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Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

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A new appreciation of Edinburgh

Despite living relatively local to Edinburgh and traipsing up and down the Royal Mile on quite a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
A fun way to explore Edinburgh's literary past!

This was a fun way to spend an evening in the great city of Edinburgh. Pitched at just the right... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Iain S
Grantham, United Kingdom
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18-20 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 6665
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Despite living relatively local to Edinburgh and traipsing up and down the Royal Mile on quite a few occasions, I must admit that I'd never really ventured down the closes so I was very pleasantly surprised with all the hidden gems just off the Royal...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

This was a fun way to spend an evening in the great city of Edinburgh. Pitched at just the right level it provided entertainment and information in equal measure. Our guides were husband and wife duo Paul and Hazel, who brought the characters to life...More

Thank Iain S
Reviewed 5 August 2018

We enjoyed ourselves so much on the Edinburgh Literary Pub (Walking) Tour! The cast for our evening was Alex (Mr. Clart) and David (Mr. McBrain). These gentleman were very engaging and entertaining. They also provided a lot of wonderful information about many of Edinburgh's famous...More

Thank Sandi L
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This was really the first thing we did after getting into town and I was so glad. Hazel and her husband(sorry his name escapes me) were amazing and knowledgable plus friendly. You'll not be disappointed!!

Thank Susanne B
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Great way to hear about the history of writers in Edinburgh. Hosts were very entertaining and informative, taking us to a couple of pubs that would not have otherwise been on my radar! Did not realize there would be some steep hills/stairs for my mom...More

Thank Tamara B
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We enjoyed the actors, John Muir and Hazel, and the information they provided about Sir Walter Scott, Robbie Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and other Scottish writers. Other than the first pub, the other three were not directly related to the writers; they were just pubs....More

Thank TravelinGal2010
Reviewed 6 July 2018

John Muir and Hazel were awesome guides as they played fun characters that took us on a lovely, engaging tour of Scotland's literary history, and the context around the work of great Scottish writers. Super fun. Nice walk. Great pacing, with ample time to hangout...More

Thank JC L
Reviewed 4 July 2018

We had a lot of fun with our guides. Informative tour with great acting and great dialogue between the two.

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 July 2018

John and Alison(?) (Mr. Clart and Ms. Brain) were adorable foils for this Edinburgh evening out. Poetry and performance, and stops at three nice pubs for a pint was a great way to spend the first evening in Edinburgh. Highly recommended.

Thank Suzanne R
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Fun evening full of both the classic Scottish writers, and some modern ones, and of course some really great pubs.

Thank Staesha R
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19 February 2017|
Response from Dewi J |
Mainly Burns, Scott and Stevenson with a few others mentioned briefly.
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Response from ELPT_Management | Property representative |
Less than 1 mile with a few stops covering 2 hours.