At Cobble Tales, local architects and architecture students have been guiding enthusiasts and professionals, visitors and locals since 2016. Our many 5-star TripAdvisor and Google reviews testify to our quality tour content and a great time exploring Edinburgh on a walking tour.

Our highly formative Edinburgh walking tours are created by architects for discerning people looking to build an in-depth understanding of the city. We believe that a city visit gains a lot more meaning when one knows how it was constructed, along with the political and cultural motivations behind it. 

We welcome professional groups as well as individual explorers. From 2020, we have introduced the first architectural audio-guides in Edinburgh. In-person guided walking tours led by a local architect are available for private bookings. 

We are very keen to support heritage causes in Edinburgh, and are working with a local charity. Every purchased tour supports the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

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The Team

Here to help to find the best Edinburgh tour for you and make sure you have a great time. 



Estelle is a French national who studied architecture in Paris whilst also involved at the time in the tourism business.

Estelle is an architect and has worked in Edinburgh’s building industry for over two decades.

Estelle’s enthusiasm in introducing the many faces of Edinburgh makes her tours a conversation between you and the city. “To me, Edinburgh is fascinating because its multiculture is deeply rooted in its making.”

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The founder of Cobble Tales answers your emails and calls. Architect by training, she has written all Edinburgh tour itineraries at Cobble Tales. 

You will hear Olga’s voice on our Edinburgh audio tours.


Cobble Tales proud to support heritage in Scotland

Cobble Tales is proud to support local heritage causes. We donate to a building conservation charity SPAB Scotland (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings), that works on promoting traditional building crafts among young people.

  • £1 from every audio tour sold on this website is donated to SPAB.
  • 10% of profits from every group tour is donated to SPAB.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is a registered charity with registered number 1113753, Scottish Charity No.SC 039244

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, we offer private walking tours guided by a local architect, for groups of up to 30 people. 

Absolutely, if you are curious about cities and culture, an architecture tour will reveal lots of insights about Edinburgh. 

Yes, except Dean Village where the audio tour passes through a cemetery. 

After you paid for the tour, you will receive an activation code by email, along with detailed instructions.

To go out and do the tour, all you need is a free audio tour VoiceMap app for iPhones and Android devices. Install it on your smartphone via Apple AppStore or Google Play’s store.

Once purchased, Edinburgh audio tours are not refundable. However, your ticket will be valid indefinitely, so you can take the tour at any date, gift it to someone else, or enjoy a virtual tour.

The audio tour is available in English. Guided tours for private groups are also available in French.

On most audio tours of Edinburgh, we climb from 20 to a 100 steps. Our flattest walking audio tour is in the New Town.

Yes, but for the optimal experience and understanding of the content we recommend following a preset order. 


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Our Edinburgh Tours at the Festivals

We enjoy participating in local festivals and contribute to their programmes with our Edinburgh architecture tours. Previous festivals include Festival of Architecture, Architecture Fringe and Doors Open Days, as well as Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

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