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Tickets for Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle: Walking Tour + Skip The Line

From Mary Queen of Scots to city streets and scotch - a fun-packed tour for all

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Mercat Tours
Registered address: 28 Blair St, EH1 1QR, Edinburgh, GB
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Start time: 13:00
Duration: 2h 15mins
Max group size: 18
Skip the line
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Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

135-minute guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile
Small group with an English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line entrance to Edinburgh Castle

What's not included

Audio guide (available for Edinburgh Castle for an extra fee in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese)

Important information

Edinburgh Castle doesn't admit visitors with bags larger than 25-liter of capacity. No locker available.

Meeting point

Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1RF, Edinburgh

  • Get a fun tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile in a small group and feel the history come to life
  • Skip the line at Edinburgh Castle - no queues for you, just stories of Scotland's thrilling past
  • Find out about the Scottish capital's famous residents - past and present - from royalty and writers to philosophers and everyday Edinburgh citizens

The taste of haggis, the sound of bagpipes, and a looming castle on a hill - Scotland's capital has it all! Uncover Edinburgh's secrets on a guided walk through its historic streets, then skip the line to Edinburgh Castle for the lowdown on its residents - past and present.

Away from the tour buses and guidebooks, you'll be led down wynds, closes, and courtyards with your expert guide for a history lesson on Edinburgh.

Hear true stories about the city's crime, culture, politics and everyday events. Find out how people like Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns shaped Edinburgh's culture, politics and more, then skip the line for a tour of Edinburgh Castle.

Learn about who died here, who battled for what, which sieges were successful, and which were not.

There's a lot to soak up - but you can always wash it down with some Scotch whisky later!

  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide at the starting point. The guides wear an orange name badge and a black cloak and stand at the Mercat Cross
  • The tour will end at the main entrance of Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh Castle esplanade). You may roam Edinburgh Castle at your own leisure
  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

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Heidi,  United States United States
03 Sep 2023
Excellent
Wonderful experience! Our guide, Nicky was a wealth of information and was a pure delight. A small group tour along with provided headphones, ensured we heard all of Nicky's stories and...
Wonderful experience! Our guide, Nicky was a wealth of information and was a pure delight. A small group tour along with provided headphones, ensured we heard all of Nicky's stories and information. It was the best way to experience the Royal Mile and the Castle. Highly recommend!
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Erin,  United States United States
08 Jul 2023
Excellent
Surpassed my expectations by far - so many things I never would’ve known without the tour. And our tour guide Linda was phenomenal, a true historian and very entertaining!
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John,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
26 Jul 2022
Excellent
Absolutely awesome… the “caddy” was well spoken and friendly, made sure the group was safe and kept together, answered questions and as a medieval warfare historian she was very knowledge
Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour & Edinburgh Castle

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