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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

From $323.28
  • Opt to visit iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, Scott's Monument and the Royal Mile
  • Gain fascinating insight into the history and heritage of Edinburgh
  • Tailor the itinerary of your tour according to your interests
  • Receive undivided attention from your private guide
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Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
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Private tour - full day
A full day (7 hour) guided walking tour of Edinburgh.
From $567.40
Embark on an enriching 3.5 or 7-hour walking tour of Edinburgh’s cultural and historical highlights with a private guide. While you listen to insightful commentary, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and hidden gems according to an itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, gaze at Edinburgh Castle on its rocky perch and ascend to the summit of Calton Hill for panoramic city views. On this private tour, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide while gaining unique insight into the Scottish capital.
What to Expect
The walks normally take 3 1/2 hours (half-day) or seven hours (full-day) but can be modified to suit your requirements as can the route and itinerary.
Visitors will be shown the delights of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the 'old town' and the 'new town', together with a delightful commentary from Stuart or Richard on the celebrated characters that hail from the city and the history, the culture and the architectural splendour of the city.
Your guides will discuss people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes), Deacon Brodie (the original 'Jekyll and Hyde'), JK Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) and Sir Walter Scott (the great historical romance author).
In addition, they speak with authority on the intellectual giants associated with Edinburgh and the Enlightenment such as the philosopher David Hume, and the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith.
Places, 'closes' and buildings associated with these individuals can be visited.
Also, most of the major historical sites of interest will be covered and you will visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral.
On the full-day tour there will be time to see the Queen's official Scottish residence, Holyrood Palace, and to see the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. There will also be time to see more attractions in the New Town (don't be fooled by the name, construction of the 'new town' started in the 1700's!). 
The tour can be paused any time you wish for e.g. for refreshments at any of the delightful pubs and eating establishments on the route.
There will be plenty of excitement and fun and lots of opportunities to take some memorable photographs of the best-known landmarks of Scotland's glorious and ancient capital city!
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Best Tour Company and Best Guide

Stuart Usher was the most incredible guide I have ever had on any walking tour. His extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's culture and history, and explanation of the history of modern economics and fun, warm personality made the experience all the more phenomenal! I was sad...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HertelLiz
Stuart U, Manager at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Hertelliz Thank you so much for your lovely Review. You flatter me! The Scottish Enlightenment was a Golden Age for Edinburgh. Adam Smith was the Founder of Modern Economics. A very interesting, brilliant and nice man who made an immense contribution to the modern...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful experience!

We had a very enjoyable morning walking with Stuart Usher in Edinburgh. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and kept the whole group interested in the history and quirks of Edinburgh throughout the tour. The pace was leasurely and nice, and he talks WITH the...More

Thank sistermoon68
Stuart U, Manager at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Sistermoon Many thanks for your wonderful five star Review. Delighted that you found the pace to your taste. We always make sure we talk WITH our clients and not jabber AT them, as you so succinctly put it. The latter is enough to turn...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019
Stuart Usher - Best Tour Imaginable of my New Favorite City

Edinburgh is an astonishing place to visit. With Stuart Usher guiding us through centuries of history and the streets of this amazing city, my family was treated to a truly romantic experience of which we may never find better. Stuart is a student of culture...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LJC-GlobalAdventurer
Stuart U, Manager at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Global Adventurer. Thank you so much for your fulsome, thoughtful and marvellous Review. I presume you used to play for the Harlem Globe-Trotters!?? This is my rotten humour at work again! Seriously though we all had a great time together that day and we...More

Reviewed December 2, 2018
The Mind of Usher

having a most educational and fascinating tour guided by Stewart Usher (descendant of the family that funded the Usher Concert Hall no less ! ) was three hours of tales and information delivered in rich character. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sandercock-Cornwall
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

Dear Sandercock Many thanks for your thoughtful and superb Review. I recall you and your good lady well and enjoyed your company. I know some of the Closes (narrow streets) reasonably well but there are quite a few I don't know well. Whenever I get...More

Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile
A perfect tour

We had a perfect 3 hour guided tour by the 'young' Usher. With a lot of humour he told us amazing stories and lead us through the old part of the city. With lots of stops to rest and talk about the buildings and the...More

Thank erwinv842
Stuart U, Owner at Edinburgh Guided Tour, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

Dear Erwin Thank you so much for wonderful Review of your Tour with my Son Richard. So glad that you thoroughly enjoyed the Tour and the various Stops and stories and humour at the different places. You should come to Edinburgh again.... there is plenty...More

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May 31, 2018|
Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, since we had that many in our group.