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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    The walks normally take 3 1/2 hours (half-day) or seven hours (full-day) but can be modified to suit your requirements as can the route and itinerary.

    Visitors will be shown the delights of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the 'old town' and the 'new town', together with a delightful commentary from Stuart or Richard on the celebrated characters that hail from the city and the history, the culture and the architectural splendour of the city.

    Your guides will discuss people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes), Deacon Brodie (the original 'Jekyll and Hyde'), JK Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) and Sir Walter Scott (the great historical romance author).

    In addition, they speak with authority on the intellectual giants associated with Edinburgh and the Enlightenment such as the philosopher David Hume, and the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith.

    Places, 'closes' and buildings associated with these individuals can be visited.

    Also, most of the major historical sites of interest will be covered and you will visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral.

    On the full-day tour there will be time to see the Queen's official Scottish residence, Holyrood Palace, and to see the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. There will also be time to see more attractions in the New Town (don't be fooled by the name, construction of the 'new town' started in the 1700's!). 

    The tour can be paused any time you wish for e.g. for refreshments at any of the delightful pubs and eating establishments on the route.

    There will be plenty of excitement and fun and lots of opportunities to take some memorable photographs of the best-known landmarks of Scotland's glorious and ancient capital city!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, UK

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off if requested
    • Private tour
    • Cost of food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Wheelchair possible but there are hills and steps
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews stuart usher three hours usher hall personal guide small group fantastic walking old town royal mile deacon brodie informed guide interesting guide nooks and crannies his extensive knowledge amazing city fascinating stories ask questions full day tour
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We did a 3.5-hour walking tour with Richard Usher on Aug 1st. He was truly fantastic, remembering all of our names, and presented a fact-filled, historical and fun tour of Edinburgh that we really enjoyed. There were about 9 in our group, including a couple...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank GerIRL2dot0
    Stuart U, Manager at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Dear Gerl Many thanks for your lovely Review, very much appreciated. I am so happy that you so enjoyed your Tour of our fair city with Richard. Old Clients of ours quite often return for another Tour with us, as you noted with the other...More

    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    It was fantastic to walk Edinburgh with Richard Usher, he was the consummate guide to a fabulous, multi-faceted city. He was knowledgeable, erudite and his connection to the city through Usher Hall makes the tour a little more personal.

    Thank DonnaS237
    Reviewed 8 September 2019

    This was our first time to Scotland. We had not plan to get to Edinburgh but our schedule allowed a block of 6 hours to get to Edinburgh from Glasgow and tour the city. We were fortunate to be able to get connected with the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank April C
    Stuart U, Manager at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Dear April Great thanks to you for your truly wonderful Review of your Tour with Richard. You called the Tour 'exquisite' which is a wonderful compliment and so much appreciated by all of us at Edinburgh Guided Tour. So glad that you managed to squeeze...More

    Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

    We had a 3 hour private tour with Stuart. He is funny, opinionated (“those monkeys on the Council”), and, unfortunately, a bit forgetful. The tour is a bit slow because of the latter; however, whether you are new to the city or have been here...More

    Thank RichardinOhio
    Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Dear Richard Thank you for your generally favourable Review. I regret that you felt that my forgetfulness slowed the Tour down and also that you were disappointed that you did not see enough of the New Town. Please come to Edinburgh again and we will...More

    Reviewed 31 August 2019

    A true master piece. It's like walking through a painted work of art. The scenery is so breathtaking and beautiful like a fairytale scenery. Nice place for dating or having a romantic weekend in the woods with your partner.More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank seabass2233
    Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Dear Seabass Thank you very much indeed for your marvellous Review. I recall you well as that keen Aussie photographer. Edinburgh is a great city for keen photographers. Right now the future film called 'Fast and Furious' is being shot in the Old Town of...More

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    Response from carlafrancis46 | Reviewed this property |
    I am not sure if he conducts larger groups. I recommend contacting him.
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