Tour Information

      4 hours

         Walking tour. Easy difficulty, mostly downhill. 
    Group size: Up to 25 guests per guide.
     Tickets required for Edinburgh Castle. Contact our Booking Service for group tickets.
     Some cobbled streets involved on this tour.
     Edinburgh Castle: Courtesy vehicle available on pre-order.

Discover the fascinating history of the famous Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.

Meet at The Hub, walk up to castle esplanade. If visiting castle allow approx 90 minutes, with 30 minutes orientation by the guide then 60 minutes free time. Otherwise, if not willing/able to pay castle entrance simply spend 10 – 15 minutes on Esplanade.

Then walk down Royal Mile, visiting various closes off Lawnmarket – Milnes Court, Writer’s Close.
Arrive at Parliament Square. Visit St Giles Church ( approx 20 minutes). If very small group of 4 – 6 people possible to visit Parliament Hall behind Parliament Square ( approx 20 minutes).
Explain Mercat Cross and City Chambers opposite Cross.
Continue down Royal Mile, pause at Tron Church.

Pass John Knox House, Storytelling Centre and former Netherbow Town Gate.

Continue down Canongate, visiting closes and gardens of this area en route – Dunbar Close, Whitehorse Close.

Arrive at Holyrood. Allow 60 minutes to visit Palace if this is to be included. Otherwise explain about the Palace from outside. Also explain Parliament building. Possible to enter Parliament if of interest. Free tours are available on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Guide can take groups to Debating Chamber on those days, and also any days when Parliament is not in session ( throughout the summer recess).

With a young energetic group an alternative route would be to take North Bridge to Princes Street and take group up Calton Hill for superb views of old and new Edinburgh. Then from Calton Hill descend Jacob’s Steps from Regent Road and arrive at Holyrood.

Another meeting place is often Charlotte Square. Proceed along George Street, turn down Frederick Street to reach Princes Street. Enter Princes Street Gardens and walk to Mound. From there walk up the hill to the Royal Mile and pick up the walk as above at the Castle.

How to Book a Guide for This Tour

There are two ways to book an STGA guide.

1. Browse through our guides using the blue Find Your Guide search box at the top of this page.

2. Contact our guide Booking Service using the enquiry form under the Find Your Guide search box. This puts you in direct contact with our staff – you tell us your requirements, and let us locate the right guide for your tour. A booking fee will apply – learn more about STGA booking fees.

Optional Venue Visits

Edinburgh Castle fast-track entry ticket – skip the que at the Castle ticket office. By booking tickets through us your guide will have the tickets ready at hand for your group on your tour. 

Ticket Type – Edinburgh Castle Price
Adult (age 16-59) £16.50
Concession (age 60+) £13.20
Child (age 5-15) £9.90
Child Under 5 Free

Guide Rates for This Tour

Average rates charged by our guides for this tour are available below. The exact rate will be confirmed with you before payment. Learn more about STGA guiding rates.

Guide Service Average Rates
English Half Day £135 – £155
Language Half Day £165 – £190

Need to Speak to a Human?

To speak to us directly, call our Booking Service on (+44) 01786 451 953.
Our office is open Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:00, including most bank holidays.


Royal Mile:  MyImages – Micha / Shutterstock.com