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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting location: Old Town tours start from the main entrance of St Giles Cathedral (High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE)
End location: We will return to the start point of the tour to finish our tour unless we agree an alternative place.
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 single best tour my family (wife and two sons, ages 12 and 16) and I have ever taken in any location. Will was so personable, knowledgable, engaging, and flexible. His expertise on the area was unparalleled, and his instinct for the fascinating but lesser-known places was superb. He is also a first-rate storyteller, which made the entire experience truly come to life. With Will as our guide we saw and did things we'd otherwise have missed for sure. The highlight of our Edingurgh visit!