Royal Mile Small Group Walking Tour - Optional Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh, GB
4.8 (980)
Edinburgh, GB
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Experience the rich history and captivating beauty of Edinburgh on this 2-hour small group walking tour of the Royal Mile and optional entry to Edinburgh Castle. Dive into the enchanting labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways and tenements in Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as your knowledgeable guide shares stories of the city's colorful past. Discover hidden treasures like St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House, and learn about their historical significance. Choose the castle option to delve even deeper into Scotland's heritage with a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of this iconic fortress and uncover its role in shaping the country's history. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the heart and soul of Edinburgh with a small group of fellow travelers.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-6 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • & Audio GuidedGuided Experience
  • Small group tour with maximum of 18 people
  • Pack in history, mystery, and local flavor
  • Discover secret places you'd never find on your own
  • Learn about Edinburgh's colorful and turbulent past
  • Explore Edinburgh Castle and its iconic fortress
  • Small group experience
  • Fast track, skip the line entry into Edinburgh Castle (if this option is selected)
  • Award-winning local storytellers
  • TourTalk radio receiver to enjoy a more immersive storytelling experience

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Experience the enchantment of Edinburgh's rich history and culture on the Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle. This small, personal 5-star group tour allows you to delve into the heart of the city's fascinating past. With a maximum of 18 people, you'll enjoy an intimate experience as you wander through the cobbled alleyways of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What to expect?

On this 2-hour walking tour, you can expect to immerse yourself in history, mystery, and the local flavor of Edinburgh. Follow your knowledgeable guide as they lead you through the Royal Mile, uncovering secret places and hidden gems that you would never discover on your own. Pass by iconic landmarks such as St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House, while learning about the city's colorful and turbulent past. For those who choose the castle option, the tour continues with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can explore this iconic fortress and gain insight into how it shaped the country's history.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, culture lovers, and anyone eager to delve into the captivating stories of Edinburgh. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this small group experience caters to all. The tour is designed to be inclusive, providing an immersive and informative experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Why book this?

What sets this tour apart is its small group size and personalized approach. With a maximum of 18 people, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, engage with your guide, and truly absorb the rich history of Edinburgh. The award-winning local storytellers will bring the city's past to life, transporting you back in time. Additionally, the option to fast track and skip the line at Edinburgh Castle ensures a seamless and hassle-free experience.

Good to know

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as the tour involves walking on cobbled streets and uneven surfaces. The tour ends at the Edinburgh Castle esplanade, where you can continue to explore the castle at your own pace. The inclusion of a TourTalk radio receiver enhances the storytelling experience, allowing you to hear every detail and nuance without missing a beat.


Travelers who have experienced the Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle have praised its informative and engaging nature. They have raved about the knowledgeable and passionate guides who bring the history of Edinburgh to life. Visitors have also appreciated the small group size, which allows for a more intimate and personalized experience. Overall, reviewers have expressed their satisfaction with the tour, describing it as a highlight of their visit to Edinburgh.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Edinburgh Castle

If the "castle included" option is selected you will enjoy a 45 minute introductory tour of Edinburgh Castle with your guide and then have as much free time as you like to explore the Castle afterwards

Admission Included

St Giles' Cathedral

View the exterior and hear the history.

Parliament House

View the exterior

Edinburgh Old Town

Explore on foot. Hear the history from your guide

St. Margaret's Chapel

Included with castle entry ticket.

Admission Included

Royal Mile

Explore on foot with your storytelling guide.

John Knox House Museum

View the exterior and discover the history with your guide


Enjoy the views over Edinburgh.



4.8 (980)


What a great experience, even in the rain. Nicola was the best! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun! I highly recommend this tour.


It was a very informative and interesting tour. My husband and I enjoyed hearing about the history of Edinburgh and the sights that we saw.


We are glad that we went on the Royal Mile and Castle tour with Mercat Tours. Even though there is so much available about the area to read - it was of value to hear about the area from our excellent guide (Nicola). We had not planned on going on a tour and thought we could walk the area on our own - after spending a bit of time in the area on our first night in Edinburgh, it was obvious we were missing a lot. We felt very lucky to get the last 2 spots on a tour for the next day and it was an excellent value. Great information, fun asides and Nicola was able to work us through the crowds, so we could concentrate on the sites and on her presentation. The headphones they provide do a great job of keeping the ambient noise out and you don't miss any of the guides narration. We got so much more out of our visit to Edinburgh by participating in this tour.


Our tour guides, Joe and Samantha were excellent. They added just the right amount of drama to the history, places and people they spoke about to keep you entertained and less aware of that you were walking uphill! We really enjoyed the tour.


We loved our tour so much we booked a the vault tour for the next day and were THRILLED to find out Linda was our tour guide again. Linda is an amazing story teller and really captured our attention. I didn't want either tour to end.

Vicky S

Very informative walking tour of the Royal Mile, pointing out hidden spots that would have otherwise been overlooked. Both of our guides had a sense of humor and kept us engaged.


Linda was excellent. She was knowledgeable and spoke well. This tour and guide are highly recommended. A minor quibble that the microphone needs to be centered so that we don’t lose the narration as the speaker’s head turns sideways. She solved this quickly.


Such knowledgeable hosts! Had a wonderful time learning about Edinburgh, its history, and colorful characters. This tour was an excellent introduction to the city.


Wonderful tour of the royal mile and Edinburgh castle!! Linda was a great and informative guide. Highly recommend!!


Fantastic tour “Edinburgh’s Royal Mile” with guide Nicky. Very interesting historical anecdotes. Nicky's engaging storytelling made the history come alive. I highly recommend this tour!
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2024-05-29 21:55