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Historic Edinburgh Tours

144 reviews
About Historic Edinburgh Tours
Historic Edinburgh Tours offer tours around two of Edinburgh's most fascinating destinations. Discover the stories of the people who lived, worked and died in the Old Town or visit the graves of some intriguing characters in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Whether you are walking in the footsteps of historic people, or learning about their lives only inches away from where they are buried, we're sure you will enjoy our carefully researched, well told stories. Historic Edinburgh Tours focus on historical stories rather than ghostly tales. We offer a money-back guarantee on all of our guided tours should you not have enjoyed your time with us.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would 100% recommend this tour. Robert was a great guide, really informative, friendly and had good props. Robert went out of his way after a booking mishap on our behalf and gave us a private tour which he seemed more than happy to organise. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would definitely recommend the walking tour. It was interesting fun and exciting. The tour started on a drizzly evening in the churchyard, my son and I were somewhat dubious about the whole thing. However we were more than happy with what we got, I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your very kind review and, I think, your email too. I really appreciated your ability to get involved with the stories I was telling. It wasn't the warmest of nights and it was obviously a small group, but you were a delight...More

Reviewed 26 November 2018

Loved our 2-hour tour of Old Town with Robert as our guide. He was very knowledgeable; he used helpful visuals; he was warm and engaging, He even explained the history of kilts, using his kilt as the example. The very small group allowed us to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for posting this! I really appreciate any and all comments, but ones like this mean so much on a personal level. Obviously a guide and his tour are only as good as his participants willingness to get involved and respond helpfully...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

Delightfully entertaining AND brilliantly informative, what more could you ask for ? The tour is a two hours stroll in Edinburgh's Old Town laced with historical gossips and murders' stories, the whole thing delivered in Scottish attire and packed with humour. The historical knowledge is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Thank you for your very very kind review! Your group were such fun to take around. It really makes a huge difference when people laugh at my jokes (I do try to make them funny and appropriate...honest!) I hope you have a really wonderful and...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018

I had a really great tour with Robert. Robert is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who is filled with very interesting information and history about Edinburgh. His voice is captivating. His appearance is professional. He engages with each member of his tour. He tells...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Dear Derick, Many thanks for your very kind review. I was really appreciative of your supportive nature, not only with the cancellation of your previous tour due to family reasons and me having missed booking out the tour, but with your kind tip and your...More

Reviewed 17 October 2018

Robert put together a two-hour bespoke walking tour for me and my husband. It formed an invaluable start to my research into the old town during the Victorian period, which is the setting for my next children's book. He went above and beyond to make...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Dear Sharon, Thank you for your very kind review. You got a very different type of tour - one I used notes for on the route itself - and I really appreciate your kindness in allowing me to use these to ensure I gave you...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

During our honeymoon in Scotland, our travel agent booked us on Robert's walking tour of Old Edinburgh. After participating, I can't think of a better way to see the city and learn about it's rich history. Robert was funny, knowledgeable, used visuals, and clearly has...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate it! You were both a delight to take around the city. A good tour is as much down to the audience and their responses to my stories as it is to the stories themselves. You...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

A great couple of hours exploring the Old city. Robert was very knowledgeable, friendly and brought the story to lifeMore

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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you very much for your really kind and positive review. I'm particularly chuffed about the 'bringing the story to life' part of your comment as that's such a huge part of what I set out to try and do with each group. Thank you...More

Reviewed 15 September 2018

If this is your first time in Edinburgh (actually even if it’s not), Robert’s talk is a brilliant way to start. He is a fantastic speaker, storyteller and personality. He delves back and forth in time, using great illustrations and photographs from his folder, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

I'm really 'bowled over' by your comments! Thank you so much for leaving such a positive and job-affirming set of comments. I'm very fortunate to have guests like you who take to what I'm saying and what I've been trying to do. I do hope...More

Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Robert is a wonderful guide. He was well informed about the history of Edinburgh, told great stories and had pictures of how things used to look. Plus he is very personable. Enjoyable tour.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Diana W
RobertHowie, Owner at Historic Edinburgh Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

I read your comments and felt wonderful! Thank you for being so positive and kind with what you wrote. I hope you had a wonderful time in the capital. Yours, Robert

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