History Walks

A Royal Mile Special: Chinese New Year

About this tour

People born in the Year of the Rat are known for being clever, quick-thinking and peaceful - and we have plenty of those characters in Scotland’s history!

Our Chinese New Year celebratory tour is a tour that will link well known historical figures, born in the Year of the Rat.

2020 is the Year of the Rat and on this special edition of our Secrets of the Royal Mile Tour, we will explore how historic Years of the Rat have influenced some key events in Scotland’s history. You’ll hear these fascinating stories as you follow your guide through the twisting tale (or should that be tail?) of Edinburgh’s past.

As well as seeing some of our favourite Old Town locations, you’ll also hear about Edinburgh’s former residents. Those born in a rat year are said to display certain personality traits, and our expert guide will share tales of some of Edinburgh’s historic famous faces, some of them rats themselves, and let you decide whether they displayed the best of the personality of the rat.

You’ll leave our walking tour with a whole new understanding of Edinburgh and a new respect for our rodent pals.




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Dates & times

Date: Sat 25th & Sun 26th Jan, Sat 1st & Sun 2nd Feb

Time: 11am


  • 1 hours 30 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Edinburgh Castle esplanade, Castlehill

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A Royal Mile Special: Chinese New Year

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