Edinburgh Castle dominates one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. Set on a dead volcano, the castle is an imposing sight with its thick defensive walls. This 2-hour tour gives you an insider’s view of the city’s number one attraction, first letting you skip the line and then revealing the secrets of this fortress, from one of the world’s few official dog cemeteries to the smallest shrine in the world. Learn about the castle’s wicked and wonderful history from the guide.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, ScotlandMeet your guide in front of Frankie & Benny's on 130 High Street by Tron KirkStop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh, ScotlandMake your way to the castle and experience one immediate advantage to this 2-hour walking tour: you get to bypass the usually long line and go right into the castle. No waiting.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, ScotlandVisit the National War Museum to get an up close view of the battles that have shaped Scotland and Edinburgh. Walk through Crown Square, the main courtyard of the castle. See the Crown Jewels of Scotland, including the Stone of Destiny, an oblong block of red sandstone that was used in the coronation of Scottish monarchs. Duration: 15 hoursStop At: St. Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh, ScotlandVisit St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh.You’ll also see the dog cemetery, the final resting place for canine companions of regimental officers and one of the few cemeteries dedicated to dog in the world. At the end of the tour, you can stay on and explore more of the castle on your own.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, ScotlandListen as your guide shares the insider’s view and secrets of this ancient spot. Learn, for example, about the bloody battles and invasions that have taken place here over the centuries. Your ticket to enter the Castle allows you to stay right through to closing time. Feel free to continue exploring the Castle at your own pace, once the tour is finished. Duration: 45 minutes