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Royal Mile Tours and Activities

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The atmospheric Royal Mile thoroughfare cuts through the historic core of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, extending for slightly more than a mile from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both sides of the partly pedestrianized street are bordered by historic granite buildings bearing shop display windows piled high with symbols of Scotland, from tartan to whisky to shortbread. In between the former tenements and taverns are darkened arm-width-wide alleyways, known locally as closes.

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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour

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Edinburgh is known for its dark past, and this evening walking tour is the original one to showcase the city's historically sinister and spooky side. Discover the hidden ‘wynds’ (alleys) and closes of the Old Town as you learn their mysteries and horrors; visit the ghost-ridden Greyfriars Kirkyard; and explore the city’s underground vaults to uncover their spirits and secrets. Your tour is led by a creepily costumed guide.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.58
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.38
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$22.38
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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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Journey through Edinburgh’s grisliest tales on a haunted walking tour. Experience the ghastly histories of monsters, madness, and murder that cast a dark shadow on the capital city. Discover the stories and sites of witch trials, pagan rituals, and executions, and hear about local monsters that live in urban myth. Then visit the chilling Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery to learn about body-snatching and some of the infamous interred.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.36
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Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh

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See the best of Scotland in one action-packed day on this Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Highlands tour from Edinburgh. Pass Stirling Castle on route to Kilmahog with a guide, then continue through Rannoch Moor to the soaring Highland peaks of Glen Coe. Head along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Fort William and gaze over Ben Nevis — Scotland’s highest mountain. Enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and learn the famous legend of Nessie! Visit Inverness, then travel through the mighty Grampian Mountains to Edinburgh.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.93
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$69.93
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Step off the tourist trail and explore the Scottish capital’s hidden secrets on this underground walking tour in Edinburgh. Follow a guide from the South Bridge in Edinburgh Old Town down below street level, where a series of ancient vaults lie. As you explore the dark passageways, learn why the vaults were built, hear of the poor souls who sought refuge in the depths and discover a hidden witchcraft temple. Gain insight into city life during the 18th century, and learn of the deadly diseases which threatened Edinburgh’s inhabitants.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh on this walking tour with optional skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence (if option selected), and pass iconic locations like St. Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, and John Knox House.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.11
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Fright Night Tour

Fright Night Tour

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Edinburgh’s stately streets hide a darker, more mysterious side of the city, rooted in its 18th-century slums, ‘wynds,’ (alleyways), and vaults. This 75-minute tour takes you back in time to this shadowy world, exploring dark cobbled lanes, a haunted cemetery, and underground vaults. As you explore, your costumed guide shares captivating tales of the city’s history, along with stories of ghosts, murders, crimes, and more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.69
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$22.69

Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh with Private Option
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Small Group Ghostly Underground Vaults Tour in Edinburgh with Private Option

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Ideal for those fascinated by the supernatural, this tour of Edinburgh’s underground vaults is sure to make your spine tingle. With a ghoulish guide, descend into the darkened depths of the Blair Street Vaults and hear vivid retellings of torture, murder, and body snatching. Abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and prepare to experience the sinister side of Edinburgh on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.20
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground Vaults Historical Walk with Private Option

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Discover the Edinburgh Vaults—aka South Bridge Vaults—18th-century underground chambers that lie far below the city. On this underground walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide, hear tales of this dark and almost-forgotten place built below one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares. See evidence of excavated storage spaces, human habitation, taverns with wine vaults and more!
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.20
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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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Explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets in Edinburgh on this walking tour. Explore Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile with a guide, and gain insight into famous writers and inventors who have called the city home. Hear tales of Scotland's national bard—Robert Burns—and discover top landmarks such as St. Giles’ Cathedral and the National Galleries of Scotland. Capture Edinburgh through the eye of your camera as you go, and find out what makes this ancient city tick.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.03
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$34.03
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The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh

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Comedy club meets history class on this walking tour with a professional comedian. Explore Old Town Edinburgh’s highlights and ask anything you want to know about Scotland. Your guide is a local, professional, stand-up comedian guaranteed to make you laugh yourself silly!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.57
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Small Group Ghost Tour incl. Underground Vaults & free drink in Megget's Cellar
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Small Group Ghost Tour incl. Underground Vaults & free drink in Megget's Cellar

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Edinburgh is notoriously one of the most haunted places in the UK, making it a prime destination for ghost-hunters. Dare to discover the city’s dark side on this evening tour and visit the eerie Blair Street Underground Vaults, follow in the footsteps of the infamous Edinburgh Mob, then settle your nerves with a dram of Scotch whisky in Megget's Cellar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Night Walking incl. Underground Vaults with Private Option

