Tours & activities in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Our top-rated walking tour of the iconic Edinburgh Castle includes skip-the-line entrance

ABOUT THE Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Join an expert local guide for a 1.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the iconic Edinburgh Castle! Visit the must-see sites inside the castle walls, hear the extraordinary tales of defense and conquest, and enjoy the spectacular views across Edinburgh and South East Scotland.


Your Edinburgh Castle Tour meets meets on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile) and finishes inside the castle grounds. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


A Scottish national treasure

Your expert local guide will begin by walking you up the Royal Mile, the only way to access the otherwise impenetrable Edinburgh Castle. No trip to Scotland is complete without visiting the castle, but its popularity has grown so much in recent years that getting tickets has become much harder. Luckily, your ticket for the SANDEMANs NEW Edinburgh Castle Tour not only includes a ticket, but also skip-the-line entrance!

A proud and bloody history

Perched on top of the extinct volcano Castle Rock, this dramatic setting means the Edinburgh Castle has seemingly impenetrable cliffs on three sides. Yet this castle, one of the oldest continuously habited castles in the world, has been conquered several times throughout history, and parts of it have even been destroyed. Your tour guide will bring all of these incredible stories to life, while showing you the must-see sites like Mons Meg Cannon and the National War Museum and War Memorial.

Find the must-see sites, or stay a little longer

With your Edinburgh Castle tour, your expert guide will ensure that you don’t miss any of the crucial elements of the castle, however, your ticket for the castle allows you to stay right through to closing time, so if you want to continue to explore the many memorials and museums that exist within Scotland’s number one tourist attraction, you’re more than welcome to do so!

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The Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour starts on 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close

  • Discover the National War Museum and War Memorial
  • Visit St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh
  • Hear the incredible true story of the Stone of Destiny
  • Learn about the bloody battles with the English, and Scottish Independence
  • See the still-working Mons Meg Cannon



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Next departure in English : Friday 31st May 20242:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the castle
Additional Information
  • Please note that this tour is nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled. Sorry for any inconvenience
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult in order to join the tour
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 15 pay £25, children under the age of 5 join free
  • Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle ticket is only valid on the day of purchase
  • Unfortunately, the steep hills and uneven ground mean that this tour is not suitable for pushchairs or those unable to walk unassisted
  • No bags or backpacks over 30L are permitted for security reasons
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

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