Edinburgh for American visitors

A walking tour around the iconic landmarks of Edinburgh exploring the history of the city and its links with American-Scottish ancestry.

Calling all American visitors! Over 15 million Americans have Scottish ancestry - and if that’s you, join us on the only walking tour of Edinburgh that explores both the history of the city and also your ancestral links with Scotland. Explore the iconic landmarks of Edinburgh with a local guide, and reclaim your ancient heritage of kings and queens, castles and clans.

Date: Every day from Saturday 29 June

Time: 10.30am and 2pm

Location: starts from Greyfriars Kirkyard in the centre of Edinburgh EH1 2QQ

It’s a journey through a thousand years of history to learn about the famous people, good and bad, who have called this city home. Learn how, why and when your ancestors left Scotland for America. Discover the Scottish rebellion that led to the American revolution.

Follow in the footsteps of Franklin, Twain and Frederick Douglass to discover how our countries have intertwined since time immemorial.

This tour is entertaining, informative and unique. 

Frederick Douglass said that Edinburgh is ‘a beautiful city … the most beautiful I have ever seen.’ Ben Franklin considered his time in Scotland as ‘six weeks of the densest happiness I have met with in any part of my life.’ Washington Irving wrote, ‘I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.’

Join our tour and find out why. 

90 minutes.

From £15 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Willow Tours

14 Craighouse Road
EH10 5LQ

Tour information




  • Bespoke
  • Large Group (31+)
  • Medium Group (17-30)
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • Ancestry
  • City
  • History
  • Walking

Tour prices

From £15 Per Adult £13 Per Child

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Willow Tours

Tour company information

Willow Tours

Free walking tours of Edinburgh city centre

Opening times

Every day

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