Walk down Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile and jump right into the heart of Scotland’s fascinating history. Connecting Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official Scottish residence, at the bottom to the spectacular Edinburgh Castle at the top, the Royal Mile is a series of streets through the beautiful and historic Old Town. Our expert guide will show you the best of Edinburgh while revealing the immense historic significance of the area, from the prehistoric period, through bronze age settlements to modern highlights. Learn about battles won and lost, kings and queens, poets and priests and the exciting moments of Scotland’s past that connects them all.
This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Edinburgh’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Edinburgh. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Edinburgh of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Edinburgh's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!
The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Edinburgh time!
We begin the tour at the top of the Royal Mile, standing on the founding stone of Edinburgh, where you guide will give you an introduction to the city.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the world's most famous castles, dominating the skyline of the Scottish capital. Your local guide will explain the various buildings that make up the castle grounds, as well as highlight some of Scotland's most important history.
The beautiful St. Giles Cathedral is closely associated with many events and figures in Scottish history, perhaps most notably John Knox, who, after the Scottish Reformation, served as the Church's minister.
Next, your guide will show you what remains of the old city walls, and explain what life was like for those living within them.
Having been associated with the royal family for centuries, the Canongate Kirk is still, to this day, where the Queen attends Church, whilst visiting the Scottish capital. Your local guide will tell you about Scotland's most important kings and queens as you admire the 17th Century architecture.
Our local guide will explain why, even though the existence of the parliament is overwhelmingly popular in Scotland, the building itself is not. Learn how the Scottish parliament works, as well as the current state of Scottish politics.
Holyrood Palace is the Queen's official residence in Scotland, where she normally spends the month of July, before heading to her highland castle, Balmoral.
- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.
- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.
- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.
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