History Lovers Old Town Walk

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Chris

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

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 us 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 8 people, so it's still a personal experience and you'll be able to chat with your guide and ask questions. Our goal is for you to learn a bit about Edinburgh's history, and have a great time while doing it!
Other things to note
We'll do this tour rain or shine, so be sure to watch the weather and come prepared!
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 us 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.…

Meet your host, Chris

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Hi! We are Chris, Gains and David guides for Local Eyes Tours, a highly rated private tour company in Edinburgh. Chris started Local Eyes
7 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. David’s a fanatical Castle Hunter and literally wrote the book on Game of Thrones and Scottish History. We are are all 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.
Hi! We are Chris, Gains and David guides for Local Eyes Tours, a highly rated private tour company in Edinburgh. Chris started Local Eyes
7 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. David’s a fanatical Castle Hunter and literally wrote the book on Game of Thrones and Scottish History. We are are all friendly, professional tour guides who lo…
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From £12
/ person
Fri, 6 Aug
£14 per person
16:30 - 18:30
Join 2 other guests
£14 per person
Sat, 7 Aug
£14 per person
£14 per person
Sun, 8 Aug
£14 per person
£14 per person

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).

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 467 reviews.

Victor
August 2021
what knowledge Chris has it beats any history tour hands down . ..the history and tastfull stories were amazing..keeps u griped and he certainly tells them well.
Sean
August 2021
If you are a history buff, then this is the tour for you. Gains/ Chris was highly knowledgeable, passionate and thoughtful about Edinburgh and it’s history. He has a phd in the subject. I would recommend this tour and will definitely be looking at future tours with him when I return. Thank you.
If you are a history buff, then this is the tour for you. Gains/ Chris was highly knowledgeable, passionate and thoughtful about Edinburgh and it’s history. He has a phd in the sub…
Antony
July 2021
Gains is incredibly knowledgeable and engaging and wears his expertise lightly. Each location on the tour was carefully chosen and interestingly woven into a fascinating narrative. A great start to our staycation in Edinburgh.
Anna
July 2021
My parents and my children went on a private tour of Old Town with Gains. Gains is extremely knowledgeable historian and a very engaging guide. He managed to keep the interest of an audience whose age ranged from 11 to 74, which is a very tall order. Gains structured the tour as to take into account the interests and physical limitations of our party. I highly recommend him!
My parents and my children went on a private tour of Old Town with Gains. Gains is extremely knowledgeable historian and a very engaging guide. He managed to keep the interest of a…
Jade
July 2021
Fantastic ~ the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh! Gains was incredibly knowledgeable but also made the entire tour interesting and engaging the entire time. We came away feeling like we had all of the ‘insider knowledge’ including knowing about the local characters, the hidden gems and exploring the back streets. We were blown away with Gains’ knowledge, and it was clear he was passionate about Scottish history. We will be back to Edinburgh and will book onto your other tours, and recommend to all our friends! Thankyou so much.
Fantastic ~ the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh! Gains was incredibly knowledgeable but also made the entire tour interesting and engaging the entire time. We came away feelin…
Frank
July 2021
Our tour guide was Gains, and he was knowledgeable and approachable. He created a safe fun environment for us to question his knowledge about the History of Scotland, and the guy knows his stuff, that because he has. PHD in Scottish History! Well recommend.
Our tour guide was Gains, and he was knowledgeable and approachable. He created a safe fun environment for us to question his knowledge about the History of Scotland, and the guy k…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

We recommend suitable outerwear for Scotland's temperamental weather, especially if the forecast calls for possible rain. A light jacket and umbrella usually come in handy!