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From ghost tours to literacy walks: 9 of the best walking tours in Edinburgh

With historic monuments and spooky underground vaults, Edinburgh is home to many fantastic tours. In this blog, our hotel in Edinburgh shares 9 of the best walking tours – enjoy!



1. Edinburgh Castle


The ‘Defender of the Nation’, Edinburgh Castle sits atop an extinct volcano. This 90-minute tour takes you through 3,000 years of history, with skip-the-line entry to the castle. Arguably, one of the most iconic tours in the Scottish capital.Edinburgh Castle



2. Edinburgh Darkside


Starting on the high street, this two-hour tour explores the frightening cobblestone streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Listen to tales of witch trials, vampires and modern-day murderers, tours start from 6.30 pm.

Edinburgh at Night



3. J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh


Immerse yourself in Harry Potter-themed fun, from Rowling’s favourite writing spots to the colleges that shaped the Ministry of Magic. This three-hour tour starts on Princes Street and takes you around some of the most magical places in Edinburgh.

(Photo Credit: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)


4. Magic of Film


Walk in the footsteps of famous film stars and explore the city where many iconic movies were filmed. From Harry Potter to Avengers, many blockbusters were brought to life in Edinburgh!Victoria Street


5. Night Walking


Explore the dark streets of the capital by night and hear the gruesome tales of 18th-century torture. If you want to explore the spooky side of the city, this tour is for you. It departs from Blair Street at 8:30 pm and covers the underground vaults.Night Walking Edinburgh



6. Outlander


Make your way around Jacobite Edinburgh and hear stories of witches, the Royal Stuarts and more. Based on the Outlander book series, this two-hour tour leaves from Mercat Cross.Mercat Cross



7. Romantic and Mystic Edinburgh


This free tour gives you an insight into Edinburgh’s most picturesque and romantic spots. Starting at the National Museum of Scotland, the walking tour takes you around some of the most Instagrammable spots that the city has to offer.Museum of Scotland



8. The Royal Mile


This guided tour of the Royal Mile gives you the chance to discover Edinburgh’s most famous writers, poets, and inventors, with stop-offs at galleries and cathedrals. The three-hour route leaves from Lothian Rd and is perfect for literacy and history lovers. The Royal Mile



9. Underground Ghost Tour


Costumed actors cause a fright in this exploration of Greyfriars Kirkyard and the underground vaults. Discover haunted graveyards in this 75-minute tour, leaving at 6:45 pm from the High St.Greyfrairs Churchyard

Tired after a long day of walking? Relax and unwind back at our Edinburgh hotel, before heading out for an evening of fun.




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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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