Edinburgh Custom Private Tour With A Local, See The City Unscripted

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Full flexibility, Please contact the local operator directly after booking to arrange your departure time. Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
  • Departure Details :
    Starbucks Coffee, Unit 13, Unit 13 Waverley Steps, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ, UK
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Once you have booked your experience, we will be in touch in order to finalise the meeting poi.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Welcome to Edinburgh! Time is of the essence so join one of our hosts on a 2-hour adventure through the magnificent city, discovering authentic Edinburgh. Whether that means seeing its top attractions like Edinburgh Castle, strutting your stuff down the Royal Mile or simply just exploring your neighborhood together, finding some obscure spots that make you giddy with excitement. Whatever you like, this experience is about finding your feet in the highlands heart and seeing its authentic side.

Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.


Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Get inside tips from a local

Family friendly

Led by a local guide

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Small-group tour

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How does it work?

Book a tour with a Local. We will contact you within 24 hours and ask you question about your preferences and interests, so we can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded Local Edinburgher. He or she who will become your guide. You will tell us how long you'd like your tour to be, this can be as short as 1 hour or as long as a whole day.

Keeping in mind your personal answers we will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible.

We will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, he/she will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary.

Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Edinburghthat you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private tour and let your Local show you the Edinburghyou will love.


Private and personalized experience

2 hours with a host

Walking experience

Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)


Food and drinks

Any tickets into attractions/venues


Public/private transportation during the tour

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Tours are fully personalized so any additional requirements like tickets, transportation and food & drinks can be arranged for an additional cost

Private groups are normally no larger than 6 people (if your group is larger, please make this known so that arrangements can be made)

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

City Unscripted and all City Unscripted hosts follow the WHO (World Health Organization) and local governments health and safety recommendations at all times. To keep up to date with the latest news we recommend visiting these World Health Organization (WHO) website pages.

Traveler Reviews

  • 18-Jul-2022

    Our tour was very informative. We definitely covered off all the key tourist attractions on our walk. This was a great way to see the city and learn about it one on one.

  • 22-Jun-2022

    Tour cancelled at 2100 the night before a 0900 event, no reason given. They offered me a discount on a different booking, but said they couldn't fit me in for the next week in any of their events. No room in open air walking tours?

  • 06-Jun-2022

    Had a wonderful experience with Gwen. Gwen even booked us lunch at a beautiful restraint. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • 07-Apr-2022

    A thoroughly enjoyable and knowledgeable guide who customized our introduction to Edinburgh in important and impactful ways. She really listened to our father/daughter trip needs, got to know us, and tailored the experience above and beyond (and much of that began far before the tour). We specifically sought out her tour and booked it so we could be walking with her within hours of arriving in Edinburgh - it was the perfect beginning to our stay here. We highly recommend Jen!

  • 25-Aug-2021

    Doug gave us an excellent walking tour of some of Edinburgh's best historic sites. Easily understandable and well versed in the area.

  • 09-Jan-2020

    My partner and I had essentially a day-and-a-half in Edinburgh, arriving in the early afternoon on a Friday and leaving early on Sunday morning. In addition to the day trip we'd planned for Saturday, I wanted a way that we could hit some of the highlights of Edinburgh without the formality of a longer bus tour. We were paired up with Zainab, a young woman who had just finished graduate school in Edinburgh. She did an incredible job in the two hours we spent together, walking us to some well-known highlights within the city and talking Edinburgh's history and culture during the entire walk. She was extremely personable and friendly, and I've got to give her big kudos for putting up with the weather! It was cold -- around 7 degrees -- wet and drizzling for much of the tour, and she didn't let that slow us down a bit. Zainab and City Unscripted were instrumental in giving us a look at Edinburgh that we otherwise would have completely missed.

  • 19-Nov-2019

    My family and I (husband and two daughters ages 9 and 11) really enjoyed our custom walking tour with Alana. She is lovely to spend time with and was so interesting to talk to. She showed us all the places we requested and told us things about Edinburgh that we certainly wouldn't know if we weren't locals. I highly recommend going on a tour with her!

  • 23-Aug-2019

    Roxana, our tour guide, was absolutely amazing. We scheduled our tour online, met Roxana at The Hub and started our incredible journey. Instead of heading straight down the extremely busy main street with Fringe enthusiasts, we went down the side-street to Grassmarket, learning of the town scene from Harry Potter being set-up to mirror Grassmarket. The stories went on and on as we made our way down the Royal Mile, stopping at key points of interest, even took our group picture in a garden along the way. Roxana's knowledge was remarkable, even knowing where to duck into when a downpour came, yet ensuring she kept informing us of nearby city happenings! This tour was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our week in Scotland! THANKS ROXANA!

  • 04-Jan-2019

    I booked a tour and never heard from them about meeting time/place. Days before I called and left messages, messaged through website: nothing. Got a WhatsApp message the day we were supposed to tour to say they were looking for me!? Same treatment for trying to get a refund: they won’t return my messages. Horrible customer service—spend your money elsewhere.