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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.

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1 - 5 of 82 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Outstanding tour by Alistair

August 2018: An excellent and informative tour. Thanks to Alistair. Th group was kept moderately small too (only about 15 people).

Thank hascarrots
Reviewed 4 days ago
Worth the walking

We took the Mercat tour of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. It was a great way to get acclimated to Old Town on our first day in Edinburgh. We learned a lot about the architecture and the closes, and got a real sense of...More

Thank Geri S
Reviewed 6 days ago
Royal Mile

Our guide Nicky made this rainy afternoon very interesting. It was full of historic interesting places and stories, told in a amusing way.

Thank Dan N
MercatToursLtd, Manager at Mercat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Dan, That is high praise indeed, our storyteller made you forget the rainy weather! All the best Shirley

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour with Emma!

Had a lively walking tour of Edinburgh with Emma who brought the history of the city to life. She paced the tour well and explained many details of the buildings we visited and the different sections of the city. The tour of the castle was...More

Thank Geri R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best way to understand history

Simon our guide was great Lots of anecdotes and he avoided the festival pack. By chance we went to the portrait gallery first which was not only exceptional but the portraits were in historical order with a brief history

1  Thank Mark W
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8 July 2018|
Response from Velimir M | Reviewed this property |
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22 June 2018|
Response from Jennifer M | Reviewed this property |
I think our guided tour prior to the Castle was an hour and a half - maybe two hours? And then we got an overview of the castle and could stay afterwards on our own.