Skip the line tour of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Luca And Ben

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

This tour includes a little of The Royal Mile and a lot of The Castle. Set aside time after your tour to explore. The price advertised does not include the entrance price to the castle, this is because some people book their own tickets in advance. You can purchase castle tickets directly from us at the start of the tour for your convenience.

We meet on the Royal Mile and start by giving a little background history to Edinburgh and the Castle to help put everything into context. Moving up to the castle esplanade where you will learn about the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and two of the most famous figures from Scottish history; Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

Entering the Castle we stop by the Argyle Battery where you will learn about the 1 o'clock gun. Moving on we head down to the Hospital Square where we get impressive views from the Western Panorama before heading up towards the castle barracks and prisoner of war camp, all these areas have enthralling stories that only a guide can bring to life.

We then climb to the top of Castle Rock entering the medieval section of Edinburgh Castle. Here we see the oldest building in Edinburgh, St Margaret’s Chapel and Mons Meg, a monstrous canon!

The tour finishes in the Crown Square which is the heart of Edinburgh Castle and I will tell you all about the daring attacks against this iconic fortification.
This tour includes a little of The Royal Mile and a lot of The Castle. Set aside time after your tour to explore. The price advertised does not include the entrance price to the castle, this is because some people book their own tickets in advance. You can purchase castle tickets directly from us at the start of the tour for your convenience.

We meet on the Royal Mile and start by giving a little background history to Edinburgh and t…

Meet your Host, Luca And Ben

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Luca founded Little Fish Tours back in 2016 and we have been guiding groups from all around the world through Scotland's most iconic castle ever since. In this time we have developed a fantastic working relationship with Edinburgh Castle.

Scotland has a deep and rich story telling culture and by combining our shared passion for story telling and by drawing on many years of guiding experience I believe we can help bring the three thousand years worth of castle history to life for you and help enrich your time spent at Edinburgh Castle.

It's worth noting that guiding is not permitted within the museums at the castle. When the tour ends we very much recommend you give yourself at least an extra hour to explore the various museums at your own leisure.
Luca founded Little Fish Tours back in 2016 and we have been guiding groups from all around the world through Scotland's most iconic castle ever since. In this time we have developed a fantastic working relationship with Edinburgh Castle.

Scotland has a deep and rich story telling culture and by combining our shared passion for story telling and by drawing on many years of guiding experience I believe we can help bring the three thousand years worth of castle history to life for yo…
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Caffè Nero on the Royal Mile (Not at the castle)
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle is the most important fortification in Scotland. It has been the site of many battle and besieges, the home of Kings and Queens and now it is the backdrop to our tour. You could walk around the castle by yourself and dip in and out of the museums but with over three thousand years worth of history centring round this historic fortress we have worked really hard to bring the complex history to life through story telling.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 997 reviews.

  • Georgia
    January 2022
    Great experience, John our tour guide was an amazing guide. You could tell he knew what he was talking about and he was super passionate about the information he was giving us also. Very accommodating to the fact I was pregnant with the step inclines and stairs. I would highly recommend this tour.
  • Saoud
    January 2022
    Great experience! One of the best trips I’ve ever been. John offered us a lot of informations and insights about the castle and Scotland’s history. I consider it as 10 stars experience, not 5!
  • 인보
    January 2022
    날씨만 조심해서 간다면 최고입니다. 친절한 가이드가 재밌게 역사 이야기를 풀어주는 투어에요.
  • Raunaq
    January 2022
    The tour of the castle with the facts presented were fairly accurate and my host had a good idea what he was doing
  • Jessy
    December 2021
    Sabi was a great storyteller and, while not Scottish, clearly knew her stuff! There was a hiccup with our tickets upon entry to the castle, but Sabi and the team got it squared away. Fantastic roll up of Scottish history!
  • Jata
    December 2021
    Great engaging tour, so glad we did it. Super easy logistics-wise and we learned a ton. So good we’re signing up for the whiskey tour later this evening.

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