The Ultimate Old Town Historical TourEbenezeer Scrooge, Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes and many more...

About this tour

If you’e a fan of Edinburgh’s unique history this tour is simply a must do.

Join us for a 3-4 hour walk which covers two historic graveyards (Greyfriars and Canongate), two parliament buildings, St Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace and even a section of the Old Town’s famous underground. Beyond these fantastic sights though, this tour will explore what it was like to actually live in this city throughout its history. Learn about the great inventors, philosophers, writers, but also infamous rogues, vagabonds and bodysnatchers associated with this city. Discover the real life origins of some of the most well known characters of English literature, Ebenezeer Scrooge, Robinson Crusoe, Sherlock Holmes and many more. Your tour will be led by an experienced guide with a PhD in Scottish history. We can accommodate lunch/tea breaks as part of the tour.

Meeting point & location


This tour starts from our Old Police Box (Tardis) on the Royal Mile.


This tour ends at our Old Police Box (Tardis) on the Royal Mile.


Where can I book this tour?

This tour can be booked online using the widget above, through our ticket office which you can call on 0131 220 6868, or at the office itself at Old Police Box, 9 Hunter Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS. It is recommended that you book because our tours can very easily sell out especially during the summer months.

Is there a lot of walking on this Tour?

With the exception of the Alternative Tour and the Ultimate Old Town Historical Tour, there is only a small amount of walking on our tours. However please wear comfortable shoes otherwise you will find the Old Town’s cobblestones rather unpleasant!

Can children come on this tour?

Children over five years old are welcome on all our tours, except for the Pub Crawl, the Extreme Paranormal Tour and the Ladies of Pleasure Tour, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Is the underground wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately our underground is only accessible via a flight of stairs. For more information about the underground visit our accessibility section.

Will this tour run in bad weather?

Our tours run in rain, hail, sleet or snow, so long as we have people booked on, willing to do the tour it will run. Please wrap warm though if the weather is not on our side.

For any other questions please contact us at 0131 220 6868 or through