Discover a Deeper Edinburgh


Until you can come to Edinburgh, let 7 Hills Tours and Google Street View bring Edinburgh and its wonderful history to you! We’ve created a free part-by-part audiovisual tour of the upper third of Edinburgh’s iconic Royal Mile, telling stories of the Old Town, and picking out fascinating details – all the way from the Castle gates down to the Lawnmarket. The sections are 20-30 minutes long, and you can pause the audio and browse on the topics and people we meet at any time. Just tee up Google Street View at the start point for each episode, start the audio, and you’re off into Old Edinburgh! 

Once normal visiting is resumed, look out for our planned audio walking tour tracks, which will cover the other sections of the Royal Mile!

Episode 1 - The Castle and Esplanade - starting point Castle Esplanade, in front of Castle gate

Episode 2 - Castlehill - starting point Castle Esplanade, looking down Royal Mile

Episode 3 - The Upper Bow to Cowgate - starting point foot of Castlehill

Episode 4 - The Lawnmarket - starting point foot of Castlehill

Grateful thanks to the fantastic Kevin Macleod for permission to use his music under creative commons.

Soundtrack – “Hidden Past”,”Teller of the Tales”,”Sneaky Snitch”,”Anguish”,”Moonlight Hall”,”Lord of the Land”,”Pippin the Hunchback”,”With the Sea”,”Errigal”,”Evening Fall(Harp)”,”Finding Movement”,”Moorland”,Skye Cuillin”,”The Other Side of the Door”,”Angevin B”,”Myst”,”Ritual”,”Unanswered Questions”,”Barbour and Beag’s Jigs”,”Enchanted Journey”,”Am Bata Uaine (The Green Boat)” – Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

7 Hills Tours is one of Edinburgh’s newest and most innovative tour companies, providing exclusive private tours and shore excursions to take you to the places that matter in Edinburgh’s history and culture.

Degree qualified guides, local family physician Dr Moray Grigor and Social History graduate Amanda Aikman MA (Hons.) will take you deep into our local heritage – including to more than 100 sites which appear on no other tour operator’s itinerary!

For small groups (normally up to 3 guests, but temporarily restricted to 2) we offer tours both within Edinburgh and further afield in our luxury hybrid EV, for maximum enjoyment with minimum environmental impact. Once government safety guidance allows, we can also arrange minicoach versions of most of our tours, for groups of up to 18 people – just right for a spin-off activity from a conference, meeting or celebration. With free pickup and dropoff, the tours are value for money as well as fascinating!

Try our speciality EV Eco-tours, including an active hike up Edinburgh’s 7 Hills, or historic day tours on the trail of Mary Queen of Scots or Lothian’s most mystical places. Plus many more! Or, create with us ONE PERFECT EDINBURGH DAY – a completely customised day tour, built round your interests and our local expertise!

Also, we don’t just offer vehicle tours – we also present fascinating and entertaining private walking tours of Edinburgh’s iconic Old Town, taking in a broad mix of historical and speciality themes, including a musical and poetic trip down the Royal Mile, a look at Edinburgh’s most infamous characters, and a deep dive into our rich Medical and Surgical history.

Across all our tours, you’ll be in great company, enjoying a wonderfully warm Scottish welcome from your guide.

Walking tours can be provided in German as well as English by Amanda, and written tour notes are available in other languages too, so language barriers won’t get in the way of you having a wonderful time.

So, if you’re considering a trip to Edinburgh, why not browse our tours, and find out why we’ve had 100% 5* ratings for the last two years!

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Ensuring a safe tour experience for our guests is of paramount importance for us as we emerge gradually from Covid-19. Regarding reopening, we will be guided by national rules and guidance. Once we reopen, we will be employing the following safety procedures, along with any others which may be made mandatory:


– Reduced maximum group size of 6 guests

– Facemasks (non-surgical) and alcohol hand rub available

– Remote payment by card or bank transfer

– Social distancing encouraged and facilitated



– Reduced maximum group size of 2 guests

– Rear seat only in use

– Guide will use face mask in vehicle

– Facemasks (non-surgical) and alcohol hand rub available to guests

– Polycarbonate droplet screen between front and rear seats








Let us take you even further into Scotland’s story on our full-day tours!


Insightful and entertaining half-day walks for up to 15 guests, through Edinburgh’s historic Old Town!

what our customers say

‘We really enjoyed our Art Deco tour and very much appreciated the depth of your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject’ (R.J., Edinburgh)

‘This was a super tour, in a high quality bus, with a dedicated driver and a knowledgeable and friendly guide.’
(G.J, West Linton, Scotland)

‘Spectacular views and engaging history’ (M.D., Kentucky)

‘What a beautiful tour. The views from the various hills throughout Edinburgh are breathtaking.’ (T.B., Fresno, California)

‘I’d recommend these tours to anyone wanting a local treat, or for any summer visitors wanting to get to know Edinburgh in a unique way.’ (R.P., West Linton, Scotland)

‘I can’t say enough good things about Moray, or the day. It was truly something I’ll never forget’ (A.J., California)

‘Intimate tour of Edinburgh’s wilder places. We learnt so much about the city, and Scotland’s history, geology, and much more. A fascinating off the beaten track insight to Edinburgh complete with a top scone stop!’ (F.M, Aultbea, Scotland)


We were delighted to host top Scotland travel blogger KAY GILLESPIE, @ChaoticScot, for a grand tour of the 7 Hills of Edinburgh! Read Kay’s brilliant blog post, as well has her other great work, by clicking the button!

(Please note that the tour is currently only available on a private, rather than ticket-by-ticket basis)