Edinburgh Old Town

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Basic Information
Total time
2 hours
English, Spanish (check the booking calendar for availability)
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
We will meet at 351 High Street (Royal Mile) in front of Advocates Close. Look for an umbrella with Scotland City Tours logo.Go to map

Welcome to Edinburgh, a place that has the power of setting people’s imagination running wild and free, enabling them to create amazing things. Magic, castles, pirates, adventures and crime are all there waiting to be discovered. Rest assured that you would want to come back for more over and over again, and each time Edinburgh will not cease to enchant and surprise you!

The city developed from an old stronghold set on the rocky hill and a settlement below it. From one side it was guarded by the sea, from the other by mountains. For centuries, England and Scotland fought battles for it. Once often called an “old reekie” for the way its oldest parts looked like, dotted with crooked houses with countless added floors, narrow winding streets and black smoke constantly rising over its roofs. But then the new Edinburgh was built and for a change, it started to be called “Athens of the North” as it was here that thinkers, writers and artists created ideas that gave birth to the new Scottish society. 

Edinburgh forever attracted great artists, poets, writers and filmmakers, inspiring them to produce their finest works. It was here that Robert Louis Stewenson created his pirate stories, Arthur Conan Doyle founded the character of Sherlock Holmes and J.K. Rowling wrote her Harry Potter books. Where would we be without them? 

During the tour we will explore the historic centre of the city, located on a hill towering over Edinburgh. We’ll start at the representative Royal Mile and then begin the climb up to the royal castle to feel the mediaeval atmosphere of the city, as if taken straight from the legendary “Braveheart.” Edinburgh is famous for its dark stories and ghosts, so it’s no surprise that we’ll end up in Scotland’s most famous graveyard. But even in such a gloomy place we will surprise you with an exceptionally warm story about the strongest of friendships – the friendship between man and dog. Of course, there will be no shortage of tips on where and what to eat, we will try to reduce your fear of haggis and familiarise you with Scottish whisky. It is possible that we will ruin your notion that every Scot wears a kilt and plays the bagpipes, but that’s who we are – we want you to get to know the real Scotland and the more than 1,000-year history of its capital.

During the tour we will see and discover:

  • William Wallace and Robert the Bruce real story

  • Royal Mile street

  • City chambers

  • St. Giles Cathedral

  • The least romantic “heart” in the world – Midlothian mosaic

  • National Museum of Scotland

  • Writers Museum

  • Grassmarket

  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) with the MacKenzie tomb, the most haunted spot of the city

  • Bobby the dog statue

  • …and much more!


Meeting Point
We will meet at 351 High Street (Royal Mile) in front of Advocates Close. Look for an umbrella with Scotland City Tours logo.

Booking is obligatory. Walkative! pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 10 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 11 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.


Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 months ago



Super fun intro to a great city

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Booked this tour because our cruise only gave us 7 hours to explore Edinburgh. Jen was our guide there….WONDERFUL… and has a great sense of humor, oodles of knowledge. An enjoyable 3 hours, despite a wee drop of rain. Made us enthusiastic to come back and spend more time in this town. We have been on several “free tours” and find the guides more enthusiastic and interesting than pre paid tours because they work hard to earn their pay which they receive at end of tour as a ‘tip” instead of prepaid. So convenient that they usuall take credit cards in europe with all the different currency.


Visit the city

Rated 4.0 out of 5
1 year ago

I want to know the city


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