Take A Virtual Stroll in Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town
Join Mike on a Virtual Tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town. We will be exploring the streets and closes of the heart of the historic Royal Mile. Edinburgh was once a walled city and has a rich medieval past with many dark stories to tell. The tour will start off at the Mercat Cross which was once the centre of a vibrant open air market. It was also the place for public punishments.
Upto 10 people
- Live-streamed tour from the Royal Mile and the eerie tunnel lanes called closes of Old Town Edinburgh
- Admire the architecture around such as the 900-year-old St. Giles Cathedral
- Explore Mary King's Close to find out how the people of Edinburgh lived through the centuries
- Hear about several of the great authors- Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and more..
- Highly informative tour of the city's dark history, gory stories and ghost tales
Join us on a virtual tour of Edinburgh's old town to explore its medieval streets and at it's heart, the historic Royal Mile.
We will start our tour at the Mercat Cross, which used to be the centre of a vibrant open-air market. It was also the place for public punishment in earlier days. Then, we will see the City Chambers, which sits literally on top of an old medieval street called Mary Kings Close that was used to house plague victims.
Next, we will head to the Law Courts to see its stunning neo-classical architecture and hear about the different laws and traditions Scotland still keeps. In front is an old statue of King Charles II, one of our great Stuart Kings who had a turbulent past. Continuing our stroll to the front of St. Giles Cathedral, we will discover a heart on the pavement where the old Tolbooth once stood. It is now called the Heart of Midlothian. After then, we will admire the architecture of St. Giles Cathedral and hear the history of this 900-year-old church.
On the next leg of our tour, we will take a walk from the Royal Mile to the Lawnmarket and discover an old tenement building from the 17th century called Gladstone's land. Looking up to Castlehill, we could see an impressive neo-gothic building, once the Highland Kirk. Then, we will go through one of the eerie tunnel lanes. These tiny streets and back courtyards are covered on either side of the Royal Mile from top to bottom; you will learn how they make the layout of the old town of Edinburgh. Finally, we will end our tour with spectacular views of the New Town and the famous Princes Street.
This unique experience of Edinburgh's old town is full of dark history, gory stories and ghost tales, as well as informative and entertaining. We will tell you all you need to know about the historical capital of Scotland. Hear stories of famous historic charters such as Mary Queen of Scots, Deacon Brodie, Robert the Bruce, and our well-known writers Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, and Robert Burns.
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- Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
- Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
- The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
- You can book this tour for 75 GBP for a group of 3 screens or a private session for 125 GBP for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
- This tour involves travelling to various places, and the internet connection may sometimes be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
- Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Mike O'Rourke is a Blue Badge Qualified guide and a member of the Scottish Tourist Guide Association. He is an experienced guide and has been guiding since 2012. Before guiding, he was a travel agent and had been planning tours for about 25 years. Mike is a keen enthusiast of Scottish History and Culture. He enjoys telling stories of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and other historical characters.
Joe Clifford is also a Blue Badge Qualified guide and a member of the Scottish Tourist Guide Association. He has been accredited and working as a self-employed tourist guide for 11 years. Joe works throughout Scotland and regularly perform city tours of Edinburgh. And before this, he has worked for three years with Historic Environment Scotland at their magnificent Stirling Castle as a guide.
From USD 95 / Group
- Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.