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Explore a sinister side of Edinburgh on this late-night ghost walking tour that includes the Blair Street Vaults under South Bridge. Stroll mysterious alleyways as you listen to your guide’s grim and ghastly tales of treason and torture. Then venture underground for a candlelight tour of the 18th-century chambers and hear haunting stories of supernatural forces lingering in the city's darkest corners.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Feast your senses on the diverse cuisine of Edinburgh during a private food tour that allows you to tailor your itinerary according to personal tastes. As well as receiving undivided attention from a private guide, you’ll discover eateries and restaurants that you may otherwise have missed, and collect food recommendations for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide
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Edinburgh: 3-Hours Walking Tour - English Tour Guide

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Cover all the major must-see sights in Edinburgh and learn all about the ancient city on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Listen as your guide shares fascinating historical facts, myths and legends about the Scottish capital. • Wander along the Royal Mile, the atmospheric main thoroughfare of the well-preserved Edinburgh Old Town • See the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle, trek to the Mound and visit the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirkyard • Listen to your guide talking about historical facts about Edinburgh
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option
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Small Group Edinburgh Underground and Graveyard Ghost Tour with Private Option

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Edinburgh’s dark and desultory past means its streets are haunted by restless souls and wandering specters. This ghost tour—perfect for those fascinated by the supernatural—takes you to two of Edinburgh’s most haunted locations. Under the cloak of darkness, descend to the Blair Street vaults to explore a shadow-shrouded underground world. Visit Canongate Kirkyard, the final resting place of famous characters, and listen to gruesome tales of torture, cannibalism, and murder.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.74
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Edinburgh half-day Walking Tours with Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

Edinburgh half-day Walking Tours with Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

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Visiting an unfamiliar city without knowing anyone there usually means relying on travel guides. Get a more personal experience in Edinburgh by spending time with a local Edinburgher who customizes your private, bespoke tour to your own interests. Go off the beaten path and discover locals' favorite spots.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.41
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Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel

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Maximize time spent in Edinburgh with this full-day private driving tour in a luxury vehicle. With a group of up to seven people, set out to see popular landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, the Royal Mile, and the Scottish Parliament. Learn about history and Scottish culture from your private guide.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

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Delve into Edinburgh’s ghoulish side with an 80 minute early evening walking tour of the city’s eeriest sites!  As you venture down the historic  Royal Mile you will hear tales of torture, witchcraft, plague and mayhem from your local ghoslty guide – Mr Alexander Clapperton (deceased) – a former Edinburgh cemetery director.  Learn about and meet infamous apparitions such as the Mad Monk of Cowgate, the witch Agnes Fynnie, and the wild and bloody Higlander Rhuari McLeod.  Prepare yourself for a night of good fun in the shadows!
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$13.99
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The Old Edinburgh Walking Tour - Private tour.
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The Old Edinburgh Walking Tour - Private tour.

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour of Edinburgh's Old Town lets you follow in the footsteps of important Scottish figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. In a small, private group, you’ll visit three of the Old Town’s former execution spots, admire the cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and see the site of the notorious Tolbooth Prison. Throughout the tour, your guide provides archive imagery of historical Edinburgh to enhance your experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.97
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Private Edinburgh Dark History Tour - Auld Reekie After Hours

Private Edinburgh Dark History Tour - Auld Reekie After Hours

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Plague and pestilence, corpses and curses, hauntings and hellfire - let's face it, Scottish history is not for the feint hearted. On this evening walk down the eerie closes of the Old Town we will unveil the unsavoury side of Edinburgh's past. You have been warned! Our tours are private, with customisable content, duration and routes, so we can focus on the aspects of Edinburgh's history that our guests are most interested in.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Edinburgh Old Town History Tour - Close Encounters

Private Edinburgh Old Town History Tour - Close Encounters

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If stones could talk, the cobbles and tenements of the Old Town would never let you hear the end of it. A unicorn in chains, a secret garden, superstitious shellfish, and love letters on the walls – these and many more curiosities are waiting to be discovered in the closes along the Royal Mile. We cover the entire Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Our tours are private, with customisable content, duration and routes, so we can focus on the aspects of Edinburgh's history that our guests are most interested in.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Edinburgh Audio Tour: Discover its History and Secrets

Edinburgh Audio Tour: Discover its History and Secrets

Love podcast? You'll love our immersive podcast tour of Edinburgh! Join our Scottish guide Niall and culture-buff Claudia as they take you through the winding, hilly streets of the glorious and ancient city of Edinburgh. On the walk, we will introduce you to the history, culture and quirkier stories of the city, as we pause along to explore the delightful galleries, pubs, and cafes. Download the app and your Edinburgh tour to explore the city independently and safely!
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Royal Mile tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Royal Mile can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 84 Royal Mile tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Royal Mile 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Royal Mile costs USD 8.83. Guided Royal Mile tours start around USD 8.83 per person. See all 84 Royal Mile tickets and tours on Viator.
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