• Walking Tours 

    Summer 2022

    : My Edinburgh Tours :

    : Scheduled Tours :

    : Private Tours :

    : Why Choose Me : 

    : Frequently Asked Questions :

  • My Edinburgh Walking Tours

    I offer friendly, relaxed and research-based walking tours with no costumed theatrics or sensationalist stories because Edinburgh's history doesn't need any dressing-up! 


    With me you'll discover the "how's and why's" of Edinburgh's history as we uncover the city's past through its industrial heritage, social history, urban design and cultural identity. 


    I offer Scheduled Tours  and Private Tours for individuals and small groups as well as Gift Certificates.


    Also on this page: 

    Why Choose Me and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Scheduled Walking Tours

    From April to October scheduled tours will be running weekly.
    If my published dates are not convenient scheduled tours can be booked privately at a time of your choosing, subject to availability.
    Please contact me directly for enquiries or to arrange a date.
    Scheduled tour tickets are sold using the simple, safe and secure, global ticketing platform Eventbrite.

    Uncover how Edinburgh grew from its tiny medieval beginnings 900 years ago, into the vibrant cultural capital we see today.

    At just 90 minutes long this tour is a perfect introduction to Edinburgh's own history, especially for those who want more than stories of ghosts, grave-robbers and Greyfriars Bobby.
    Fridays @10.30am April - October
    (sorry no tours on 1st July or 16th Sept)

    Uncover Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill as a place of contrasts, from celebration and education to persecution and incarceration and more!

    Experience one of Edinburgh's best loved landmarks with a two-hour tour that gives panoramic views over the city and takes you beyond Calton Hill's many famous monuments.
    Fridays @1.30pm April - October
    (sorry no tours on the 1st July or 16th Sept)
  • Private Walking Tours

    Experience Edinburgh's highlights and hidden-corners with a guide dedicated to you and a tour tailor-made to your interests.

    Private Walking Tours of Edinburgh

    From an introduction to the city to a more in-depth look at its history, a private walking tour is one of the best ways to make the most of your time in Edinburgh. Each tour is personally guided by me and will include some of the city's 'must-see' highlights as well as some of its hidden corners and less well-known spots.
    I offer flexible packages at competitive prices so you can create a tour that perfectly suits your needs. Most visitors choose to explore Edinburgh's historic Old Town or it's elegant Georgian New Town but I can also help you to discover beyond the city centre with walks to one of the city's many historic and picturesque suburbs.
    "I highly recommend a private tour not only for the sheer pleasure of hearing Hetty talk about Edinburgh, but because it gave us a great sense of how to navigate the city for the next several days. Five stars!"
    (Amanda, USA, Overview Tour)


    Popular Tours

    • Overview of Edinburgh (2 hours)

    • Old Town plus Calton Hill (4 hours)

    • New Town plus Calton Hill (4 hours)

    Routes are flexible to allow for a start and finish point which suit you and your group. If you have any specific requests please mention them in your initial enquiry, along with the number of people in your party and how much time you have for your tour.


    Prices and availability on enquiry.

  • 3 Reasons...to choose Hetty's History Walks!


    1. My Edinburgh walking tours are a different from your typical tourist sightseeing tour.

    I don’t simply take you to a spot tell you some facts and a story or two before whisking you off again. My tours are based around a few carefully selected themes that tell a bigger story giving you a more rounded experience of Edinburgh’s past.


    2. It is easy to look at Edinburgh’s many beautiful old buildings but I can help you to really see them.

    My degree background allows me to bring the city's social history and architectural history together. Placing individual buildings in a broader historical context gives you a deeper understanding of how, and why, Edinburgh looks the way it does today.


    3. Some tour companies consider 30 people to be a small group. For me it's a maximum of 8 people.

    My super-small group tours make it easier for you to both hear the tour and ask questions. Moving around the city is simpler and quicker so you also get to see more. Better for you and kinder to the environment and the local community with super-small groups we all win!

    This typical street scene of everyday life in Edinburgh's Old Town, from Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh (1881), is packed full of examples of traditional Scottish architecture - turnpike stairs, crowstepped gables, forestairs, skew-puts and the delightfully named cat-slide dormers.  

    (Public Domain)


    Frequently Asked Questions...

    If you have any questions I haven't covered here please don't hesitate to contact me

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