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Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle

  • Get oriented in Edinburgh on a historical walking tour ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Save hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket for Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness a guide inject life and humor into the history of Edinburgh 
Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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There’s no better way to orient yourself in Edinburgh than on a historical walking tour—especially one that includes skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle. Get acquainted with the city’s fascinating history on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, whose cobbled streets and narrow alleys lend themselves well to wandering. Then, save up to three hours waiting in line with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Ideal for first-time visitors, this guided tour provides a great introduction to top Edinburgh attractions.
What to Expect
This Edinburgh historical tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a route filled with medieval cobbled streets and alleys, learn about dramatic historical events and tick off Royal Mile monuments such as St. Giles Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, and Canongate Kirk.
Continue to Castle Hill to enjoy panoramic vistas of Edinburgh before gliding past long lines outside of Edinburgh Castle with your skip-the-line admission ticket. Inside, embark on a guided tour that covers the Royal Palace, Stone of Destiny, and the Honours of Scotland.
Bid farewell to your guide at the castle.
Reviews (393)
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Reviewed today
Linda from Mercat tours was AMAZING

Linda was well informed, personable and enthusiastic. Excellent use of time! We learned a lot. She weaved in personal conversations with each of the people touring. I would welcome the opportunity to tour with her again!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PaulMcB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Worth it!

Linda was amazing, having a guide in the City was an eye opener, getting all the history of Edinburgh and Royal history was fantastic, learnt and appreciated the city so much more from Linda's knowledge, fantasy?

Thank F5052OLcolinw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Emma is Excellent

Our tour guide Emma made such an effort to relay information that was interesting and informative. The tour was well organized and a small group probably due to it being December. Even with the gusty winds while touring the castle, Emma never missed a beat...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Janjoslyn52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great tour that shows interesting things just off the main streets

I really enjoyed this tour (December 2018 with Margaret Anne). There are so many interesting things to see and stories to hear just off the High street that you probably wouldn't know about unless you did this tour. Group size was good - we all...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank john3136
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
So informative

It was a walking tour, yet we didn’t actually walk too far. Simon was my guide and he was excellent, so informative, knowledgeable and friendly. The stories were hilarious and serious and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour.More

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MercatToursLtd, Operations Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a lovely review online. One of the great things about Edinburgh is that it's rather compact - you never have to walk too far! I'm very happy you had such a fabulous time...More

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29 December 2018|
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Response from LVNVRichard | Reviewed this property |
I took the 10:00 tour, which started on the Royal Mile, and we entered the castle around 11:00. Even after the completion of the guided tour, that still left a bit of time to look around before 1:00. As far as I can tell... More
Ellie A
19 August 2018|
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Response from randyd667 | Reviewed this property |
The Crown Jewels are here as well as The Stone of Destiny!
Heidi B
8 July 2018|
Response from velimirm2018 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can.