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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Follow a guide along Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile
  • Learn of the famous writers, poets, and inventors who have lived and worked in Edinburgh
  • Visit landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the Scottish National Gallery
  • Photograph the city at your leisure on route
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Professional guide
Small group (maximum 10 participants)

Departure Point

Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, UK

Return Details

The Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 12 are free
  • Children 12-16 pay 75%
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edinburgh Guided Tour

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "It's really more convenient to have a walking tour in small groups like we had - you are always in contact with the guide, can hear and catch the very single word!" See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour and it is limited to 10 people, so you will be able to keep up and hear everything!" See review
  • "Highly recommended for a broad based understanding of this city." See review


526 Reviews

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Walking Tour
, Jul 2021
We had a very enjoyable and informative walking tour around Edinburgh with Stuart as our guide. We were taken to places that we would have probably never found by ourselves, or have any inkling of the fascinating history that these places have. Three hours very well spent. Iain & Jan.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Ian and Jan Thank you v much for your wonderful Review and delighted that you enjoyed the Tour so much. Plenty of hidden gems in the Old Town of Edinburgh. I thoroughly enjoyed both you companies and would be delighted if you came back to Auld Reekie again. Best wishes Stuart U.
Incredible Tour With A Historical Figure
, Jun 2021
What made this an experience I will never forget is that Stuart Usher was my guide. His great family donated the landmark Usher Hall to the City Of Edinburgh before being embezzled by a network of lawyers etc. I thoroughly recommend Stuart’s book which has featured on TV. His deep love for the city and the passion which with he explains the history of this magical city is an experience that will always stay with me. It was like doing a tour of Prague with a descendent of Mozart or touring Paris with a Royalfamily member. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear NJ-D Great thanks to you for your v fulsome Review of the great Tour we had together. You flatter me..... Mozart was a genius and I have never been that. He was an incredible man and such a pity that he died so young at the pinnacle of his musical powers. I would love to host you again!? How about a Private Tour alone with me? We could then go to the other parts of Edinburgh which you have not yet visited. Many thanks again. Stuart U
I recommend them 100%!
, May 2021
My friends and I joined this tour in May 2021 and it exceeded our expectations. Stuart was very lovely and knows each corner of Edinburgh. The 3hr walking tour is worth every second of it. This is a must have when visiting Edinburgh, I recommend them 100%!
Royal mile walking tour
, Sep 2020
Well knowledgeable guide and funny . Enjoyed every minute Will defo give recommendation To my friends
Historic Edinburgh
, Mar 2020
Richard was an excellent guide, taking us to parts of the old town which we had never visited before, or even knew existed. The warming hot chocolate in Deacon Brodie’s cafe, hidden away off the Lawnmarket, was very welcome. Lots of tales of old Edinburgh kept us entertained throughout the walk.
Entertaining introduction to Royal Mile
Melissa H
, Jan 2020
Stuart was an engaging guide who gave a great introduction to the Royal Mile. He was also helpful pointing out things we may want to return to later in our visit, as well as good places to shop for authentic souvenirs. We really appreciated his knowledge of things along the Royal Mile as well as his recommendations for further exploration.
Excellent and Witty Walking Tour
, Dec 2019
We had an amazing walking tour with Stuart Usher, who is quite the character. Our 3-hour walking tour started at Usher Hall, note the family name, and we were lucky in that the other participants didn’t show up, so we had the pleasure of a private tour with Stuart. We walked up past the castle and spent most of the tour in the Old Town. Stuart was a great guide, extremely knowledgeable about Scotland and Edinburgh’s history, and many other topics, for that matter. We especially loved the stop at the café, where we continued to hear stories of Edinburgh’s notorious Deacon Brody. Stuart provided us with a great history of the city, and his witty storytelling was a highlight of the tour. I highly recommend spending a couple hours with Stuart, he’ll completely enchant you.
Eclectic but engaging
, Nov 2019
A bit of a wander, on the surface, but on the whole tour was a good mix of historical detail, literary reference, and geography of the city. Guide is a bit of a character but engaging and well versed in the little details that make the city come more alive.
Royal Mile Walking Tour - Edinburgh
Beverley H
, Sep 2019
We had an excellent tour Guide - "Richard" who made the walk very enjoyable and entertaining - we learned lots and our guide made it fun.
Richard was great-
, Sep 2019
This was a pleasure for our first day in Edinburgh The tout was a small group that met at a convenient location Richard was very knowledgeable and a delightful local host for his city The tour was comprehensive and fun

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