Private Tours

Available in English, Mandarin, French, Russian, and Lithuanian

The only architecturally themed tour in Edinburgh available for small groups

Select the tour from the four available itineraries below. All tours are curated and led by local architectural graduates.

St Giles Gothic Cathedral in Edinburgh Old Town | Architecture Tour Edinburgh

A walk for curious lovers of the picturesque, the grand and the hidden. Focused on Scottish Baronial architecture, the tour will also explain ideas behind new award winning architecture.

Cottages, turrets, old mills and turrets rising from the banks of Water of Leith in Dean Village | Architecture Tour Edinburgh

A walk of the beaten track to discover the legacy of ancient milling industry in a lush valley that hides just beyond the city centre. En route, marvel at majestic bridges and victorian social housing.

Three Part New Town Window Architecture Tour

This walk unravels the elements of Georgian Neoclassical architecture during the walk through rational, ordered, symmetrical grid of streets of extravagant townhouses and private parks.

Tweeddale Courtyard seen from the gates on Royal Mile | Architecture Tour Edinburgh

A tour with a meal break in an architectural space. Featuring all highlights of a shorter walk, + even more of hidden courtyards, closes, and architectural details waiting to have their story told.

The architectural tours of Edinburgh are designed to tell a story based on the buildings and their details.
These subjects are used to explain the influences that shaped the development of the city, aspirations of building patrons and architects.

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Special day coming for your loved architectural enthusiast? Family coming to visit?

Why not give them the architectural experience of Edinburgh?

Why choose Cobble Tales?

Saves you time

Months of research in efficient route and concise story, so relax and just show up!


 Immersive illustrative route accompanied with revelational narrative. Compete against the others in your party on a treasure hunt!


 Book a tour four your party at a time convenient for you. Have a guide answer all the questions you were eager to ask!

No prior knowledge required

Comprehensive narrative that makes sense of Edinburgh.


Material presented is grounded on primary reference sources available only in a local library and crosschecked on location. No urban myths here.


Routes include celebrated locations and hidden architectural gems.

Frequently asked questions


How do I book?- Select a tour form a list above, click book tour, request a time slot in the calendar, pay online upon confirmation of availability.

The weather forecast for the tour I booked is really bad. What is going to happen? – Sometimes weather in Edinburgh can turn beyond reasonable conditions. Good news is, that usually does not last. The guide will seek to find a suitable reschedule for your party.

Can I cancel my booking? – If booked directly with Cobble Tales, you can cancel as late as a day before the tour for a full refund. If tickets were purchased from a third party, please see their terms and conditions.

What if I need to reschedule? – Contact us asap and we will seek a suitable reschedule for you. Slots may be subject to availability in busy times of the year.

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