Literary Edinburgh Private Walking Tour

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Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, City, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children will need to be able to walk 3-4 miles. Infants in buggies are welcome, but there will be some stiff uphill pushing and steps.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



German (advanced), English (fluent)

A skim through Edinburgh's literary past (and present)

Edinburgh is poetry where London is prose; it is a bright, clear lyric compared to a rambling, heavy epic, or so said Charlotte Brontë. It richly deserves its status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

On this tour you will enjoy some of the best of Edinburgh's sights while learning what life in Edinburgh was like for Walter Scott, discovering where Robert Louis Stevenson found inspiration for Treasure Island, seeing the closes and taverns of Edinburgh shown to Dr Johnson by James Boswell, and learning of the birth of Jekyll and Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, and Miss Jean Brodie. We will visit Scotland Street, made famous by Alexander McCall Smith in his Edinburgh novels, as well as the Oxford Bar beloved of Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector Rebus.


Beginning in Charlotte Square we will visit, among other places, the birthplace of Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows), the New Town home of Walter Scott, Inspector Rebus's Oxford Bar, the childhood home of Robert Louis Stevenson (and origin of Treasure Island?), the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens and Makar's Court, where we will end.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you in front of West Register House, on the west side of Charlotte Square, in the City Centre (EH2 4DR for satnav). However, we can arrange to meet at any convenient city centre location in Edinburgh by agreement.

End location: We will end the tour at the Writers' Museum in Makar's Court (Lady Stair's Close, Lawnmarket, EH1 2PA)

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


We will be travelling on foot, mostly over paved footpaths and cobbled streets, but there will be some steps and hills.

What’s Included

My time and services as your private guide are included

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 GBP - This is meant to cover the possible cost of snacks/refreshments, tea, coffee, postcards you might want on the tour.

What’s Extra

The cost of refreshments, beverages, souvenirs and other personal expenses.

If you are arriving by ship into Edinburgh, I am very happy to customise this tour for you and to provide private transport to and from the port. Please just contact me for a quote.


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

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