The John Knox House on the High Street. Tweeddale Court, a hidden gem just off the High Street.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is quite possibly the most historic street in all of Scotland. With Edinburgh Castle at the top, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey at the bottom, the Royal Mile was the scene of many momentous events. Edinburgh was Scotland’s capital city for hundreds of years, and the Royal Mile her busiest and most important road. If it happened here, and was important, it often impacted upon the entire kingdom. Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns, Deacon Brodie and many other famous and fascinating characters from Scotland’s history all feature on this exploration of the historic Royal Mile. Come with us as we walk through hundreds of years of Scotland’s history.
Your Royal Mile tour at a glance.
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“Wow! What a guy, we booked this two hour Canongate evening history tour prior to our first visit to Edinburgh after reading his excellent reviews BUT it's even better than first class if that's possible! …(If) our school history lesson had been this interesting we may have gained an A* !” Jo B- Tripadvisor - June 2018
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Remember, your tour is a private tour - you can choose when it starts! We’ve also got some flexibility with distances and elevations on the tour. The Royal Mile is a gently sloping gradient and we start at the bottom on this tour. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss these alternatives. We want to give you a tour that’s interesting and accessible. In this Edinburgh walking tour, all your locations will take place along, or just off, Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. We’ve outlined all the story possibilities for your tour. We may not cover them all, it depends on where your interests lie. Remember, this is YOUR tour and we’ve got opportunities to accommodate the things you are interested in! Story 1 - Dynamic Earth and an experiential tour lies ahead of us! We start our Royal Mile exploration just off the ‘Mile itself. We wil meet in the forecourt of Dynamic Earth and this lets us take in some views of the magnificent Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. This tour has it’s own hill to climb, but topography is important on this tour, and these hilly features are all linked together. Story 2 - Murder at the Palace Holyrood Abbey and the Palace of Holyroodhouse sit at the foot of the Royal Mile. We take you to the gates and tell you about one of the most infamous moments in the history of the Scotland. Story 3 - The Watergate Just before we cross the road we’ll have a quick opportunity to look at the area known as the ‘Watergate’. This was surprisingly important in the history of Edinburgh and played a really important role in the mid-1500s. Story 4 - Heritage and History The Canongate has some real ‘picture postcard’ scenes (trust us, we’ve got loads of postcards featuring places you’ll see on this tour). Bring a camera as we take you into White Horse Close for a wander back in time. This played a role in Edinburgh’s communication links and was utilised during the Jacobite Occupation of 1745. Story 5 - It’s not all history! We bring the story of Edinburgh up to date as we walk past the Scottish Parliament building. You’ll get a chance to see this cleverly designed structure and we’ll try to give you an unbiased account of the story of Scotland’s current politics. We’ll supply some facts and will try to avoid opinions! Story 7 - Outlander tour anyone? We’ve not yet seen all the Outlander series (I know, it’s shocking isn’t it?!) but we will take you to one of the most recognisable Edinburgh filming locations. We’ve also got some stories about how Bakehouse Close has developed over time and we’ll show you our favourite Old Edinburgh photo. It sends shivers up our spines! Story 8 - A poet’s love and a murdered courtier (perhaps…) The Canongate Kirkyard hides some famous links to Robert Burns and you’ll see a much disputed final resting place of someone we learned about earlier. Story 9 - Moray House and an unfriendly wedding reception Moray House was where Robert, your Edinburgh tour guide, went to university. He’ll share one of his favourite stories about the building and of a wedding party which made the most of the hanging of the Marquis of Montrose. It’s all fascinatingly distasteful! Story 10 - Not-so-rich pickings Deacon William Brodie is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ characters. You’ll walk past the execution platform he died on (maybe…) but here we’ll take you to see the place of the burglary which led to his arrest and downfall. Stories 11 - Welcome to Edinburgh! So you thought you’d been in Edinburgh all this time? Well, yes and no! We started your tour in the Canongate, Now it’s part of Edinburgh, but for much of the city’s history it was a seperate town or ‘burgh’. We’d only really get into Edinburgh proper when we pass through the long-lost Netherbow Port. We’ll let you see how this would have looked and share with you the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ‘attack’ on Edinburgh in 1745. Story 12 - History and happenings on the High Street We’re now into the heart of Old Edinburgh. We’ll find out about the John Knox House, one of the prettiest buildings in Edinburgh and we’ll move up past the Tron Kirk on our way to the Mercat Cross, the focal point for royal proclamations, business meetings and executions. We’ll pass numerous wee closes on our way up and we’ll visit the one that you think has the most interesting story. Edinburgh’s business life happened on the Royal Mile, her social life happened in the tenements and taverns in the closes. Story 13 - Where next? Well, it’s your private Edinburgh walking tour - you pick! This is your Edinburgh private tour and we’re now in the bustling centre of the Old Town. Robert, your local Edinburgh guide, doesn’t work from a set script. He’s got a great knowledge of the history of this area and will tailor the next couple of stops to the areas you wish to see, or the stories you wish to hear. We can continue up the Royal Mile and learn about the infamous Tolbooth Prison, possibly finishing your tour by going down the West Bow and into the Grassmarket (a great finale as there’s some great wee stories to be told here…and more than a few nice little pubs to visit after your tour!) We can take you to the site of one of the most significant murders in Scottish history or we can finish your tour in Greyfriars Kirkyard, near to the Museum of Scotland. It’s your tour and we’ll work to what suits you the best. We LOVE having the flexibility of these private Edinburgh guided tours! We’ve gone into some detail with these notes, but the full stories are even more fascinating. This tour holds an average five-star rating and we think that the Royal Mile walk is the most scenic of our walking tours of Edinburgh.

