View of the Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Edinburgh's Royal Mile © Mercat Tours

Secrets of the Royal Mile

From £13 PER ADULT

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January — December

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This walking tour is the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital. The first secret you’ll learn? That you can skip the line at Edinburgh Castle!

Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and guidebooks. Your expert guide will take you to the places where history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll be hanging on your tour guide’s every word, as the true stories of our capital’s past unfold.

The characters? Think Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. But you’ll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces – uncovering another side of our city, and Scotland’s past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here – expertly told by your Mercat guide.

Want to visit Edinburgh Castle? Skip the line with Mercat Tours.

The castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it.

Visit the castle with your Mercat guide, and you’ll walk straight over the drawbridge, and straight past the ticket line – to continue your history tour with a guided visit. The full walking tour of Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle, takes 2 hours and 15 minutes – simply choose this option when you book.

Prefer to join us for the 1 hour and 30 minute walking tour? That’s absolutely fine – there’s plenty to explore in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Contact details

Mercat Tours
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1QR
Starting
Edinburg Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
2h
Hours
Transport
Walking
Type
Medium Group (17-30) Private
Languages
English German
Themes
Ancestry Castles City Family History Outdoor Activities Walking Walking/Hiking

Tour prices

From

  • £13 Per adult
  • £8 Per child
  • £11 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Tour company information

Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours are the original five-star history and ghost tour company in Edinburgh. Established over 32 years ago, our accredited guides bring Edinburgh’s stories to life every day. We explore Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland and our Blair Street Underground Vaults. We offer Edinburgh experiences in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. With guaranteed departures on our small group tours.

Opening Times

Daily 9am to 10pm

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