1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Royal Mile

Edinburgh: Sightseeing & Scones with a Local Guide

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Soak up the sights and history of Edinburgh alongside a guide that has been trained by Invisible Cities Edinburgh, an inspiring social enterprise group who support and train locals who have experienced homelessness to become tour guides.
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Duration: 1.5 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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  • See some of Edinburgh’s top sights
  • Learn about the city’s 10,000 year old history
  • Hear about Scotland’s extraordinary literary history
  • Enjoy a cuppa and a scone at an inspirational local café
Full description
Your Edinburgh adventure will begin at the Scottish Parliament buildings, where you will marvel at the post modern architecture and hear about the history and politics of the new parliament Vs. the old parliament. Next, you will cross the Royal Mile to Whitefoord House, a residence for ex-servicemen who find themselves living on the streets. Here, you will learn about Invisible Cities and the work they’re doing to support and empower Edinburgh’s homeless community.

Canongate Cemetery is next where you will hear the story of the three Roberts: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Robert Ferguson, and learn about Scotland’s extraordinary literary history. Several more historic stops will follow, including the old Tollbooth building and prison, the Tron Kirk church, the city walls and the old marketplace.

Your final stop will be the Grassmarket Community Project, a quirky community café that offers a range of social integration and educational activities for members. Here, you will enjoy the British tradition of tea and a scone, made with love by members of the project.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One hot drink and one scone
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks

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Meeting point

Esplanade at Scottish Parliament, the postcode is EH99 1SP.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge
• The supplier can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• If the social enterprise cafe is closed, you will visit another cafe in the area