Private walking tour of Edinburgh's delights
Discover the very best that Edinburgh has to offer on this walking tour of the city.
Edinburgh is justly famous for its architecture and striking location. It is a bit like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the double character created by its most famous writer, Robert Louis Stevenson. The 18th century New Town, so full of grand buildings, long vistas and public gardens is the nice Dr Jekyll; while the mediaeval Old Town with its countless narrow alleys (closes), high buildings and frankly gory past, is the wicked Mr Hyde.
Take a stroll through the New Town and discover not all is as prim and proper as it seems. Saunter down the Royal Mile and learn that life was not all bad. Find out how you can visit Canada (Nova Scotia) while not setting foot outside Edinburgh. Discover why the World's End really is (for some at least) the end of the world. And all while enjoying one of the most visually arresting city landscapes in the world.
Starting in Charlotte Square, we will pass through the Georgian New Town and admire its neoclassical architecture and spectacular views before crossing through Princes Street Gardens to the Castle Esplanade. If you would like, we can then visit the Castle before gradually descending the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, exploring the buildings, history, lifestyle and culture of the old Town. Find out how the shape of the city influenced cultural and social life, and how the modern and the ancient co-exist today. Depending on your particular interests, and whether you would like to visit inside the Castle, the Palace or other buildings, the tour may last longer than 3 1/2 hours. Visits within the Castle and Holyrood would each add about 90 minutes to the time. Sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended at all seasons, along with wind/waterproof clothing as appropriate. The distance covered will be about 3 miles, with pauses.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: I will meet you in front of West Register House, on the west side of Charlotte Square, in the City Centre (EH2 4DR for satnav).
End Point Options: Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
Optional visits within the Castle and Holyrood would each add about 90 minutes to the time.
This is a walking tour, mostly over paved footpaths, with some cobbled streets and steps.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
63 Pounds Sterling - This is meant to cover the possible cost of snacks/refreshments, tea, coffee, postcards you might want on the tour, and the cost of admission to Holyrood Palace (£14/adult) and Edinburgh Castle (£18.50/adult)
I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.