My private tours are fully tailored to suit you, and because I don't work with fixed routes I can plan an itinerary to showcase the aspects of the city that most interest you...
Fantastic - interesting stories and facts about well known, and less well known, sights.
Tours can be scheduled from two hours up to a full day, and can start and finish at locations that suit you. Where we go in between can depend on your interests! (Note that I don't take you inside any paid entry attractions - these tend to be best explored on a self-guided basis.)
Here are a few sample itineraries to give an indication of the various route alternatives and content options that I offer, and to give you a sense of what to expect from your tour.
HOWEVER every tour is different, so the exact content will depend on where we start, how long we walk for, and what your interests may be!
Email me to discuss your needs and interests in more detail if you would like more information before booking, or for groups of more than 8 people...
TWO HOURS: INTRODUCING EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 2 miles / 3.2 km
My shortest tour option will give you a good general overview of Edinburgh's history and culture. We could plan to focus on highlights along the Royal Mile, or a combination of both Old and New Town areas to introduce the two sides of the city's centre. It's a great way to get your bearings and find inspiration for things to do during your visit to the city.
Two-hour tour for up to 2 people: £60
3 - 5 people: £80
6 - 8 people: £90
THREE HOURS: EXPLORING EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 3 miles / 4.8 km
A longer tour means we cover more distance and can either give a more in-depth exploration of the Old Town, or allow us to cover more of both Old and New sides of the city.
I suggest that three hours is necessary to cover the whole length of the Royal Mile - from castle to palace, or vice versa - and to explore the historic 'closes' and 'wynds' of the city.
Highlights may include:
As ever, exact routes will depend on where we start and finish!
Three-hour tour for up to 2 people: £85
3 - 5 people: £110
6 - 8 people: £125
FOUR HOURS: CONTRASTING EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 4 miles / 6.4 km
A four hour tour gives us time to see both sides of the city in a degree of detail, to contrast the medieval lanes and alleys of the Old Town with the Georgian-era terraces of the New Town, and to discover more about the people who shaped the city.
From literary figures like Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson, to pioneers of science and medicine like James Clerk Maxwell, Sophia Jex-Blake, James Young Simpson, and John Napier, you'll get a sense of the people who have lived, worked and died in Edinburgh, and understand the impact they had on the city itself.
See the visual contrasts of Edinburgh's architecture, from the neo-classical galleries designed by William Playfair, to the post-modern Scottish Parliament building...
From churches to universities, banks to art galleries, Edinburgh has a rich and varied architectural history for you to uncover.
Four-hour tour for up to 2 people: £110
3 - 5 people: £140
6 - 8 people: £160
FIVE HOURS: TRAVERSING EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 5 miles / 8 km
A five-hour tour gives us more time to delve deeper into the city's history, to showcase Edinburgh in all its multifaceted glory. We can include an optional break for coffee at a local cafe as required.
From Edinburgh film and TV locations - as seen in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Shallow Grave (1994), The Angels' Share (2011) and - of course! - Outlander and Trainspotting, to literary influences like Harry Potter, Jekyll and Hyde and Mrs Doubtfire, you'll get an insight into the way Scotland's capital city has inspired artists, writers, poets and filmmakers for generations.
We could also explore some of the city's historic graveyards, such as Greyfriars kirkyard or the Old Calton burial ground, often the most peaceful places in the city, with an immediate sense of connection to the city's history.
Along the way you may find out about the world's first organised fire service, the world's first lending library, the world's first genetically cloned mammal, the world's first colour photograph, and Britain's last execution for blasphemy...
Five-hour tour for up to 2 people: £135
3 - 5 people: £170
6 - 8 people: £195
FULL DAY: COMPREHENSIVE EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 6 miles / 9.6 km
A full day tour (a minimum of six hours walking, with a lunch break in the middle) offers a comprehensive overview of the city highlights, and could take us out of the city centre to explore areas a little further from the beaten track of the tourist hotspots.
North of the New Town is the vibrant suburb of Stockbridge, with its independent shops, cafes and restaurants, and along the Water of Leith to the historic Dean Village, with its picturesque seventeenth-century buildings and atmosphere of tranquility.
To the south of the Royal Mile we can walk around George Square and Bristo Square, to see some of the historic buildings of Edinburgh University, including the iconic Old College quad designed by Edinburgh's greatest architects, Robert Adam and William Playfair.
With optional detours inside some of the city's many free museums and galleries, a full day of Edinburgh highlights will leave a little bit of 'Auld Reekie' under your skin and in your soul, and as you relax at the end of a long day's walk you'll already be planning your return visit to this historic, iconic, world-class city!
Full-day tour for up to 2 people: £160
3 - 5 people: £200
6 - 8 people: £230
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