SAMPLE EDINBURGH TOUR ITINERARIES
SAMPLE EDINBURGH TOUR ITINERARIES
Tours can be scheduled from two to four hours, or a full day of at least six hours walking with a break for lunch, 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 bespoke 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 see a combination of both Old and New Town areas to introduce the two sides of the city centre. It's a great way to get your bearings and find inspiration for things to do during your visit to the city.
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, and to explore the historic 'closes' and 'wynds' of the city, along with highlights such as:
Or we could split our time between Old and New Town areas, to give a more detailed sense of the contrasting sides of Edinburgh's city centre.
As ever, exact routes will depend on where we start and finish!
HALF-DAY: CONTRASTING EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 4 miles / 6.4 km
A half-day tour (four hours) gives us time to discover more about the people who shaped the city, and still leaves you with time to enjoy some of the major attractions after our walk!
From literary figures like Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson, to pioneers of science and medicine like James Clerk Maxwell, Sophia Jex-Blake, and James Young Simpson, and get a sense of the impact they had on the city itself.
We could also visit some of the city's historic cemeteries and graveyards, such as Greyfriars Kirkyard (with Greyfriars Bobby!), the Canongate Kirkyard, or the Old and New Calton burial grounds...
And you'll be surprised how many films and TV productions have used Edinburgh as a backdrop! Explore the sights and locations familiar from Outlander, Trainspotting, Avengers: Infinity War, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and many more...
FULL-DAY: COMPREHENSIVE EDINBURGH
Minimum distance: 6 miles / 9.6 km
A full day tour (a minimum of six hours walking, with an hour's lunch break) offers a comprehensive overview of the city highlights, and can 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 is the historic Dean Village, with its picturesque seventeenth-century buildings and atmosphere of tranquility.
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.
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!