I have always been fascinated by history landscape and architecture. I gradually became aware of how crucially such culture has shaped our understanding and the world we live in. This led to a further MA later in life from Edinburgh University in History of Art and Architectural History. I have now just completed an MSc. in Architectural Conservation. I try to make my guiding informative but lighthearted, interesting and fun with many photo opportunities. I love meeting international people, have many overseas friends and often find guiding a mutual learning opportunity.
I live in the city center and can meet you at central hotels or a convenient landmark for walking tours tailored to your own schedule and needs or interests. My Edinburgh driving tours are a very good way to orientate yourself and see highlights to explore later at your own pace. Edinburgh is surrounded by lovely countryside with so many interesting places that I love taking people to visit.
A Recent Review of this guide
We had a wonderful day with Toby Williams, our tour guide for Edinburgh. Toby is extremely knowledgeable about the city, easy to understand, and very accommodating. He connected well with my 19yo son, a history major, and was gracious and kind with my 7yo granddaughter, an active child. Lunch choice was excellent for us. The amount of time allotted to walking and riding on a cold winter day was perfect too. Thanks again, Toby, for a great Scotland experience.
Mary Kay Phillips
I was brought up rambling round ancient castles and listening to stories of old. I have lived in Edinburgh all my life and know virtually every corner of it. I am a qualified tour guide and used to guiding in historic houses. I was often previously asked to lead tours in Edinburgh. I have taken many specialist courses on art, history and architecture related subjects in addition to four different university degrees. More importantly, I am eager to share these interests and show people fascinating places.