Edinburgh Book Lovers' Tour

Edinburgh Book Lovers' Tour

Edinburgh Book Lovers' Tour
4.5
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A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Roberts Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, J.K. Rowling and others in the company of travel writer Allan Foster, author of ‘The Literary Traveller in Edinburgh, a Book Lover's Guide to the World's First City of Literature’. Departs every Saturday and Sunday from outside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, at 11.30 am & 2.30 pm. No booking required.
Edinburgh, Scotland

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Graham M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Loved this place very good information and lots to choose from service excellent very knowledgeable in there love for books
Written 2 January 2024
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Connor H
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Went as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The tour opted out of reviews and I can see why.

The tour guide was genuinely terrible. He barely spoke above a mumble and when someone at the back rightfully asked him to speak louder, he refused and was quite rude about it. Considering this was during the Fringe, the city was packed and very noisy. He was difficult to make out even if you were right beside him. This would be fine if he just invested in a speaker or earphones that many tours would utilise. The guide would often ramble about something not connected to the tour at all which was just frustrating.

The tour itself wasn't great either. Our first stop was 15 minutes away from the meeting point so begs the question why we didn't just meet there. The sights were loosely connected to the featured writers with admittedly the occasional interesting anecdote.

This tour may have been good in the past based on the previous reviews. But has taken a nosedive in the years since. If this was a free walking tour I could understand but I felt cheated out of £20.

Please save your time and money and just visit the Writers Museum for free.
Written 28 August 2023
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Kal Kapoor
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Ever met an old man in the pub that talks low but thinks he is interesting. Yep, this is just that but with a walk included. He was hard to hear even when i was standing next to him. Someone said can you speak up and he said come closer.. what? Want me to sit in your arms? Very disappointing when the city holds so much promise. Invest in a bloody mic and control the size of the group. Definitely do not recommended.
Written 26 August 2023
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Helen G
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wonderful insight and anecdotes from Allan Foster on this really enjoyable tour of Edinburgh and its literary connections. Although I have visited the city many times, the tour provided an new perspective of locations such as George Square, Southside and even The Hispaniola restaurant. Allan was an engaging and very knowledgeable guide; and managed the group and the rain in a caring and considerate way - always open to questions and happy to share his passion for the literary connections and stories within the city.
Written 11 August 2019
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Pioneer796204
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
A disappointing experience. The group was too big for the guide. It was cumbersome and slow and difficult to hear. This may be much better with a smaller group out of Festival time.
Written 7 August 2019
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Petra S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The tour was really interesting and leaded through a part of the city which you would normally not see as a tourist. He provided a lot of insights about the writers in Edinburgh. I would highly recommend this tour for everyone who is interested in information about writers or someone who wants to experience the city from a different angle.
Written 6 May 2019
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PatyVerb
West Chester, PA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Allan lead us through a part of Edinburgh that we hadn’t been through before, the Southside. He took us through haunts of Arthur Conan Doyle and connected him to Joseph Bell. He connected Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and JM Barrie. Then he took us to JK Rowling’s official Harry Potter writing cafe. Gave us information about Walter Scott and connected him to Mark Twain. It was a great way to spend time on a Sunday afternoon.
Written 17 March 2019
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Jwriter
Saint Paul, MN74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
We enjoyed this tour and the fact that our guide led us to parts of Edinburgh we would not have seen otherwise. Writers and history buffs (as we are) and avid readers will especially appreciate this tour.
Written 18 September 2018
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Jenny W
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
It was quite a damp Sunday for our walk with Allan Foster exploring the haunts of iconic authors linked to Edinburgh such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, Alexander McCall Smith and J.K. Rowling. Allan’s presentation of the various back stories and historical context was most engaging and delivered with elegance and dry wit.
Written 29 July 2018
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hannahp192018
Liverpool, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Allen was funny and dedicated. I loved how he presented the information. He is a good story teller and took us to parts of the city you normally don't visit as a tourist. I feel really inspired to read more books of scottish authors now!
Written 14 May 2018
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