Every day, 3 times a day, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm you can join a walking tour which costs absolutely nothing, except maybe a tip for the guide. The tours are run by Sandemans Tours, who are Europe’s leading walking tour company.
The walking tour takes about 3 hours, and you will see all of the main sights of the Old Town of Edinburgh.
• Edinburgh Castle
• St Giles’ Cathedral
• The Royal Mile
• Old & New Towns
• Mercat Cross
• Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) and Greyfriars Bobby
• Scott Monument
• Princes Street Gardens
• Site of Witch Burnings
• The original ‘Hogwarts’
• William Wallace and the Stone of Destiny
• National Museum
• Edinburgh University
• Covenanters’ Prison
• Martyrs’ Memorial
• The Mound
• Tron Kirk
• Burke and Hare, bodysnatchers
• The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
• The Scottish Enlightenment
The tours are on everyday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3pm and start from the front of the Starbucks Café by the Tron Kirk on the High Street(Royal Mile). The tour ends in Princes Street Gardens, which is only minutes walk back home to the hostel.
The tours run in all weather and rain gear is available at the beginning of the tour.
No reservations are necessary. Just show up. Ask at reception for directions to the start point.
The tours are free, and there is no pressure, but it is always nice to give the guide a tip, as that is their only source of income, and their tours are so good, they seem to be able to get enough tips to survive.