Edinburgh walking tours

Walks in the Centre

Every tour is very special – don’t expect to walk on the beaten track – wherever we go.

Join me on any of the tours that takes your fancy – and have yourself surprised. Light entertainment and my sunny disposition will ensure you finish on a high with lots of good memories and and new understanding of our town.

Time for photos allowed.

Charlotte Square, New Town

Not Only Shops – or: The Hidden Gems of The New Town

  • The cool New Town of Edinburgh was born 1767.
  • Look beyond the facade of businesses and shops
  • Discover the hidden secrets – like the first house built
  • Meet poets, scientists and inventors
  • Hear the hi-stories of the New Town
Ruth in front of the open door leading into the Georgian House. Behind the right arm a nearly life sized blue sign in same colour as door, advertising the Georgian House. Sandstone building. Fan window above the door.
Outside The Georgian House, New Town
Miss Jean Brodie Steps, Old Town

Wynds and Closes – or: The stories of the Old Town of Edinburgh

Everybody’s favourite

  • Don’t just wander down the Royal Mile! Do something different !
  • Join me to see what lies behind the houses lining the street –
  • Venture into the charming wynds and closes
  • Find the hidden green spaces
  • Listen to stories about the people past and present
Ramsay Gardens, Old Town

Old and New – or: Edinburgh, the City with two Hearts.

  • Side by side lie the Medieval Old Town right next to the Georgian (C18) New Town, connected through green spaces or the train station.
  • Enjoy the widely different atmosphere in these two hearts of the City Centre.
  • Compare the traditional old with the vibrant new
  • Immerse yourself for a day into history and daily life of our City.
  • In passing – take a note of your favourite place to shop

…or away from it all

White picturesque sailing boats sitting in river Almond at low tide. Green trees lining the far away bank of the river with fields beyond. Old ferryman's house in the background. Pale blue sky with some fluffy clouds.
Sailing boats in the river Almond, old ferryman’s house in the background

Cramond – or: Where the River Meets the Sea

  • Only a bus ride or 25 minutes’ drive from Princes Street is the charming Conservation village
  • Delve into peace and quiet, history and nature.
  • Take a day out from the buzzing city and breath fresh sea air.
  • Perfect, if you like walking amongst the trees rather than trodding the pavements
  • Learn all about Cramond from 10.000 years ago to today.
Cramond Steps leading to 17th century Cramond InnClick
Narrow river flowing from the foreground to the back. Converted mill buildings left and right of the river. River bends to the right in the background. View on to White three storey home with wooden beams above it in the background looms the castle.
Water of Leith in Dean Village

From Dean Village to Stockbridge – or: Two villages connected by the Water of Leith

  • Only 5 minutes’ walk from the Westend, Dean Village feels cut off and away from it all
  • Stroll along the Water of Leith
  • Experience Nature and industrial heritage
  • Enjoy some stories about life here
Stockbridge

Walking Tours Beyond Edinburgh

Be green and take a bus from the centre of town to one of the close by towns (Of course you can take the car or arrive in a mini bus / coach)

South Queensferry is only 10 miles from Edinburgh’s City Centre or venture just a bit further over the Firth of Forth to Dunfermline. Both of them have a close link to our Royal Saint Margaret but they could not be any more different.

Head to South Queensferry for seaside, marina, views of the bridges as well as its wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants. Or find peace and quiet in Dunfermline’s Parks and the grounds of Scotland’s oldest Abbey and Palace and visit the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s birth place.

Both have their own very special stories to tell.

Standing by the bank of the Firth of Forth looking across to the Northern banks of the Firth. To the right the Unesco World Heritage Forth Rail bridge stretches across. It is a red cantilever bridge from 1896. To the left and further away the Forth Road bridge, a long span suspension bridge from 1964. Beyong , just visible the new Queensferry Crossing, a cable stayed bridge, opened 2017. The sky is light blue with some white clouds
Iconic view of Three Bridges, South Queensferry, north of Edinburgh

Walk South Queensferry or: wander in the footsteps of Saint Margaret

  • Admire the three bridges for yourself.
  • Wander through this picturesque town
  • Linger where pilgrims used to cross the water
  • Find out about yearly ritual
  • Shops, galleries, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants await
  • Take advantage of the wonderful views from Port Edgar Marina with its water sports centre
Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

Walk Dunfermline or: History and Green Spaces in Andrew Carnegie’s Hometown

  • Historic old houses are your thing, find the oldest Abbey next to the ruins of the Royal Palace
  • a beautiful old Abbot’s House
  • The old weaver’s house that was Andrew Carnegie’s home
  • A wonderful walk through the park with some unusual or picturesque features.
  • And what is the peacock all about?

Wherever you decide to go – always remember that the weather is very changeable in Edinburgh. Always be prepared for all weathers ! Of course, we may be able to nip into a museum for a quick escape too.

Remember, you may need sunscreen and rain/wind proof clothing on the same day. It will make our walk so much more enjoyable. And another thing – the streets of Edinburgh are not heel friendly.