Edinburgh Castle & Royal Mile Walking Tour (Skip the Line)

Edinburgh Castle
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 year olds
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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Skip the line at Edinburgh Castle to get to the history quicker.
  • Discover wynds, closes and courtyards on your walking tour.
  • See beautiful Edinburgh in a unique way.

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is the UK’s second most visited tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. Home of Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland, the Queen’s Scottish residence, art, education, culture and more, it’s an incredible place to discover.

Your expert guide will focus on Edinburgh’s Old Town, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its Medieval street plan and Reformation-style buildings, you will feel like you’ve stepped into the past and will be hanging on your tour guide's every word. Hear stories from the real places they happened, about Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns, and their parts in life, culture, crime and politics. A side of the capital you’ve never seen before will be unfolded for you.

You’ll then skip the queue and go straight into Edinburgh Castle, a fortress and royal palace. Explore vaults, halls, chapels and more inside, with armour, crowns and magic stones on display. See exhibits worked tirelessly on by volunteers, like the recreation of Queen Mary’s embroideries from her time in England. A completely unique experience awaits you inside.

Need somewhere to stop off and eat? Eat in the strong walls of the Castle with the Redcoat Cafe, Red Truck and an Ice Cream Van to finish the day.

What to know before you go

  • Your ticket includes a 135-minute guided walking tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, the expert guide, and skip-the-line entrance to the Castle.
  • The ticket is cancellable up to 24 hours before the visit date.
  • Tours start at either 10am or 1pm.
  • The tour begins in Mercat Cross and ends at Edinburgh Castle.
  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide wearing an orange name badge and a black cloak.
  • Audio guides for the Castle cost extra.
  • You can explore the Castle at your own time and pace.
  • Visitors with bags larger than a 25-litre capacity won’t be admitted.
  • Edinburgh Castle is wheelchair accessible.
  • Toilets can be found in Edinburgh Castle, including disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities.

Getting there

  • The starting point of the tour is Mercat Cross and the end point is Edinburgh Castle.
  • Mercat Cross is accessible by train at Waverley Station (five-minute walk) and Haymarket Station (30-minute walk).
  • Street parking is available close by to Mercat Cross.
  • Multiple Edinburgh buses stop at or near to Mercat Cross, such as the 3, 29, 30, and X52.

You can find out more about Edinburgh Castle here.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
Family on a tour in Edinburgh.
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