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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Starting time
10:00 or 13:00
135 minutes including Edinburgh Castle. 90 minutes for the walk alone
  • 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!

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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
Audio guide (available for Edinburgh Castle for an extra fee in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese)
Starting point
Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1RF, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, EH1 2NG, Edinburgh
  • 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
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Ratings & reviews
1 Review

Aug 10, 2019
Interesting experience saw some things you wouldn’t find in regular tours

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