See the amazing hidden villages of Edinburgh that most Scots don't even know about.
Everyone in Scotland has probably been to the Old Town and the first few streets of the New Town, but just beyond there lie some amazing places which I know like the back of my hand as I live there and that's why I want to show you "my secret Edinburgh. "
Come with me and explore the place where the real people of Edinburgh live, find hidden villages nestled in between parts of the New Town, see the grand streets of the New Town where the inventors of telephones, television and much more lived. As well as visiting great places and finding out about what makes it tick, we can stop for coffee in local cafes or even visit "Edinburgh's best local pub" for a beer break.
Starting off at the edge of the New Town, we'll pass the main streets that most Scottish people know, but then we will travel beyond there to beautiful villages within the New Town. We will see the place where Harry Potter was finished, visit Stockbridge which has been described as the "best residential area to stay in the UK" and if it's on a Sunday we can visit the excellent farmers market there. Stockbridge also has some great coffee shops to visit and after 12 midday one of the famous local pubs of Edinburgh is also open (please note no one under 18 is allowed in the premises). We will see somewhere featured in Mary Shelly "Frankenstein" whilst following the Water of Leith to Dean Village, an area formerly packed with watermills and inhabited by the bakers who supplied bread for Edinburgh, but now a quiet and stunning residential area that feels like a country village despite being only a few minutes from Princes Street.
It's good to be prepared for the weather, raincoats & umbrellas may be needed.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: We will meet at the main entrance to St Giles Cathedral unless your hotel is very near the New Town and then we can arrange to meet there.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Most tours will take roughly 2.5 hours although some may take slightly longer depending on the pace we take.
This tour will be on foot and requires you to walk along cobbled streets. Edinburgh is not a flat city, we will have to go up and down some small hills and flights of steps. Plenty of opportunities to rest will be given.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - Although there are no "necessary" costs after the tour is booked, should you wish to have a coffee break, a pub stop or wish to buy any food from any markets you will need to have some extra money.
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This was the perfect tour and tour guide for us. William was personable, funny and could really anticipate what we wanted to see. I would absolutely recommend him for others! Thanks for a really great experience.