Auld Reekie

Auld Reekie

A tale of two towns

Discover the old town of Edinburgh from the earliest times down through the centuries to the present day and get two towns for the price of one!

You will see the major sites of the old town and learn about famous and infamous Edinburgh characters.

You will visit:  

  • the Royal Mile from the castle to Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat and the Scottish Parliament building
  • Victoria Street
  • The Grassmarket
  • Candlemaker Row
  • Greyfriars churchyard
  • George IV Bridge

Main sights:

  • Edinburgh Castle (external)
  • Lady Stairs Close and the Writer’s Museum
  • The Heart of Midlothian
  • St Giles Cathedral
  • Mercat Cross
  • City Chambers
  • Museum of Childhood
  • John Knox House and the Scottish Story Telling Centre
  • Canongate Kirk and graveyard
  • Whitehorse Close
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags
  • Scottish Parliament building

Subject to availability of places, your tour includes a free 45-minute guided tour of the interior of St Giles Cathedral and the Thistle Chapel (10 places available)

5 hours

Wednesdays - Saturdays
Start time: 9.00am
End time: 2.00pm

Meeting Point:
The Witchery by the Castle restaurant, 352 Castlehill. Castlehill is the narrow road that leads up to the castle esplanade and the castle. The Witchery is on the left hand side near the top of Castlehill.

End point:
Palace of Holyroodhouse

Subject to availability, I can book a 45 minute (2.30 – 3.15pm) free guided tour of the interior of the Scottish Parliament building where you will learn about the history, art, architecture and history of the Scottish Parliament.

Please email me to indicate the numbers in your group who wish to take this optional tour after the ‘Auld Reekie’ tour. The sooner this is done, the greater the chance of obtaining tickets. At certain times in the parliamentary calendar, this tour may not be available.

Child Friendly:

£225 per tour for groups of up to 10 people


Important additional information:
Please have a hearty breakfast and bring snacks and water with you as there will be no indoor stop for lunch.

Images From This Tour

Map to meeting point

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