Friendly walking tours of Edinburgh city centre. Everybody welcome. Experience the culture and history of Edinburgh with a knowledgeable guide. Find secret nooks and crannies all over the city. Welcome to Edinburgh! Edinburgh Welcome Tours provides friendly walking tours of the city. There are three tours all covering different areas - "Classic Old Town", "New Town & Dean Village Delights" and "Highs and Hidden Lows" Tours begin at 9.30am every day. We also specialise in individual bespoke tours. With these tours we agree a start time and duration of tour to suit you. We discuss your interests and which areas of the city you have already seen and then we create a tour that is unique to you.
Edinburgh Welcome Tours provides friendly walking tours of the city. There are three tours all covering different areas -
"Classic Old Town", "New Town & Dean Village Delights" and "Highs and Hidden Lows"
We also specialise in individual bespoke tours. With these tours we agree a start time and duration of tour to suit you. The tour can also start from your hotel or any main part of the city. We discuss your interests and which areas of the city you have already seen and then we create a tour that is unique to you. These tours are usually walking but can involve the use of taxis or local buses (the bus services are fantastic!) and our guide will travel with you showing you the sights and sounds of the city. An example of this type of tour is to combine parts of all the three tours above, incorporating many stops for refreshments at local cafes and public houses and for the more adventurous add in a section of walking round or over the Salisbury crags and Arthur's Seat viewing some of the geological rocks and visiting the historic village of Duddingston where we can see various wildfowl in the wildlife reserve.
The "Classic Old Town" tour winds through the old town which is the oldest part of the designated UNESCO world heritage site. We start at Edinburgh castle which sits high above the city centre on castle rock. This dramatic rock has sheer drops falling down to Princes Street Gardens. Stretching downhill from the castle is the famous Royal Mile along which are some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh. The John Knox house for example, dates back to 1470. We walk along all the different sections of the Royal Mile. All the way along the street are numerous wynds, closes and courts which you will be able to explore and learn about. The tour ends at the Palace of Holyroodhouse which is the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament.
The "New Town & Dean Village Delights" tour is also within the UNESCO world heritage area. The "New Town" is not particularly new, dating back to 1767! Within this area we will learn all about Princes and George Streets and the mainly pedestrian Rose Street which is hidden between them. The tour passes through Charlotte Square which is just one of the green squares in the area. We will see many of the elegant homes still inhabited within the New Town. The area was designed with large private gardens throughout and many residents still enjoy the privilege of these lovely green spaces. Further still and tucked away under the immense Dean bridge structure is a "secret" village where we finish the tour. With the Water of Leith providing a pretty stream flowing through this beautful peaceful village, nobody would guess that these tranquil homes are actually within a stones throw from the city centre.
The "Highs and Hidden Lows" tour visits the hidden lower levels of Edinburgh city passing under many of the famous bridges and below the main streets of the Old Town. Edinburgh was constructed in a way that meant that many of the poorer people lived slightly below ground, while the richer classes were in the same buildings but at the higher levels. This has left a fascinating maze of streets that lead steeply up and down around the old city. The tour passes the famous statue of Greyfriars Bobby next to Greyfriars Kirk (or church). There are many tales of Bobby, the loyal dog who, when his master died, stayed guarding the grave for fourteen years. After that the tour leads to the Grassmarket which as it's name suggests is where various markets were held here throughout the years. From the mid 1600s until the late 1700s it was however a public execution site where hangings took place. On a lighter note at the end of the tour we will climb the short distance to the top of Calton Hill from where we can take in the impressive views that Edinburgh has to offer.
Edinburgh has such an interesting and varied history. It has produced many great inventors, scientists, writers and more. The city has UNESCO world heritage status due to large well preserved historical buildings. There are always a large variety of theatre, film and cultural shows and events taking place and of course Edinburgh hosts many festivals throughout the year. It is a beautiful city and a wonderful place to visit. Edinburgh Welcome Tours Guides tell people about the history, culture and sights of our city.
We hope that everyone who joins us on a tour will leave not only with a deeper knowledge of the city but also with a feeling that Edinburgh is a home from home and will choose to visit us again soon.