The Best of Edinburgh

Half-day tour

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Enter the Castle

An efficient and stylish introduction to Edinburgh.  Understand the new town and the old town, explore winding passageways, an atmospheric graveyard and the city’s most famous church. You’ll end the tour with a one-hour orientation tour of the world-famous Edinburgh castle. Your guide can either leave you there for further exploration or drop you off at a lunch reservation we’ve made for you, tailored to your tastes.

This Private Walking Tour Includes

Pickup by your guide at your hotel or apartment

Insights into the Royal Mile - the center of the Old Town in Edinburgh

Stories of execution in Grassmarket

Time to shop for souvenirs in Edinburgh's loveliest boutiques

A stroll through the most haunted Graveyard in Scotland

An interior tour of St Giles Cathedral, the highest church in Scotland (services permitting)

An option to see a highlight or two at The National Museum of Scotland with your guide

Entrance ticket and private orientation tour inside the world-famous Edinburgh castle

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Tour Details

Price

From £310, including castle tickets.


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Optional Add-On (+ 1 hr)
Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh’s Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited site in all of Scotland, and the most attacked placed in the UK! Learn about the real life Red Wedding, see one of the largest cannons in Europe, and discover how Scotland stole the Stone of Destiny back from the English.


Time

10am – 1pm


Meeting point

Your professional local tour guide will meet you at your hotel, apartment, or central Edinburgh location. Airport transfers can be arranged — just let us know upon booking.


Availability

Every day, year-round except Christmas day.

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This tour doesn’t run 24th-26th December. If you would like a tour on these days, please email our team at requests@totallytailored.com.


Not included

Lunch (we can make reservations for you).


Languages Available
Sample Itinerary

We’ll Come to You
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel, apartment, or central
Edinburgh location. Airport transfers can be arranged.

Walk down the Royal Mile
Experience the 500 year old royal mile’s picturesque architecture, have a
wander in the 12th century St Giles cathedral and walk between cute little
shops up to the Castle.

Greyfriars Kirkyard
Visit one of the oldest and most historic graveyards in Edinburgh. Here you’ll find out the Covenanters, visit the medieval wall around the city, visit the grave of Greyfriars Bobby (the city’s most famous dog), and maybe find Tom Riddle’s Grave.

Grassmarket
The Grassmarket has been transformed from a medieval marketplace into a modern city square. Full of cafes and pubs, it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch or a wee dram of whisky if wish.

Princes Street
Walk between the Old and New Town of Edinburgh, discover the dark past behind Princes Street Gardens, and marvel at the famous Scott Monument.

St Giles Cathedral
The Cathedral which isn’t a Cathedral, St Giles is now the religious centre of Scotland. Your guide will bring to life this 12th Century church, and you’ll even discover some angels playing bagpipes.

Explore Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh’s Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited site in all of Scotland, and the most attacked placed in the UK. Learn about the real life Red Wedding, see one of largest cannon in Europe, and discover how Scotland stole the Stone of Destiny back from the English. Your guide can leave you here if you want to explore more or take you to a recommended restaurant or back to your hotel.

Advice and Support for the Rest of Your Trip
We like to stay in touch, so if there are any questions, big or small, for the rest of your trip, we welcome you to message us. We’re always happy to help.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your tours private?

Yes, all our tours are private and can be customized to our guests’ interests.



Do you accommodate large groups?

This tour is designed for groups of 1-5 people. For groups of over 5 guests, please email us at requests@totallytailored.com and we’ll help you craft your ideal trip.


Should I tip my guide?

Tips for your guide are never expected, but they do show you think your guide did a brilliant job! If you would like to tip your guide, please do so directly during the tour (10 – 15% is customary).


Have More Questions?

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