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Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour with Optional Edinburgh Castle Tour

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 293401SECRETS
Learn the secrets of Edinburgh's historic past on this afternoon walking tour of the city's famous Royal Mile. Upgrade your walking tour to include a tour of the historic Edinburgh Castle.
Begin your tour at the Mercat Cross which marks the historic heart of Edinburgh. Here merchants gathered to trade: 'Mercat' is simply the Scots word for market. The townspeople met to exchange news and gossip and listen to public pronouncements, and visitors to the city came here to find a guide who was both city grapevine and taxi driver!

Pick up your guide at the Mercat Cross and let him entertain you with stories from Edinburgh's past. Since the earliest times, Edinburgh has been at the forefront of religious and legal matters in Scotland. St Giles Cathedral was founded in 854 AD and has been site of some of the most dramatic events in the nation's history. The Protestant Reformers, the brave Covenanters and the fiery Jenny Geddes who threw her chair at the Bishop - hear about them all.

Home to the earliest skyscrapers in Europe, some famous Edinburgh tenements were 14 stories high. After defeat by the English in 1513 the city fathers build the Flodden Wall around Edinburgh to protect against invasion. As the population grew, the city could not expand outwards, so it grew upwards. It is said that people, ten stories up, could reach out and shake hands with their neighbors in the opposite building!

Your tour ventures down the narrow passageways into courtyards where you learn of tragedy and triumph, marvel at the stunning architecture - and recoil at the cry "gardyloo". The Royal Mile was home to the great, the good - and the not so good - of Edinburgh. Deacon Brodie, locksmith by day and thief by night, inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Deacon Brodie and many others populate this enthralling and fascinating tour of the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Upgrade to include a tour of Scotland’s most famous historic attraction: Edinburgh Castle! The castle is believed to date back as far as the Iron Age, and has witnessed a number of bloody battles, including the War of Independence between the Scots and English in the 14th Century.

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Departure Point:
Central Edinburgh
Departure Time:
90 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at 28 Blair Street, off the Royal Mile

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Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour

USD $18.90
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Includes Edinburgh Castle

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour including entrance to Edinburgh Castle

USD $45.67
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Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour with Optional Edinburgh Castle Tour

Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile Afternoon Walking Tour

  • Walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Reviewed by: Yvonne K, April 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was interesting to find out things that are not commonly know about the Royal Mile. Although after several days of visiting Edinburgh my feet were aching nothing to do with this tour by-the-way. It is worth every penny!

Reviewed by: Christine H, December 2014

This tour was amazing!

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Tour code: 293401SECRETS