YOUR PRIVATE ROYAL MILE TOUR

COME WITH US AS WE REVEAL SCOTLAND’S MOST HISTORIC STREET

OUR ASSURANCES TO YOU

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

WHAT WILL I DISCOVER ON MY ROYAL MILE TOUR?

“Our guide, Robert was very knowledgeable, both of the area and local history. Having lived in Edinburgh for nearly 50 years, l visited places that night l had never been before, seen things l hadn't even noticed (despite walking past them on a daily basis) and learnt something about my own city. Go on this at least once, whether you're a local or a visitor to the city, you won't be disappointed. My only complaint was that it only lasted just under 2 hours, l could've listened to this guy talking all evening.” Sean B- TripAdvisor - August 2015
Robert Louis Stevenson.

A FINAL WORD FROM ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

WHAT DID EDINBURGH FOLK THINK OF THE ROYAL MILE?

Robert Louis Stevenson was a famous ‘son of Edinburgh’, remembered for novels such as ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. He also wrote ‘Edinburgh - Picturesque Notes’ where he describes many of the places we take you to on our Edinburgh tours. His descriptions are ones we love! Here is a little excerpt about the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a place we shall see near to the start of our tour; “The Palace of Holyrood has been left aside in the growth of Edinburgh, and stands grey and silent in a workman’s quarter and among breweries and gas works. It is a house of many memories. Great people of yore, kings and queens, buffoons and grave ambassadors, played their stately farce for centuries in Holyrood. Wars have been plotted, dancing has lasted deep into the night,—murder has been done in its chambers. There Prince Charlie held his phantom levees, and in a very gallant manner represented a fallen dynasty for some hours.”

“Excellent tour that

captures interest”

Gail P - Tripadvisor

PRIVATE ROYAL

MILE TOUR

Explore Scotland’s most historic street and discover the people, places and events which took place on Edinburgh’s incredible ‘Royal Mile’.
Robert showing a group around the Canongate.

TRIPADVISOR REVIEW OF THE ROYAL MILE TOUR

WHAT HAVE OUR GUESTS SAID?

FIVE REASONS WHY WE THINK YOU WILL LIKE THIS TOUR!

WHY SHOULD I EXPLORE THE ROYAL MILE?

