If there is one thing Edinburgh is Full of it is walking tours. They are a great way to see the city and soak up its history. The only problem is that 99% seem to be targeted at ghosts and ghouls, and their main aim is to scare the bejesus out of you . Ok hands up, I did get scared once but in fairness he jumped out at me from behind a wall in a graveyard, that was never going to end well.
However there never seemed to be a tour available that took in the architectural and physical history of the city, that is until now. On my last visit to Edinburgh I bumped into a man who was a bundle of fun and energy on the Royal Mile. It turned out his name was Justin, and he had a tour which instead of taking you down creepy alleys and graveyards, took you to the magnificent buildings that surround the High Street. Juston starts and ends this tour outside the magnificent St Giles Cathedral. En route Justin tells you the history of the city in a very unique, fun and informative manner, always cracking jokes. He really engages the crowd and it is a refreshing change to the usual guides I have been with, who simply read from a script and just point at things. The highlights of this tour for me was seeing the Peeking statue and the Donkey Horse. There are of course many more but I am not going to go in anymore detail of the sights he shows you here, simply because I think the best thing to do is join him and enjoy the tour. It is, in my opinion one of the best ways to soak up the culture and History of the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
The best thing about this tour is its free, where as most tours in the city charge up to and over £10, so it is great if you are on a budget, but even if you are not do it anyway. You will not regret it! Just look out for the sign on the royal mile outside the cathedral that has the times on it and say hi to the best tour guide in Edinburgh.
You can read more about them on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/realfreetoursedinburgh