Searching for the best way to explore the rich history of Scotland’s capital city? Here is our list of some of Edinburgh’s best walking tours.
We have ambled through the best walking tours available online and constructed this list based on past customer reviews, sights included and the local knowledge levels of the guides. Enjoy.
FROM: £22/per person
Stuart Usher’s family has historic connections to Edinburgh – his great-great uncle Andrew Usher donated Usher hall to the city. If this acumen is not enough, Stuart is a fantastic guide and his commentary that encompasses history, culture and anecdotes about the famous characters of Edinburgh’s past is lively throughout the three hour walking tour. Tours are flexible and can be adapted to the needs of the visitors.
From £30/ per person
Many come to Scotland knowing about the whisky tours, but few will be aware that Edinburgh is host to an embarrassment of sugary riches as well. The local guide leads sugar toothed revelers on a 2.5 hour tour of the city that takes in some of the finest chocolatiers in Scotland, and yes, sampling is part of the package. The best thing about this walking tour is that the calories in chocolate consumed will all be burned off by the walking.
From £29/ per person
For history buffs and anybody who wishes to have the stunning old buildings that line the Royal Mile imbued with meaning and history, the historical walking tour is a great option. Taking two hours to wander towards Edinburgh castle along the Mile and the cobblestone alleys around, the tour finishes off at the Castle, with entrance tickets included in the price.
From £12/ per person
There is more to Edinburgh than meets the eye on the surface. Delve below the ground and a series of vaults dating back to the 18th Century can be found. While they housed a number of workshops and workers at one time, conditions were often too poor to stay down there long enough. Some believe that the notorious body snatchers Burke and Hare may have even used the vaults as a temporary storage space for their grizzly cargoes.
From £14/ per person
The classic open-top bus tour is perfectly suited to Edinburgh, especially for those who are not big fans of walking up steep hills. While not technically a walking tour, it inspires walking. Connecting all the major tourist sites of the city, and complete with onboard audio commentary, the hop-on, hop-off option is ideal for people who would rather explore more on their own. The route includes 14 different stops and tickets are valid for 24 hours.