Free tour

Edinburgh Essentials - Best Historic Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: German, English, Italian
Quality Verified Registered on May 03, 2021

Do you want to do the best Tours in Scotland? Well this is your place. After several years working in the tourism sector for leading companies in different locations in the United Kingdom, I decided to embark on this adventure and create “We Are Scotland”, from where we carry out walking tours of Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This project is born from work, humility and experience in order to make people who visit Scotland feel part of its history and its legends, together with a team of experienced guides passionate about history who will make you want to return. to this wonderful country.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Over the centuries Edinburgh has become one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

We will get to know the history of this medieval city, which is over 3000 years old, from the first tribes that populated it, the Picts, to the famous men in kilts! We will talk about some of Edinburgh's most important buildings, such as St. Giles Cathedral, and Edinburgh Castle. We will walk along its most well-renowned streets such as the Royal Mile and Victoria Street, to name but a few.

We'll pay a visit to the sculpture of Bobby, Scotland’s most loyal guard dog, located right outside Greyfriars cemetery, where many mysteries and legends are hidden amongst the tombstones, and perhaps even some paranormal activity! Parts of the Harry Potter books were written in Edinburgh and their writer, JK Rowling, used the graveyard as a source of inspiration. Join us to discover where she wrote and what she used to influence her novels.

With so many centuries of history, the capital of Scotland is rich in both history and legends. You cannot miss this incredible visit to Edinburgh!

In this free tour we will visit:

  • Historical introduction to Edinburgh
  • Royal Mile
  • Victoria Street
  • Grassmarket
  • Greyfriars Cemetery
  • Bobby dog
  • Mysteries about Harry Potter
  • Mackenzie and paranormal activity
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Writers Museum
  • St. Giles Cathedral
  • Presbyterianism
  • david hume
  • Public executions
  • Maggie Dickson
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • Mercat Cross
  • Fringe Festival

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    361 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, UK
    361 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, UK
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    We will be at 361 High Street (Royal Mile), opposite St. Giles’ Cathedral with a BLACK UMBRELLA

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    Royal Mile
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    St Giles' Cathedral
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    Writers' Museum
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    Greyfriars Bobby Statue
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    Greyfriars Kirkyard

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Lauren 22 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Our guide Raj knew so much about the city! He shared so many facts and told us things that we wouldn’t have realized if we were just walking around. Toward the end he shared a list of recommendations of places to eat or get a drink based on things they were know for. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour!
Grace 21 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Very good, better than my expected!
Reva 21 Jul 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Ana was lovely! she brings high energy to her storytelling. The tour has a good collection of stories, jokes, and history! Would definitely recommend.
Jose 20 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
The tour was great, loads of fun facts about the city
Lucas 20 Jul 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
The tour was great, the highlight was Melanie, our guide!! She was amazing! Super fun, knowledgeable and clear. Very much recommend it to anyone who goes to Edinburgh, ask for Melanie for an even better experiece!!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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