew Usher.

Alternatively, our Private Walking Tours allow you to see even more landmarks and sights around Edinburgh both in the Old and New towns and can even be altered to suit your personal tastes/interests, as you will be the only walkers on the tour.

Edinburgh Guided Tour is currently ranked number 8 out of 470 Edinburgh tours on Trip Advisor; an exceptional performance for our small tour company.

And, even better, in 2019 TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards had us ranked at #5 in the world for cultural experiences!

​It’s fair to say that we are unspeakably proud to be awarded such an accolade. Even fairer to say that a dram or two was raised!

Tours by Car

We are immensely proud to introduce one-day Motorised Tours, through Edinburgh and beyond, with Dr Alison Duncan. ​You can see Alison’s bio and a video featuring her, above.

She has carefully selected a range of motorised tours that encapsulate the best of Edinburgh and far beyond. She will showcase the amazing history of our region.

​This is an experience not to be missed!

​Please click on one of the tours by car in the menu above and you will find full details of each of her motorised tours.

Alison, Stuart and Richard.
They are ready and willing to give you a magical tour!

"Excellent" on TripAdvisor 933 times. That is over 94% of our travellers!

Great Experience in Edinburgh

"As a first time visitor to Edinburgh I thought I knew a little about Scottish history. I was wrong. Stuart Usher’s 3-hour walking tour was a treasure trove of history, local color, and entertainment. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 3 hours that flew by. I would definitely recommend this tour."

– Jeanne G. via TripAdvisor
Superb. A must.

"Simply put if you are making your first visit to Edinburgh, as my wife and I did in early August, this is an absolute must. We had already spent several days in Edinburgh before our tour but it opened up our eyes to many hidden surprises and insights. We then spent the next several days delving deeper into areas initially introduced to us by this tour."

– Steve S. via TripAdvisor
A brilliant adventure

"What a wonderful way to orientate yourself around this magical city and learn of its deep, rich history. Richard was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable and so personable, (remembering everyone’s names). His sarcasm and quick wittedness was gold. Highly recommend this small scale, very manageable walk."

– 509Fiona via TripAdvisor
Best walking tour ever

"Despite torrential rain our three hour walking tour was fantastic. Stuart took us to places most tourists would miss. He also gave us hints of things we could do ourselves. If you only do one walking tour this is the one to do."

– CEC939 via TripAdvisor
Fascinating and Amusing

"We did a private tour which was led but Stuart Usher. Stuart made the history of the city come alive with fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes. It was a 4 hour tour but the time passed quickly and the tour was well paced. Highly recommended."

– pointyendpreferred via TripAdvisor