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

Your Guru: Julie
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  • 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
    Mon, 29 Nov 13:45
  • English
    Tue, 30 Nov 13:45
  • English
    Sun, 05 Dec 10:45

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 (42)

By category
Professionalism
4.95
Fun
4.52
Expression
4.83
Quality
4.93
Route
4.9
Ben 11/11/2021

Julie was a fantastic guide. Being a local and having such a wealth of knowledge about the area, she was able to give us so much interesting information, history, and insight. The small group Julie insists on taking also made the tour much more personal, and really helped in some of the small spaces we visited, which we wouldn't have been able to experience as part of a large tour group. Absolutely fantastic and couldn't recommend Julie enough.

Response from Julie
Thanks for taking time to write such a lovely review. It was nice that you remembered and congratulations. I hope you are very happy together.
Elaine 11/11/2021

just look for a lady in a black/white polka dot rain hat hanging about by the Hub (converted church) and that's Julie. After introductions we waited for one other guest who didn't turn up so we were very fortunate to have the tour to ourselves. After a 10/15 min introduction to Scotland and what the tour would consist of we started our tour winding our way down the Royal Mile with lots of detours into alleys and closes. Points of interest explained and general historical information about Edinburgh and Scotland too. Julie is the font of all knowledge and clearly loves sharing her city with us tourists. Thankfully there was no test at the end of the tour but we certainly have much more understanding of the many layered history that is Edinburgh. The tour lasts over two hours and finishes at Holyrood Palace gardens. Absolute gem of a tour. Highly recommend. Thank you Julie its was a great start to our trip.

Response from Julie
Thanks for writing such a lovely detailed review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your birthday visit to my Home city.
Jackson 11/07/2021

It was a wonderful outing. Julie is very entertaining. She has a great knowledge about the history of all the places. She goes beyond the standard and talks trivia with a great sense of humour. She was in no hurry to finish which made the tour even more enjoyable.

Response from Julie
Thanks for taking time to write a nice review. I am glad you enjoyed it. History is so much more than dates and numbers. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Edinburgh.
Jackson 11/07/2021

Ruth 10/29/2021

Very enjoyable tour - Julie is very knowledgeable and personable.

Response from Julie
Hi, Thanks for taking time to review tour. I am glad you all enjoyed it despite the weather and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay.
4.9
42 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
42 ratings