I have a passion for Scotland and it's rich tapestry of history. Like the many different tartans and kilts which form our national dress, the tales of our past are equally colourful. I specialise in Private Tours in my home town of Edinburgh a World Heritage Site, together with the attractions in the surrounding area.
I was born raised and educated in this unique city but it was not until I returned after working in other cities that I came to appreciate what was here.
My many years working in the design and installation of airconditioning and ventilation In shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants gives me an extensive knowlege of the range, quality and value available in the city and surrounding area which I am happy to pass on to my clients.
All my tours ( except Harry Potter and Edinburgh and The Edinburgh of Adam Smith) are carried out wearing my kilt. In a recent referral from a client he stated that it was interesting to watch other tour groups rushing to photograph his private guide
I amuse , educate and entertain by combining history with stories of people and places that we view.
My Tours are easily modified for the less mobile, or to incorporate any special requirements.
I am a Member of the Edinburgh Tourist Guides Association
A Recent Review of this guide
Martin is a fabulous guide. He loves his city and made us fall in love with Edinburgh too. Having never been to Edinburgh he made sure we saw and learned about the important sites and highlights but he also customized our tour based on our interests which were medicine and art. Martin is engaging, extremely knowledgeable, witty and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and highly recommend him as a guide especially if he wears his kilt!
My ongoing involvement in the life and traditions of the City of Edinburgh includes;
Membership of the Old Edinburgh Club (founded 1908)
Membership of the Edinburgh Merchant Company ( founded 1681 )
Membership of The Society of High Constables of Edinburgh ( founded 1611 )
An Edinburgh Festival Volunteer Guide
Membership of Edinburgh Tourist Guides Association.
My training includes walking tours in the Old and New towns of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Roslin Chapel and step on tours of the city and surrounding countryside
Where vehicles are used I always employ a driver.Parking restrictions require vehicles to be parked some considerable distance from most attractions, a driver can drop us off at the entrance, and collect again when visit completed.