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Tale of Two Towns Walking Tour in Edinburgh

To really experience Edinburgh; to explore, discover and enjoy it you have to walk it.

This is the chance for an exclusive journey into Edinburgh’s past and contrasts.

Begin in the famous Old Town and meander through the years, stories and streets to the New Town including a visit to the National Trust’s properties – Gladstone’s Land on the Royal Mile and the Georgian House on Charlotte Square.

Your guide will reveal the surprising contrast between Edinburgh’s two characters – ‘Auld Reekie’ and the ‘Athens of the North’, on this unique tour.

2012 Schedule:

April 7, 8,14 & 15
May 5 & 6
June 2 & 3
July 7 & 8
September 1 & 2


  • See and hear the fascinating contrasts between our Old and New Town
  • Visit two National Trust for Scotland properties: Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a lot of walking on this tour?
No: the distances are not great. However it is recommended you wear sensible shoes because the ground underfoot can be uneven and occasionally steep.

Will the tour run even if it is wet?
Hail, rain, wind or snow: your guide will always be there to greet you. Your guide is very skilled at finding shelter from the elements, but do dress for the cold (hat/gloves) especially in the evenings and in the winter months.

Will the guide be dressed up for the tour?
There is a strict dress code for all tour staff. The daytime guides wear smart, dark clothing: the evening guides wear distinctive cloaks. All guides wear their tour badge.

How many will there be on the tour?
We cap numbers to ensure that all customers can see, hear and enjoy a quality experience. The maximum number of places on most tours is 40 per guide.

Are the tours suitable for people with disabilities?
This tour is not suitable for people with perambulatory difficulties. A short synopses of your tour will be provided for those with hearing difficulties (please alert us beforehand that you are coming) and guides have worked well alongside someone who signs for deaf customers.

Please note: The poorly sighted or blind would need to be accompanied during the tour. We believe the skill of our guides as storytellers and the craft with which they use their voices to create atmosphere make for an enjoyable experience for those totally dependent on listening. Essential carers go free.

Can children under 5 years come on a tour?
For health and safety reasons we are unable to allow children under 5 years of age on any tour.

Can children 5 - 15 years be booked onto a tour without an adult?
No: All children on tours must be accompanied by an adult.

We've been on tours where some customers have spoiled it for us with loud, disruptive and sometimes drunken behavior. What do you do about this?
We reserve the right to refuse entry on any tour to disruptive customers. Even if the disruptive behavior only emerges once the tour has begun our guides are instructed to invite the person(s) to leave. Our priority is to ensure a quality, enjoyable experience for all.

Are there toilets on the premises?
We do not have public toilets on the Blair Street premises. There are several coffee shops, restaurants and bars very near the tour meeting point where you can use this facility.

What happens if I am late for the beginning of the tour?
If you are late by a few minutes, you can of course join the tour. If you are late by more than 15 minutes it would not be possible to join the tour as you will have missed too much of the tour content.

Do you have lifts on the premises?
Sorry no lifts due to the historic nature of the site.

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour does not include hotel pick-up; departure location will be specified on E-Ticket. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted due to health and safety reasons. Rates are in US dollars. Please reserve online or call us toll-free at 212-852-4822.


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