awards winners

Edinburgh's award-winning walking tours

We don’t like to brag....but...

It's true that we’re the most decorated walking tour company in Scotland. Each award is testament to our commitment to brilliant service and exceptional tours. The hard work of our amazing team guarantee the 5 star experience you enjoy.

We’re always looking for ways to improve across the whole Mercat experience. From first welcome to final farewell, there’s a team of dedicated people making sure that everything works smoothly. 

It’s all that hard work that makes us one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Here are just a few of the awards we’ve won:

Visit Scotland - 5 Star Tour

Visit Scotland - 5 Star Tour

Awarded 5 stars continuously since 2007 in recognition of our commitment to our customers and always improving our tours and experience.

Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold

There’s no greener way to enjoy the city than on foot – and walking tours are at the heart of our business. We’ve won gold from the Green Tourism Business Scheme every year since 2012 – recognising our commitment to environmental and economic sustainability. 

Living Wage Employer Logo

Accredited Living Wage Employer

We are an accredited Living Wage Employer, paying our staff above the real living wage since 2016. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The rates apply to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else.

Award winning tour company logo as won by Mercat Tours for Responsible Business of the Year

Responsible Business

Being a responsible business, employer & neighbour is at the heart of what Mercat Tours is all about!

Scottish Business in the Community

Scottish Business in the Community

We won this award for our commitment to improving Scots’ lives.  Naming us SME (small or medium business) of the Year in 2014, SBC CEO Jane Wood said “Clearly the concept of responsible, accountable and sustainable working practice is embedded in the DNA of Mercat Tours. This small, second generation family business is a worthy winner of our SME of the Year award.”

 Scottish Thistle Award

Scottish Thistle Award

We won the Scottish Thistle Award for Skills and Training Development, for the detailed and thorough training of our expert Mercat guides, as well as the rest of the team. We’re not short of dedicated people: a third of our staff have been with us for over ten years. And having a happy, focused, dynamic team means we can deliver the best visitor experience.

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