Edinburgh - "A Literary Capital" Private Walking Tour (2.5hrs)


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

Follow in the steps of Sir Walter Scott, R.L Stevenson, JK Rowling, I Rankin with your own private guide

Journey with your own personal guide through Edinburgh's old town, with its ancient buildings, dark closes, streets and graveyards, which were and still are the haunts of writers and poets old and new. Discover what has influenced some of the world's greatest writers. Hear anecdotal stories and characterisations in this interactive tour that sets out to inform and entertain. A city of capital writers, a city built on books! Storytelling at its best.


We will weave our way by -
Drummond & South College streets with its links to writers.
Edinburgh University (Old college)
Chambers Street with its links to literary figures
Elephant House
Victoria Terrace
James Court with its links to literary figures
Writers Museum & Makers Court
Heart of Midlothian
Parliament Square
Closes in the Royal Mile
Scottish Storytelling Centre
Canongate Kirkyard

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Outside the Festival Theatre (13 / 29 Nicolson Street Edinburgh, EH8 9FT)If you are in a city centre hotel I can collect you there.

I will be wearing tarten trousers or kilt.

End location: Cannongate Kirk on the Royal Mile

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


On foot

What’s Included

My services as your personal guide as we explore the haunts and hear the stories linked to famous writers.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 Pounds Sterling - All information subject to change -
Lothian Region Transport main bus- Single adult ticket - £1.50 day ticket £4.60. Airlink Bus - Adult Single £4.50, return £7.50 (correct money on LRT buses) check LRT website for any changes.
2 course Lunch meals start from about £10.95 upwards.
Taxi from city centre to Airport or South Queensferry £20 to £25, city centre to Castle £5 - £7 approx.
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle as at April 2015
£16.50 for adults, £13.20 for Seniors, £ 9.90 for children

What’s Extra

Any personal purchases including food and drink

A Recent Review of this tour

Peter is an excellent guide who tailored our tour specifically for our interests in writers, as well as a general orientation to Edinburgh. It was immediately clear that he brought a wealth of experience as a guide by the way he orchestrated the pace of our walking and the delivery of historical facts relevant to our location. He was a master of describing the cast of characters who left their mark on this wonderful city over the centuries.
Peter P.

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