The Edinburgh Castle is the most famous and most visited monument in Scotland; unmissable for any visitor to the capital. On this tour you'll see it inside and out, discovering all its secrets.
The tour meets on the Royal Mile, just outside St. Giles' Cathedral, from where we'll walk to the castle, which sits high on a long extinct volcano.
From here, an expert local guide will take you on a journey through the castle's 3,000 years of history, from the site as a bronze age settlement, to the Wars of Scottish Independence its story is one full of war, sieges, betrayal, and bloody rivalry.
You'll see the One o'clock Gun, firing every day at 1 pm in a centuries-old tradition which once allowed ships to set their maritime clocks, Mons Meg (a gift from Duke Philip of Burgundy in 1457, it's a cannon capable of firing a 150kg (330lb) gunstone two miles) and even the Scottish crown jewels.
Then once the guided tour is over, and brimming with the legends which surround this most historic of castles, you'll have free time to wander the castle at your own pace until the castle closes.
Skip The Line
This tour includes preferential skip the line tickets, avoiding the long lines which tend to form at Scotland's number one visitor attraction.
Children between 5 and 15US$ 28.5
Over 60sUS$ 32.9
Children under 5Free
The tour is exclusively in English.
Skip the line access to Edinburgh Castle.
English speaking guide, specialist in Scottish history.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (9:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
192 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RF