Real History Talks

Exploring Edinburgh

An illustrated audio tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, written and presented by local historian Eric Melvin.

Real History Talks is a lively audio tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The historic city of Edinburgh is a wondrous medieval place, best explored and discovered on your own, but with a trusted, informed source of the deep and complex history at your fingertips.

Starting from the iconic Edinburgh Castle with unbeatable panoramic views across the Georgian New Town, Real History Talks guides you down the Royal Mile, over the Lawnmarket, the bustling High Street and over the Canongate towards Holyrood Palace. Beautiful in its own right and brought to life with our fourteen part illustrated audio tour.

The true history of Edinburgh emerges from the crooked closes and dark street corners – through murder, mystery, scandal and romance across the heart of Scotland’s capital city.

Want to give it a try? Download the tour and accompanying map here for free!

Find out more about Eric Melvin at

“This tour was an excellent way to explore the Royal Mile and the Old Town of Edinburgh."MR, Germany (via
Eric Melvin - Historian