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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

From US$42.70
  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save up to three hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
What to Expect

This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk.

Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland.

Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Tour

We really enjoyed this tour - our Guide Nicky was informative and kept us entertained. We had a beautiful day - which certainly helped. The street was very busy - but Nicky ensured she found quiet places off side streets to chat to us. The...More

Thank Lorraine R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Richard w

Our guide Margret-Ann was delightful! We learned so much more about the city and castle from her than we ever could have on our own. She always welcomed questions. Go to Edinburgh in April, we had less than 10 folks on this tour!!

Thank RickWilcox
Reviewed 1 week ago
A great tour with a wonderful guide & priceless nuggets of information

This is a good tour to take. It takes about 3 hours. The tour is well organized & our tour guide - Mr. Simon - conducted it well. He was well informed about the city's history & his sense of humour added warmth on a...More

1  Thank Ritvik S
MercatToursLtd, Operations Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much, Ritvik! We are so pleased that your tour was so interesting and that it provided you with little stories to take home and make you think of Edinburgh. It is a real honour for us to be able too play a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Decent but was slightly boring

Great guide but we were slightly bored towards the end. The street was too busy to really listen well to the history and when we arrived at the castle we were hoping to just explore but had to listen to more talking. Overall, if you...More

Thank nancynell112001
MercatToursLtd, Operations Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are really sorry it was difficult to hear the guide at times. This is something we are working on, as the city has never been so busy! All of our tours are based on storytelling,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knowledgeable guide and interesting tour

We had a very interesting walk up the Royal Mile with Emma today to Edinburgh Castle. Emma was very knowledgeable and the pictures shown to us of people and buildings of the era added to the storytelling of the history of Edinburgh. It was a...More

Thank Victoria S
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Victoria, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your Secrets of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle with Emma, It was a very cold day and the suggestion you make of possibly going indoors at some point is definitely worth consideration. Kindest Regards...More

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April 7, 2018|
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Response from Terri N |
Did this tour today (12th April 2017) where we started the tour at 1pm at Mercat cross and the time stamp on my entry ticket to the castle at 14:33 so it is just shy of an hour and a half before entering the castle. Hope... More
arthur g
April 7, 2018|
Response from kww629 |
I have the same question. How long is the tour PRIOR TO the castle entry?