Old Town Walking Tour History and Tales in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Free Walking Tour

From $17.62

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


This walking tour of Edinburgh is a great choice for first-time visitors who want to get their bearings of the city and learn more about its history. By exploring the city with a guide, you’ll be able to stop looking at a map and focus on enjoying the sites around you. Your guide will teach you about secret places locals love, as well as the Old Town’s most famous sites. Highlights include St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Mercat Cross, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. 
  • The perfect overview tour for first-time visitors to Edinburgh
  • Visit many sites in the UNESCO-listed Old Town in one day
  • Exploring Edinburgh with a guide means you won’t get lost
  • A walking tour takes you to areas that can’t be accessed by car

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuity

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 15 Jeffrey St
    15 Jeffrey St, Edinburgh EH1, UK

    Tour departs from "Hot Toddy" just off the Royal Mile. Speak to cafe/bar staff when you arrice to check-in. Full address - Hot Toddy, 15-19 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DR

End point

  • Edinburgh Old Town
    Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, UK

    The tour will end within a 5min walk of the Royal Mile.

What To Expect

Edinburgh Old Town

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • These tours run all the year round so please wear clothing that is appropriate for the Scottish climate and come in footwear that you are comfortable in for a two hour walking tour on the historic streets of Edinburgh.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please Note - Children, aged 15 and under, will not be able to join the tour unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

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.

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Traveler Tips

I'd recommend taking a tour even if you've been to Edinburgh before, it gives some great insights and it's fun!
As a first time visitor to Edinburgh, a walking tour is a good way to have a look around.


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Best use of two hours.
Brooke_G, Sep 2023
Walking through the city on a rainy and mildly cooler Friday afternoon with a group of strangers, doesn’t immediately sound like an ideal activity, although Angus made it feel as if I was on a true adventure in one of the most fascinating place’s I’m had the privilege to visit. The walk began at a chill cafe where we could get introduced to one another and our guide. As a gifted storyteller, historian and all around charmer, Angus seamlessly wove Scotland’s history & cultural significance with each of the “walker’s countries. We were made to feel like guests but also somehow a partner with Scotland.
Great tour
Thomas_R, Sep 2023
English ben was abusing and knowledgeable. Quite a lot of information provided in an entertaining way
Entertaining and interesting
Annette_N, Sep 2023
English Ben was entertaining with his historical tales of Edinburgh told in his clear strong voice. I recommend Little Fish tours and will do another tour with them while here in Edinburgh.
Good time
Karen_B, Sep 2023
Our guide Ben(from London) was terrific. Very knowledgeable and a sense of humor.Kept it at a good pace
Super worthwhile
Rich_B, Sep 2023
Our guide, Sonia, made it super interesting and humorous. It would have been a waste of time to walk pointlessly around such a beautiful city and not know any of the background and history.
Alastair was highly...
Sarah_T, Sep 2023
Alastair was highly informative and interesting; his jokiness and occasional profanity might offend some listeners.
Nice and great time
Alejandra_M, Sep 2023
Knowing about Scottish and especially Edinburgh culture was so great Fun and interesting stories were told
Great tour around the old town.
Rebecca_R, Sep 2023
Euan was a brilliant tour guide. Very well informed about his hometown and considerate of anyone who was starting to flag and struggle to keep up with the group. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.
Loved his ability to tell...
Barbara_K, Sep 2023
Loved his ability to tell a story! Super fun group and informative. Would recommend it to anyone visiting here.
Edinburgh 2 hr walking tour
Douglas_F, Sep 2023
Wonderful tour with Sonia who provided so much history and intrigue to Edinburgh old town, perfect amount of time and stops to discuss all of the stories throughout. Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting who wants to get their bearings straight in the city proper.
Vey happy with this experience
Mandira_G, Sep 2023
It was a very informative and delightful experience. Elanor is very good and made the walk very interesting with her beautifully animated expressions with every explanation. I highly recommend this experience with Elanor on this walk .
Devanshi_S, Sep 2023
We were 10 mins late to the walking tour but the tour guide helped us to unite with the group. It went alright, I wished we were showed more places than expected. We were taken to around 5 spots which felt too much for value of tickets.
Best walking tours in Edinburgh !!
Dannette_C, Sep 2023
We loved Sarah! Great stories and made history come alive. She is very friendly and showed an interest in everyone in the group. She made us feel welcome in Scotland. We would love to tour with her again!
Great tour of Edinburgh
Barbara_O, Sep 2023
Wonderful information and off the main street details and settings. Guide was clever, informed, enthused. Definitely recommend this tour. For us older folks, she might consider a microphone if Edinburgh allows it.
Amazing guided tour in this great city !
Julie_P, Sep 2023
Amazing guided tour with Fiona who was a great guide ! We recommand to ask for her as we really enjoyed it with her. Her stories, jokes and historical explanations about her native city made us fell in love with Edinburgh even more. Thank you for everything !
With the time as first comets to Edinburgh!
kimberly_m, Sep 2023
Angus was fantastic and Funny! Only feedback, incorporate a bit more history than he already did! Highly recommend a tour with Angus!!
Walling Tour History of Edinburgh
Gale_K, Sep 2023
We loved the Maggie Dickson story and the history of how Edinburgh evolved. We just loved Sonia and her ability to tell us stories and teach us history all with a bit of humor.
2 thumbs up for Jula
JOSEE_P, Sep 2023
Jula was very interesting, professional and knowledgeable. She gave us every reason to go back to Edinburgh and take other tours with her !
Simply fantastic
Katherine_S, Sep 2023
An excellent experience! Finally was so knowledgeable and was very friendly. We were just gutted we didn't do it at the start of our trip. It truly was a highlight of our holiday. We couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Great Tour
Allan_C, Sep 2023
Sarah did a great tour. She was entertaining and very knowledgeable. Great tales of the city told by a genuine scot!

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