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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour

Highlights
  • 2-hour historical walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town
  • Idea for first-time visitors and history enthusiasts
  • Explore Edinburgh's UNESCO-listed Old Town and see the might Edinburgh Castle
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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour
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Depart on your Old Edinburgh Guided Tour at 2pm.
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Depart on your Old Edinburgh Guided Tour at 7pm.
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Overview

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 2-hour tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides photographic evidence of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.

What to Expect

Your historical tour begins at the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, an atmospheric graveyard in the heart of Edinburgh’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. As you walk to your first location, your guide transports you back in time using vivid descriptions and photographs of old Edinburgh.

Delve into the capital’s gory past on a visit to three former execution spots and the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison, the scene of Scotland’s most infamous assassination. See, too, Edinburgh Castle from its hilltop perch, and listen to stories featuring some of Scotland’s most famous figures: Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Robert Burns all feature.

Following two hours of exploration, bid your guide farewell outside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Reviews (44)
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Reviewed yesterday
Excellent tour

I had a really great tour with Robert. Robert is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who is filled with very interesting information and history about Edinburgh. His voice is captivating. His appearance is professional. He engages with each member of his tour. He tells...More

Thank DERICK S
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Derick, Many thanks for your very kind review. I was really appreciative of your supportive nature, not only with the cancellation of your previous tour due to family reasons and me having missed booking out the tour, but with your kind tip and your...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Excellent guided tour!

Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make...More

Thank sharonnewell01
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Sharon, Thank you for your very kind review. You got a very different type of tour - one I used notes for on the route itself - and I really appreciate your kindness in allowing me to use these to ensure I gave you...More

Reviewed 6 days ago
Perfect Way to Explore Old Edinburgh

During our honeymoon in Scotland, our travel agent booked us on Robert's walking tour of Old Edinburgh. After participating, I can't think of a better way to see the city and learn about it's rich history. Robert was funny, knowledgeable, used visuals, and clearly has...More

Thank Claire V
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate it! You were both a delight to take around the city. A good tour is as much down to the audience and their responses to my stories as it is to the stories themselves. You...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Old Edinburgh

A great couple of hours exploring the Old city. Robert was very knowledgeable, friendly and brought the story to lifeMore

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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your really kind and positive review. I'm particularly chuffed about the 'bringing the story to life' part of your comment as that's such a huge part of what I set out to try and do with each group. Thank you...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Don’t miss this!

If this is your first time in Edinburgh (actually even if it’s not), Robert’s talk is a brilliant way to start. He is a fantastic speaker, storyteller and personality. He delves back and forth in time, using great illustrations and photographs from his folder, and...More

Thank Alcabe
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I'm really 'bowled over' by your comments! Thank you so much for leaving such a positive and job-affirming set of comments. I'm very fortunate to have guests like you who take to what I'm saying and what I've been trying to do. I do hope...More

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Rebecca G
5 September 2018|
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I'm so sorry I didn't see this. William L is correct, I have confirmation of bookings, all you need to do is give me your name. If anyone else has this issue (which is an email issue and not on 'our side of things... More
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21 August 2018|
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Hi there, yes that's absolutely possible! Would you like to text me so I can give you my email address? 07590026077 Thanks.
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Linda S
18 April 2018|
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Apologies, I didn't realise I could post answers here! I do hope you had a lovely time in Edinburgh, Yours, Robert - Historic Edinburgh Tours
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