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Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh

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This guided walk with our unique guides, Stuart Usher or his son, Richard Usher, will entertain and enthral you. Also we are delighted to introduce a new guide who will take occasional group tours; Dr Alison Duncan, who is a professional historian and Edinburgh expert. We limit the tour to 10 guests so everyone is involved, unlike tours of 30, 40 or more. Stuart's family has historic connections with Edinburgh (Stuart's great-great Uncle, Andrew Usher, donated the magnificent Usher Hall to the city as well as being known as the father of the scotch whisky blending industry).  Their deep knowledge of the cultural, historical and architectural aspects of the city means they have a unique perspective on our wonderful capital.

Your guides will show you the cultural treasures of Edinburgh, the secrets of its past and its famous characters, and are rightly renowned for their entertaining and witty commentary.
You'll start at
The Usher Hall
Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, UKYour guide will be waiting for you outside the central entrance of the Usher Hall (there are 3 entrances and he will be outside the middle one).
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  • 1
    Edinburgh Guided Tour
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
  • 2
    Usher Hall
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 3
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 2 hours -
  • 4
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 5
    Writers' Museum
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 6
    Riddle's Court
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 7
    Deacon Brodie's Tavern
    Stop: 20 minutes -
  • 8
    St Giles' Cathedral
    Stop: 20 minutes -
  • 9
    Edinburgh City Chambers
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 10
    Scott Monument
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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You'll end at
The Mound
The Mound, Edinburgh, UKThe ending point is at the National gallery of Scotland, just off Princes Street.
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  • In-depth historical tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  • Guide commentary enhances the experience 
  • Small group of 10 people means personalized attention and a chance to ask questions
  • Itinerary can be changed to accommodate group interests and preferences
  • Learn more than you would exploring on your own
What to Expect
Meet your guide—descendants of the Usher of Usher Hall—and small group outside of Usher Hall in central Edinburgh in advance of your tour time. When booking, you can choose a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule. Take off down the famous Royal Mile with your guide in the lead. Don't worry about maps or directions, as you'll have expert guidance and you can just focus on the scenery and learning about the city's history. Please note that the route and itinerary can be amended depending on the group's desires. As you stroll, get a history lesson on Scotland's famous minds, including thinkers, writers, poets, and inventors. These include Deacon Brodie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Burns, David Hume, and Sir Water Scott. Visit some of Edinburgh's famous closes, or private alleyways, where some famous residents lived, and the St. Giles Cathedral. End up at The Mound, from where you can explore further.
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Departure Point
The Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, UK
Return Details
The Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • Professional guide
  • Small group (maximum 10 participants)
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Guided Tour
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 12 are free
  • Children 12-16 pay 75%
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This tour was the best way to get oriented in such a historic city as Edinburgh. The tour is the perfect length that you get to experience both new and old town while learning all kinds of interesting things along the way. Stuart made the tour with his great knowledge and
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We met Richard on a winters day at the Usher hall to which he had history with.. he was really warm and friendly from the start and gave us lots of great information and stories we would not have otherwise found on such a short visit to Edinburgh . Due to the weather he also
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Response from Stuart U, Manager at Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Samantha Thank you so much for your thoughtful and wonderful Review. We are delighted that your Tour with Richard has made you want to return to our dear old city of Edinburgh. You will discover much, much more ….. really interesting stuff and sometimes so unusual as well. You mentioned Pubs. For its size there is no city in the whole of the UK which can match Edinburgh for its great Pubs and Restaurants.... in my opinion! Come back and sample some of them!? We look forward to seeing you again some day. Best wishes Stuart U
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We did a lot of research before booking this tour as we wanted something a bit different. It was important for us to be guided by someone with excellent local knowledge. The choice we made did not disappoint. Stuart was an outstanding and charming guide and his family history
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Response from Stuart U, Manager at Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Ptracya Many thanks for your marvellous Review. Delighted that you enjoyed it so much. I am indeed passionate about our Tours and my role in them. Nothing pleases me better than making both our Clients happy and then myself in the process. In this way a good time is had by all! Best wishes Stuart U
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Our guide, Stuart Usher, was a charming, knowledgeable and interesting gentleman, who was clearly passionate about his subject. He had studied the names of those of us taking the tour, so he was able to greet some of us, including me, by name. Very few guides even try to do
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Response from Stuart U, Manager at Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Eric Many thanks for your marvellous Review …. very much appreciated. I am indeed quite passionate about Edinburgh and do my best to make my Clients passionate to discover more about the city. And there is plenty more to see and enjoy about it, believe me. I hope you did just that in the time you had remaining. I also hope you also had the time to sample some of the great Pubs and Restaurants in the city. Edinburgh is pretty famous for them. We would be delighted to see you again in our fair city some sweet day! Best wishes Stuart U
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Walking was so much more fun than riding in a tour bus! Halfway through the tour, we stopped at Deacon's House for bathrooms, a cup of tea, and a scone. Delightful! Mr. Usher shared his wealth of knowledge and allowed us to take our time, stop to shop or take pictures and ask
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Response from Stuart U, Manager at Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
Responded 6 Nov 2019
Dear Dalmar Thank you so much for your great Review. Edinburgh has so many interesting places and we visited as many as we could in the three most enjoyable hours we had. However there are many more very interesting places in the city that we did not have the time to visit. Tea, coffee and scones at the half way mark at the historic Deacon.s House are always a hit for our Clients. Best café in Edinburgh imo. Please visit us again some day. Best wishes Stuart U.
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  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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