Q: Are Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours public or private events?
A: I offer a fully tailored package of private tour options, including an Edinburgh tour and whisky tasting package.
Q: How much are your private tours?
A: I price my tours by the number of people and the length of the tour, and all bespoke tour pricing can be found here; tour and whisky tasting packages are £40 per person.
Q: How long are your private tours?
A: All tours are tailored to your needs, from two hours up to a full day. In terms of distance, we'll cover a minimum of 1 mile/1.6km per hour walked. Check out these sample itineraries to get an idea of different tour lengths.
Q: Are tours suitable for children and families?
A: I generally suggest tour content is suitable for ages 12 and up, and is probably most likely to engage teens and older children with an interest in history. For family groups, bringing my French bulldog Monty along for the walk can help to keep children engaged on the tour!
Q: Can you take us into Edinburgh Castle?
A: I don't take tours into any of the paid entry attractions - Edinburgh Castle in particular limits where guides can operate, with only six points around the grounds (and not inside any of the buildings) where guides can stop with groups. I don't feel I can add much value to a visit on that basis - far better to take advantage of their free introductory tours, and/or their great audio guide option, and plenty of staff who are always happy to answer your questions!
I'd prefer to use our tour to show you areas of the city you wouldn't necessarily find or explore by yourselves.
Q: What happens if our travel plans change at short notice?
A: My terms and conditions have full details of my refund and data protection policies, but broadly I am happy to be as a flexible as possible in offering you the opportunity to rearrange private tours if your plans alter. Contact me as soon as possible to discuss the options.
Q: What languages are your tours available in?
A: I have some rudimentary French and very basic German, but all my tours are conducted in English.
Q: Are you able to advise on things to see in Edinburgh?
A: Absolutely! All private tours include exclusive access to my Edinburgh Essentials information directory, with over 50 pages of links, tips and advice to help you plan your visit, with information about attractions and special events, and general travel advice.
Q: What about restaurant recommendations?
A: Food is such a personal thing that I'm wary of recommending the 'best' places to eat, but I'm happy to give you details for places that I enjoy eating at - all independent restaurants and cafes - and some less familiar local eateries that you may not otherwise find.
Q: What happens if we get bad weather?
A: In Scotland, they say there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes! Rain, snow, thunder and lightning, or zombie apocalypse... tours run as usual.
Q: Can you help us book our accommodation?
A: I generally suggest that you need to have your accommodation confirmed before planning your tour with me. Harper's Concierge have a great range of holiday apartments for let across the city, likewise Dickins, who also offer dog-friendly accommodation.
I'm also happy to recommend friendly and professional Airbnb providers Gillian, Irene and Patrick, or to stay in the heart of Old Town, check out the Old Town Chambers.
For self-catering just a short walk from the Royal Mile, Marchmont Self Catering have two properties available to let.
Q: Do you only offer walking tours of Edinburgh?
A: Yes. Edinburgh is best explored on foot, and it's small enough to be able to do so relatively easy. It can be a challenging city to explore, however, so my tours are not generally suitable for people with below average levels of mobility.
Q: I'm only in Edinburgh for one day - is that enough?
Longer A: No, but... you might like to use my suggested itinerary for seeing as many of the iconic highlights of the city as possible in a single visit.
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