Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Details :
    The Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, UK
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This private guided walk with our unique guides, Stuart Usher or his son, Richard Usher, will both entertain and enthral your group. Your party (up to 10 people) will be the only visitors on the walk. Stuart's family have historic connections with Edinburgh (his great-great Uncle, Andrew Usher, donated the magnificent Usher Hall to the city, where the tour normally starts) and his deep knowledge of the city's cultural, historical and architectural aspects means he has a unique perspective.
You can book a morning tour (9.30am to 1.00pm), an afternoon tour (2.00pm to 5.30pm) orour full-day tour (9.30am to 4.30pm)
You can have flexibility on itinerary should you choose, e.g. if you have special interests in certain aspects of Edinburgh, andwe can even arrange a starting point to suit you (e.g. your hotel) as long as it is in the city-centre.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Know More about this tour

The walks normally take four hours or eight hours but can be modified to suit your requirements as can the route and itinerary.

Visitors will be shown the delights of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the 'old town' and the 'new town', together with a delightful commentary from Stuart or Richard on the celebrated characters that hail from the city and the history, the culture and the architectural splendour of the city.

Your guides will discuss people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes),Deacon Brodie (the original 'Jekyll and Hyde'), JK Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) and Sir Walter Scott (the great historical romance author).

In addition,they speak with authority on the intellectual giants associated with Edinburgh and the Enlightenment such asthe philosopher David Hume, and the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith.

Places, 'closes' and buildings associated with these individuals can be visited.

Also, most of the major historical sites of interest will be covered and you will visit the beautiful St Giles Cathedral.

On the full-day tour there will be time to see the Queen's official Scottish residence, Holyrood palace, and to see the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. There will also be time to see more attractions in the New Town (don't be fooled by the name, construction of the 'new town' started in the 1700's!).

The tour can be paused any time you wish for e.g. for refreshments at any of the delightful pubs and eating establishments on the route.

There will be plenty of excitement and fun and lots of opportunities to take some memorable photographs of the best-known landmarks of Scotland's glorious and ancient capital city!


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off if requested

Private tour


Cost of food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Wheelchair possible but there are hills and steps

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 15-Nov-2019

    We had a wonderful tour with Mr. Usher! He was so informative. We saw so much of the city and learned so much. He went above and beyond when he saw I had a list of places to see. He actually took us by car to see the last few things on my list...pretty special! I’d highly recommend this walking tour. Loved every minute!!!

  • 29-Jul-2018

    The tour was informative and the guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back. Viator is not an efficient means of communication, however. Sol don’t assume the service will receive notice of a schedule change timely via email.

  • 13-Sep-2017

    The pace and breath of the tour could be improved. I didn't feel we saw or learned much more than a few anecdotes for a four hour walking tour.

  • 10-Sep-2017

    We enjoyed our tour of Edinburgh under the capable guidance of Mr. Usher. He knows the city and its proprietors well. He has a wonderful grasp of history and its significance for current events. He is eminently likable. He took us places and told us things that we would have missed otherwise. Spend your first day in the city in his company and the remainder of your time will increase in enjoyability.

  • 09-Aug-2017

    Mr. Usher was great. Really knew his history and was an all-around great guide.

  • 29-Apr-2017

    I highly recommend this private walking tour of Edinburgh. Stuart Usher we met him at Usher Hall, which was donated by one of his relatives is a walking encyclopedia of interesting information, both fact and legend, concerning Edinburgh.

  • 27-Sep-2016

    Very Good job by Mr Usher who is a nice person and wonderful guide. He brought Edinburgh to life for us with his superior knowledge and love for his city and country.

  • 20-Jul-2016

    Wonderful tour guide. Comes from long dynasty of scots named Usher. Enjoyed every minute. Speaks very clearly. Knows all the history past and present.

  • 05-Jul-2016

    We had a very informative and excellent walking tour. Despite pouring rain at times, we enjoyed our excursion and are really glad that we booked it.