greenyonder tours

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Chessels Court

Greenyonder's most popuar tour. Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh's Old Town: behind the historic buildings find the surprising number of gardens and green 'nooks and crannies', all with a story to tell. 

You'll hear about grand gardens of the past, enjoy productive community gardens created by today's residents, and take a breather in a beautiful space laid out and planted as a 17th century Scots town garden.

Thank you very much for a wonderful tour. Aside from the skill of the landscaping and the planting, the magic is that the gardens are secret ….. like treasure waiting to be found. They were absolutely enchanting and I can’t wait to revisit them.  Loretta, Edinburgh

Tour Details

Public tours 2014:

Special public tours programme for the Edinburgh Fringe

Friday 1 August - Monday 25 August (inclusive)

every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2.30 pm

See tour diary for all 2014 public tours by date.

Cost of public tours:

Public tours cost £10 per person. Advance booking is essential. Please book early to avoid disappointment, either here or through (from March 2014).   


Meet outside John Knox House (Scottish Storytelling Centre), 43 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.


Tour lasts 1 hour 40 minutes, and covers up to one mile of mainly pavement walking; some slopes and cobbled surfaces. We finish at the Scottish Parliament.

Private bookings:

Private bookings for groups and individuals are welcome at times to suit you. Check here for more details.

If you'd like to book a private tour at a time to suit you, please phone 0131 444 1725 or email

Cost of private bookings:

Private group bookings cost £5 per person, with a minimum charge of £50. Private individual bookings £50.

For individuals and groups from 1 - 20. (Groups smaller than 10 people would share the minimum charge of £50.)

last updated 3 March 2014