White Horse Close in the Canongate. Our 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Britain. Our 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Britain. Tick! We do this!
QUIBBLE-FREE REFUND We offer a full refund if you cancel your tour more than 12 hours before your tour is due to start.
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‘GOOD TO GO’ CERTIFICATION We have the Visit Britain ‘Good to Go’ sign that shows we’ve implemented COVID-19 safety features.
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FRIENDLY GUIDE - IN A KILT! Robert is your local guide. He was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life. He researched all our tours and has an excellent knowledge of Edinburgh’s history.
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ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS If you have someone with mobility issues, please contact us in advance so that we can offer route changes.
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PERFECT FOR CHILDREN Robert, your guide, is a qualified primary school teacher and will help keep your children engaged.
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CONVENIENCE Your tour is private - you can choose when it starts. You can ask all the questions you want to!
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“The past is brought vividly to life through a combination of Robert's experienced story telling, with visual aides which tell the remarkable story of the buildings, people and events of his beloved city. The best spent two hours of a packed weekend for these two first-time visitors.” Pennyslad - Tripadvisor
“A BRILLIANT TOUR!”
QUIBBLE-FREE REFUND We offer a full refund if you cancel your tour more than 12 hours before your tour is due to start.
‘GOOD TO GO’ CERTIFICATION We have the Visit Britain ‘Good to Go’ sign that shows we’ve implemented COVID-19 safety features.
FRIENDLY GUIDE - IN A KILT! Robert is your local guide. He was born in Edinburgh and has lived here all his life. He researched all our tours and has an excellent knowledge of Edinburgh’s history.
ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS If you have someone with mobility issues, please contact us in advance so that we can offer route changes.
PERFECT FOR CHILDREN Robert, your guide, is a qualified primary school teacher and will help keep your children engaged.
CONVENIENCE Your tour is private - you can choose when it starts. You can ask all the questions you want to!

YOUR PRIVATE

ROYAL MILE TOUR

OUR ASSURANCES TO YOU

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

Greyfriars Kirk - the church in the heart of the Kirkyard

FIVE REASONS WHY WE THINK

YOU WILL LIKE THIS TOUR!

WHY EXPLORE A BURIAL GROUND?

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

WHAT WILL I DISCOVER ON MY ROYAL MILE TOUR?

“If this is your first time in Edinburgh (actually even if it’s not), Robert’s talk is a brilliant way to start. He is a fantastic speaker, storyteller and personality. He delves back and forth in time, using great illustrations and photographs from his folder, and really makes the city come alive. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken; a really unforgettable experience.” Alcabe - TripAdvisor review of The Old Edinburgh Walking Tour - September, 2018
“Don’t miss this!”

