In 2015 I completed a PhD in Scottish history at the University of Aberdeen and since then I have been leading walking tours through Edinburgh. It has been a constant pleasure for me to show off the most beautiful city of the United Kingdom to new arrivals and reveal just some of its charms, secrets and unbelievable stories. Car and bus tours are all very well for getting a sense of Edinburgh but it's only through walking that travellers can truly feel like they've fully experienced this truly unique city.
I'm a keen traveller (I've spent a lot of time in the United States, Canada and continental Europe especially), therefore I understand the desire to make sure you make the most of your time while in a new place. My academic background has given me extensive knowledge of Scotland's history and culture but my guiding experience has also included Outlander and Harry Potter themed tours as well as ghost tours which explore the darker side of Scotland's capital. I live in the city centre of Edinburgh and can meet you at centrally located hotels or at a convenient landmark.
A Recent Review of this guide
Wow! I had asked Gains to tailor something special for us, because we have previously seen a lot of the standard tourist sights in Edinburgh. I really appreciated what Gains had to show us that we would not necessarily have noticed if we had done exactly the same walk by ourselves. Given his specialist background as an historian, we gained a lot of insights from him. My 16 year old son rated this as one of his favourite days in Scotland.
In 2015 I completed work on my PhD in Scottish history, I also hold an Undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Aberdeen. I have built upon my extensive historical and cultural knowledge by using my research skills to find out about less known stories and events to incorporate them into my tour. Since January 2016 my primary job has been working as a tour guide in Edinburgh and have acquired a great deal of experience leading all sorts of tours.