Discover The Fascinating History of the Famous Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile.


Available All Year Available in English & 20+ Languages

Cost: Half Day Guide Fee
Duration: 4 hours
Start Time: 09:00 or 13:00, or by arrangement with your guide
Difficulty: Walking tour: Easy difficulty, mostly downhill
Group Size: 1 – 25 per guide
Access: Some cobbled streets, uneven pavement. Edinburgh Castle: Assisted wheelchair access.

 Included: Tourist guide for private group tour.
 Not Included: All entrance fees. See entry ticket options.
 Cancellation: 100% refund up to 7 days before. View full terms


Meet your guide at: Outside The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE. 

After meeting your guide, walk up to castle esplanade and visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Allow approximately 90 minutes for visiting the castle, with 30 minutes orientation by the guide then 60 minutes free time to explore the entire castle.

Proceed by walking down Royal Mile, visiting various closes off Lawnmarket – Milnes Court, Writer’s Close.

Coffee break – take the weight off your feet with a hot or cold drink.

Proceed to Parliament Square. Visit St Giles Church. If very small group of 4–6 people, possible to visit Parliament Hall behind Parliament Square.

Visit the 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.

Visit the Scottish Parliament from the outside.

Arrive at Holyrood Palace and learn about the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland. If visiting the Palace, allow 60 minutes for the visit. 



Book one of our guides to conduct this tour for you. As this is a walking tour that involves busy roads and venues, the maximum group size per guide is 25. This limit is for both group safety and tour quality purposes.

How to book your STGA guide for this tour:

1. Contact a guide directly to arrange the tour with them



[sta_anchor id=”fees” unsan=”Fees”]COSTS: GUIDE FEES[/sta_anchor]

Service Average Rate
Half Day (up to 4 hrs) English £170 – £215
Full Day (up to 8 hrs) English £275 – £325
Half Day (up to 4 hrs) Another Language £200 – £245
Full Day (up to 8 hrs) Another Language £315 – £365
Half Day (up to 4 hrs) Driver-Guiding From £375
Full Day (up to 8 hrs) Driver-Guiding £540 – £650

 This tour requires a guide booked for a Half Day tour. 


[sta_anchor id=”tickets”]TICKETS TO EDINBURGH CASTLE[/sta_anchor]

  • Entry tickets are required for all guests on the tour who wish to visit Edinburgh Castle. These tickets are not included in the guide fee or booking fee. To purchase tickets for your group, please indicate to us how many tickets you require when making your booking enquiry. 
  • Our guide does not require an Edinburgh Castle ticket for this tour.  


[sta_anchor id=”terms”]TERMS, CONDITIONS, & CANCELLATION[/sta_anchor]

  • 100% refund on guide fee for tour cancelled up to 7 days before tour start.
  • 50% refund on guide fee for tour cancelled up to 1 working day before tour start.
  • Any Booking Fees paid when booking through our Booking Service are non-refundable.
  • Edinburgh Castle tickets are non-refundable.
  • View our full Terms & Conditions Here.



  • We strongly recommend that anyone using our guides arrange for themselves suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance.
  • Our guides can be booked for this tour either by using our Booking Service or by booking the guide directly.



For general enquiries, please contact:
  +44 (0)1786 447784

Our office is open Monday–Friday, 09:00-17:00 including most bank holidays.



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