About this Sightseeing Tour

History walks and ghost tours, from Edinburgh’s award-winning storytellers. Small and safe group walking tours in Edinburgh’s Old Town and Royal Mile. Accredited Guides.

Guided Walking Tour (shared) + Edinburgh Castle entrance


Book this tour if you’d like…

• A unique journey round the sites, stories and secrets of the Old Town you might otherwise miss
• A tour led and loved by Mercat historians
• A wonderful introduction to Edinburgh, it’s past and people
• A guided visit to Edinburgh Castle

Our beautiful city is waiting for you…

The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can’t take you, and the guide books don’t show you is where our real stories can be found – the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh.
We’ll paint a vivid picture of our colourful past and people – see the secrets and tell the tales – the culture, crime and politics of Scotland’s capital. This is an experience shared by Mercat historians.

Available for the first time in 2014, your experience of the medieval city is then completed with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation’s story.
Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. Visit the Castle and let your Mercat guide reveal it’s remarkable history.

Tour Times:
27/08/20-31/10/20 Thursday-Sunday at 10.00 & 13.00
From 01/11/20-31/03/21 Friday-Sunday at 13:00

Schedule 2021-2022:
From 01/04/21-31/10/21: Daily at 10:00 hrs & 13:00 hrs
From 01/11/21-31/03/21: Daily at 13:00

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (01/04/20-31/03/21)

Start: Mercat Cross, High Street, Edinburgh.
Finish: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill

**No Tours: 11/11 & 24/12-25/12**

Advanced booking essential.

Last Updated: 12.03.2021


CHILD POLICY: Children under 5 years old are not permitted on these tours. 5-15 year old are charged at reduced rate (see tariff).

CANCELLATION POLICY: once confirmed the booking may be cancelled free of charge up to 48 hours prior to to tour. Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior and any non-arrivals will be charged in full.