What you'll do
This is the ideal tour for anyone who wants to learn more than just the basics about Edinburgh's historic Old Town. You'll meet Gains or Chris in the heart of Old Town and enjoy a 2 hour guided walk through the town centre. This tour will have a bit of everything - you'll learn about the lives of some of the Old Town's most famous and infamous residents, and some gruesome, interesting, and entertaining stories about what the city has seen over the centuries. Along the way, we'll point out some of our favourite spots to pop in for a "wee dram" or pint, so you'll know just where to go once the tour is over! Most tours start after the crowds have died down so we have more space to explore Old Town. We limit the group size to 10 people, so it's still a personal experience and you'll be able to chat with Gains or Chris and ask questions. Our goal is for you to learn a bit about Edinburgh's history, and have a great time while doing it!
Hi! We are Chris and Gains, guides for Local Eyes Tours, a highly rated private tour company in Edinburgh. Chris started Local Eyes 6 years ago and has enjoyed showing visitors around this bonnie city. Since then, the Local Eyes team has grown and joining Chris on Airbnb Experiences is Gains, who has a PhD in Scottish History. We are both friendly, professional tour guides who love Edinburgh and its history! If you want to learn more than your average tourist, our History Lovers Tour is perfect for you.
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Where you'll be
We will explore the heart of Old Town, full of quaint alleys, hidden streets, and a story around every corner. You'll learn about all the main sites on the Royal Mile, Greyfriars, and Grassmarket, but you'll also explore the hidden 'closes' of the Old Town (historic, narrow alleyways).
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. If you have children aged under 13 in your group, we would be happy to try and give you your own time slot, to ensure we can keep everyone's attention for the whole two hours without straying from our normal tour…
We'll do this tour rain or shine, so be sure to watch the weather and come prepared!
History Lovers Old Town Tour