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Essential Edinburgh Private Accessible Walking Tour

Experience fascinating Scottish culture and history firsthand as you stroll through the quaint streets of Edinburgh on this accessible Edinburgh walking tour! Surrounded by beautiful hills and castles, you will explore the Old Town area which is the oldest part of the city. You’ll also see the beautiful Edinburgh Castle known to have been the heart of Scotland’s life for well over 1,000 years.

Your friendly, licensed Edinburgh guide will meet you at your central accessible Edinburgh hotel where your 3.5 hour private walking tour begins. Your guide has extensive experience touring with disabled clients in Edinburgh and is ready to share interesting information and anecdotes with you as you walk/stroll your way through the city.

On this accessible walking tour, you will experience the famous and historic Royal Mile, a succession of streets running through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The “Mile” is peppered with attractions and historical sites and has some of the best dining and shopping spots in the city. While much of the Old Town has hills and is covered in cobblestones, your private tour guide has extensive experience touring with disabled clients and will safely lead you through the area.

Escorted by your guide, you will see the impressive Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress that has been around since the reign of David I in the 12th century. Admire the beautiful structure as your private tour guide shares the fascinating history of the site with you. It’s story has helped shape the nation’s story; battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it. You will also enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Castle Esplanade, where you will see historic memorials, statues and plaques, and have an opportunity to capture some beautiful photos of the best views in Edinburgh! 

Your accessible Edinburgh tour will include several city highlights including the 1650’s Cannonball House, the Lawnmarket where the linen markets used to be held, the historic Parliament Square & Exchequer Building as well as High Street, the beating heart of the Royal Mile and former hub of the City of Edinburgh’s government and business district. 

As an extra treat, your tour guide will also escort you on an interior visit to the glorious St Giles’ Cathedral, the magnificent and historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire, it sits on the Royal Mile right between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and was founded by King David I in 1124.

The Essential Edinburgh Private Accessible Walking Tour features:

  • Convenient accessible tour routes confirmed to be wheelchair accessible (step and curb free)
  • 3.5 hour walking/rolling tour
  • Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
  • Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Edinburgh!

 

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Tour Highlights

  • The Royal Mile
  • Cannonball House (exterior
  • Edinburgh Castle (exterior)
  • Lawnmarket
  • Parliament Square and Exchange Building (exterior)
  • High Street
  • The Canongate
  • St. Giles Cathedral (interior visit)

Accessibility Description

The Essential Edinburgh Private Accessible Walking Tour has a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it follows a step-free route and your guide is experienced in navigating the city while touring with disabled clients. It did not receive a higher rating because you will encounter some cobblestones along the way due to the hilly and old nature of the city. Edinburgh was founded on an extinct volcano and consequently, there are numerous steep streets that can be challenging without your guide’s expert help. The walking/rolling length of this tour is approximately 1.5 miles. Please note that St. Giles Cathedral is accessible via ramps at the west door, which is the main entrance into the building. Inside, the Thistle Chapel and the downstairs café are the only areas which cannot be accessed. 

Pictured below are examples of the kind of cobblestones you may encounter in Edinburgh. The picture of the left is from the Royal Mile and shows how the streets are covered in cobblestones while the sidewalks are smooth and paved. The challenge with the Royal Mile is that it runs on a moderately steep incline  (highest part is the Castle and the lowest part is Holyrood Palace) which may be difficult for some manual wheelchair users to navigate. 

 

Tour Details

Tour duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: 1-2 people £345, 3-4 people £395, 5-6 people £445, 7-8 people £495, 9-10 people £545.
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: 9.30 am or 2.00 pm.
Meet-up place: Your accessible Edinburgh hotel near the Royal Mile or Castle Terrace just before the Castle Esplanade.
Dress code: None
Entrance tickets: Not included. You can expect to pay approximately EUR 3 per person.
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Snacks/meals, gratuities, and transportation costs.

 

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Read more:

Edinburgh Accessible Travel 
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   7 Keys to Success for Edinburgh Disabled Travel 
   Edinburgh Accessible Guided Tours
   Edinburgh Wheelchair Rentals 
   Travel Insurance for Disabled Travelers 
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