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Private Walking Tours – Edinburgh

Quick Details

Our private Edinburgh tours allow your group to have an experienced and educated guide all to yourselves.

  • The normal starting point for our tours is outside the central entrance of the Usher Hall in Lothian Road, but we can meet the guests at their city-centre hotel if requested
  • Can be up to 10 people per group
  • Please bring your booking confirmation with you.
  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps
Half Day (3.5 Hours)
Full Day (7 Hours)

We can even customise the tour to suit your tastes. You see even more landmarks and sights around Edinburgh. The private walking tour is at your pace, including when to stop for refreshments. We can also arrange for our guide to pick you up from any Edinburgh city centre hotel.

Details for Our Private Edinburgh Walking Tour

  • The starting point for our tours is outside the central entrance of the Usher Hall in Lothian Road, unless agreed otherwise with the customer. More details will be in the booking confirmation email.
  • Can be up to 10 people per group (If more than 10, contact us first for a quote).
  • Please bring your booking confirmation with you.
  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible as there are some steps

City of Edinburgh

In the “waist” of Scotland, on the southern edge of the Firth of Forth, lies the enigmatic City of Edinburgh. Born out of the tumultuous formation of volcanic crags that traverse the eastern swathes of the Lothians, and at 440 feet above sea level, towers the indomitable Edinburgh Castle rock. From here, a strong-minded garrison could successfully safeguard the approach to this rocky precipice by land or sea. Little remains of the earliest buildings of the site; the oldest building in all of Edinburgh is Queen Margaret’s Chapel, erected approximately 1090 A.D., standing quietly within the confines of the structure that later surrounded it, Edinburgh Castle. Come on a tour with us to discover the innumerable secrets buried within the myriad of tenements and dark closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town & Royal Mile, surrounding the Castle.

Built on centuries of struggle and shaped by the most extraordinary – and daring – of peoples, the historic sites and old landmarks that punctuate Edinburgh’s magnificent skyline and Royal Mile are brought to life on this Old Town Walking Tour. Unexpected curiosities and hidden places of peace abound in these amazingly well-preserved streets of stark contrasts.

Our Private Walking Tour

Your guide, one of Stuart Usher, Richard Usher or Dr Alison Duncan, will explore the ancient burgh of Edinburgh with you. It is a tour designed for the more discerning wanderer, taking you from the early 11th century, to the time of the founding of Holyrood Abbey in 1128 and St. Giles Kirk in 1130, and then onward. Your guide will illustrate how Edinburgh followed the usual pre-requisites for a medieval city, boasting a Castle, Burgh and Abbey. And then how it progressively encapsulated the ensuing centuries of turmoil in this eclectic array of timber-framed houses, monuments and markers to the good, the bad and downright ugly.

Saunter by churches, pubs, museums, gardens, shops and more! The topsy-turvy nature of the Royal Mile & Old Town is simply NOT to be missed in its exciting and chaotic array. Learn about the real-life character who inspired “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”, stop by the congenially quaint coffee-house which once served as a retreat for many a budding-writer, most notably J. K. Rowling and Alexander McCall Smith. Then see and visit the High Kirk of St. Giles, now widely known as St. Giles Cathedral (and find out who was responsible for its name-change). Meander down the Castlehill and Lawnmarket, observe the change in street levels from the Royal Mile to the Grassmarket, the High Street of the Royal Mile, and see the ogeedomed turrets and elegant chimneys of Edinburgh’s school for “Fatherless Bairns”.

Finally, the verdant expanse of Princes Street Gardens delineating the separation of Old & New Towns and its wonderfully varied selection of attractions. Find out what life was really like in the Medieval Old Town, from the roofed red-clay pantiles of John Knox’s House to the chapel where the Knights of the Order of the Thistle undergo their investiture ceremonies. Step back in time, in the company of writers, philosophers, body-snatchers, witches (and a faithful Skye terrier as well) and let your guide “make history come alive!”

In your Private tour you will also see Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’.

Do not be fooled by the name; construction was started in the 1700s! Also, on the full-day Private Tour you will see Holyrood Palace and the Holyrood Parliament buildings and much more of the New Town and its remarkable architecture. You will not go inside Holyrood Palace unless you inform us in advance and pay for the tickets, currently £15 per adult.