Edinburgh Private Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Book a Local Host for Half a day

From $100.71

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Spend time with a local Edinburgher, not just a tour guide
  • Private tour exclusively for your party: Create your own bespoke itinerary
  • Flexibility to customize your tour to your own interests
  • Discover off-the-beaten path spots missed by most visitors

What's Included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 2 to 4 hours with a local guide
  • Pick-up from your accommodation (within a reasonable distance)
  • Walking experience
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Harvey Nichols Edinburgh
    30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2LL, UK

    After booking, you can adjust the meeting point to fit your preferences with the help of our Experience Planners.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Edinburgh Castle (Pass By)

Royal Mile (Pass By)

Arthur's Seat (Pass By)

The Real Mary King's Close (Pass By)

Princes Street Gardens (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Itineraries are fully personalized so any additional requirements like tickets, transportation and food & drinks can be arranged for an additional cost
  • Private groups are normally no larger than 6 people (if your group is larger, please make this known so that arrangements can be made)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Traveler Photos

See more


30 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-6 of 30 reviews
A lovely walk in Old town Edinburgh.
Curtis_J, Jul 2023
Was a excellent walking tour through the old part of Edinburgh. Walking the royal mile to the castle and also see different areas that inspired the Harry Potter series.
Guide never showed up
Julio_R, Oct 2022
Tour guide never showed up, which told us he was not the assigned guide when tried to contact him. No guide ever showed up. Not reliable arrangements between operator and local guides. It’s a flipping coin, you might get the “great” tour as most reviews says, or you might end up guiding yourself after wasting your vacation time waiting for nobody.
Best way to see the city!
Georgianne G, Oct 2018
Z was our guide and she fit everything into our half day tour. She was so informative and shows us a great day. Making food suggestions for later and points of interest to visit again
Waste of time and money. Our guide...
Paul_W, Jun 2018
Waste of time and money. Our guide Doug, who is 67 years old, showed no interest in taking us to actual highlights as we stated in our booking. It was a walking tour, which we understood upon booking, but he was not interested in stopping at places of interest to us. Walked so fast we had trouble keeping up. I could hardly get any photos, as he just wanted to keep going, and when he did stop, he walked right in front of my camera and blocked my photo shot. Kept stopping at street signs and explaining how it got its name, which is ok once, but not all the time. This was our first time in Scotland with very limited time so we really wanted and expected to see all the highlights as tourists do. This did not happen. He made this tour more about what he wanted to see, like a library or street sign. We walked and walked to lots of BORING places. Did not even show us the castle or anything that a tourist would want to see. He did not come prepared or organised, and when he met us at the hotel, had no clue where he would take us so had to figure it out as he went along. In the end, we cut this tour short by an hour as we had had enough. I definitely DO NOT recommend this tour. Save your money.
Sarah was the single most wonderful...
Chelsea M, Jan 2018
Sarah was the single most wonderful tour guide I have had in my lifetime of travelling 36 countries and counting! My boyfriend and I toured Edinburgh with her for an afternoon, and she was very knowledgeable and friendly! We learned so much about the city in our 4 hours with her. In the end, it felt like we truly made a new best friend. I cannot say enough about Sarah and highly recommend her for anyone looking for a fun and informative tour guide while in Scotland. Grazie mille, Sarah!
Great Tour, I saw so much of...
tdavidson, Nov 2017
Great Tour, I saw so much of Edinburgh in this four hour tour. Sarah is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide, I highly recommend this tour

Compare Similar Experiences

1 / 3
No Photo
Edinburgh Private Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems


4 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Edinburgh Top Highlights Tour


2 hours 30 minutes
Free Cancellation

Explore Similar Things to Do