• Private Walking Tours

    of Edinburgh

  • Uncover one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

    Walking tours of Edinburgh and its history, led by a passionate local guide - my home for over 30 years I think this city is amazing.

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    What I offer is simple...

    Friendly, relaxed and research-based walking tours with no costumed theatrics because Edinburgh's history really doesn't need any dressing-up! I blend aspects of the city's cultural identity, social history, urban design and industrial heritage together to give you a truly unique glimpse into the elements that have shaped Edinburgh into the vibrant cultural capital it is today.

  • Private and Bespoke Walking Tours

     All my Edinburgh walking tours are designed to help you 'get under its skin' by exploring its history, its highlights and its hidden corners.


    A private walking tour is one of the best ways to make the most of your time in Edinburgh. I'll meet you at a time and place that suits you, before we head out to explore the city. I offer a range of tours, from an introduction to the city to a more in-depth look at its rich history and everything inbetween. Whichever you choose, you'll discover what keeps Edinburgh's ancient heart beating as strong as ever and why people want to come back again and again.


    Bespoke tours offer complete flexibility so you can experience Edinburgh with a tour tailor-made to you.  This might be looking at a specific area of the city, delving into a topic of personal interest, booking somewhere to eat, visiting a local attraction, organising a route suited to your mobility, or co-ordinating with another local businesses as part of a special day.

    Whether you join me for a couple of hours or a whole day, each tour is personally created and guided by me; a local historian who loves this city.  

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    Client Testimonial

    Bespoke walking tour of Leith.

    "I was looking for something a little bit different for myself and three out-of-town friends to do as part of our annual get-together. Hetty made everything easy to organise and was happy to finish our tour near the restaurant where we had booked our lunch.


    Wonderfully researched and amazingly well delivered our tour was good fun and highly informative. We all enjoyed our morning immensely and I couldn’t recommend Hetty more highly!"


    L. Ewing, April 2023


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    Client Testimonial

    The Balmoral Rocco Forte Hotel - five-star luxury


    "I have been privileged to work with Hetty over the past few years and found her very easy to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable, warm and professional, and most importantly, the feedback from the guests she looks after is absolutely fantastic." 


    David Musk, Chief Concierge, 2023



    Things to Consider

    Everyone is different and Edinburgh has lots to offer, far too much to fit into one tour! To make sure that I create the tour you are looking for please consider the points below and include your thoughts in your enquiry. You can change any details you wish later but it'll give me a good starting point.


    How long you want your tour to last? I offer between 2 - 8 hours, with 4 hours being the most popular.


    What pace you would like your tour to be? It's important to me that you are comfortable and enjoy your tour. Think about whether you want an easy stroll, an active walk, or even a hearty hike!


    Does anyone in your party has mobility or health issues? Edinburgh is a hilly city with plenty of steps and steep slopes, if these are likely to be an issue let me know and I will plan a more suitable route.


    Consider what you want to get out of your tour. Do you want a general introduction to the city and its history, or a tour that focuses on a unique aspect such as its architecture or medical legacy? Perhaps you'd like a tour that goes 'off the beaten track' and explores one of Edinburgh's many local neighbourhoods. Maybe you just want a tour that offers a little of everything - we can do that too!


    One of my mottos is 'happy guests, happy guide' so, whatever you are looking for, let me know so that I can create the perfect tour for you.

  • Private Tour Prices

    Booking are secured with a 50% deposit and I offer the following discounts:


    Advanced Booking Discount - 20% off bookings made more than 10 weeks in advance.

    Solo Traveller Discount - 20% off bookings for people taking a private tour by themselves.


    Exact prices vary depending on a variety of factors, the prices below give a general guide:

    2-hour private tour costs around £140

    4-hour private tour costs around £200


    Prices quoted will always be inclusive of any fees but exclusive of refreshments, transport, etc unless otherwise stated.


    Bookings and Enquirys

    To keep costs down I don't have an online booking system. To ask about availability or any other enquiry simply get in touch using the form below...

    On a tight budget?

    Did you know that any of my scheduled local history tours can be booked privately?

  • Some highlights from previous tours...