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.
Edinburgh Real Fear Tour
FROM: £10.50/per person
Every town and city has its own spooky history, and Edinburgh is certainly no different. Guests can discover its dark and chilling past on this tour of the Old Town, where you’ll hear stories of torture, ghosts, hangings and witches, all told by an engaging storyteller dressed in full period costume. You’ll also get to visit Greyfriars Kirkyad, which is said to be one of the world’s most haunted graveyards.
EDINBURGH GUIDED WALKING TOUR
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.
Mini Mack Tours
If you’re looking for a more unusual way to explore Edinburgh, this could be the tour for you. Mini Mack runs private tours that allow you to traverse the city in the quirky confines of an iconic Mini Cooper, ducking into Edinburgh’s nooks and crannies and reaching parts that other more cumbersome cars cannot. Led by two local brothers, the tours range from two to four hours and can also include activities such as a hearty lunch in a local pub, or a private whisky and cheese tasting. There’ll be plenty of time to stretch your legs too, with stop-offs in several local villages.
Free Walking Tour
Free of charge
Free for all to join, this popular walking tour runs on a tips only basis, meaning you pay what you think it was worth. It lasts up to around 2 hours and is designed to immerse guests in the city’s rich history, taking in its religious heritage, ancient folklore, and literary past. Centred around the medieval Old Town, it is hosted by friendly, entertaining and informative guides who will navigate you through the streets and alleys of the city while regaling you with tales plucked from its unique back-story.
CITY SIGHTSEEING HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOUR
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.