Royal Edinburgh History Experience (11am, 90 mins)
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and set out to explore the historic streets and UNESCO-listed monuments of the Old Town. Stroll along the famous Royal Mile and Canongate, admire the historic architecture and see a different side to the city as you wander the ancient alleyways and hidden closes that surround the royal palace. Along the way, enjoy the age-old Scottish tradition of storytelling as your guide recounts tales of royal ceremonies, scandals and bloody battles, bringing history to life right before your eyes. Walk the streets where Bonnie Prince Charlie led rebellious Jacobites in revolt and see the local haunts where infamous thief Deacon Brodie led his double life. Arrive at the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Scotland, where you’ll learn the dramatic history of the short reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and hear about the annual visits of Her Majesty The Queen. Finally, bid your guide farewell and explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse independently (included admission optional). Marvel over the opulent state apartments, admire the exquisite royal furnishings and artworks, and visit the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey.
Ghostly Underground Vaults History Tour (3pm, 75 mins)
This afternoon, you’ll greet your guide on the High Street, beside St. Giles High Kirk. Following your cloaked guide, you’ll weave your wicked way through the shadow-shrouded streets of Edinburgh’s Old Tower and gain insight into Edinburgh’s dark history. After the spooky scene has been established, descend to the vaults beneath Blair Street and feel a morbid chill permeate the air. Tentatively wander through darkened passages and hear gruesome tales of torture, murder and bodysnatching. Ghost stories galore, you’ll be sensitive to a cold breath on the back of your neck and the flicker of a candle in the distance. After 1.5 hours of exploration, return to daylight and bid your guide farewell.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
A moderate amount of walking is involved
No children under the age of 5
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair