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The Royal Mile and its Secrets with a local experienced guide.

Your Guru: Julie
Questions?
  • Edinburgh
  • Available in English, Spanish
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes

About the Guru

Edinburgh is my home city, however, I lived in Spain for 23 years, 2 in Madrid and 20 in Rioja and I am a fluent Spanish speaker. I returned home and fell in love with Edinburgh seeing it in a new light. I trained as an Edinburgh Guide in 2012 and have been leading walking tours, including food tours in Edinburgh since 2013. I write and during lockdown I had my first poems p... More

Edinburgh is my home city, however, I lived in Spain for 23 years, 2 in Madrid and 20 in Rioja and I am a fluent Spanish speaker. I returned home and fell in love with Edinburgh seeing it in a new light. I trained as an Edinburgh Guide in 2012 and have been leading walking tours, including food tours in Edinburgh since 2013. I write and during lockdown I had my first poems published. I love guiding as it lets me live a wonderful Yin Yan life guiding and writing. I look forward to welcoming you to my city.

About the Tour

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the principal street of the medieval old town, is one of the most famous streets in the world. 
Named because it is approximately one mile from the Royal residence of the iconic Castle at the top and the Royal Residence of the Palace at the bottom.  Leading from West to East, it is divided into five sections and one of its principal features are the many narrow alleyways, called “closes” that lead off the Mile, to both north and south. This creates an unusual visual feature, captured on early maps and confirmed by aerial photography that the Royal Mile looks like a fish skeleton. 
Some places we will see:

  • Makars Court celebrating Scottish Writers
  • St Giles Cathedral
  • Tweedale Court home of Scottish Publishing
  • Bakehouse Close location used in Outlander
  • Canongate Church The official church of the Royal Family in Edinburgh
  • Dunbar Court Garden

and many more.  

Useful information:

- Endpoint outside of Scottish Parliament.
- Edinburgh is a city with a lot of hills but this is the downward route please wear comfortable shoes.
Come and join me, I'm local and love my home city, and a trained guide on this tour to weave in and out of the bones, to explore in-depth the layout and hear about the history and the many stories of the closes that join the backbone of the Royal Mile

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I will be outside the Festival Hub, the Converted Church at start of Castlehill. I will be wearing a black rain hat with white Polka Dots

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

Tour Schedule

  • English
    Thu, 23 Sep 14:15
  • English
    Sun, 26 Sep 10:45
  • English
    Sun, 26 Sep 14:15

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (34)

Swetha 09/17/2021

Excellent tour and Julie was extremely knowledgeable!

Response from Julie
Thanks for taking time to write a review. I hope you managed to return to your car made you flight and enjoyed the rest of your visit to Edinburgh.
Helen 09/16/2021

Julie is very kindly and professional. She told me lots of stories about Edinburgh’s famous people and buildings. Behind the Close there are some secret places that the travel book don’t write. She speaks funny and clearly. I had a very pleasant afternoon with her.

Response from Julie
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Always appreciated. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Edinburgh hope you will return again.
Steven 09/14/2021

The tour with Julie was great. She was full of information about Edinburgh and we visited places on the tour that we wouldn’t have seen had we just explored the city ourselves. Clearly very knowledgeable on the city and it’s history and also gave some good recommendations on good, authentic restaurants & shops.

Response from Julie
Thanks for taking time to review the tour with su great comments. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Scotland and it was lovely to meet you both on Sunday morning.
Claire 09/13/2021

Excellent guide, very passionate and born in Edinburgh as a guide in Edinburgh should be

Response from Julie
Thanks for taking time to write a review. I am pleased that you enjoyed it. I hope you were able to buy fudge and have a safe journey home.
Javiera 09/13/2021

Response from Julie
Thanks for rating my tour. I hope you have a very successful experience studying at the University here and are able to explore this amazing city that is my home. Encantada a conocerte.

4.9(34) Ratings

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

4.9(34) Ratings