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3H to 3H30 FOOD AND HISTORY GUIDED TOUR & TASTING

Description: 

This tour is ideal if you want a blend of history and food during an immersive experience. During our Old Town Historical and Food Tour,  enjoy a historical guided tour with traditional nibbles and a proper restaurant stop to taste all the main Scottish dishes.

Guided tour of Edinburgh Old Town with tastings

Grassmarket

Get picked-up at your hotel or within the Edinburgh city-centre. The adventure begins with a guided exploration of the Grassmarket's hidden corners and bustling alleys.  Admire the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, standing tall against the skyline, providing a dramatic setting for the tales that unfold. As we weave through the cobblestone streets, absorb the ambiance of a bygone era, and learn about the market's colorful past. Did you know for example that we have a pub dedicated to death row prisoners? Enjoy a first traditional snack stop to discover Scottish cheeses.

Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral

Our journey then takes us to St Giles' Cathedral, a magnificent medieval masterpiece at the heart of the Royal Mile. Marvel at the stunning architecture and delve into the cathedral's rich history, from royal ceremonies to the tumultuous events of the Reformation. The intricately carved Thistle Chapel and the beautiful stained glass windows provide a glimpse into Scotland's religious and cultural heritage.

Continuing down the Royal Mile, discover the secrets of the narrow closes and wynds that branch off this historic thoroughfare. Each close has its own story to tell, from hidden courtyards to haunted passageways. Learn about the people who once inhabited these close-knit communities and the events that shaped their lives. Enjoy a second and third traditional snack stops along the way to discover Scottish delicacies. Do you know the favorite snack of Mary Stuart Queen of Scotland?

Restaurant

The grand finale awaits at a carefully selected restaurant, a haunted pub of course. There you'll have the opportunity to try an array of Scottish traditional dishes such as hearty haggis, succulent salmon, crispy fish and chips, and the delightful cranachan dessert, bringing the tour to a satisfying and delicious close. Our guide will share with you the history behind the dishes and you'll have the possibility to join a pub quiz!

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Edinburgh's past and present, where history and cuisine come together in a perfect blend of discovery and indulgence. Join us for an unforgettable day in the heart of Scotland's capital.

 

Your Food Tour includes:   

  • 2 hours Guided Tour with a local  guide

  • 3 "mini-tastings" during your tour

  • 1 stop at a traditional pub with assortment of dishes and dessert (drinks are not included but our guide will be more than happy to provide your with advice)

  • 1 Drink (beer, whisky, gin, soft) per person

  • Pub quizz

  • Taxi from your hotel to the start of the tour - we aim to save the planet! if you'd rather walk to your start point, we can switch your taxi for a whisky/beer/gin  tasting

  • Drinks not included

Overview of the food you can taste:

  • Special platter with fish & chips, haggis, mushroom on sourdough with garlic sauce, and smoked salmon with oatcakes

  • Cranachan

  • ​And more surprises!

Vegetarian or pescetarian option on request, please contact us.

Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options are currently not available.

Price: 

  • 1 guest - £282 per person

  • 2 guests - £167pp

  • 3 guests - £129 pp

  • 4 guests - £110 pp

  • 5 to 7 guests - £99 pp

  • 8+ guests - £87/pp

Please note that young cooks under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Good to know: 

Edinburgh is a city built on ancient volcanoes and is sometimes subject to the weather, which is part of its charm. Please bring comfortable shoes and remember to bring rain gear!

 

What to bring with you:

Bring your confirmation, in your phone or printed out to be checked by the guide.

 

Meeting point : 

Your hotel

If you prefer to walk : In front of Jacques Café: 6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS

Departure time: 11:45 am

Tours are available at fixed times every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday, please contact us if our proposed times do not suit you.

Option: Tasting to music!

Want to have an even more festive time? From Flower of Scotland to Wild Mountain Thyme, a local musician will play traditional Scottish music on guitar to accompany your meal and to introduce you to the musical culture of the Highlands.

Duration: 1 hour - supplement £400

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