PRIVATE

ROYAL

MILE TOUR

Explore Scotland’s most historic street and discover the people, places and events which took place on Edinburgh’s incredible ‘Royal Mile’.
Remember, your tour is a private tour - you can choose when it starts! We’ve also got some flexibility with distances and elevations on the tour. The Royal Mile is a gently sloping gradient and we start at the bottom on this tour. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss these alternatives. We want to give you a tour that’s interesting and accessible. In this Edinburgh walking tour, all your locations will take place along, or just off, Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. We’ve outlined all the story possibilities for your tour. We may not cover them all, it depends on where your interests lie. Remember, this is YOUR tour and we’ve got opportunities to accommodate the things you are interested in! Story 1 - Dynamic Earth and an experiential tour lies ahead of us! We start our Royal Mile exploration just off the ‘Mile itself. We wil meet in the forecourt of Dynamic Earth and this lets us take in some views of the magnificent Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. This tour has it’s own hill to climb, but topography is important on this tour, and these hilly features are all linked together. Story 2 - Murder at the Palace Holyrood Abbey and the Palace of Holyroodhouse sit at the foot of the Royal Mile. We take you to the gates and tell you about one of the most infamous moments in the history of the Scotland. Story 3 - The Watergate Just before we cross the road we’ll have a quick opportunity to look at the area known as the ‘Watergate’. This was surprisingly important in the history of Edinburgh and played a really important role in the mid-1500s. Story 4 - Heritage and History The Canongate has some real ‘picture postcard’ scenes (trust us, we’ve got loads of postcards featuring places you’ll see on this tour). Bring a camera as we take you into White Horse Close for a wander back in time. This played a role in Edinburgh’s communication links and was utilised during the Jacobite Occupation of 1745. Story 5 - It’s not all history! We bring the story of Edinburgh up to date as we walk past the Scottish Parliament building. You’ll get a chance to see this cleverly designed structure and we’ll try to give you an unbiased account of the story of Scotland’s current politics. We’ll supply some facts and will try to avoid opinions! Story 7 - Outlander tour anyone? We’ve not yet seen all the Outlander series (I know, it’s shocking isn’t it?!) but we will take you to one of the most recognisable Edinburgh filming locations. We’ve also got some stories about how Bakehouse Close has developed over time and we’ll show you our favourite Old Edinburgh photo. It sends shivers up our spines! Story 8 - A poet’s love and a murdered courtier (perhaps…) The Canongate Kirkyard hides some famous links to Robert Burns and you’ll see a much disputed final resting place of someone we learned about earlier. Story 9 - Moray House and an unfriendly wedding reception Moray House was where Robert, your Edinburgh tour guide, went to university. He’ll share one of his favourite stories about the building and of a wedding party which made the most of the hanging of the Marquis of Montrose. It’s all fascinatingly distasteful! Story 10 - Not-so-rich pickings Deacon William Brodie is one of our favourite ‘Old Edinburgh’ characters. You’ll walk past the execution platform he died on (maybe…) but here we’ll take you to see the place of the burglary which led to his arrest and downfall. Stories 11 - Welcome to Edinburgh! So you thought you’d been in Edinburgh all this time? Well, yes and no! We started your tour in the Canongate, Now it’s part of Edinburgh, but for much of the city’s history it was a seperate town or ‘burgh’. We’d only really get into Edinburgh proper when we pass through the long-lost Netherbow Port. We’ll let you see how this would have looked and share with you the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ‘attack’ on Edinburgh in 1745. Story 12 - History and happenings on the High Street We’re now into the heart of Old Edinburgh. We’ll find out about the John Knox House, one of the prettiest buildings in Edinburgh and we’ll move up past the Tron Kirk on our way to the Mercat Cross, the focal point for royal proclamations, business meetings and executions. We’ll pass numerous wee closes on our way up and we’ll visit the one that you think has the most interesting story. Edinburgh’s business life happened on the Royal Mile, her social life happened in the tenements and taverns in the closes. Story 13 - Where next? Well, it’s your private Edinburgh walking tour - you pick! This is your Edinburgh private tour and we’re now in the bustling centre of the Old Town. Robert, your local Edinburgh guide, doesn’t work from a set script. He’s got a great knowledge of the history of this area and will tailor the next couple of stops to the areas you wish to see, or the stories you wish to hear. We can continue up the Royal Mile and learn about the infamous Tolbooth Prison, possibly finishing your tour by going down the West Bow and into the Grassmarket (a great finale as there’s some great wee stories to be told here…and more than a few nice little pubs to visit after your tour!) We can take you to the site of one of the most significant murders in Scottish history or we can finish your tour in Greyfriars Kirkyard, near to the Museum of Scotland. It’s your tour and we’ll work to what suits you the best. We LOVE having the flexibility of these private Edinburgh guided tours! We’ve gone into some detail with these notes, but the full stories are even more fascinating. This tour holds an average five-star rating and we think that the Royal Mile walk is the most scenic of our walking tours of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is quite possibly the most historic street in all of Scotland. With Edinburgh Castle at the top, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey at the bottom, the Royal Mile was the scene of many momentous events. Edinburgh was Scotland’s capital city for hundreds of years, and the Royal Mile her busiest and most important road. If it happened here, and was important, it often impacted upon the entire kingdom. Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert Burns, Deacon Brodie and many other famous and fascinating characters from Scotland’s history all feature on this exploration of the historic Royal Mile. Come with us as we walk through hundreds of years of Scotland’s history.
Greyfriars Kirk - the church in the heart of the Kirkyard
WE’RE GOOD TO GO!

COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd have achieved the ‘Good to go” standard from Visit Britain. You can find out more about our COVID-19 policy here.
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