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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Highlights
  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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Overview
There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save up to three hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
What to Expect

This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk.

Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland.

Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.

Reviews (370)
1 - 5 of 109 reviews
Reviewed today
Disappointing--Not Enough Information

The good news--the two guides did seem to be knowledgeable. However, this was very scripted and only gave a very cursory overview of Edinburgh's history. We walked by a huge church with no explanation, etc. Our group of 3 learned a bit but not nearly...More

Thank N4277UHaliceb
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience as much as we would have liked. I'm surprised you found the tour scripted as we don't use scripts at all. I don't know which tour you joined but we do have themes to suit...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Perfect

Eva, our tourguide gave us a wonderfull tour through the old city/royal mile. So many stories, what a history this town has. I really recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank martijnkanis
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

We couldn't hope for more than perfect - thanks Martijnkanis. All the best, Jean

Reviewed 3 days ago
Eva was amazing!

We had a wonderful tour with the best guide -- Eva! Despite the pouring rain, she made the tour extremely enjoyable. Extremely knowledgeable and personable and funny -- we really loved every minute. I want to go back and another one!

Thank Grace R
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Please do come back & see us again! This is a fab review, we're very happy you joined is on that rainy day :) All the best, Jean

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun and fascinating tour

This was a wonderful tour that really made the Edinburgh and the Royal Mile come alive. Our guide was funny and warm - I didn't catch her name - a woman with short blonde hair. So many great stories and lots of history. The walk...More

Thank Monique L
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

We're delighted we brought Edinburgh to live for you - that's exactly what we had hoped. Thank you for sharing your review :) All the best, Jean

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Fantastic Tour

What a brilliant, informative tour. Eve was a fantastic guide, talking endlessly and passionately about the history of Edinburgh. She has great knowledge and a pocket full of interesting stories. Our tour lasted about 1hr 45mins around the Royal Mile and then another 1/2 hour...More

Thank Hayley P
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Good advice Hayley, especially this time of year, it is getting chilly! So happy you enjoyed your tour with us :) All the best, Jean

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Ellie A
18 August 2018|
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Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
The Crown Jewels are here as well as The Stone of Destiny!
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hbrumbach
8 July 2018|
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Response from Velimir M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can.
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Poo123
21 June 2018|
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Response from Jennifer M | Reviewed this property |
I think our guided tour prior to the Castle was an hour and a half - maybe two hours? And then we got an overview of the castle and could stay afterwards on our own.
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