Tours & activities in Edinburgh

3-hour Edinburgh Private City Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive overview of Edinburgh's fascinating history and must-see sites with your private tour guide

ABOUT THE 3-hour Edinburgh Private City Tour

This 3-hour private tour will introduce you to Edinburgh's top attractions and walk you through the history of the UK’s second capital. Your local private tour guide will take you to must-see sights such as the Royal Mile, Mercat Cross, Greyfriars Kirkyard and more.


Explore Edinburgh in-depth with your expert local guide

Impossibly scenic, the Edinburgh skyline has been dominated by her central castle since at least the 12th century. Over the course of this 3-hour private tour, your expert local tour guide will walk you through the stories, places and architecture that have shaped this city into the fascinating place it is today. You'll explore the stories of Scottish national heroes such as William Wallace and Greyfriars Bobby; as well as those of darker characters like Burke and Hare (the Victorian era body-snatching duo).

Starting off at the Royal Mile, you'll take in some of the most popular sights this city has to offer - the National Museum, Mercat Cross, the Grassmarket, and George Heriot’s School (rumoured to be the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts. However, the extended tour also allows your guide time to cover the stunning Princes Street Gardens, the Mound (the distinctive ‘hill’ artificially created to connect the Old and New Towns), and of course, Edinburgh Castle itself.

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace

This 3-hour private tour covers the main must-see sights of Edinburgh at a leisurely pace. You also have the option of stopping for a coffee or a snack partway through.

More time with your expert local guide means that you'll get great inside scoops about museums, theatres, clubs or about the best local food and wines that will make the rest of your trip to Edinburgh a memorable one.

Only have time to see the top attractions in Edinburgh? Choose our 2-hour Highlights Private Tour instead! 


Is your prefered starting time or date not available online? Do you have something more specific in mind? Do not hesitate to contact us here

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Your 3-hour Edinburgh Private City Tour starts on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close

  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The Royal Mile
  • Old & New Towns
  • Mercat Cross
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) & Greyfriars Bobby
  • Scott Monument
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • Grassmarket
  • Site of Witch Burnings
  • The original ‘Hogwarts’
  • William Wallace & the Stone of Destiny
  • National Museum
  • Covenanters’ Prison
  • Martyrs’ Memorial
  • The Mound
  • Tron Kirk
  • Burke and Hare, bodysnatchers
  • The real Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  • The Scottish Enlightenment


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Private walking tour
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • Most popular starting times available online
  • We can adapt the tour for you, even when booking online! You will be asked some questions during the checkout process to help us better tailor the tour to the needs of your group
  • Full refund for cancellations with more than 72 hours notice
  • Invoice available after tour date
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With a private tour, you're the boss!


Whether you’re travelling with a group, or simply want your own private guide, SANDEMANs private tours offer you the flexibility to name your time, meeting point and what you specifically want covered, all at some of the best prices in Edinburgh.

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Edinburgh's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

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Tailor your experience with a SANDEMANs private tour

  • Expert guides
  • Regular and bespoke options available
  • Pick-up service from your hotel or hostel available
  • Variety of languages available
  • Excellent customer service support


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.


I am travelling alone; can I book a Private Tour?

Yes, absolutely!

Is there a maximum capacity per group?

Yes, for us to guaranty the quality of the tour, each tour guide can take a maximum of 30 people.

Larger groups can book two private tours online or contact us at for further quotations.

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