Edinburgh Old Town through the eyes of a local


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for anyone traveling with children.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

Friendly and fun tour of the best places with a local who loves his city

My private tour is perfect for anyone looking to get a great overview of the city in a fun and friendly manner, whether you are a first time visitor or have been here many times before, I'll show you Edinburgh through the eyes of a local.

I like to let people know really what makes the city so special and I'll take you away from the crowds and see the best Edinburgh has to offer on the lesser walked paths as well as seeing the "must see sights. "

We cover everything from culture, festivals, literature and manageable bites of history you can relate to whisky and modern day politics, I'm happy to talk about anything Edinburgh and Scottish and let you know what locals really think and where we really go to eat and drink.

I'm always happy to include something specific you would like as well, we can visit the roof of St Giles Cathedral, I can take you for a whisky tasting in a real local pub, visit some great coffee shops or make recommendations for anything you would like to do.


The tour will take in key areas of the Royal Mile; St Giles Cathedral, old alleyways, Greyfriars Church, Victoria Street, the Grassmarket and the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. As we explore you'll find out more about the characters and events who shaped Edinburgh that have resulted in books famous the world over, find out what it took to be accused of being a witch and how Edinburgh became famous in the world of medicine. Also, places of interest and good places to eat and drink will be pointed out. After your tour you'll know all the need to know about our great city.

It's always best to be prepared for the weather, raincoats and umbrellas are often needed but there are also plenty of dry spots to shelter during the day as well.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Old Town tours start from the main entrance of St Giles Cathedral (High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE)

End location: The tour will end back on the Royal Mile nearby St Giles where we started unless you have a specific request for somewhere to end at, such as the castle, a restaurant etc.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

The tours are generally 2.5 hours but sometimes take slightly longer if we have had a break for any reason.


This will be a walking tour, we can start from the main entrance of St Giles Cathedral or your hotel if it is near the Royal Mile.

What’s Included

On this tour the fee covers all guiding time and transportation for your guide to reach the Royal Mile.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 GBP - There are no "necessary" payments on this tour other than than fee, however if anyone wants to visit the roof of St Giles it is £5pp and for any coffee/whisky breaks some more money will be required.

What’s Extra

Any personal expenses are not included.

A Recent Review of this tour

Will is just a terrific guide. He's friendly, funny and incredibly smart. As near as I can tell, he knows all there is to know about Scotland in general and Edinburgh in particular. It was a pleasure to spend part of our vacation with him!
Tracy Merrill

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