Dear guests,

During the following weeks, our tours (except the Pub Crawl) will temporarily be starting a little further up the Royal Mile; right in front of the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant (130 High Street, Royal Mile - Edinburgh, EH1 1QS). Please keep an eye out for the guides with the red SANDEMANs’ umbrella.

Thank you for your understanding.
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This week's Free Tours of Edinburgh:

Check our special International Women's Day FREE Tour on March 6, 8 & 10! Click on 'Book Now' to see availabilities
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Starting Point

The Free Tour of Edinburgh starts in front of Starbucks Coffee on High Street by Tron Kirk. Just look for the team in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!
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This 2.5-hour* tour covers: 

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • William Wallace and the Stone of Destiny
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) and Greyfriars Bobby
  • The Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh’s Old Town 
  • Mercat Cross
  • National Museum
  • Covenanters’ Prison
  • Martyrs’ Memorial
  • The Scottish Writers Museum
  • Grassmarket
  • The original ‘Hogwarts’
  • The Hub

...and much more!

In the narrow streets of Edinburgh you were as likely to meet a murderer as a man of genius. Body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. Guides will take you down narrow alleyways, tell you the stories behind the history, and show you views which will define your trip to Scotland’s capital! 

This 2.5-hour walking tour covers all the main sights of the Old Town. The independent guides who employ us to market their tours conduct the FREE Tour on a tips-only basis, thereby guaranteeing that you receive a tour of the highest quality. They have a unique style of combining history with pure showmanship and this has made us one of the most popular walking tour companies in all of Europe.



Our special International Women’s Day Tour celebrates the female heroes that have shaped our history! Listen to the tragic life of Mary, Queen of the Scots, who died a heroic victim, be impressed with the struggle and determination of the Scottish suffrages, and follow the footsteps of J.K. Rowling; one of the greatest female writers of our time.

From queens to suffrages to writers, there is no doubt that women have transformed Scotland into the country it is today. Join us as we explore some of the memorials, locations and statues around Edinburgh that commemorate these great women.

On this special International Women's Day Free Tour we cover:

  • City Chambers
  • St Giles
  • Statue of Walter Scott
  • Lady Stairs Close
  • Market Street
  • Jeffrey Street
  • Canongate Kirkyard
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Holyrood Palace


*Average tour length. The Edinburgh Free Tour usually ends by the National Museum of Scotland, by the Greyfriars Kirkyard or by the Writers Museum. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group! 

Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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