Learn about the people, culture and events that shaped modern Edinburgh on this fascinating Mercat walking tour.

• Explore the Royal Mile with a professional guide.

• Hear stories of war, royalty, politics, culture and more.

• Add an optional skip-the-line tour of Edinburgh Castle.

• Tours are reserved and confirmed immediately by email.


Tour Times:

  • Monday-Sunday: 13:30.


  • With Castle: 2.25 Hours.
  • Without Castle: 1.5 Hours.

Meeting Points:

  • Start: Mercat Cross, High Street.
  • Finish: Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Castlehill.

Ticket Types:

  • Child tickets aged 5-15 years.
  • Concession tickets include students and seniors.
  • Family tickets include 2 adults and 2 children.

About The Edinburgh Royal Mile & Castle Walking Tour:

Hear captivating tales of the people and events that shaped Scottish history as you journey across the cobbles of the Royal Mile- Edinburgh's most famous street.

Each Royal Mile & Castle Walking Tour is led by a professional Mercat historian who can shed light on both popular and lesser known stories with entertaining and unrivalled passion.

Explore the closes, wynds and courtyards that give this ancient district of the Scottish capital its characteristic look. The tour can also be paired with an optional visit to Edinburgh Castle.

The halls of the Castle will serve as the real-life backdrop to brief yet intriguing overviews of the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and much more.

Important Information:

As the Edinburgh Royal Mile & Castle Walking Tour is conducted on foot, mostly outdoors, it is recommended that you bring appropriate clothing depending on the weather conditions.

Please note that children under the age of 5 are not permitted on any Mercat walking tour.

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Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

Please print out the voucher you receive from this site and meet at the Mercat Cross 15 minutes before the start of the tour. The Mercat Cross is located at the centre of Parliament Square, next to St Giles Cathedral. You will be greeted by a Mercat Tours representative beside the branded Mercat advertising boards.

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