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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

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  • Save up to two hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to Edinburgh Castle 
  • Avoid the lines and head straight inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Learn more about the castle's history on a guided tour 
Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
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With an inordinate amount of historic attractions to go see, you won’t want to waste any time during your vacation in Edinburgh. Save up to two hours of waiting with a skip-the-line admission ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of the Scottish capital’s most recognizable monuments. On a guided tour, discover secret histories and hidden details that you’d otherwise miss as you watch your guide bring the fortress’ history to life.

What to Expect

Your tour of Edinburgh Castle begins at a central Edinburgh location, where you’ll greet your guide and sail past long lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Having saved up to two hours of waiting time, explore the grounds of the castle and visit curiosities such as the world’s smallest shrine and a cemetery reserved exclusively for dogs.

Stroll through Crown Square, see the crown jewels of Scotland, and enrich your knowledge of Scottish military history in the National War Museum. Once your tour concludes, feel free to continue exploring the castle independently at your own pace.

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Reviewed today
Two Tours in One Day!

I really enjoyed my experience doing the Old Town tour of Edinburgh, so much so that I signed up for the Edinburgh Castle tour later that afternoon. Australian David was a very thorough tour guide, sharing key pieces of Scottish history but also telling some...More

Thank Megan K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Best Tour with Alasdair

We had an amazing and interesting tour with our guide Alasdair. He made the tour exciting with a story and an answer for any questions. He brought the tour to life. Would highly recommend as it includes the walk through the royal mile and then...More

Thank GraceToxicStar
Reviewed yesterday
I wish I could rate this higher

We must share a large part of the blame for this tour failing for us. I mistook the starting area for a later tour and we had to hoof it back up to the castle to try and catch the tour. When we got to...More

Thank michaelcE9872SO
Reviewed yesterday
walking tour of old town and Skip the line Edinburgh Castle

We were so fortunate to get Greg as a guide for our walking tour of the old town of Edinburgh last Saturday. He was very engaging with his group, had a wealth of knowledge but his best asset is his wicked sense of humor. We...More

Thank travelbugLennoxHead
Reviewed yesterday
Fantastic tours great way to experience the city!

We did both the free walking tour of the old town and the Castle tour. Our guide Adam was fantastic, very knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a limited time in the city and are so glad we chose to do these tours as we learnt...More

2  Thank Kath_NZ
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7 August 2018|
Response from Road-Maven | Reviewed this property |
About an hour and a half but I would say a good half hour is the walk from the meeting place, up the hill to the Castle.
7 August 2018|
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Response from Neb1078 | Reviewed this property |
They split the large group into two smaller groups with a guide each. Ours was 25 people I believe. Adam had plenty of time to engage with everyone in the group.
31 July 2018|
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Response from Road-Maven | Reviewed this property |
The tour ends in the Castle and quite frankly, you have plenty of time to see what's there. We felt we could do the castle on our own and skip the tour.