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

  • 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 
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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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 (380)
1 - 5 of 117 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Wonderful tour of historic center of town

Full disclosure: Watch your step on the old sidewalks — we couldn’t complete the tour because I slipped and sprained my ankle partway through. The company was great at helping me get medical attention. Having said this, the tour was great up to that point....More

Thank rcraig01
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour!

My friend and I had a fab sunny Sunday through the royal mile walk including the Castle, with the lovely guides Rachel and Linda (Mercat Tours). Very interesting walk with funny facts and insights on the history of Edinburgh and Scotland.

Thank filipa v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A great experience!

A most excellent overview of the Old Town of Edinburgh and the gems of the Royal Mile. As we were not visiting during the peak season, there was no line to skip to the Castle but, nevertheless, we appreciated things having been organised for us!...More

1  Thank marju97
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful way to start a stay in Edinburgh!

We had a wonderful experience and learned so many interesting things about this beautiful city on our tour. Our guide, Emma, was brilliant! We loved hearing the “must-know” information, but also loved the lesser-known and quirky facts and stories. The tour was a fantastic way...More

Thank er6362
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Walking tour

We had Emma for a walking tour of Edinburgh and she was brilliant.Very knowledgable with lots of Edinburgh secrets to tell us.She was so friendly and helpful with one of the group who had to sit down often .

Thank Amanda D
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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!
8 July 2018|
Response from velimirm2018 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can.
21 June 2018|
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.